The offing of NBC’s planned Murder, She Wrote remake is a mystery Angela Lansbury might not mind one day solving.
Lansbury, who amassed 12 Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe wins during her 12-season run as mystery write/solver Jessica Fletcher, takes issue with NBC’s plan to reboot the CBS series — if only because of, you know, the title.
“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote,” Lansbury tells the Associated Press, “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.
“[They] also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person,” she continues. “So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though … it’s their right.”
NBC’s new take on Murder, which is only at the pilot stage, stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who, after self-publishing her first mystery novel, sets out to help solve real-life crimes.
Lansbury hails her would-be successor as “absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” having seen Spencer’s acclaimed turn in The Help. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”
The Jessica Fletcher has spoken. Will NBC listen?