With Candice Bergen already slated to return as the title character, CBS' Murphy Brown revival has just brought three more stars from the original series to reprise their roles. Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana) and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg) have signed on to return alongside Candice Bergen. Charles Kimbrough, who was a series regular for all 10 seasons of the original show as Frank Dial, is being eyed to return, although it won't be as a full-time series regular. The 81-year-old actor is said to be not well enough to return full-time, but it's possible be could be back as a guest star.
The original Murphy Brown series centered on the broadcast journalists who worked at a fictional news series dubbed FYI. The series began with Murphy Brown's return to the show after a stint in the Betty Ford Clinic to battle her alcoholism. Charles Kimbrough's Jim Dial was Murphy Brown's partner at the anchor desk, with the network replacing the title character with Faith Ford's Corky Sherwood, a former Miss America winner who stays on at FYI doing lifestyle pieces for the show. Joe Regalbuto's Frank Fontana is an investigative reporter who is also Murphy Brown's best friend at the show, while Grant Shaud's Miles Silverberg was added as an executive producer to the show while Murphy Brown was at rehab.
The original series, which was created by Diane English, ran for 10 seasons between 1988 and 1998, with English leaving the show after the fourth season, where she went on to create Love & War, Double Rush and Ink. The show earned 62 Emmy nominations throughout its 10-season run, with 18 wins, including five for Candice Bergen alone. Faith Ford also landed five Emmy nominations for her work on the show, while Joe Regalbuto and Charles Kimbrough also earning Emmy nods as well. During the show's successful run, it also earned 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.
There is no indication yet if Robert Pastorelli will return as house painter Elden Bernecky, who Murphy Brown had hired to paint her house, a job that spanned seven seasons of the show. It will also be interesting to see if the revival will pay tribute to Pat Corley's character Phil, who owned the popular bar-restaurant Phil's that the FYI crew would frequent. Pat Corley passed away in 2006 at the age of 76. It's also worth noting that Haley Joel Osment played young Avery Brown, the son of Murphy Brown in the final two seasons of the show so it will be interesting to see if they will bring him back.
Faith Ford would go on to star in Hope & Faith alongside Kelly Ripa and she most recently starred in the 2017 movie Christmas in Mississippi. Joe Regalbuto is in pre-production on a new movie called Gallatin 6 and he recently had guest-starring spots in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Castle and Major Crimes. Grant Shaud is coming off a recent arc in the TV series Younger. Deadline broke the news on this casting earlier today.