'Murphy Brown' Premiere: Everything to Know About CBS Revival Before Episode 1 Airs

Murphy Brown returns to CBS for the first time in 20 years on Thursday night.

Original show creator Diane English, who headed the series during its original 10-season run from 1988 to 1998, is back at the helm of the political comedy along with Candice Bergen, who will revive her character, news anchor juggernaut Murphy Brown. The series will also include original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud and newcomers Jake McDorman, Nik Dodani and Tyne Daly.

Similar to the original, the updated Murphy Brown will center on the broadcast news anchor and her team of reporters' hard takes on the current political landscape. In a recent interview with Newsweek, English said the series was "one of the few with a real reason to return" and credited the horrifying headlines surrounding President Donald Trump's election win and current administration as the decision for the show's return.

"Twenty years ago, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. Now the press is vilified because the president keeps repeating 'fake news,'" English said, adding the revival series would answer the question everyone's been asking, "'What would Murphy say about this?'"

Bergen almost entirely blamed Trump's presidency as the means behind the show's return. Bergen said before now, there wasn't much of "a motivation to do" the show. "We didn't really have the meat or a story. And then when the election happened, I mean, if Hillary had won, we would just be dancing in the streets. But I think in the current situation, it gives us a chance to make a response," Bergen said while appearing on CBS This Morning on Thursday.

Although the original series heavily centered on fictionalized takes of public affairs at the time, the show also covered issues including family values and motherhood after Bergen's character became a 42-year-old single parent. The updated format is expected to hit similar topics and depict Murphy advising her millennial son Avery (McDorman), who the show's synopsis describes as having his mother's "competitive spirit and quick wit, and is following in her journalistic footsteps—perhaps too closely."

"Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves and recruits her FYI team: Lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Ford), investigative journalist Frank Fontana (Regalbuto), and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg (Shaud). Joining them is social media director Pat Patel (Dodani), who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century," the synopsis says. "The team still lets off steam at Phil's Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis (Daly). Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever."

The first episode of the new Murphy Brown premieres on CBS at 9:30 p.m. ET.