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NBC Just Killed the Murder, She Wrote Reboot


Looks like NBC decided to give it the *slides on sunglasses* boot. YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

Somewhere Angela Lansbury‘s* putting on a cardigan, buying some booze, and prepping for a wild party, because NBC decided not to go ahead with their planned Octavia Spencer-starring Murder, She Wrote reboot. Now you have learned, Octavia. Angela is the Murder, She Wrote star. There can be only one.

You  might recall that shortly after NBC decided to go ahead with their new Murder, She Wrote pilot—a decision that was met with a lot of ?!?!?!? and some !!!!!!!! on the Internet, the latter in part because of NBC’s casting of Spencer, a woman of color, in the lead role—Angela Lansbury laid quite the polite smackdown on it. She (rightly) pointed out that, since the show would have different characters and settings, it wouldn’t exactly be Murder, She Wrote, would it? So they shouldn’t use the name, hmmmmm? (She opined, sipping chamomile and frolicking through the beautiful briny sea.)

Who knows whether it was Lansbury’s divine influence or something else, but NBC is backing out of the show, which would have been a “light, contemporary procedural” starring Spencer as a hospital administrator/amateur sleuth/newbie mystery novelist. It might only be in a coma, though: Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva writes that “the network brass felt they could try approaching it in a different way, possibly with a new concept” at some point down the line.

I must admit that I never really cared about the reboot for itself—”light, contemporary procedural” is so not my thing that it makes me rear back from my computer a little bit—but it was going to be nice to see the roster of TV’s leading ladies get a little less homogenous. There’s still Revenge (my bad, typed Revenge when I meant Scandal), Sleepy Hollow, The Mindy Project, Elementary, and the upcoming Extant and Rosemary’s Baby remake (what else am I missing?), but that’s not a heck of a lot. NBC, if you end up re-rebooting Murder, She Wrote with televison’s twelve billionth white lead, I will side-eye you so hard.

* I kid, I kid. Lansbury has too much class for that. Also, she cares naught for the trials of mere mortals.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Anonymous

    It sounded like a good show, something I’d enjoy…but not Murder, She Wrote. So if it hibernates and reemerges as a beautiful new butterfly, all the better.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    With the description “hospital administrator/amateur sleuth”, it always made me think more of Diagnosis Murder than Murder, She Wrote anyway.

  • odango atama

    Diagnosis Murder, She Wrote

  • Anonymous

    “So they shouldn’t use the name, hmmmmm?”

    Yeah I know it’d be like doing a reboot of Battlestar Galactica or something and not adhering 100 percent to the original premise and canon. Yay for TV not getting more diverse!

  • Anonymous

    Also are we thinking of the same “Revenge” when talking about non-homogeneous leads? The one with the white blonde as the lead?

  • Anonymous

    Murder She Wrote more than wore out its welcome when it was on, and on, and on.

    Lansbury surprised me. She has done numerous rehashes of stage plays. Does she object to another production based on Shakespeare or Jane Austen? Or another James Bond sequel with a different leading man?
    Then there are people like Ms. Pahle who object to a show before they’ve seen it. Watch the show first and then tell us what you think!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “Then there are people like Ms. Pahle who object to a show before they’ve seen it.”
    Where was this, exactly? I said procedurals aren’t a genre of show I enjoy.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, I always get it and Scandal mixed up. Don’t watch either. My bad, editing now.

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  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize one was in the works. Just the other day, I told a friend that I would like to see detective Munch from Law and Order turn up again in a Murder She Wrote kind of show where he retires, but ends up solving mysteries on the side while writing his memoires…

  • Anonymous

    They probably just tested having a show with a woman of color in the lead and decided not to risk their money. I mean Double Minority, people! It’s scary!
    Shame. I wasn’t interested in a Murder She Wrote reboot but I would have loved to see Spencer on my screen every week.
    She should check out cable. Networks are just too scared to put a black female in the lead of anything except maybe if she’s a singer, 20, a size 0 and has lots of boyfriends.

  • NorthenLight

    Ohh, I love it when folks are so edgy, and so cool, that they ignore fairly important events in pop culture, i.e. the first network television drama with a Black female lead, and are able to “confuse” that show with another! I’m so jelly!

    I don’t watch either show, btw. I just pay attention to the world around me.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Jesus Christ, it was an honest mistake.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with taking the moral high ground and looking down your nose at everyone else is that it means you don’t have a very clear view of the things that are actually being written.

  • Anonymous

    There was that weird part of my brain that wanted this to be a complete remake of “Murder, She Wrote” where EVERYTHING is just like the series, except Jessica herself. Still all the ’80s haircuts and shoulderpads, the petit-bourgeoise, the Reaganomics, the sickening sense of wealth and social corrosion… all schooled by a sassy 21st Century woman of colour.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Pahle, you admit then to not having seen the reboot.

  • Anonymous

    That is true. Ms. Lansbury should not have been looking down her nose at the new show.