NBC has decided to remake Murder, She Wrote this time with actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) in the Angela Lansbury role.
The new version is described by Deadline as a “light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel … [and her] avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations.”
Spencer said, “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with (NBC exec) Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said ” J.B. Fletcher” meets Colombo …And here we are.”.
The pilot is written by Desperate Housewives writer Alexandra Cunningham.
But filling the shows of the inimitable Ms. Lansbury will be no mean feat (or feet?). Besides we already have Castle which is pretty much the same premise with a male lead.
NBC recently tried reviving Ironside, but it was cancelled after only a few episodes.