'Murder, She Wrote' coming back to TV
(AFP) The sharp-witted amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, originally played by Angela Lansbury, will soon return to TV in a reboot of the hit crime investigation series.
NBC is preparing to resurrect "Murder, She Wrote," the mystery series that originally aired for 12 seasons on CBS from 1984. Deadline.com reports that Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her performance in "The Help," will star in this remake created by "Desperate Housewives" producer and writer Alexandra Cunningham.
Rather than the English teacher-turned-writer played by Lansbury, the modern-day Jessica Fletcher will be a young hospital administrator who has just self-published her first crime novel. But the cunning knack for solving mysteries will remain present. Angela Lansbury could even make a cameo in the new series, which is currently in the pilot stage.
The "Murder, She Wrote" reboot is the latest in a string of remakes and spin-offs on past series. "Dallas" and "Hawaii 5-0" are among the old favorites to have been revamped in recent years, but recycling old recipes doesn't always work. On October 18, NBC cancelled "Ironside," a remake of the 1960s show of the same name, after airing just three episodes.