CBS' Murphy Brown Revival Will Be Taking on Cable News

CBS highlights 'Murphy Brown' revival and Cedric the Entertainer sitcom in fall schedule

CBS highlights 'Murphy Brown' revival and Cedric the Entertainer sitcom in fall schedule

The revival of Murphy Brown is going after the cable news wars. Jay Hernandez plays the 2018 model of Thomas Magnum, the private investigator that "Blue Bloods" star Tom Selleck portrayed for CBS in the 1980s.

Bergen's long-beloved character anchored a primetime news show in the original iteration of Murphy Brown, so it's a good thing she's had adequate time to adjust her sleep schedule.

The new "Magnum P.I." is part of a greatly revamped Monday lineup that also features the new (really new) CBS comedies, "The Neighborhood" and "Happy Together".

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

During Wednesday's upfront presentation, CBS showed behind-the-scenes video, with Bergen talking about "Murphy Brown" and promising to tackle "alternative facts and fake news".


And, no surprise here, just about all of them are right in the CBS wheelhouse.

The Neighborhood stars New Girl's Max Greenfield as a man who moves his family from the Midwest to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where suddenly not everyone looks the same. It's said to be inspired by an experience of pop star Harry Styles, who's also one of the show's producers. The show is being produced by Emmy Award victor Dick Wolf and the team behind the "Law & Order" franchise. It's set for 9 p.m. Tuesday in the fall.

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".

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