Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer has been tapped by NBC to remake the classic murder-mystery series “Murder She Wrote,” reports Shadow and Act.
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Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) will produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow a hospital administrator who doubles as a detective enthusiast, who self-publishes her first mystery novel, which helps launch a more active career for her, as an investigator, assisting with real-life cases.
In the original, Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It inspired 4 TV movies and a spin-off series,The Law & Harry McGraw.
It is one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in TV history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime, and was a staple of its Sunday night lineup for a decade. Should NBC order this reboot to series, it would be Octavia Spencer’s first regular TV series role.
Spencer played fearless maid Minny Jackson in the movie, “The Help,” which depicted Southern life as the 1960s civil rights movement unfolded. Spencer won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her brilliantly nuanced portrayal.