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Murder, She Wrote
Originally posted 01/22/2014 09:40AM
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.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 10:00AM
Angela Lansbury says "it's a mistake" for NBC to call a new show Murder, She Wrote.
The 88-year-old actress said she's a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in a rebooted version of the hit TV show, saying, "I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."
Speaking to the Associated Press about the honorary Academy Award she'll accept in Los Angeles later this week, Lansbury said Sunday Murder, She Wrote was "the greatest doorway to the world" because of the international popularity of lead character Jessica Fletcher.
Originally posted 10/25/2013 09:10AM
Talk about must-see TV!
NBC plans to remake Murder, She Wrote with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer playing the lead role made famous by Angela Lansbury.
The original series was one of the most successful TV shows in history, running for 12 seasons from 1984-1996 on CBS. As many as 23 million viewers tuned in Sundays to watch the English teacher-turned-writer, Jessica Fletcher, solve and write about the murder mysteries surrounding her.
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