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Murphy Brown Revival: Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud Set to Return

The gang is getting back together.

One month after CBS announced its plans for a Murphy Brown revival again starring five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen, three more original cast members are on board.

Faith Ford is set to reprise her role as perky Corky Sherwood, while Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud will be back as Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg.

Since Murphy Brown’s 1998 finale, Ford has co-starred opposite Kelly Ripa on the sitcom Hope & Faith and guest-starred on assorted series; Regalbuto most recently appeared on episodes of Castle and Curb Your Enthusiasm; and Shaud costarred on Madigan Men and Oliver Beene,
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Murphy Brown Revival Ordered at CBS; Candice Bergen Reprising Title Role

CBS is ready to make you feel like a natural woman all over again.*

The network has ordered a 13-episode revival of the classic sitcom Murphy Brown with star Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English returning to their respective roles.

Murphy Brown, which ran on the Eye Network from 1988 to 1998, starred Bergen as an investigative journalist working at the newsmagazine Fyi — a role that earned her five Emmys. Per CBS, “Murphy Brown returns [30 years later!] to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”

After Murphy Brown’s final sign-off, Bergen went
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Joanna Johnson

You may know Joanna Johnson if you’ve seen The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. She played Caroline Spencer Forrester (and her twin Karen) during her tenure on the show, marking herself as one of the best actresses featured on this long-running soap. Johnson also boasts writing and producing credits. She created the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. It ran for three seasons and was moderately successful. Plus, she is an executive producer and writer for The Fosters – a very popular show hosted on Freeform. This actress came out as gay back in 2012, following a string of reveals

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Joanna Johnson
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'Earl' scribes ink with 20th TV

'Earl' scribes ink with 20th TV
Writer-producers John Hoberg and Kat Likkel have signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, the writing duo will continue on the studio-produced comedy My Name Is Earl, where they will be elevated to co-exec producers next season, and will take crack at developing their own shows.

"'Earl' is one of the most distinctive comedies on the air, and Kat and John have been a big part of its success from the beginning," 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. "They're incredibly talented and they bring their own quirky, offbeat sensibility to everything they write."

Hoberg and Likkel, who are married, became a writing team in 2003, shortly before they landed their first job together on ABC's Hope & Faith.

In the spring of 2005, looking for their next gig, they read all network pilots and immediately responded to Earl. Hoberg and Likkel loved the script so much, they turned down several jobs hoping and praying that they would get on Earl.

"It could've been the worst or the best decision we've even made," Hoberg said.

Options keep ABC, Fox's pilots flying

Several pilots have received a second lease on life after the options on their actors were extended.

The principal casts of ABC's comedies The Middle and The Hill and Fox's dramedy Nurses have been extended. Also extended were two of the leads of Fox's The Cure, Oded Fehr and Anson Mount. If the Warner Bros. TV-produced medical drama is picked up to series, it is expected to undergo retooling.

Middle, from WBTV, is a single-camera family comedy starring Ricki Lake.

It is not clear how a potential starring role on a primetime series would effect Lake's chances to join ABC's The View as a co-host. Since both shows are owned by ABC, she could follow the lead of Kelly Ripa, who simultaneously starred on ABC's sitcom Hope & Faith and co-hosted ABC's Live With Regis and Kelly.

Hill, also from WBTV, is a multicamera comedic soap set in Washington starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Eric Christian Olsen and Wendie Malick.

The new comedy series that ABC has picked up so far for next season -- Cavemen, Carpoolers and Samantha Who? -- are all single-camera.

Fox making 'Friends' for Weide pic

Fox making 'Friends' for Weide pic
Megan Fox has joined the cast of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the adaptation of the Toby Young memoir being directed by Robert B. Weide.

Fox joins a cast that includes Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges and Danny Huston in the story about the disastrous stint of a contributing editor (Pegg) at a magazine. Young's account told of his time working in the pseudo-glitzy world of Vanity Fair.

Fox will play a young Hollywood starlet getting her first taste of fame.

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen are producing. Film 4 is financing.

Fox is generating buzz in her starring role opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers. She also co-starrerd in television's Hope & Faith and appeared opposite Lindsay Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Fox is repped by Gersh, Teitelbaum Artists and Barnes Morris Klein.

Brian Austin Green Engaged

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Brian Austin Green Engaged
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Brian Austin Green has proposed to his girlfriend of two years, actress Megan Fox. The 33-year-old star, who played Tori Spelling's love interest David Silver on the hit series, was previously engaged to co-star Vanessa Marcil. Green and Marcil have one son together, Kassius, four. Fox, 20 has appeared on the sitcoms Hope & Faith and Two And A Half Men and appears in the upcoming Transformers film. Green tells American publication Us Weekly that no official wedding date has been set and that the couple may decide to elope.

Two lives to live: Ripa, Consuelos land CW comedy

CW has teamed with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos for a comedy project loosely based on the acting couple's real-life experiences in the soap opera world. The untitled, multicamera comedy, developed by Rippa and Consuelos and to be written by Jeff Hodes and Nastaran Dibai, has received a script commitment from the network. Hodes and Dibai, who most recently executive produced Ripa's sitcom on ABC Hope & Faith, will executive produce the project with Rippa and Consuelos. Warner Bros. TV is producing.

Cabler WE tv has 'Faith' in 73 episodes

Cabler WE tv has 'Faith' in 73 episodes
WE tv said Monday that it has acquired all three seasons of the sitcom Hope & Faith from Buena Vista Television. The female-targeted cable network said it has acquired a total of 73 half-hour episodes of the comedy series, which stars Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford. WE plans to debut the series with a marathon from noon-10 p.m. EST on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. The series will begin airing in its regular time slot -- weekdays at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET, following another off-net acquisition, Dharma & Greg -- on Nov. 27.

ABC schedule shifts include 'Alias,' 'Faith'

ABC unveiled some late midseason schedule shuffling that will send returning series Alias and Hope & Faith to new nights. Alias, which is in its final season, is moving from Thursday to Wednesday at 8 p.m. beginning April 19. The spy drama took a brief hiatus from its 8 p.m. Thursday slot beginning in January, when Dancing With the Stars made a successful run in its time slot. Faith, which has struggled on Fridays, will move to Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning March 21, following According to Jim. ABC also said it has postponed the premiere of the new drama What About Brian for two weeks, slotting a sneak preview April 16 after Desperate Housewives. The next day, it will settle into its regular time slot at 10 p.m. Monday. In addition, ABC has scheduled its four-hour miniseries The Ten Commandments in successive two-hour installments April 10 and April 11. The network confirmed that the drama Invasion, which is stepping out of its 10 p.m. Wednesday slot to give new hour The Evidence a try, will return to the schedule April 19.

'Stars' to stay on dance floor longer

ABC's Dancing With the Stars is about to step on NBC's toes. Just one day after the peacock revealed it would move hit comedy My Name is Earl to Thursdays at 9 p.m., ABC announced Friday it is expanding Stars episodes to 90 minutes. That will take the network's summer hit, originally scheduled on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m., through 9:30 p.m. -- directly against Earl. ABC also announced a time slot for a half-hour results show for Stars, Fridays at 8 p.m., and scheduled new crime drama In Justice at 9 p.m. Fridays. That will put unscripted series Supernanny on hiatus, and move sitcom Hope & Faith to 8:30 p.m.

'Stars' to stay on dance floor longer

'Stars' to stay on dance floor longer
ABC's Dancing With the Stars is about to step on NBC's toes. Just one day after the peacock revealed it would move hit comedy My Name is Earl to Thursdays at 9 p.m., ABC announced Friday it is expanding Stars episodes to 90 minutes. That will take the network's summer hit, originally scheduled on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m., through 9:30 p.m. -- directly against Earl. ABC also announced a time slot for a half-hour results show for Stars, Fridays at 8 p.m., and scheduled new crime drama In Justice at 9 p.m. Fridays. That will put unscripted series Supernanny on hiatus, and move sitcom Hope & Faith to 8:30 p.m.

'Stars' to stay on dance floor longer

'Stars' to stay on dance floor longer
ABC's Dancing With the Stars is about to step on NBC's toes. Just one day after the peacock revealed it would move hit comedy My Name is Earl to Thursdays at 9 p.m., ABC announced Friday it is expanding Stars episodes to 90 minutes. That will take the network's summer hit, originally scheduled on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m., through 9:30 p.m. -- directly against Earl. ABC also announced a time slot for a half-hour results show for Stars, Fridays at 8 p.m., and scheduled new crime drama In Justice at 9 p.m. Fridays. That will put unscripted series Supernanny on hiatus, and move sitcom Hope & Faith to 8:30 p.m.

Lachey, Brandy ink WB talent deals

WB has signed separate talent holding deals with actor-singers Nick Lachey and Brandy. Lachey, one half of the married team featured in the MTV hit series Newlyweds, is no stranger to WB, having guest-starred on the series Charmed. He also put in appearances on the ABC series Hope and Faith. He has been attached to a few comedy projects in recent pilot seasons that didn't materialize. Brandy, star of the UPN series Moesha, last appeared in her own MTV reality series Brandy: Special Delivery, which chronicled the birth of her first child. In 2004, she had a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co., Touchstone TV and Storyline Entertainment for her own half-hour series, which didn't materialize (HR 8/20/04). Lachey is repped by ICM. Brandy is repped by WMA.

'Comeback in progress' at ABC

NEW YORK -- Touting the promise of a dozen new series, ABC promised to build on its success this season at its upfront presentation Tuesday at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan. "Let me be clear: This is a comeback in progress," ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson said. "We are building our shows, and we are rebuilding our relationship with the audience." With three new dramas and two new comedies ready for the fall, ABC laid out its plan to continue the progress it has made this season, when the network experienced the biggest year-to-year growth for a broadcaster in the past 25 years on the strength of such new hits as Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey's Anatomy and Wife Swap. "ABC has undergone an astounding transformation, going from the fat kid who eats paste, as Jimmy Kimmel so elegantly put it last year, to a network that is back in the game," said Anne Sweeney, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group. Emerging from a position of strength has done little to lessen ABC's willingness to reshuffle its schedule, which it also did aggressively -- and successfully -- last year. With the exception of the original series that are scheduled on Sunday, where the lineup will remain intact, 10 of the 11 returning series on other nights find themselves in new time slots. The only holdover is Hope & Faith, which returns to Fridays at 9 p.m., where it serves as lead-in to new comedy Hot Properties.

'Santiagos' in Dis Channel's universe

'Santiagos' in Dis Channel's universe
Disney Channel has ordered the animated series pilot The Santiagos of Sector 9. Peter Murrieta (Hope and Faith), Vincent Cheung and Ben Montanio (The Steve Harvey Show) created and wrote Sector, which revolves around a boy who discovers that he is the guardian of the galaxy, while his sister is a villain in the making bent on world domination. Walt Disney Television Animation will produce the pilot in consideration of a series order for next year. No voice talent is attached yet.

Electra's Awkward Sitcom Kiss

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Sexy actress Carmen Electra had an awkward moment during a guest stint on a sitcom when an actor continued to kiss her after cameras stopped rolling - in front of his wife. The former Baywatch beauty, married to rocker Dave Navarro, makes an appearance on American comedy series Hope & Faith as a love rival to the show's star Kelly Ripa. But the man they battle over in the episode, airing tonight, is Ripa's real-life husband Mark Consuelos, which proved for some awkward moments. Electra says of Consuelos, "One time they called cut and he kept going and Kelly was standing right there. We just all busted out laughing. She's a sweetheart so I didn't feel uncomfortable because of that. But it was a little weird."

Sorbo going for laughs in ABC deal

Sorbo going for laughs in ABC deal
After nearly a dozen years in action-adventure land, Kevin Sorbo is ready to segue to the lighter side of television. Sorbo, star of the syndicated first-run dramas Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, has inked a holding deal with ABC that calls for the network to develop a comedy project for the actor, ABC confirmed. Sorbo is no stranger to the sitcom genre. He's been building up his comedy chops during the past few seasons by doing guest shots on sitcoms, including ABC's According to Jim and Hope & Faith, during his hiatus period from Tribune Entertainment's Andromeda, which is heading into its fifth and final season this fall.

Lively to join 'L Word'; Fox hops to 'Hope'

Eric Lively has joined the cast of Showtime's The L Word, Megan Fox has landed the role of Hope's teen daughter on ABC's Hope and Faith, and Arj Barker has been tapped as the lead in NBC's comedy pilot Nearly Nirvana. On Showtime's provocative drama The L Word, from Viacom Prods., Lively will play Jenny Schecter's (Mia Kirshner) new roommate. Lively most recently starred in NBC's comedy pilot The Men's Room in a role that was subsequently recast. Last season, he co-starred on Fox's comedy A Minute With Stan Hooper. His credits also include NBC's miniseries Uprising and the indie Speak, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to debut on Showtime.

Levisetti segues to Touchstone

Levisetti segues to Touchstone
Emile Levisetti, head of Industry Entertainment's TV production division, has left the management-production firm to ink an overall deal with Touchstone TV. Under the two-year pact, which includes an option for a third year, Levisetti will continue to serve as an executive producer on the comedy Hope & Faith, a co-production of Touchstone and Industry TV. Levisetti, who will continue to commute between New York, where Hope & Faith is based, and Los Angeles, also will be developing other projects for the studio. In addition to Hope & Faith, Levisetti this past season executive produced the Touchstone/Industry TV drama Threat Matrix.
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