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Octavia Spencer to play Jessica Fletcher in Reboot of "Murder She Wrote"


NBC announced that it is rebooting "Murder, She Wrote," with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the lead role. The original series, of course, starred Angela Lansbury as mystery writer-turned-detective Jessica Fletcher (a role that earned her a whopping 12 Emmy nominations — but no wins), and was a staple of CBS's primetime lineup from 1984 to 1996.

The new take on "Murder," from writer Alexandra Cunningham ("Desperate Housewives") and producer David Janollari ("Six Feet Under"), casts Spencer as "a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel." Spencer said in a statement, "I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective, and in a recent meeting with [NBC entertainment 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 Columbo'… and here we are."

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