Doing the Lord’s Work: Angela Lansbury

Murder, She Wrote (Photo: CBS)
Murder, She Wrote (Photo: CBS)

Everyone’s favorite teapot (Beauty and the Beast) / chambermaid (Gaslight) / BAMF (The Manchurian Candidate) Angela Lansbury has some opinions about NBC’s planned Murder, She Wrote reboot.

Angela Lansbury, perhaps best-know for her role as Jessica Fletcher on your mom’s favorite ’80s mystery series Murder, She Wrote, does not approve of the potential reboot NBC is pursuing with Octavia Spencer. Here’s how Deadline reported the story:

“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote,” Lansbury told the AP, “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.”

Hear, hear! If anything, why does NBC need the name Murder, She Wrote? Is Octavia Spencer not enough of a draw? Also, that remake already exists—it’s called Castle. Yes, NBC needs to do whatever it can as it continues to barely tread water, but this reeks of what happened with Law & Order: Los Angeles: taking a boring cop procedural and retrofitting the L&O franchise to try to make it work (spoiler: it didn’t).

Rock on, Angela!

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  • Aaron Mucciolo

    Oh come now – at least one of the three iterations of L&O:LA made some sense…

    • Yeah, the cancelled iteration. (I was not a fan.)

      • Aaron Mucciolo

        I wasn’t a fan either (that’s a lie, I watched every episode and liked two or… two) but you must admit that not many single-season shows have had three distinct eras. I personally liked the confusing episode burnoff that made up the last third of the series, the ones where Skeet Ulrich was alive again.

        Why did I just type all of that? Mike, I’m at Slow Train. Come rescue me from what I can only assume is some form of paralysis at my laptop. Or get me a scone so I stay nourished.