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Angela Lansbury relieved 'Murder, She Wrote' remake axed

Angela Lansbury says she’s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series Murder, She Wrote has been canceled.

Lansbury had been critical of NBC’s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. It was reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.

Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start.

“I couldn’t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing,” Lansbury told The Associated Press. “I think it was an awful mistake and it was a terrible disservice” to Spencer, she said. “I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue.”

Lansbury spent 12 years until 1996 playing small-town sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the series.
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Angela Lansbury on the 'Murder, She Wrote' remake: 'It's a mistake' to use that title

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series Murder, She Wrote.

The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.

Lansbury, who will accept an honorary Academy Award later this week, said Murder, She Wrote was her “greatest doorway to the world.”

“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”

Lansbury already had three Oscar nominations and four Tony awards when she joined the CBS drama, which aired from 1984 to 1996, earning her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations and international acclaim. READ FULL STORY

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