Six-time Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly will be a part of the high-profile CBS series “Murphy Brown” when it returns to the network for the 2018-19 broadcast season.
“Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of the beloved, deceased bar owner Phil from the original series, and it’s evident that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She has taken over the bar and is a friend and confidant to Murphy and the gang,” CBS says in announcing the casting today.
The current-day revival of the classic comedy has a 13-episode series production commitment.
“As its 30th anniversary approaches, ‘Murphy Brown’ returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate,” CBS notes.
Original cast members Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles, and Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani will join the cast.
Warner Bros. Television, producer of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera 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.”