Everything old is new again. Revivals are still trending, and CBS does not want to be left behind, so it has brought back its Murphy Brown TV show for an 11th season. In this era of charges of “fake news” and the viral spread of “alternative facts,” the nation arguably needs Murphy, but will a big enough audience tune in to justify future installments? Will Murphy Brown be cancelled or renewed for season 12? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
A CBS sitcom revival, season 11 of Murphy Brown stars original cast members Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, alongside Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly. Amidst daily attacks on the press, Murphy Brown (Bergen) decides to forsake retirement for a new CNC morning show, Murphy in the Morning. She reunites the old FYI gang, Corky Sherwood (Ford), Frank Fontana (Regalbuto), and Miles Silverberg (Shaud) for her new endeavor, as well as social media director Pat Patel (Dodani). She’s determined to prioritize solid reporting over sensationalism. The team members still decompress at Phil’s bar, which is now run by his sister, Phyllis (Daly), with help from college student, Miguel (Rocha), a “Dreamer” from Mexico. Meanwhile, Murphy’s son, Avery (McDorman), is all grown up and following (perhaps, a bit too closely) in mom’s footsteps.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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What do you think? Do you like the Murphy Brown TV series revival? Should it have been cancelled or renewed for as 12th season on CBS?
**5/10/2019 Status Update: Murphy Brown has been cancelled by CBS. Details here.