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CBS said in a Wednesday announcement that it’s ordered 13 episodes of the sitcom for its 2018-19 season.
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“Murphy Brown” became a focal point during the 1992 George H.W. Bush-Bill Clinton presidential campaign when Quayle criticized a plot line that had the unmarried Brown having a child. He said it damaged family values.
When Bergen won her second Emmy for the role that year, she jokingly thanked Quayle and “the members of the cultural elite.”
In the final season, a story line about Brown’s breast cancer revived attention to the show as its ratings fell. In one episode, Bergen’s character smoked marijuana to ease the pain of chemotherapy, a move both praised and condemned.
In a 1988 interview with The Associated Press, the Oscar-nominated Bergen (Starting Over, 1980) said seeing the first script about an aggressive TV reporter fresh out of alcohol and nicotine rehab persuaded her to take the job.
“I wasn’t quite ready to do a television series, but then there were whispers about this pilot script,” Bergen said, with people telling her, “’You know there’s this pilot script that’s as if it’s been written for you.’”
Other cast members in the original series included Charles Kimbrough as Jim Dial; Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana; Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood and Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg.
Robert Pastorelli, who played Eldin the housepainter, died in 2004.