Murder, She Wrote Remake with Octavia Spencer Gets the Ax

01/22/2014 at 09:40 AM EST

Murder, She Wrote Remake with Octavia Spencer Gets the Ax
Octavia Spencer (left) and Angela Lansbury (in Murder, She Wrote)
Getty (2)
Murder, She Wrote is dead. Again.

A planned reboot of the successful TV series, set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, has been scrapped, even as the pilot for NBC got a commitment last October, Deadline.com reports.

The plot for the new version had Spencer, 43, cast as a hospital administrator and amateur detective who goes on to publish her first mystery novel.

The original CBS series, one of television's most successful and longest-running, aired from 1984 to 1996 and earned Lansbury 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The show's title was taken from a film adaptation, Murder, She Said, of an Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel.



The original TV series followed a retired teacher-turned-mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher, who lived in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, and solved her own cases.

Lansbury, 88, had been against the revamp of her popular TV show, mainly criticizing the decision to use the same title.

"I think it's a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about 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 person," she said.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

What to Watch Today

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters