The first original episode of “Murphy Brown” since 1998 will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening on CBS, thanks to the early months of the Trump presidency.

Series creator Diane English said after the 2016 election, Peter Roth, the president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros. Television Group, “came to us and said, `Would you consider bringing the show back?’

“(Series star) Candice (Bergen) and I were kind of reluctant because we felt we had done it,”’ English said at last month’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

“But as the months ticked by, it started to feel like we had maybe a real reason to come back, and so Peter said, `What if I pay you to write a script?’ And that got my attention.”

English said she accepted the offer, was paid in advance “and then I didn’t turn it in for nine months because, as you can imagine, it was kind of a daunting experience to go back and revisit this.

“But once I did, it came pouring out of me.”

English said she gave the script to Bergen and asked “What do you think?”

“`Let’s do it,”’ Bergen recalled as her answer.

CBS gave “Murphy Brown” a 13-episode order for this season, without having to shoot a pilot.

Bergen is joined by three of the other six original cast members for the series’ return — Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

Charles Kimbrough, who played anchorman Jim Dial for the series’ fictional news magazine “F.Y.I.,” will guest star in three episodes, beginning with the third, set to air Oct. 11.

“Charlie himself lives in Los Angeles, and the relocation to New York would have been kind of tough for him,” English said.

The new cast members include six-time Emmy winner Tyne Daly, who runs Phil’s Bar, where in the original 1988-98 run television newswoman Murphy Brown and colleagues gathered after work.

Daly’s character is the sister of the character played by the late Pat Corley in the original.

The other cast member from the start of the original run, Robert Pastorelli, who played house painter Eldin Bernecky, died in 2004.

Thursday evening’s episode includes a reference to Pastorelli’s character.

The other new cast members are Jake McDorman, who plays Brown’s son Avery, the liberal voice of the rival conservative Wolf Network, and Nik Dodani, the social media director of “Murphy in the Morning,” the cable news program Brown anchors.

Avery’s birth in 1992 prompted then-Vice President Dan Quayle to criticize the Murphy Brown character for “mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone.”

While “Murphy Brown” has “always been a political show with something to say,” English said she is focusing the revival “through the prism of the press.”

“The First Amendment and free press is under attack like I’ve never seen before, I don’t think anybody’s ever seen before,” English said. “The press is not the enemy of the people, and these guys, our characters, are the press. So we deal with that a lot.”

The series will “leave the Trump-bashing jokes and stuff to the late-night guys,” said English, who received four Emmy nominations for writing and four for producing during the show’s original run, winning once in each category.

“We are concentrating on bigger themes — climate change, Me Too, midterm elections, Russian meddling,” English said. “These things are not going to be topical a year from now, so that’s how we’re planning our episodes.”

“Murphy Brown” is part of CBS’ fall schedule because it is a “well-written, well-crafted and really fun series,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told City News Service.

“`Murphy Brown’ is a comedy that always had a very distinctive point of view, and we believe in this current environment that viewers will welcome her biting humor and social commentary,” Kahl said.

Of the 20 scripted series on CBS’ fall schedule, five are reboots or revivals.

“The movie business has been very successfully doing reboots and sequels for years,” Kahl said. “The fourth version of `A Star is Born’ will premiere next week. It’s getting huge Oscar buzz.

“Audiences have proven they embrace titles and concepts that are familiar and it makes perfect sense for `big tent’ broadcast programmers to follow that notion.”

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