NBC kills 'Murder, She Wrote' reboot with Octavia Spencer

Posted Jan 23, 2014 by Sylvannia Soulet
The planned remake of the popular 80s and 90s sleuth show is dead in the water, and star of the original series Angela Lansbury is quick to praise the project's demise.
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
Viewers looking forward to a contemporary re-imagining of one of television's most celebrated sleuth shows will be disappointed to know that NBC has chosen not to proceed with their planned reboot of “Murder, She Wrote.” Deadline writes that the ‘light contemporary procedural’ would have starred Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer as an amateur detective solving mysteries.
Dame Angela Lansbury, star of the original series and decorated actress in her own right, has been an outspoken critic of the project since it was proposed last October. AFP quoted Lansbury stating the following: "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of I'm sorry that they have to use the title 'Murder, She Wrote,' even though they have access to it and it's their right."
Lansbury expressed her relief to the BBC upon finding out the project had been cancelled. "I knew it was a terrible mistake. I didn't want to sully the memory…Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn't win."
Although this incarnation of the show has been axed, the brass at NBC are not opposed to re-visiting the idea in the future, as a re-worked, re-imagined concept.