In the Murphy Brown episode “A Lifetime of Achievement”, Murphy (Candice Bergen) and her co-workers, her son Avery (Jake McDorman) and Phil’s owner Phyllis (Tyne Daly) attend an awards gala in honor of TV journalist Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough). The event is hosted by Katie Couric, who plays herself. At the fete, Murphy “discovers a kindred spirit” in liberal Judge Nate Campbell, a tall white-haired gala attendee who might be a new love interest for Murphy.
Judge Campbell is portrayed by John Larroquette. The 6’4” tall actor is known for his roles on Me, Myself and I (Older Alex), The Librarians (Jenkins), Deception (Sen. Haverstock), Boston Legal (Carl Sack), The John Larroquette Show (John Hemingway), Night Court (Dan Fielding), and Black Sheep Squadron with Robert Conrad, among many others. Larroquette is also recognized for his roles in an array of films including Stripes (Capt. Stillman), Blind Date (David Bedford), Summer Rental (Don Moore) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Maltz). Murphy Brown airs Thursdays at 9:30 pm on CBS, right after Mom and right before S.W.A.T.