Octavia Spencer 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot a Mistake: Angela Lansbury

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 04:25 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Angela Lansbury isn't a fan of the new "Murder, She Wrote" reboot starring Octavia Spencer, but says her disapproval has nothing to do with the actress. Lansbury played the iconic Jessica B. Fletcher in the original “Murder, She Wrote.”

“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,” Lansbury told The Associated Press. “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.”

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NBC announced about two weeks ago that it would reboot “Murder, She Wrote” despite a series of failed revamps of formerly popular television shows. Those failures include “The Munsters” and the recently canceled “Ironside.”

Spencer, who starred in “The Help,” is excited about the opportunity to be in her first television series. She told Deadline.com, “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with [NBC Chairman] Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said 'J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo' … And here we are. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Dave Janollari again, and Alex Cunningham a brilliant writer who shares my love for all things mysterious and Angela Lansbury.”

Lansbury, 88, told the AP that her disapproval of reusing the “Murder, She Wrote” name has nothing to do with Spencer, whom she admires.

“I saw her in 'The Help' and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury told AP. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in 'Murder, She Wrote.’”

The idea of a “Murder, She Wrote” revamp was met with a lot of excitement and, occasionally, a little bit of skepticism.

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