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Murder, She Wrote: Angela Lansbury on Reboot; A Different Title?

murder she wrote Actress Angela Lansbury, who is perhaps best known for playing author and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, thinks NBC’s proposed reboot is a mistake.

In a recent interview she said, “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… So 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.”

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer is expected to be the new show’s lead and Lansbury respects her work, saying, “I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress… So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”

Deadline reports that NBC may or may not call the new show Murder, She Wrote. Either way, producers decided early on that Spencer’s character won’t be named Jessica Fletcher.

The producers of the new show and Lansbury’s people have apparently been in ongoing discussions about her having some kind of role in the new series. It looked like things were going well until Lansbury’s statements today.

What do you think? Do you think the new show should be called Murder, She Wrote? Would you like to see Lansbury on television again?

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Tha Critic November 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Sick of the daggum reboots. The title is what they’re using to sell the remade version, but it’s not like they’re doing anything different. They’re doing the exact same thing. Hollywood is boring, copy-and-paste, and insulting to audiences.


vp44 November 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

It is a BIG mistake, just leave it alone. Do something else, and leave well enough alone!!!


Sammy Carson November 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I like Ms. Spencer and would love to see her in one show or another, but remakes or reboots seem to fail and if Ms. Lansbury doesn’t like it than that should be that.


Duane November 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Another bonehead idea! Why reroot an old series and not start one similar to it. Also, why change the character? Jessica was not black. Ironsides, which lasted 3 ep. was not black. I don’t mind a black actor playing a new part but when you try to make an iconic series, try to keep it close or do a new one. Purest’s won’t watch it.


george November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

No to reboots! More ORIGINAL programming please! Use your imaginations!


Rose November 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

I DON’T think it should be redone… tired of retreads.


John Hilla November 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

Here is compromise, “She Wrote Murder” but avoid the typewriter you will run into a hate mail if you pull that crap. Better use Tweets or other forms of Social Networking. Perhaps she could run a Blog.


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