‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot Idea Dropped by NBC

'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot Idea Dropped by NBC

Pilot would have starred Octavia Spencer

Angela Lansbury has gotten her wish.

NBC has decided not to go forward with its proposed reboot of Lansbury's series “Murder, She Wrote,” an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Also read: Angela Lansbury: ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot ‘a Mistake’

The reboot, which received a put-pilot commitment from the network, would have starred Octavia Spencer as a writer who solved mysteries and was described as a “light, contemporary procedural, in the vein of ‘Bones’ or ‘Fargo.'”

David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”) was executive producer.

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The project was met with criticism by Lansbury, who starred in the original CBS series for 12 seasons. In an interview late last year, Lansbury said that she respected Spencer's work but called the project a “mistake.”

“I think it's a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,'” Lansbury said, “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.”

Deadline first reported the news that NBC had abandoned the project.

  • MaximumOvertroll

    that was quick.

  • Jim

    Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot Idea Dropped by NBC


    Can you see Octavia Spencer capturing the criminal???? “You're in trouble, you're going to jail and F.U.!”

  • Tommentary

    It's in turnaround. They'll try again under the title: “Murder, She Texted.”

  • Yourstruly

    This makes me sad. I'm sure Lansbury doesn't think of herself as racist, but it's clear she can't picture Spencer in “her” role and her cove. I'd love to see more of Olivia Spencer; maybe someone will write something for her.

  • oldie

    There would have been backlash no matter who played the part. Whether people like her comments or not, Angela Lansbury is the one who made the show. Octavia Spencer would have constantly been compared to Angela Lansbury's character and found lacking because fans of the original would have had nothing good to say about it. Hollywood and TV is so lacking in original thoughts they have to “rework” something old.