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Murphy Brown reports for duty on this week’s EW Fall TV Preview cover

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The revival of Murphy Brown was definitely a long time coming.

Creator Diane English first started to consider whether to bring back her iconic character from the ’80s and ’90s in 2012, when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin started to get under her skin. “Sarah was really the beginning of the Trump era, in a way that we had never seen before,” English tells EW. “She didn’t have much experience, had very strong opinions, and was extremely out-there. I really disliked her. I made a joke someplace like, ‘If CBS just gave me six episodes, that’s all I would need.’ It became moot, though, because [the GOP] was soundly beaten, so we never really visited it.”

But Warner Bros. TV never forgot about the crown jewel that was tucked away in its vault. Right in the midst of the reboot wave, the studio cut English a big, six-figure check to write a Murphy Brown spec script. But as game as English was about reviving her hit comedy, it ended up taking months to complete.

“It was hard,” she admits. “In the back of my head, I was thinking, “Is this gonna be a mistake? If we don’t do it as good as we did before, we’re going to just get ripped apart in the press. Who needs it at this stage in life? There was a legacy there, and I didn’t want to mess it up.”

So far, so

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