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Original Star of “Murder, She Wrote” Show Happy Remake with Octavia Spencer Canceled

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by Barry Burch Jr.

There will not be a remake of the hit show “Murder, She Wrote,” and Dame Angela Lansbury, the star of the original series, is very pleased about the news.

More specifically, Lansbury claims to feel “relieved” that the remake of the detective show will be scrapped. After star Octavia Spencer won an Oscar for her stellar performance in “The Help,” a pilot episode was ordered last October, as reported by BBC News.

According to Deadline, it was TV network NBC that canceled the show’s remake.

Lansbury, who played the role of amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the original series, said she was “terribly pleased and relieved” by the news in an interview with BBC.

“I knew it was a terrible mistake,” she continued. “I didn’t want to sully the memory.”

Not to be confused for a hater, Lansbury tried to explain. “Octavia Spencer is a superb actress,” she said. “She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn’t win.”

At the peak of the original show’s success, 23 million viewers in the U.S. were tuning in.

From 1984 to 1996 Lansbury acted as the mystery writer, part amateur detective, and helped to make the show one of the most accomplished in television history. She was rewarded with four Golden Globes and 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for her efforts.

The remake was to be slightly different from the original with Spencer acting as a hospital administrator who dabbled in detective work, as reported by BBC News. Following the announcement of the plans, Lansbury made one of her own. She said the fact that the same title was going to be used made her unhappy.

In a talk with The Associated Press, Lansbury offered, “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 continued.

According to NBC, the pulling of the remake does not mean “Murder, She Wrote” is gone forever. Deadline suggested that NBC may return to the idea of a revival of the show with another concept.

Barry is a student of life. Other than writing, he enjoys arithmetic and politics. Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com