Angela Lansbury 'relieved' by 'Murder, She Wrote' reboot axing

Octavia Spencer would have replaced Angela Lansbury in the iconic TV role.
Posted By Kate Stanton  |  Updated Jan. 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM
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Jan. 22 (UPI) -- NBC has decided to scrap its planned reboot of Angela Lansbury's 1980s mystery series, Murder, She Wrote, which would have starred Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer in the titular role.

In the new version, Spencer played a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth.

Deadline noted that reboots of iconic television series are especially difficult to get going, citing an unsuccessful pass at a modern-day Rockford Files starring Steve Carrell.

Lansbury, who never gave her blessing to the reboot, told BBC News that she was "terribly pleased and relieved" that it wouldn't make it to air.

"I knew it was a terrible mistake," she said. "I didn't want to sully the memory."

"Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn't win," the 88-year-old Brit added.

[Deadline, BBC News]

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