CBS's 'Murphy Brown' Revival to Take on 'Fox & Friends' vs. 'Morning Joe'

Lawrence Kim
May 17, 2018

Murphy is now anchoring a cable morning show, Murphy In the Morning, with her old team, lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), investigative journalist Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud).

The latter stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a married couple who reconnect with their youth when they let a pop star obsessed with their ordinary suburban life move in with them. But they're not happy with their performance on Mondays, where the schedule is getting an overhaul that involves two new comedies, The Neighborhood and Happy Together, the new Magnum P.I. and the move of Bull from Tuesdays.

Revivals have been a major theme of the upfront season and this comedy will return to CBS on Thursdays at 9:30pm Eastern Time as a part of CBS's top-rated comedy block with shows like "Young Sheldon", "Big Bang Theory" and "Mom".

New members of the cast include Jake McDorman as Murphy's son Avery and Tyne Daly as a character named Phyllis.

A change that "Magnum" fans should watch for: The private detective has a goatee, not the trademark moustache of original star Tom Selleck.

CBS looks to be partying like it was 1988, a year when "Magnum", "MacGyver" and "Murphy Brown" were on the air.

The third new CBS fall drama is "FBI", which will air 9-10 Tuesday. The show is being produced by Emmy Award victor Dick Wolf and the team behind the "Law & Order" franchise. FBI, set in the bureau's NY office, stars Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Zeeko Zaki (Valor), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order), and Ebonée Noel (Still Star-Crossed).

On Sunday, after 60 Minutes, a new drama, God Friended Me, will star Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor) as an atheist who accepts a friend request from a social-media account calling itself God, an act that leads to his helping people in need.

To make way for these newcomers, CBS dumped such veterans shows as "Scorpion" (with former Clevelander Robert Patrick) and "Kevin Can Wait".

CBS has officially revealed its TV lineup for fall 2018, its first in years that will not feature Thursday Night Football. The dramas are: "The Red Line", starring Noah Wyle and following three vastly different Chicago families whose lives intersect after the mistaken shooting of an African-American doctor by a white cop; and "The Code", with Mira Sorvino having top billing in a drama about the Marine Corps' Judge Advocate Division.

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