'Murphy Brown' reboot pits character against conservative son's Fox News-like show

  • 'Murphy Brown' reboot pits character against conservative son's Fox News-like show

'Murphy Brown' reboot pits character against conservative son's Fox News-like show

CBS seems to be embracing a programming philosophy best described by the phrase, "Everything old is new again".

CBS is going back in time this fall with the return of Murphy Brown and Magnum P.I.

The CBS fall schedule announced Wednesday features six new shows (if you count "Murphy Brown" as a newcomer): three dramas and three comedies.

The revived Murphy Brown is set to air on Thursdays at 9:30 P.M., in a comedy lineup that begins with Big Bang Theory, then moves on to Young Sheldon and Mom. She hosts a morning cable show with the snappy title of "Murphy in the Morning", and is facing off against her son on a competing network.

Bergen will also be joined on the revival by original stars Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

Suicide Squad's Jay Hernandez will be taking over the role made famous by Tom Selleck in the Magnum P.I. reboot, which tells the story of a former Navy SEAL who uses his military training to become a private investigator.

New "Magnum" star Hernandez, who is of Latino descent, is among the actors of color joining the CBS line-up, long criticized for a lack of inclusion. He still is a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan and drives around in a vintage Ferari.

And remember that CBS passed on a reboot of "Cagney and Lacey" with Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd.

Despite the success that ABC has seen with its revival of "Roseanne", CBS isn't getting too far ahead of itself in predicting world-beating success for the return of "Murphy Brown".

SUNDAY: 7 p.m., "60 Minutes;" 8 p.m., "God Friended Me;" 9 p.m., "NCIS: Los Angeles;" 10 p.m., "Madam Secretary". The humorous drama is led by Brandon Michael Hall and his character Miles Finer is an outspoken atheist whose life gets completely flipped upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God.

The final new shows that made the cut for the fall lineup are dramas Federal Bureau of Investigation and God Friended Me. 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). The show is being produced by Emmy Award victor Dick Wolf and the team behind the "Law & Order" franchise.

Shows that won't be returning include: 9JKL; Kevin Can Wait; Living Biblically; Me, Myself & I; Scorpion; Superior Donuts; Wisdom of the Crowd, and Zoo.

CBS has officially revealed its TV lineup for fall 2018, its first in years that will not feature Thursday Night Football. "The Red Line", a drama about three Chicago families, stars Noah Wyle.