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Earlier this week, the news spread that the Murder, She Wrote reboot, staring Octavia Spencer was shelved. Maybe NBC realized that it wasn’t such a good idea after all.  Deadline reported that NBC execs are taking a second look at how to “re-spin” the series. The pilot, when it was first announced, was described as a “light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel … [and her] avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations.”

Once Dame Angela Lansbury found out about it, she dropped her scone and sounded off.  “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 person.”

Now that the series has been shelved, indefinitely, Dame Lansbury is quite pleased. In an interview with the BBC, Lansbury said she was ‘ terribly pleased and relieved’.  “I knew it was a terrible mistake,” she said. “I didn’t want to sully the memory.” As for the series’ new star, the forever Jessica Fletcher didn’t mince words. “Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn’t win.”

Oh well, the only Murder She Wrote I ever liked, was sung by Chaka Demus and Pliers.

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  • How about a series centered around a Black Woman Detective altogether that has nothing to do with a remake with a different personality altogether.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    I am on the fence with this. I actually liked the original growing up and I really liked Lansbury’s portrayal. I also like Octavia Spencer and would have liked a new 21st century spin on the classic. But, I agree with some other posters – Octavia is very good and no doubt will get bigger and better projects that doesn’t involve a “remake”. Sometimes it is best to leave some classics alone.

    As for remakes – some work and some don’t (regardless of the race of the main characters). Remember “The Honeymooners” remake with Cedric? Epic fail. The “Bewitched” remake with Nicole Kidman – epic fail. “Dragnet” remake with Ed O’ Neill (Modern Family!) – epic fail. “A-Team” remake – 50/50 (I give them an “A” for effort though). Hawaii 5-0 is probably an anomaly with its success.

    It all boils down to the writing and if the audience is receptive or not. I am positive there will be a national day of protest if there was a “I Love Lucy” remake…….

  • RJ

    I personally think we are making a mistake by making this racial. Murder She Wrote, was created for Angela Landsbury who was a veteren of screen and stage. This project is personal to her and the creators. there is nothing in Angela Landsbury’s history that has ever said that she is racist. To say so is casting aspersions on her character and it is wrong. Just my opinion based on observing Angela Landsbury and Murder She Wrote. I remember they wanted to do a movie of the series with Angela Landsbury and she nixed that too. (Murder She, Wrote is probably my mother’s favorite show, so I am always up to date on anything connected to it. LOL)

    We are inundated with racism on a daily basis and I too have had enough. (JAMILAH LEMIEUX wrote an incredible piece called: Bye White People Its been real, that killed). I just do not think that is what is going on here.

    Octavia Spencer deserves better than to ride the coattails of a legacy created by someone else.

    That being said, I think Hollywood needs to stop with all of the remakes and begin digging deep and coming up with original ideas. With all of the crazy mess that is happening in our world, there is plenty of material if you ask me. Some roles are and movies are iconic and should just be left alone.

    Just my opinion.

  • cosmicsistren

    “Oh well, the only Murder She Wrote I ever liked, was sung by Chaka Demus and Pliers.” – lol…me too.

  • I actually agree with Angela Lansbury. If they called the show something else and made Octavia’s character something more believeable, then that would be something to watch.

    • Well I agreed with the point she was trying to make. She kind of rubbed me the wrong way with the whole “sullying the memory” comment. Like the new show was starring a prostitute and called Murder She Whored or something.