When Murphy Brown signed off for one the last time in 1998 the farewell was bittersweet. The beloved show had become such a staple over its 10-year run that many were left asking, “Who is going to provide the clever political commentary?” Many a show picked up where Murphy left off (thank you, David E. Kelley), but as the old adage goes, you can’t keep a good reporter down. And so, in this hyper-political time, like a superhero re-donning a cape, Murphy Brown is back on CBS with all-new episodes. “I did miss her as she's a great character to play,” Candice Bergen revealed during a recent interview with MediaVillage. “It's been endlessly moving, being back at this again. I can’t explain it or understand it myself. We’re only doing 13 episodes, which is far different to doing 22 or 25, so with 13 you always have the end of the tunnel in view. A whole season breaks men,” she added with a laugh.
News of a proposed reimagining by CBS of the classic 1980’s series Magnum P.I. was largely met with bewilderment. Magnum P.I. without its iconic star, Tom Selleck (still busy on CBS’ long-running hit Blue Bloods)? The original series ran for eight seasons on the network, catapulting Selleck (along with his trademark mustache and red Ferrari) to international superstardom. Why play with a tried and true formula that still enjoys life in global re-runs?