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'Murder She Wrote' remake tossed out: Reboot starring Octavia Spencer cancelled

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A “Murder She Wrote” remake has been officially tossed out this week. Although original actress Angela Lansbury made it very clear that she thought the "Murder" reboot was a mistake in the first place, NBC has reportedly decided not to follow through with the new series starring Octavia Spencer of their own accord. MSN News reveals this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, why this potential project was cancelled and what it might have entailed had the show made it to the small screen.

The “Murder She Wrote” remake was intended to bring an original spin to the perennially popular series featuring the iconic Angela Lansbury. However, an inside source has alleged that NBC has chosen not to continue with the proposed series for several reasons. The reboot itself — which was part of a put-pilot commitment from the home network — would have had talented actress Octavia Spencer starring as the key writer and mystery detective.

Her role in the series that won’t make it to the light of day was a show described as “a light, contemporary procedural, much in the vein of ‘Fargo’ or ‘Bones.’”

However, one of the people not involved in the process whose opinion likely mattered most to fans — none other than Angela Lansbury herself — was very vocal in being against the project. As the star actress who appeared in the original “Murder, She Wrote” series for no less than 12 seasons, Lansbury affirmed in an interview that while she respects Spencer and her work, she feels the series would have been a serious “mistake.”

"I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,'" Lansbury noted, "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."

No comment on the “Murder She Wrote” remake being cancelled has been made from Octavia Spencer at this time. Deadline was the first news site to announce that NBC had tossed out the reboot.

Do you feel it would have been a good show and something that you would have watched?

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