FYI is back on the air—kind of.
Continuing the current trend of TV revivals—including the massively successful Roseanne—earlier this year CBS ordered a new 13-episode season of the classic ’90s sitcom, Murphy Brown—and today the Eye Network debuted the first trailer for the revival.
In the new preview, the series’ original actors, Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud, reprise their Murphy Brown characters for “Where Are They Now?”-style interview telling viewers where their lives have taken them since leaving FYI—and how they have decided to reunite for a new news program.
“I left FYI a few years ago,” Murphy Brown (Bergen), reveals in the sit-down interview. “You couldn’t tell the evening news from an episode of Entertainment Tonight. The problem was I didn’t know what to do with myself.”
“But then, we had an election,” Brown adds as a picture of Donald Trump flashes on the screen.
In addition to the original stars, new characters are also introduced in the video. Nik Dodani plays Pat Patel, the director of technology for the FYI team’s new show, and Tyne Daly is introduced as Phyllis, the sister of Phil (Pat Corley, who passed away in 2006), and the new owner of Phil’s Bar & Grill.
“Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate,” CBS said in a statement when the revival was announced.
The original series ran from 1988 to 1998, achieving a high level of cultural notoriety during the 1992 presidential campaign when Dan Quayle criticized Murphy for ”mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another ‘lifestyle choice.”’
The sitcom won 18 Emmys during its run, including two for Outstanding Comedy Series. Bergen won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series a record five times.
Murphy Brown will air Thursdays this fall on CBS.