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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