NBC Rebooting 'Murder, She Wrote,' Octavia Spencer to Star


NBC Rebooting 'Murder, She Wrote,' Octavia Spencer to Star


Even in the age of remakes and reboots that we now live, I still find this announcement a little surprising. NBC has ordered a pilot for a new version of the classic mid-'80s to mid-'90s mystery series 'Murder, She Wrote,' according to Deadline.

Originally airing on CBS, 'Murder, She Wrote' starred Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, a successful mystery novelist that lived in the small coastal town of Cabot Cove, Maine. This small town evidently had a precipitously high murder rate, as Jessica found herself assisting the cops in a new investigation every week. For a modern day comparison, Richard Castle is basically a male Jessica Fletcher, a fact that the cast and creators are very much aware of. A fifth season episode of 'Castle' was even amusingly titled 'Murder, He Wrote.'


Octavia Spencer


Taking over the lead role will be Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar last year for her supporting role in the period drama 'The Help.' 'Murder, She Wrote' will be Spencer's first regular TV role, although she has guest starred on several series over the years. Spencer's Jessica Fletcher will have a slightly different backstory. This time out, Jessica works as a hospital administrator, but moonlights as an amateur detective. She has just recently self-published her first mystery novel when the pilot begins.

Is the world ready for a new 'Murder, She Wrote'? Is Octavia Spencer a good choice to play the lead?

- Octavia Spencer
- Murder, She Wrote

Written by: msd85
Oct 24th, 2013, 10:29 am

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Message Posted On Oct 25th, 2013, 12:28 pm
Are you kidding me. It was a terrible TV series the first time around. Why would it be a hit this time? Looks like TV script writers are running out of fresh ideas...

Message Posted On Oct 25th, 2013, 9:21 am
@firejames. A re-boot is using the same characters and name not necessarily using the same storylines. If they did that then everyone would have seen it before it aired. Are Hawaii 5-0 storylines the same as the original? I remember Kono was a fat man that did very little in the original and McGarret wore the trousers. Danno was not mouthy and chummy and was McGarrets subordinate that followed orders. In this new version the dynamic is totally different. And oddly it's a really good program.

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Message Posted On Oct 25th, 2013, 3:28 am

Words fail me at this one


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Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2013, 7:09 pm

It's not really a reboot if the plot is completely different... It seems in this case the only thing the same is she wrote a mystery novel and the title...  A reboot is Hawaii 5-0... same names, same backgrounds, and same story lines... just updated timeline... They should have just gave it a new title but they wanted us to talk about it...


Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2013, 11:47 am
More regurgitated crap, no thanks, NBC=No Bloody Clue

Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2013, 10:53 am
More great ideas from the TV men. Keep on scraping guys, I'm sure you'll find some gold. Why not just make a new show??

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Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2013, 10:43 am

Some remakes make me raise an eyebrow but this one plain stumps me. How on earth can you have Murder She Wrote without Angela Lansbury? I can see this going the same way as Ironside, straight to the cancellation bin.

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