Murphy Brown was, without a doubt, one of the most iconic American sitcoms of the late ’80s and ’90s. The series first premiered on CBS on November 14, 1988, and went on for an astounding ten seasons with its finale airing on May 18, 1998.
The program followed the life of Murphy Brown, played by Candice Bergen, a celebrated investigative journalist and news broadcaster of the fictional CBS television newsmagazine FYI. A former model, Bergen’s no-nonsense portrayal of Brown was sarcastic and hilarious, and with her co-stars all being equally talented comedic actors, the show became a supersonic smash.
It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since we said goodbye to the cast of Murphy Brown, so why not take a moment and go back to some of our favorite characters on the show, and see what the actors who portrayed them have been up to over the last two decades.
The popular sitcom reached tremendous success early on, and received a Metacritic rating of 100 out of 100 during its second season – the only television show to ever receive a perfect score on the website. In both 1990 and 1992, Murphy Brown won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Candice Bergen, in particular, received tremendous recognition for playing the titular character, and became an American television icon for her portrayal of such an intelligent, strong, and independent woman and single mother.
Earlier this year, fans received the incredible news that a Murphy Brown revival series is set for 2018 – with the original cast! CBS has given a 13-episode series order to the beloved sitcom, and fans everywhere couldn’t be more pleased. The show’s creator and writer Diane English, is set to return, as well as the original stars Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown, Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg, Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, and Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana. Jake McDorman, star of the former CBS comedy Limitless, will be playing the role of Murphy’s now grown-up son Avery.
So while we wait for the much-anticipated Murphy Brown revival series, why not relive some of the show’s most memorable characters, check in with the actors and actresses who played them, and see what has been going on in their lives since we last saw them in the newsroom.
A lot can change in twenty years, and while some of the actors and actresses from the series have gone on to bigger and better roles, with some even gaining marks of incredible distinction, others have decided to retire or take it easy after their long run on the sitcom…
Lily Tomlin as Kay Carter-Shepley
First appearing during the series’ second to last, ninth season, Kay Carter-Shepley joins FYI as the newest executive producer after Miles’ departure during the end of the eighth season. While she does not have any background in journalism whatsoever, she is a veteran TV producer in her own right, and was known previously for producing several popular TV game shows before taking over as the woman in charge of FYI. She stayed on the team until the series’ last episode.
Lily Tomlin now
Before joining Murphy Brown, Tomlin was known for her role as wise-cracking Violet in the cult comedy Nine to Five, and as the voice of kooky school teacher Ms. Frizzle in the animated show The Magic School Bus. Post-Murphy Brown, Tomlin joined The West Wing as assistant to President Bartlett, and she’s currently starring in the comedy Grace and Frankie, alongside Jane Fonda. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2017 won the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. She married writer Jane Wagner in 2013.
Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg
Miles Silverberg is introduced during the first episode of the first season as FYI’s new and young executive producer. He is portrayed as quite the overachiever and a bit of a yuppie. He tends to be on the naive side and often times comes off as a neurotic person despite his proven intelligence. He is an easy target for Murphy, who frequently makes fun of him with her classic witty remarks.
Grant Shaud now
Grant Shaud’s role on Murphy Brown was just the break that the fresh actor had been looking for. After a long and successful run on the series, he landed a regular spot on the ABC comedy series Madigan Men, which unfortunately only lasted for one season. He then got cast as lead, Dr. Jerrimiah Beene in the comedy Oliver Beene, which also was short-lived. Most recently, he appeared in a few episodes of the TV Land romance-comedy series Younger starring Hilary Duff. He is also set to relive his role as Miles Silverberg in the upcoming reboot set for 2018.
Charles Kimbrough as Jim Dial
A series regular and fan-favorite from the very first to very last episode, Jim Dial is FYI’s veteran anchor who has been with the television newsmagazine series from the beginning. He often enjoys looking back at the “glory days” of his favorite iconic American broadcast journalists such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. He tends to have a stuffy, rigid personality at times, and frequently addresses Murphy by the old-timey nickname he gave her, Slugger, which she earned due to her spunk and toughness.
Charles Kimbrough now
After appearing in all ten seasons of Murphy Brown, Charles Kimbrough focused on working as a voice actor, having previously voiced the gargoyle Victor in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He provided voice work in animated children’s series such as Recess, The Angry Beavers, and Batman Beyond. In 2001, he returned to the screen in the romance-comedy starring Jennifer Lopez The Wedding Planner, and played a character named Charlie Fish in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal the following year. In recent years, his acting career has slowed down.
Jane Leeves as Audrey Cohen
Audrey Cohen made her first appearance during the show’s second season. She is Miles’ beautiful, glasses-wearing girlfriend for a brief period of time. Although the couple ends up getting pretty serious, and talks about a future together that involves marriage, it doesn’t work out and the relationship is put to an end. This could be due to the actress who portrayed her Jane Leeves’ decision to leave Murphy Brown in order to join the cast of Frasier shortly after.
Jane Leeves now
After her short-lived role on Murphy Brown, Jane Leeves joined the cast of the hit sitcom Frasier as physiotherapist and Niles’ love interest Daphne Moon, which lasted for 11 seasons. Jane then played another successful role as series regular Joy Scroggs in TV Land’s comedy Hot in Cleveland. Recently, she has been working as a voice actress for animated series such as Lego Star Wars and Mickey and the Roadster Racers. She has been married to producer and actor Marshall Coben since 1996, with whom she has two children with.
Paula Cale as McGovern
During Murphy Brown’s seventh season, network president Stan Lansing (Garry Marshall) has a sudden revelation where he realizes that FYI needs more youthful reporters in order to appeal to a younger demographic. So, he decides to hire McGovern, a young, beautiful, conservative reporter who ends up bumping heads with Murphy due to their clashing political beliefs. The character was apparently based off of the former MTV video jockey Kennedy, who was well-known throughout the ’90s as a conservative political commentator.
Paula Cale now
Although she only appeared in seven episodes, Paula Cale’s role in Murphy Brown helped her career take off. Shortly after, she got cast in the Dave Chappelle comedy series Buddies as Lorraine Bailey. She then landed a leading role in the romance-drama Providence as Joanie Hansen. She was most recently seen in the 2014 drama film Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, where she portrayed a character named Carol. She has been married to producer and writer Michael Lisbe since 2006.
Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana
Murphy’s closest friend, and sometimes biggest competitor, is Frank Fontana. He, like Murphy or “Murph” as he calls her, is also an investigative reporter on the FYI news team. He is known to be a bit of a daredevil when it comes to reporting, and is never afraid to take dangerous risks in order to get a good story. However, he often deals with his own insecurities, especially in regards to his personal relationships which causes him to see a therapist.
Joe Regalbuto now
After being a series regular for all ten seasons, Joe Regalbuto moved on to more minor roles in series such as the family-drama Touched by an Angel, the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal, and the short-lived drama Side Order of Life, where he had a recurring role as Richard McIntyre. Joe’s latest performance was in an episode of Larry David’s HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2017. He is also set to reprise his role as Frank Fontana in the upcoming Murphy Brown revival.
Haley Joel Osment as Avery Brown
Avery Brown was a huge character within the Murphy Brown saga. After all, he was Murphy Brown’s son! During his early years, the character was played by Dyllan Christopher – who took on the role from 1994 until 1995. However, he was later replaced by Haley Joel Osment, who appeared in six episodes from 1997 until 1998. Of course, he spent most of his time clutched to his mother or sitting in a pushchair, but he was still a major development in his mother’s life – so we just had to include him in this list!
Haley Joel Osment now
Haley Joel Osment definitely takes the record for the coolest acting debut ever, considering he appeared in Forrest Gump when he was just six years old. After his breakout role, Haley continued to become one of the greatest child stars of all time and is now known for his role as Cole Sear in the horror movie, The Sixth Sense. After winning dozens of awards for this role, Haley was put under pressure to maintain his fame as an adult – and he’s definitely succeeded! Haley is still acting today and has currently taken on a guest role in the classic sci-fi reboot, The X-Files.
Teri Hatcher as Madeline Stillwell
When Teri Hatcher was still a fairly new actress, known for her role as Superman’s girlfriend Lois Lane in Lois & Cark: The New Adventures of Superman, she appeared during Murphy Brown’s second season as Madeline Stillwell, a woman known as “Ms. X” who was writing anonymous love letters to Miles via fax. After having Murphy write letters back to her for him, the couple meets in person, only to find out that Madeline was actually having someone else write her letters as well.
Teri Hatcher now
After appearing in numerous television shows and films, Teri Hatcher got cast in the role she is most recognized for today, as the hopeless romantic single mother Susan Delfino in ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Since then, she has had more minor roles in television, and most recently played Charlotte in CBS’ comedy starring Matthew Perry, The Odd Couple. She also recently portrayed villainess Rhea in the CW superhero series Supergirl. Teri is the mother of a 21-year-old daughter from her previous marriage to actor Jon Tenney.
Mayim Bialik as Natalie
Although Natalie only appeared on Murphy Brown for one episode, she certainly made an impact. While appearing in “I Want My FYI” in season 2, Natalie was taken along to the FYI studios along with other budding reporters to take part in a children’s version of the show. Immediately, Natalie takes to Murphy and follows her around like a lap dog for the whole day. In fact, she becomes the ultimate mini-Murph! However, Murphy’s character and personality prove too much for Natalie, and it’s all too much to handle for the young woman.
Mayim Bialik now
Mayim Bialik was just 15 years old when she appeared on Murphy Brown, and it’s safe to say that she has since made a huge name for herself in the world of television. Just a few months after her time on the show, Mayim rose to fame for her role as the lead in the sitcom, Blossom. After taking a break from acting to earn her Ph.D. in neuroscience, Mayim Bialik later returned to the world of television and earned herself the role she is now known for. Yes, as Amy Farrah Fowler in the hilarious comedy, The Big Bang Theory!
Paula Zahn as herself
Paula Zahn appeared as herself for a whopping three episodes from 1991 until 1996, and it’s pretty difficult for us to forget her time on the show. Paula made her debut in season 4’s ‘A Chance of Showers’ alongside other celebrity faces such as Katie Couric, Faith Daniels, and Joan Lunden. The women all roll into town with their opinions and skepticism, just in time for Murphy’s baby shower. Unfortunately, Paula’s friendship doesn’t seem to help Murphy will her baby worries. We wonder why? Actually, it’s not too hard to know why.
Paula Zahn now
Although she is primarily a newscaster and journalist, Paula Zahn’s role on Murphy Brown proved that she has what it takes to be an actress. Nevertheless, Paula has never felt the need to become a fully-fledged actress, and she has always been happy with her successful career with news networks such as Fox News Channel, CBS, CNN and more. In recent years, Paula has spent most of her time working as the producer and host of her own true-crime documentary called On the Case with Paula Zahn.
Bette Midler as Caprice Feldman
Murphy Brown was notorious for hiring secretary after secretary, but none were quite as awesome as Caprice Feldman. As she strolled into the office with a tiny Chihuahua in her hand, Caprice left Murphy speechless – and she left us speechless too! With her distinct accent, her sultry walk, and her opinion on every single thing that she thought was wrong in Murphy’s office, she came in like a storm. Yet, she wasn’t over just yet. She then used her wily ways to charm Jim, and make Murphy slightly uncomfortable with her conversations about her former husband. Thankfully, Murphy didn’t need a secretary as she was leaving the show.
Bette Midler now
When Bette Midler appeared on Murphy Brown, she was already a huge name in the world of acting, music, and comedy – basically, there is nothing that she can’t do! Since starring on the show, Bette has continued to act on screen and on the stage, and was even awarded a Tony Award in 2017 for her work on the Broadway adaptation of Hello, Dolly! However, we’re not sure she had enough space on her shelf for any more awards, considering she has won three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, and three Grammy Awards throughout her career. That’s not even including her ability to sell more than 30 million records….
Jane Seymour as herself
We were first introduced to Jane Seymour as herself in season 7, during the ‘I Want My MTV-Jay’ episode. While visiting Stan in hospital, Murphy and the gang soon discover that he hasn’t really had a heart attack, but is instead using it as an excuse for having a little nip-and-tuck on his eyelids. As the gang starts to get in Stan’s way and interrupt his rest, they are themselves interrupted by nurse Seymour. Jane throws them all out of the room and settles down with Stan to catch up on their reading. What were they reading, we hear you ask? Why, it was Treasure Island, of course!
Jane Seymour now
By the time she landed her guest role on Murphy Brown, Jane Seymour had already proved to the world that she was both beautiful and talented after she appeared as an iconic Bond Girl in Live and Let Die. Since, then, Jane Seymour has only risen from strength to strength and has become one of the most famous women in Hollywood. As if that wasn’t enough, Jane Seymour has also written countless books and created her own jewelry line. In 2018, Jane broke the record as the oldest woman to ever pose for the famous magazine, Playboy.
Shelley Long as Dottie Wilcox
Shelley Long appeared in two episodes of Murphy Brown in 1995 and 1996, and both times her character Dottie was in the title of the episodes! Yes, she appeared in both “Son of Dottie” and “Dick and Dottie” and was introduced as a rival talk show host. Unfortunately, Dottie Wilcox isn’t the greatest fan of Murphy Brown. In fact, she forces her to apologize during the “Dick and Dottie” episode after Murphy slanders her name live on air. Reluctantly, Murphy agrees to repair her mistakes, and the pair soon become friends again.
Shelley Long now
Before she landed her role as Dottie Wilcox on Murphy Brown, Shelley Long had already established herself as a leading lady in television, after she appeared as Diane Chambers in the popular sitcom, Cheers. In fact, this role won her Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and even more nominations! Shelley is still acting today, and has recently made a transition into the world or producing. In fact, she was recently the executive producer on a 2017 movie called Angel. It seems as though she is now focusing largely on the movie world, as she has not appeared in a TV show since 2015.
Julie Hagerty as Dana
1996 was the year for Julie Hagerty as Dana, as she appeared in two episodes during this year. Indeed, Dana rocked onto the scene in ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and ‘A Comedy of Eros’ – and soon proved that her life as a public figure is not the perfect life everyone believes it to be. Although Frank was not overwhelmingly in love with Dana, he was willing to marry her to share her seemingly perfect life. However, when she gives Frank a proper insight into her dysfunctional life, he soon retracts his decision and moves on. Nobody is perfect, you know.
Julie Hagerty now
Julie Hagerty made her professional acting debut in 1979 and has managed to maintain a steady stream of work ever since. Luckily, Julie is the kind of actress who can work on both movies and TV, and she has since had recurring roles on comedy shows such as Happy Endings, Malcolm in the Middle, and Family. More recently, Julie has continued to work on comedies such as New Girl, Trial & Error and Grace and Frankie, and she is currently filming two major movies – including one holiday movie where she plays Mrs. Claus!
Christopher Rich as Miller Redfield
While Murphy Brown was the coolest reporter in the business, she did have a few contenders fighting at her heels – including Miller Redfield. However, we could all tell that Miller didn’t have quite what it took to become a big shot reporter. Put on television for his looks rather than his intelligence or personality, we could all tell that Miller didn’t have a huge amount going on upstairs, but we loved him all the same. He also helped out the rest of the team when they needed it, stepping in to replace Jim, and even supporting their strike.
Christopher Rich now
Nowadays, most Murphy Brown fans still remember Christopher Rich as Miller Redfield, but he has also continued to land recurring roles ever since the show came to an end. Most notably, Christopher has worked on the sitcoms, The George Carlin Show and Reba. Rich hasn’t worked on television since 2014 but has recently put all of his time and effort into the world of Hollywood. In fact, he has two new movies currently in post-production, and one waiting in the wings in pre-production. He’s not going away anytime soon!
Scott Bakula as Peter Hunt
Between 1993 and 1996, Scott Bakula appeared as Peter Hunt for a whopping 13 episodes, including ‘Old Flames,’ ‘FYI of the Hurricane,’ and ‘Prelude to a Kiss.’ Although we were introduced to him as a news anchor for the FYI network, he also had another string to his Murphy Brown storyline bow. Throughout his run on the show, Peter was also depicted as a love interest for Brown herself. While we loved their relationship at the time, nothing serious amounted from their casual encounters.
Scott Bakula now
Scott Bakula is now so famous that many people actually forget that he appeared on Murphy Brown – but he did! Since his time on the show, Scott Bakula has been chosen as the leading man for two major TV shows, including Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise. Scott currently stars as Dwayne Pride in the crime drama, NCIS: New Orleans, and has also guest starred on comedy shows and movies such as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Basmati Blues. Although he currently lives in New Orleans to film NCIS, Scott travels back to LA every single weekend to be with his wife.
Lily Mariye as Secretary
Lily Mariye had the pleasure of appearing on the first ever season of Murphy Brown, and appeared in episode 3 called ‘Nowhere to Run.’ Like many of the other women on this list, Lily appeared as one of Murphy’s many assistants. However, this secretary worked with Murphy during a pretty testing time at the station. After her boss investigates mob culture and exposes the names of dangerous people around the surrounding areas, those in the office – and especially Miles – feel particularly exposed to those, who seek revenge.
Lily Mariye now
Although we know her as the secretary from Murphy Brown, Lily Mariye is actually a hugely talented actress, director, and filmmaker. After her time on the show, Lily managed to maintain a busy schedule as an actress but has since focused her attention on her directing career. In recent years, she has been a part of the prestigious CBS Directing Initiative and has since landed directing jobs on crime shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles and Chicago P.D, as well as the musical drama, Nashville. In her personal life, Lily is married to the famous musician, Boney James.
Aretha Franklin as herself
It was a big day when Aretha Franklin walked onto the set of Murphy Brown as herself for ‘The Queen of Soul’ episode. However, she wasn’t given the best storyline. After Brown landed the chance of a lifetime to interview Aretha Franklin for the show, they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation when Aretha’s delayed train doesn’t get her to the studio on time. Yet, it wasn’t all bad. After Murphy embarrassed herself live on television and Aretha finally got to the studio, they eventually got to rock out. Or at least, Aretha rocked out, and Murphy tried.
Aretha Franklin now
Do we even need to introduce Aretha Franklin? After making her musical debut in 1956, Aretha Franklin has continued along her path to success. As one of the most famous singers of all time, it was a real treat to see her on our screens in Murphy Brown – but that wasn’t the end of her reign. Today, Aretha has a whopping 18 Grammy Awards to her name and has sold more than 75 million records over the course of her career. Aretha has not performed for her adoring fans since 2015, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about her. She is still a legend.
Bob Newhart as Dr. Bob Hartley
While Bob Newhart only appeared in one episode of Murphy Brown, his appearance on the show sparked excitement across the world – as he was not just appearing as a guest star, he was also appearing in a crossover! Indeed, during the height of Murphy Brown, The Bob Newhart show was all the rage. In an epic crossover, the producers of both shows decided to cross over the characters, and Dr. Bob Hartley appeared as Frank’s psychologist in ‘Anything But Cured’… and he didn’t have too many kind words to say about Murphy herself.
Bob Newhart now
Bob Newhart wowed fans across the world when he appeared on Murphy Brown, considering he was already at the peak of his fame within The Bob Newhart Show. However, what he didn’t realize was that this was just the start of this actor and stand-up comedians career. In recent years, Bob Newhart has made his way into the world of movies and has used his comedic style to aid major comedies such as Elf, Legally Blonde 2, Horrible Bosses and more. He has also made a name for himself as Professor Photon in both The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Wes
Like Mayim Bialik, Mark-Paul Gosselaar appeared in the episode during season 2 called ‘I Want My FYI.’ During this episode, Wes was one of the children asked to attend the station to take part in the children’s version of the FYI show. Despite the fact that Natalie stole the show as the Mini-Murph, that doesn’t mean that Wes was any less important. In fact, with his blond locks, his adorable face and his can-do attitude, Wes was extremely popular with the rest of the crew. Sadly, this was the only episode he appeared in.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar now
During his time on Murphy Brown, Mark-Paul Gosselaar was entertaining fans everywhere for his leading role in the ‘90s sitcom, Saved By The Bell. He soon became a staple within the Saved By The Bell franchise and appeared in various spinoffs and movies. However, Mark has since made his way out of the child star category, and taken on serious roles within crime dramas such as NYPD Blue, Law & Order and more. In 2016, Mark-Paul was cast as the leading role in the drama, Pitch, before it was canceled after just one season.
Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood
One of the show’s main characters throughout the show’s duration is Corky Sherwood. A Southern blonde bombshell, Corky was titled Miss America before joining the team of journalists at FYI. She replaces Murphy during her leave of absence, and due to her perky, outgoing, and relentlessly optimistic personality, she receives a great audience reaction and gets to stay on the team after Murphy’s return. She typically is given lighter, lifestyle pieces or celebrity gossip stories due to her slight lack of seriousness when it comes to world affairs.
Faith Ford now
Not long after the series finale, Faith Ford got cast as the down-to-earth mother-of-three Hope Shanowski alongside co-star Kelly Ripa in the sitcom Hope & Faith, which lasted for three seasons. Since then, she has taken on a variety of television and movie roles, and was most recently in the 2017 holiday drama titled Christmas in Mississippi. Luckily, we will also get to see her reprise the role of Corky Sherwood in the 2018 reboot. She has been married to director and writer Campion Murphy since 1998.
Sarah Zinsser as Make-Up Lady
While her character may not have an official name on the show, Sarah makes quite the impact on the people at the office. Everyone is divided after Murphy is denied access to a gentleman’s only club which sparks a battle that pits men versus women. Sarah adds that she believes that if men are allowed their own clubs, then women should let them and set up their own instead. This even starts an argument between Sarah and the camera operator with a crush on Murphy as Sarah accuses him of never asking her on a date.
Sarah Zinsser now
Appearing in Murphy Brown was one of Sarah’s first acting roles of her career way back in 1989. Since then, the actress has continued to land smaller characters. Some of Sarah’s characters include her most prominent part as the receptionist in the comedy movie Big Momma’s House, as well as her time in the drama romance film Kieth, the comedy-drama show Gilmore Girls, and a recurring role in the mystery series Pretty Little Liars. Sarah continues to act and is currently working on many productions due to be released in 2018 and 2019.
Hilary Shepard as Jessie
When the show dips in the ratings, Murphy and the team are forced to try and make their news show more appealing to the audience. That’s where the show enlists the help of the HOAR – a group of women founded by Jessie that fight for the legalization of women of the night. Murphy sets about interviewing Jessie, who tries to explain the social and moral reasons she believes her line of work should be legal. However, it isn’t long before talk turns to her career choices.
Hilary Shepard now
Hilary actually began her career as a musician as she was the lead singer and percussionist in the band American Girls. After her appearance in the show, Hilary rose to fame for playing Divatox in the superhero action movie Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. Her role in the film led to furthering her time as the character in the shows Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers in Space. As well as her famous role, Hilary continues to act in various other parts, including the Netflix musical drama Paradox set to be released in May 2018.
Ann Ryerson as Rose
On the opposing side of the argument around women of the night and their legality is Rose, founder of the organization known as HAGS. Rose and her team are entirely against the others’ line of work and believe that by allowing these women to continue as they do, they aren’t helping to contribute towards America. Rose only appeared in one episode during 1989 in the first season, but her time on Murphy’s show made a huge impact.
Ann Ryerson now
Before appearing on the show, Ann rose to fame for playing Kate in the horror Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. Her time as Rose in Murphy Brown was just another role on the path to success for this actress. Over the years, Ann has appeared in various shows, including voicing characters in the animated children’s show The Further Adventures of SuperTed, a time in the mystery series Desperate Housewives, the comedy show Paul the Matchmaker, and appearing in the comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. However, Ann hasn’t been seen acting since her last role in 2014.
Gedde Watanabe as Guru Prem
As tensions begin to rise in the office, there is only one thing to do: book in a stress relieving class for all the employees. This is where Guru Prem steps in to lead the office through various ways they can focus their emotions. Prem begins leading the class through movements when a reluctant Murphy bends down to ask Miles if she can leave. Sadly, Murphy gets stuck in the position as her back seizes. Prem is left with one option – check that she signed a release form!
Gedde Watanabe now
Life for Gedde has taken a majorly different path to what he envisaged as the actor grew up believing he would have to perform music on the streets to afford his acting lifestyle. Now, he has become a huge name in Hollywood. Two of his most famous roles over the years have been voicing Ling in the Disney animated movie Mulan, a character that he reprised for the video games, and for playing Nurse Yosh Takata for six years in the medical drama ER. Gedde has most recently voiced Hamster Mitch in the animated comedy series Bravest Warriors.
Loretta Devine as Nurse Hawking
When Murphy is forced to go to the hospital because of her back, the trip doesn’t go smoothly. Many patients begin to recognize the journalist, and her bed soon becomes the latest spot for a meet and greet! Although Nurse Hawking is left in charge of looking after Murphy, things don’t all go according to plan. The nurse is determined to open the lid on the hospital’s secrets as she believes Murphy is there to dig up some dirt, while Murphy manages to annoy most of the hospital staff by moving her office into her room.
Loretta Devine now
This actress has already been making a name for herself in the world of acting long before she appeared on Murphy Brown. Over the years, Loretta has continued to perform in various productions, including some of her most prominent roles in the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, and the drama series Boston Public. All of Loretta’s hard work has even seen the actress take home an Emmy. Most recently Loretta has been voicing Hallie in the animated children’s show Doc McStuffins and has plenty of work lined up for release in 2018.
Julia Roberts as herself
Julia Roberts, who was already a huge name in Hollywood at the time, surprised Murphy Brown viewers during the series two-part finale with a guest appearance. She played herself, and comes into the office looking for Frank, who had always had an enormous crush on her. According to the show’s writer Diane English, Julia was a big fan of the show. When it came time for the series finale, she called the actress and told her, “This is it. I’d love to write something for you.” And she replied, “I’m there. Just tell me when.”
Julia Roberts now
Julia Roberts had already starred in memorable films such as Pretty Woman, Sleeping with the Enemy, and My Best Friend’s Wedding by the time she made her Murphy Brown debut. Of course, her career continued to take off and hasn’t stopped since. In 2001, she earned an Oscar for her incredible performance in Erin Brockovich. She most recently starred in the 2017 family-drama Wonder as the mother of a young boy with Treacher Collins syndrome. The mother-of-three has been married to cinematographer Daniel Moder since 2002.
Kate Mulgrew as Hillary
Kate Mulgrew made her Murphy Brown debut in season 4 of the show, where she appeared as Hillary in the ‘On the Rocks’ episode. Although she only appeared in one episode, she certainly made an impact with her lovable ways and her talent on camera. During her maternity leave, Murphy was replaced by Hillary – an anchorwoman from Canada. While the rest of the gang were overwhelmed by her nature and her beauty, Murphy wasn’t completely sold. In fact, she wasn’t convinced that Hillary was quite as sober as she seemed…
Kate Mulgrew now
We almost didn’t recognize Kate Mulgrew in Murphy Brown with that smile on her face, considering fans of Orange Is The New Black are used to Red scowling at every opportunity. Just a few years after her guest appearance on Murphy Brown, Kate Mulgrew scored a role that would skyrocket her career. After she spent a whopping six years as Kathryn Janeway in the sci-fi franchise, Star Trek: Voyager, Kate soon became a staple within the acting world – which means it’s no surprise that she was eventually cast in one of the most popular comedy dramas of this decade.
Morgan Fairchild as Julia St. Martin
Morgan Fairchild didn’t have to do much acting when she appeared in season 2’s ‘TV or Not TV,’ when she appeared as Julia St. Martin – a popular actress. Julia visited Murphy and the team at their offices to learn the ways of a reporter and understand life in a news station for a brand new acting role, where she would play the role of an anchorwoman. Julia immediately attached herself to Murphy and saw her as a role model for her upcoming movie role. In fact, she wanted to base her new character around Brown.
Morgan Fairchild now
Considering Morgan Fairchild is now one of the biggest women in Hollywood, we won’t blame you if you’ve forgotten that she appeared on Murphy Brown. However, you might want to remember that Morgan was actually nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for this role! Since then, Morgan Fairchild has had producers waiting in line to work with her, but she has taken a slight back seat in her career nowadays. Nevertheless, she did appear in the popular soap opera, Days of Our Lives, in 2017. She is also a board member of the acting union, SAG-AFTRA.
Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown
The titular character of the show, Murphy Brown, is the star investigative reporter of FYI, a television newsmagazine based in Washington, D.C. During the series’ first episode, she is returning from a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic after recovering from a drinking problem. Witty, tough, sarcastic, and highly opinionated, while she isn’t seen as the most tender person in the newsroom, she certainly is the most dedicated and driven. After becoming pregnant by her ex-husband, she decides to raise her son Avery on her own, as a single mother.
Candice Bergen now
Candice Bergen became a television icon after her long and well-acclaimed performance on the ten-season series. Two years after the finale, she played the cruel villainess in the action-comedy Miss Congeniality. Shortly after, she went on to play tough attorney Shirley Schmidt in the crime-drama Boston Legal, which continued for five seasons. Most recently, she appeared in the 2017 romance-comedy Home Again alongside Reese Witherspoon. She has been married to New York real estate expert Marshall Rose since 2000. Thankfully, she’s coming back for the revival!