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.