Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
I remember Murphy Brown being a big hit with the grown-ups in my life when I was young, though during the show's early days the humor was a bit too sophisticated for me and my Nickelodeon-loving self. In retrospect I think of it as one of the greatest television shows of its generation — especially since it centered around a tough-minded single woman in the workplace. Plus, I loved the Motown songs that opened each episode!
Candice Bergen was fantastic as the title character Murphy Brown, but what over-30 actress do you think has the stature and the comedic timing to inhabit the part today? And then there are her colleagues: Stuffy veteran anchorman Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough), goofy reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), and the lovable Southern beauty who's a few muffins short of a dozen, Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford).
One of my favorite characters on the show was Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), the young and ambitious producer who makes for an easy target for Brown. Is there an excitable, slightly nerdy actor out there you think could play him? And finally, who could play Brown's "other side of the tracks" painter at home, Eldin Berneck (Robert Pastorelli)? Despite his appearance, Eldin is a well of wisdom and a good friend to the woman who would become a single mom.
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, June 24, complete with a "new" cast photo.
To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,
Characters to recast
Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen)
Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough)
Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto)
Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford)
Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud)
Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli)
The BuzzSugar t-shirt