Unexpectedly, NBC has reportedly put its Octavia Spencer Murder, She Wrote reboot on ice, with plans to come up with another way to re-imagine the series.
Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) were to produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow Spencer as a hospital administrator who doubles as a detective enthusiast, who self-publishes her first mystery novel, which helps launch a more active career for her, as an investigator, assisting with real-life cases.
In the original, Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.
The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It inspired 4 TV movies and a spin-off series, The Law & Harry McGraw. It is one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in TV history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime, and was a staple of its Sunday night lineup for a decade.
This would’ve been Octavia Spencer’s first regular TV series role.
Angela Lansbury, who starred in the original, did call the reboot “a mistake,” when the project was first announced, although she added that she had no hard feelings towards Spencer, suggesting that the network should essentially just leave the series alone, and come up with something fresh.
I doubt that Lansbury’s disliking the idea is a reason why it’s been scrapped.
There’s probably more to this story, so stay tuned…