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article image'Murder, She Wrote' set for reimagining with Octavia Spencer

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 29, 2013 in Entertainment
The American network, NBC, has ordered a pilot episode of “Murder, She Wrote”, for a re-imagining of the 1990s amateur-detective series, it has emerged.
According to The Wrap, Octavia Spencer will take over the role made famous by Angela Lansbury in the original series.
It has been written by Alexandra Cunningham – the executive producer of Desperate Housewives – and will be executive-produced by David Janollari (Six Feet Under).
Spencer is best known for her part in the film The Help (2011), for which she won an Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar.
NBC describes the re-imagining as a “light, contemporary procedural, in the vein of Bones or Fargo”, in which Spencer will play an “hospital administrator who self-publishes her first mystery novel [her] fascination with true crime [leading] to her solving murders herself.”
Murder  She Wrote ... about to enter a new chapter on NBC
Murder, She Wrote ... about to enter a new chapter on NBC
The Wrap says the order is a “put-pilot commitment”, which means that NBC will have to foot the bill if the episode is not subsequently aired.
Originally, Murder, She Wrote ran on CBS, for 12 seasons – between 1984 to 1996 – and was one of the most successful and longest-running shows in US television history. Angela Lansbury played the writer-come-amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher. At its prime, its audience reached almost 23 million viewers. It spawned four television movies and a spin-off series, The Law & harry McGraw.
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