When NBC announced that they would be rebooting nursing home favorite Murder She Wrote with Octavia Spencer, our response was something to the effect of “wait, seriously?” Though we did a spit take, Angela Lansbury (a.k.a amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher) has held her tongue on the matter, until now.
"I think it's a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote," Lansbury told the Associated Press, "because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person.”
First of all, Cabot Cove is a terrifying place. It’s a town of like 6,000 people that has a murder a week. That makes Detroit look like the Magic Kingdom (also, terrifying but for different reasons). Second of all, though this seems to have come out of left field or right field or whichever the more random bit is, I’m genuinely interested to see what they could do with the series. Spencer could definitely take the lead role in the rebooted series in some new and interesting directions.
While we at Out are all rooting for Octavia—though obviously showing deference to Cabot Cove’s grande dame of homicide—Ms. Lansbury is a bit cooler on Spencer. "I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress," said Lansbury. "So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote." Shady.
Is it time for Lansbury to pass the baton? Your humble reporter believes so.