Octavia Spencer is the new Angela Lansbury. The Oscar-winner will play the lead mystery writer/detective in NBC's planned reboot of Murder, She Wrote. Though yet another example of Hollywood having few original ideas left, we sort of can't wait to see what happens with this one.
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that the new show, from Desperate Housewives writer Alexandra Cunningham and prolific producer David Janollari, re-envisions the main character as a hospital administrator, who self-publishes a mystery novel. She then, of course, starts investigating crimes. In the original—which ran for 12 years—Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher was a retired English teacher.
The news has people both excited and wary. Bryan Bishop of The Verge tweeted that he is "simultaneously horrified and stoked beyond words," while Jace Lacob of BuzzFeed deemed it "so crazy that it might just work."
It's almost certain that this show will make it to air since it has a put pilot commitment, meaning the network has to air the pilot or pay a penalty. Before you get overly excited though, remember Cunningham was one of the creators of the American version of Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello, which didn't last long. (Though, it was pretty good.) Hence, Cunningham's attempts at recasting famed British actresses with really good American actresses hasn't always panned out.