While we didn’t think the idea of a “Murder, She Wrote” reboot was entirely egregious, it looks like Jessica Fletcher herself is less convinced the idea will work. Angela Lansbury recently spoke with Associated Press (via Herald Sun) and revealed she wishes CBS wouldn’t jump off the show she made famous. “I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ” Lansbury explained, “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, 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.”
But Lansbury has no ill will toward Octavia Spencer who is taking the lead in the remake, with the actress calling her, “absolutely wonderful.” Aww. You can take Angela out of Cabot Cove, but …
In other TV news, “Downton Abbey” has been renewed for its inevitable fifth season. As the New York Times notes, the show is hotter than ever, recently closing out the fourth season in the U.K. “where it drew an average of 11.8 million viewers, making it the highest-rated television drama there this year.” Damn. And folks watching on PBS are keeping pace, as the third season finale topped 8.2 million people watching. So yeah, people like this show.
Speaking of fans, “Community” lovers take note: David Cross will be making a guest appearance. Vulture has the word that his appearance “will be a follow-up to the now-classic 2011 Dungeons & Dragons half-hour (‘Advanced Dungeons & Dragons,’ for title purists). Per an official episode description, Cross will play Hank Hickey, the ‘bitterly estranged son’ of Jonathan Banks’ previously announced character, Professor Hickey. Hank ‘joins the study group for, at the very least, the second most important game of Dungeons & Dragons ever.’ ” I don’t watch this show, but it sounds kinda like a big deal.
Lastly, at one time mooted for a big screen remake, Variety reports that Jo Nesbo‘s “Headhunters” is going to TV instead. HBO is developing a series based on the hit book which already became the third-highest grossing movie in Norwegian history with the Morten Tyldum-directed effort. At one time both Mark Wahlberg and helmer Sacha Gervasi were loosely attached to a redo, but we reckon that’s no longer happening.