Lansbury Unhappy About “Murder” Reboot

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” regarding NBC’s plans to reboot CBS’ “Murder, She Wrote” TV series which Lansbury made famous in the 1980s and 1990s.

Octavia Spencer stars in the new take on ‘Murder’, with the Jessica Fletcher character reimagined from a best-selling crime author living in a sleepy coastal town to a city hospital attendant who solves crime as a hobby. Ahead of receiving an honorary Oscar later this week, Lansbury gave an interview with THR and says the network should choose a different title. Lansbury says:

“I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote’, because ‘Murder, She Wrote’ will always be about 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.”

Lansbury is a fan of Spencer’s 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.” The ‘reboot’ has been granted a put pilot commitment.