Angela Lansbury Calls ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Remake a 'Mistake’


Angela Lansbury Calls ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Remake a ‘Mistake’


Last month, it was announced that NBC would be rebooting the classic CBS hit ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ Many TV fans are not happy with the remake news, and guess what, neither is Angela Lansbury.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Lansbury, who starred as novelist and crime-fighter Jessica Fletcher in the original series, revealed her worries over the remake, “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 continued, "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."

The remake will star Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer as a hospital administrator and a rookie detective, who just published her first mystery novel and is ready to help solve crimes.

Lansbury, who won four Golden Globes and earned 12 Emmy noms for her role as Fletcher, had only good things to say about Spencer, "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.'"

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the original Jessica Fletcher? Would you watch a ‘Murder, She Wrote’ remake? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.

- Murder, She Wrote
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Written by: akoerner
Nov 11th, 2013, 11:02 am

Images courtesy of CBS


Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 11:31 pm
This is a terrible mistake! They need to stop this now, and also go back and destroy all copies of the original! Dear god, two of the most horrific things in tv history -JB Fletcher, and 'reimagining' - together?! Gaaaaaaahhhh!

Message Posted On Nov 18th, 2013, 7:23 pm
Murder She Wrote can NEVER be remade. No actress, regardless of race, can ever compete with Angela Lansbury. I will not disgrace the original Murder She Wrote by watching a single episode. I never missed a single episode from 1984 to 1996 of the original classic. Can't the TV writers and producers manage to come up with an original idea?

Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2013, 3:13 pm
Look how the re-make of 'Ironside', another iconic, long running show, with a single high profile character (Raymond Burr)lasted. It was dropped after only 2 or 3 episodes. 'Murder She Wrote' IS about Jessica Fletcher, Angela Lansbury IS Jessica Fletcher. Therefore, any show with the same name but different leads, never mind a completely different scenario is doomed to fail. Plus this is just trying to cash in on the name of a highly successful, long running show. It does not even qualify as a remake. All it does is prove they they don't have the imagination to find the new program its own unique title.

Message Posted On Nov 12th, 2013, 1:43 pm
Bring back Jericho

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Message Posted On Nov 12th, 2013, 6:24 am

Is it really that hard to create original content? It seems as if TV shows and movies are mostly reboots nowadays. Are the writers and creators really longing for their childhoods so much they refuse to leave? On that note, I didn't watch the original nor will I watch this remake which will get cancelled as fast as Ironside, which I also did not watch.


Message Posted On Nov 11th, 2013, 10:26 pm
If you want another Murder She Wrote, go to the Hallmark channel and watch Cedar Cove...a simpler time and a simpler life. basically the same program down to the bicycle in the opening credits...

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Message Posted On Nov 11th, 2013, 9:01 pm

Oh my Lord.........a disgrace.  No thanks.  I'm sure it will be almost as glorious as the Knight Rider remake a few years back............


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Message Posted On Nov 11th, 2013, 12:34 pm

Definitely agree, it's as though they are just using the name to attract viewers even though it has nothing in common with the old show.

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