CBS' Thursday night schedule next fall could be subtitled "Must-See Buffalo TV Night."
The network announced today that the revival of "Murphy Brown" will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following "Mom."
Of course, the creator of "Murphy Brown" is Buffalo native Diane English.
One of the two showrunners of the popular comedy "Mom" is Buffalo native Nick Bakay.
It had been expected that CBS would wait until midseason to premiere the "Murphy Brown" revival. However, the success of ABC's "Roseanne" apparently persuaded the network to get it on the air sooner.
According to the capsule summary provided by CBS of the revival, Candice Bergen returns as the title character, Faith Ford is back as lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, Joe Regalbuto will once again play investigative journalist Frank Fontana and Grant Shaud will be back as producer Miles Silverberg.
New members of the cast include Jake McDorman as Murphy's son Avery and Tyne Daly as a character named Phyllis.
According to reports about the CBS presentation in New York City, Murphy and the gang will now be working on a cable morning show and Avery will be on a rival morning show.
Here is a CBS summary of how the program, which aired 247 episodes from 1988 through 1998, will adapt to the changes in journalism:
"The revival of the groundbreaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, 'fake news' and a vastly different political climate. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy returns to the airwaves with her original FYI team."