Last fall we shared the big news that Octavia Spencer had been cast in a reboot of Murder, She Wrote. At the time of the first announcement in October, I was positively thrilled. The original series was one of my all-time favorite shows, and I thought a revisit with modern sensibilities was such a smart idea.
A month later more details came forward and the biggest shocker was that Angela Lansbury was NOT okay with this reboot. Angela shared, “I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote’ 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.”
Earlier this week it was announced that NBC had decided to push pause on the reboot. Time hints that the root of the problem may have been with the word “reboot.”
“‘Reboot,’ however, brings to mind something altogether more dismissive. The word suggests a do-over, starting again and wiping out what’s already been created — usually out of necessity, because something has gone wrong in some way with the earlier attempt(s). Most people know the term from its connection with technology, and you reboot computers that have crashed, after all.”
It’s no wonder Dame Angela Lansbury was on edge over the idea of a reboot!
After hearing news that Murder, She Wrote was not proceeding, Angela told the Associated Press that she was relieved. “I couldn’t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing. I think it was an awful mistake, and it was a terrible disservice [to Spencer]. I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue.”
However the show is not shelved for good. The folks at Deadline have heard that NBC still has interest in the show. Perhaps next time they will consider a revisit, a remake, redo, a re-aquaintance? Anything but a re-BOOT.
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