On May 18, 1998, fans said goodbye to the iconic CBS show "Murphy Brown" after a 10-year run. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the series finale — and the news that the sitcom is being rebooted by CBS in the fall of 2018 — Wonderwall.com is checking up on the original cast. Keep reading to see what Candice Bergen, Faith Ford and the rest of the "FYI" crew have been up to in recent years!
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Candice Bergen starred as leading lady Murphy Brown, a famous investigative journalist and anchor for a fictional CBS news show.
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Candice Bergen has had quite an impressive career since "Murphy Brown" left the airwaves. The actress went on to play Carrie's Vogue editor, Enid Frick, on the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" (and the first "SATC" movie) and Shirley Schmidt on the ABC drama "Boston Legal" from 2005 to 2008. Candice also continued her career in film, starring in "Miss Congeniality," "Sweet Home Alabama," "The Women" and "Bride Wars." The mother of one returned to Broadway to star in revivals of "The Best Man" in 2012 and "Love Letters" in 2014. In May 2018, she joins Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen in the rom-com "Book Club." And in the fall of 2018, she'll be back on the small screen when CBS reboots "Murphy Brown." This time around, the journalist will be working in a "world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate," the network said in a press release. As for her personal life, Candice found love again after the death of her first husband, French director Louis Malle, in 1995: She married New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose in 2000.
Pat Corley starred as Phil, the owner of a bar and grill frequented by Murphy and her fellow journalists, on "Murphy Brown."
Pat Corley continued to have a successful acting career after "Murphy Brown" wrapped. The Dallas native and father of five enjoyed a number of roles on TV shows and in films including "All Dogs Go to Heaven 2," "Coach," "When Time Expires," "Walking Across Egypt," "Tom Sawyer," "Hey Arnold!" and "Come Early Morning." Sadly, Pat died of congestive heart failure at 76 in September 2006, a year after his actress wife, Iris Corley, passed away.
Faith Ford starred as Corky Sherwood, Murphy's replacement during her sabbatical, on "Murphy Brown." Corky was a former Miss America from Louisiana who often annoyed the other journalists with her relentlessly cheery personality and lack of worldly sophistication.
Faith Ford continued to develop her career on television after "Murphy Brown" ended. In 1998, she executive produced her own short-lived sitcom, "Maggie Winters," and appeared on "The Norm Show" from 1999 to 2001. The actress starred with Kelly Ripa on "Hope & Faith" from 2003 to 2006 and released a cookbook in 2004. Over the last decade, she's made several TV movies including, most recently, Lifetime's "Christmas in Mississippi" in 2017. Faith married personal trainer Campion Murphy in 1998, the same year "Murphy Brown" went off the air. In 2008, Faith — who has Graves disease — opened up about years of fertility struggles. She'll be back for CBS's "Murphy Brown" reboot in the fall of 2018.
Charles Kimbrough (pictured here with co-star Candice Bergen) starred as stuffy veteran anchor Jim Dial on "Murphy Brown."
Charles Kimbrough's on-screen career slowed down after "Murphy Brown," though he made guest appearances on "Family Guy," "The Angry Beavers," "Batman Beyond" and "Ally McBeal." He also appeared in "The Wedding Planner" and lent his voice to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame II." The longtime stage actor returned to Broadway three times after "Murphy Brown" ended, appearing in revivals of "Accent on Youth" with David Hyde Pierce, "The Merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino and "Harvey" with Jim Parsons. Charles married actress Beth Howland in 2002. She died from lung cancer in 2015.
Joe Regalbuto (left, with co-star Charles Kimbrough) starred as Murphy's best friend and sometime competitor, investigative reporter Frank Fontana, on "Murphy Brown."
Since "Murphy Brown" wrapped, Joe Regalbuto expanded his career to include work behind the camera. The Brooklyn native directed episodes of "Titus," "George Lopez," "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Hot in Cleveland," though he's also continued to act on shows including "Ally McBeal," "Ghost Whisperer," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS" and "Major Crimes." In 2012, he won praise for a memorable guest-starring spot on the NBC/TNT series "Southland." The father of three — who will be back for the late-2018 "Murphy Brown" reboot on CBS — has also managed to accomplish something most of Hollywood hasn't: He has a long and happy marriage! He and wife Rosemary have been wed since 1972!
Robert Pastorelli (pictured here with Candice Bergen) starred as Eldin Bernecky, a New Age philosophy-dispensing house painter who renovates Murphy's home, on "Murphy Brown."
Robert Pastorelli's career struggled after the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Charemon Jonovich, in 1999. The 25 year old, who shared a baby daughter with the actor, was killed by a gunshot to the head in Robert's Hollywood Hills home, and police initially believed it was a suicide, though it was later ruled a homicide. "Inside Edition" reported that police were preparing to charge the actor — who went on to have another daughter with another woman in 2000 — with murder when he was found dead of a drug overdose in March 2004 at age 49. Between the end of "Murphy Brown" and his death, Robert appeared in projects including "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" and "South Pacific" and had completed filming his role as a hit man in "Be Cool," which was released the year after his OD.
Grant Shaud (right, with Candice Bergen and Joe Regalbuto) starred as Miles Silverberg, a 20-something overachiever who was hired as the new executive producer after leaving public TV, on "Murphy Brown."
Grant Shaud made the transition to voice-over work after "Murphy Brown" ended in 1998. Fans can hear him in hit animation projects such as "Antz," "The Wild Thornberrys" and "Batman: The Animated Series." He also made guest appearances on shows including "Touched by an Angel," "Oliver Beene," "Pushing Daisies," "Law & Order," "Medium," "Louie," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Younger." He'll be back for the "Murphy Brown" reboot on CBS in late 2018.
Lily Tomlin (right, with Candice Bergen) starred as veteran TV producer Kay Carter-Shepley on "Murphy Brown."
Lily Tomlin is still an in-demand actress who's starring on one of TV's most popular shows. The comedy legend is one of the leading ladies on the Netflix series "Grace & Frankie," a performance that's earned her three Emmy nominations. She's also memorably appeared in "The West Wing," "Desperate Housewives," "Tea with Mussolini," "I Heart Huckabees" and "Grandma" and voiced Ms. Frizzle on "The Magic School Bus." Lily married writer-producer Jane Wagner in 2013 after 42 years as a couple.
Jay Thomas (with co-star Candice Bergen) guest starred as tabloid talk-show host Jerry Gold, Murphy's friend and occasional love interest, on "Murphy Brown."
Jay Thomas, who won two Emmys for playing Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown," had a lasting career in Hollywood after the show ended. The New Orleans native — who previously was perhaps best known as Carla's husband on "Cheers" — appeared in "Killing Mr. Griffin," "Mr. Holland's Opus," "The Santa Clause 2," "The Santa Clause 3," "Hung" and "Ray Donovan." During the Christmas season, he was also an annual guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," where from 1998 to 2012 (and again in 2014) he told and re-told a hilarious story about meeting "Lone Ranger" actor Clayton Moore at a car dealership to fans' delight. Beginning in 2005, the former DJ hosted "The Jay Thomas Show" on SiriusXM. Sadly, Jay died from throat cancer in August 2017, leaving behind his longtime wife, Sally Michelson, and three sons.