The classic TV mystery drama Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury has officially gotten the go-ahead for a second look. It was confirmed today that NBC will be producing a reboot starring Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer as a hospital administrator who's recently published her own mystery novel.
NBC's version has a put pilot commitment, meaning the network has agreed to air the pilot and is "a virtual guarantee that a pilot will be picked up."
Desperate Housewives executive producer Alexandra Cunningham and executive producer of Six Feet Under David Janollari will serve in the same role for Murder, with Cunningham doing the writing. Deadline reports that the fresh take on Jessica Fletcher's adventures is being described as a "light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo" (Fargo is getting its own reboot over on FX) that utilizes a media climate in which sensational headlines are commonplace.
The original version aired on CBS from 1984-1996 and earned Angela Lansbury 12 Emmy and 10 Golden Globe nominations. Lansbury has reportedly been approached to be involved with the reboot somehow.
Spencer, 43, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2012 for her role in The Help. Murder, She Wrote will be her first regular TV series role.
Here's hoping the venture will have more success than NBC's latest attempt at remaking a series. The 2013 reincarnation of Ironside, which originally starred Raymond Burr and ran form 1967 to 1975, was cancelled last week after just three episodes and aired its fourth and final yesterday.