Attention 'Murder, She Wrote' fans: Angela Lansbury says she'd return to Cabot Cove! -- EXCLUSIVE

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Apparently, I’m not the only one hoping that some day Jessica Fletcher will return to Cabot Cove. So is Angela Lansbury. The 85-year-old acting legend, who spent 12 seasons as Maine mystery writer and all-around buttinski, recently told EW that not only would  she be open to reprising her role on Murder, She Wrote, she’s stumped why no one has approached her about it. The CBS hit show, which aired from 1984 to 1996, was a staple of the network’s Sunday night lineup and a perennial hit with CBS’ grayer, Matlock-friendly audience. But thanks to Lansbury’s plucky portrayal, a cast of recurring New England yokel characters like Tom Bosley’s Sheriff Amos Tupper, and a deliciously twisty rash of murders that always seemed to follow in Fletcher’s wake, the show found a legion of younger fans, too. (Guilty, as charged).

During a recent interview with EW to discuss her upcoming role in the Jim Carrey film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, we asked Lansbury if she’d ever revisit Cabot Cove. “Well, I sort of do see it happening when I’m in a dream state,” she says. “The people involved — Universal and CBS — they have to get together. They don’t realize what an exciting thing it would be if we did that!”

But you would be up for it?

“Oh yes! Yes, I would!”

Lansbury, who was nominated for 10 Golden Globes and 12 Emmys for her work on Murder, She Wrote, added that while she’d be game for returning to small-screen sleuthing, she isn’t holding her breath that the CBS brass will see what a potential success they’re sitting on. “I don’t know what it would take to bring it about,” she says. “Everything costs these days. You know how it is.”

As for Lansbury’s actual — as opposed to dream — projects, Mr. Popper’s Penguins marks her first film role since 2005′s Nanny McPhee. The actress, who has kept busy on Broadway, says that there aren’t as many juicy roles for her as there used to be. “Movies are something that I really haven’t been a part of for so long,” she says. “The work on movies is not great from my point of view as an actress. I’m hopeful that one day I’ll be able to play a role where I can really connect with an audience just as I did for years with Murder, She Wrote. I knew that the character of Jessica Fletcher meant something to that audience when they saw her and got involved in these little mysteries that we did. I haven’t had that great movie part yet. I hope to have it! But I don’t want to play a woman who’s dying in bed with Alzheimer’s. I want to play a vital woman of 85 or 86 who still leads a fulfilling existence because there are so many woman around like that.” Wouldn’t it be great if she also solved murders, too?

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  • Jab

    Definitely! I loved Murder, She Wrote, I grew up with that show. They need to do other tv movie!

  • winston1960

    I used to rush home on Sunday nights to watch MSW. I loved that show and still watch it in reruns, sometimes you could figure out who did it before Jess told you, but not always.

  • Zoe

    When I was in 7th grade, my parents LOVED Murder She Wrote, and I thought it was such an old-person’s show. Then I found out that the boy I had a crush on (also in 7th grade) was a huge fan! What do you know. So it was definitely a show that crossed all age groups!

  • pleasegod

    NO

    • huh?

      Why do you care?

  • Mo

    Are you kidding? That would be awesome! C’mon somebody figure this out!!! It at least deserves to be a made for TV movie reunion or something!!!

  • Claire

    I’d definitely watch. If Betty White can handle a weekly show, why not Angela Lansbury?

  • Monty

    I watched a lot of MSW and other mysteries with my Mom. She isn’t one for blood or things that are overly sexualized, so this was one thing we could watch together. I hope she does revisit the role!

  • Bob

    I would love to see Murder She again. I’ve always loved Angela Lansbury. That would be great if the story is well done and not a 15 minute mystery stretched out for two hours. A Christmas TV movie would be nice.

    • Ellen

      So funny seeing all these comments regarding how much everyone enjoyed “Murder She Wrote” and would like to see more. I just got on-line to inquire WHY? it has been completely taken off the air. I have not been able to find it for over a year in Texas and Colorado. Yes, I would love to see this wonderful series again. THANK YOU!!

      • Michelle

        You can catch all the episodes of Murder, She Wrote” on Netflix.

      • delphicon

        We get MSW on theHallmark channel in Ohio. It airs 2or3 a night.

  • madge

    LOVE IT

  • Robbie Dubai

    I love pulling out the DVD’s on those cold winter days. Watched them a million times & would buy any new shows if released!!!

  • David

    This needs to happen! Come on CBS!

  • Rob B.

    Angela Lansbury is still alive? Man, I thought she died years ago. I saw her in a couple of old movies, she was quite a hottie back in the day.

    • @ Rob

      What a jerk!

    • RK

      You beat me to the funny.

  • ST

    A TV movie would be great and a rating success for CBS. With Betty White making a comeback and Jessie Stone movies doing well, this would be big for them

    • delphicon

      What about Betty White as the friend accused of murder that Jessie (Angela) proves innocent!! OMG I would so watch that!!

  • Lola

    That would be awesome! Watching the series on Netflix is like having hot chicken soup on a cold day. Angela Lansbury is beyond amazing and I would love to see her reprise this role!

  • jfms777

    I hope CBS orders some MSW tv-movies.
    I assumed the production costs were too high. But if they can still do “Jesse Stone,” then Jessica Fletcher has a chance.

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