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'Murphy Brown' fast-tracked for fall return


"Murphy Brown" is coming back sooner than expected. CBS revealed today that the classic sitcom starring Candice Bergen will return this fall, airing Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the 13-episode revival was given fast-lane status because of the recent success of the "Roseanne" reboot on ABC.

Announcing its fall lineup in New York, CBS disclosed that Bergen's character now hosts a morning cable show called "Murphy in the Morning." The feisty Brown was the anchor of a network news magazine, "FYI," on the original series, which aired from 1988-98.

The fresh plot twist this time around: Brown's morning show airs opposite a conservative news program hosted by her son, Avery, who was a child when "Murphy Brown" ended its Emmy Award-winning run 20 years ago.

Bergen, 71, will be joined by original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

"Murphy Brown" is one of six new series on CBS' fall schedule, including a remake of "Magnum P.I." starring Jay Hernandez in Tom Selleck's signature role. The network has also renewed the retro hits "MacGyver," "Hawaii Five-O" and "SWAT."