Candice Bergen is Ben's mother Barb. She also is well known for Murphy Brown, a national and political version of Mary Richards's (Mary Tyler Moore) WJM Evening & Sunday News. Both newsrooms are equipped with Marker Boards and Teleprinters. Later, it was revived as Mary and Rhoda as a reunion movie. Bergen's situation comedy is titled Murphy Brown, named after her character. It was on for years in various evolutions. Just as Mary Tyler Moore and Roseanne, it was revived in the 21st Century. However, the Murphy Brown revival was not as successful. After that, Bergen special guest starred in an episode of The Conners, and was welcomed by viewers. She also starred in: Boston Legal.