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Octavia Spencer takes starring role in 'Murder, She Wrote' remake

It will have a sense of humor. With Spencer, it would have to.

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It will have a sense of humor. With Spencer, it would have to.

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October

Speaking of problems at NBC, here's a curveball none of us saw coming: The network is retooling Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote for the modern age. As if the constant repeats on basic cable weren't enough for you.

This time the series pilot will cast Octavia Spencer in the J.B. Fletcher role, this time as a hospital administrator who self-publishes a mystery novel, Deadline Hollywood says. Wow, e-books really have changed the way we think of writers.

Spencer said she's kind of the one who suggested the show. “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,” she said.

Octavia will still be playing an amateur detective, however, so we don't know where the Colombo part comes in. Jessica Fletcher was pretty solid on her own. Does that just mean Spencer will wear a raincoat all the time? Lansbury may also have a part in the reboot, the site says, if only to remind people the show won't quite be Ironsides.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:40pm]

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