CBS’s current-day revival of “Murphy Brown,” which has a 13-episode series production commitment for the 2018-2019 season, has added Jake McDorman (“Limitless,” “Lady Bird”) and Nik Dodani (“Atypical”) to the cast.
McDorman will play Avery, Murphy’s millennial journalist son who is following in his mother’s footsteps, perhaps too closely, and has his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, the network says in an announcement released today. Dodani will play Pat, the director of social media for the news show who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the gang into the 21st century.
As previously announced, original cast members Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles.
Warner Bros. Television, the producer of the original series, will produce the new multicamera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer.
During the show’s original 10-year run on CBS, “Murphy Brown” received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
In 2010 TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”