Lansbury: 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot Is 'Mistake'

November 11, 2013

Angela Lansbury -- the British actress who became an American TV star by portraying mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on the long-running CBS crime series Murder, She Wrote -- says she thinks it is a mistake for NBC to revive the show.

"I think it's a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote," the 88-year-old Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress told the Associated Press. "Murder, She Wrote will always be about 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.

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"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," she added. 

However, Lansbury did say that she admires the work of Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who's been tapped by NBC to star in the Murder, She Wrote reboot. "I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress," Lansbury said. "So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."

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The original show -- in which small town mystery writer Jessica Fletcher finds herself investigating murders that occur around her -- ran on CBS for 12 seasons beginning in 1984.

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