TVLine Items: Murder She Won't Write, Girl Meets World Expands, Castle Castings and More

Murder She Wrote Remake MistakeWho killed the Murder, She Wrote remake?

NBC’s new take on the old Angela Lansbury mystery series will not be moving forward at this time, our sister site Deadline reports.

Octavia Spencer (The Help) was to star, as a hospital administrator-slash-amateur sleuth not named Jessica Fletcher. The remake — which Lansbury herself dismissed as a “mistake” — could be revisited at a later date.

Read for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

* Disney Channel confirms for TVLine that Season 1 of its Boy Meets World continuation, Girl Meets World, has been expanded to 21 total episodes, premiere date TBA.

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* Melissa & Joey will host a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reunion when Elisa Donovan guest-stars on the ABC Family comedy as a museum director who hits it off with Joe, reports. (Donovan replaces Tara Reid in the role, hmm.)

* Castle‘s upcoming Mean Girls-meets-Cruel Intentions-meets-Firestarter (?!) episode, titled “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and airing Feb. 3, features Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) and Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness) as guest stars.

* Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) will play Kyle Chandler’s “black sheep” older brother in Netflix’s yet-to-be-titled psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, Deadline reports.

* British funnyman Stephen Merchant (Life’s Too Short) will tend to the Dunphys as a hotel butler in Modern Family‘s springtime Las Vegas episode, TV Guide Magazine reports.

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* The Disney Channel original movie Cloud 9 on Friday drew 5 million total viewers, making it cable’s most watched program for the night, and ranked as the No. 2 cable telecast of the season among tweens (trailing only Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas).

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  1. Liz985 says:

    Re: Murder, She Wrote. If that quick synopsis is correct (hospital administrator/amateur sleuth), why even both calling it a reboot of MSW? It’s sounds like a pretty standard mystery of the week kind of show. And besides, Angela Lansbury is Jessica Fletcher ;-)

    • prish says:

      The hospital administrator/sleuth format sounded fun, reminding me of Diagnosis: Murder. They just needed a different name.

    • Stormy says:

      ITA Borrow the format, but ditch the name. Why can’t they figure out that there’s always backlash when they take an iconic title and re-imagine it? Kojak, Ironside, etc. might have had a chance if they hadn’t used the same title. It sometimes works for films, but rarely works for TV shows.

  2. Yolanda says:

    Tara Reid was up for a guest role in a legitimate TV show and she has given up because of schedulling conflicts? Really, Tara? REALLY?

  3. Chris says:

    NBC’s common sense killed The Murder She Wrote reboot. They didn’t want another Ironside on their hands.

  4. Luli says:

    Also the one that played Josh in Sabrina is in th same episode as Elisa Donovan!!!! He will play Joe’s recently divorced friend who asks him to be his wingman at a bar where Joe meets Elisa’s character!! So double reunion! I can’t wait, and they need to have aunt Hilda and Zelda on the show.

  5. CBWBDK1 says:

    The murder she wrote remake was ridiculous and disrespectful towards Angela Lansbury. I’m glad it’s not going forward.

    • Paige says:

      I agree. There is only one Jessica Fletcher — Angela Lansbury. And Octavia Spencer deserves a better way to shine than in a show that would have been cancelled for lack of ratings and fan backlash.

      • Lisa says:

        Really? If they titled the show something different, you wouldn’t even think it was a Murder She Wrote remake. They weren’t going to name the character Jessica Fletcher, and the plot–though similar–wasn’t enough to make it a true remake anyway. I doubt it would occur to anybody to get vengeful and commence backlashing.

        • murley says:

          But then why give the same name? As you point out, it isn’t the same show. It is even more blatant that they are just trying to capitalize on the legacy of an iconic show and risk tarnishing it in the process.

  6. Sarah says:

    Oh man Ben Mendelsohn scared the bejesus out of me in “Animal Kingdom”. He played the bad older brother in that one, too. Good casting.

  7. Mary says:

    Back in the day, NBC often had several “hit” television shows starring African American entertainers. Nowadays, that want to put them in “no win” situations like “Ironside” with the Blair Underwood. The “Murder She Wrote” with Octavia Spencer wouldn’t have made it. Its like comparing Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson!! Justin wouldn’t be able to handle it.

  8. abz says:

    Nice to see a Sabrina reunion, but I wish it was Caroline Rhea or Beth Broderick. Hopefully we’ll see them on the show soon

  9. Allyson says:

    I wonder why Beth Broderick wasn’t in the series finale of Sabrina?

  10. GildedRose says:

    If they want to remake a classic sleuthing tv show from the past… how about an updated version of Simon & Simon? Make them Brother/Sister or even Sister/Sister instead this time. Or how about Columbo? Easily done as long as the scripts are intelligent and the mysteries complex. Do a Thin Man tv series. There’s so much to choose from that can be well done and fun.

  11. rb says:

    what next? perry mason?

  12. Mark says:

    Wonderful news on Murder, She Wrote. There will only be one show with that charm.

    And looking forward to the Sabrina reunion.