Whoa, this is BIG.

NBC, according to Deadline, has plans to bring back “Murder She Wrote,” one of the most watched shows in television history.

And they’re going to do it with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) succeeding Angela Lansbury in the lead role of an astute amateur detective.

The new hour-long project, which has received a put pilot commitment, is a re-imagining of the long-running CBS series. Described as a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel.

Set in a day where sensational headlines inundate the news, this woman’s avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations. Former Desperate Housewives executive producer Cunningham is writing and will executive produce with Janollari

If you’re familiar with Spencer’s career, you know she works mainly on the big screen although she previously worked with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and Janollari on the 2001 Sci Fi Channel series “The Chronicle,” which the two exec produced and she recurred on.

In “Murder, She Wrote,” Spencer’s involvement came from an exploratory meeting she took with Greenblatt.

“I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with 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,” she told Deadline. “I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Dave Janollari again, and Alex Cunningham a brilliant writer who shares my love for all things mysterious and Angela Lansbury.”

5 thoughts on “‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot Starring Octavia Spencer Heading To NBC

  1. That sounds good to me. I think I will like that very much. My only concern would be the response by diehard fans, especially those of Lansbury. No doubt, however, that Octavia would be fantastic. Her talent and presence really demands her own show.

  2. Let’s see: Blair Underwood only lasted 4 episodes as Ironside. Wonder how many episodes will show before they cancel Octavia Spenser in Murder She Wrotes. Then what next? Yapet Kotto as Andy Griffith?!

  3. Why make a carbon copy of a great show? Why not make a T.V. series of the female South African detective; as shown on Public T.V.? These remakes of famous shows are never very good; no matter the quality of the actors. A case in point, “Ironside”, with Blair Underwood; a dismal flop. We are smart enough to make quality programs; without making copies of those gone before.

  4. the Timekeeper on said:

    This sounds kinda interesting. Seems a whole lot better than the predictable, usual, pedestrain male bashing romantic comedies that dictate black television. I hope she makes it.

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