Jessica Fletcher is back on the case!
NBC is developing a Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer as an amateur detective who publishes a mystery novel, Deadline reports. Spencer will take over the role originated by Angela Lansbury in the series, which ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1984.
The new series is described as a "re-imagining" of the original and will be a "light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo," according to Deadline. Spencer will play a hospital administrator and amateur detective whose fascination with true crime prompts her to aid in criminal investigations.
The network has given a put-pilot commitment to the reboot from writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) and producer David Janollari, both of whom will executive-produce.
This will be the first starring television role for Spencer. "I've always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with [NBC chairman] 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," Spencer said, according to Deadline. Would you watch a revamped Murder, She Wrote?
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