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NBC Scraps 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot

1/22/2014 11:06am EST
Angela Lansbury
A planned reboot of Angela Lansbury's popular television series "Murder, She Wrote" has been scrapped by NBC executives.

Plans for a remake were announced last fall, and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer was expected to replace Lansbury as the amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

According to, a source revealed that executives have put the project on hold.

The show centered on Jessica Fletcher, a widow who was a best-selling mystery novelist who also liked to solve real crimes. She lived in New York City and taught English and criminology at Manhattan University, spending her weeke...

Angela Lansbury Unhappy About 'Murder, She Wrote' Remake

11/12/2013 10:14am EST
Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury is begging TV producers at NBC not to remake her classic 80s crime series Murder, She Wrote.

The 88-year-old actress has called remaking the show a "mistake" despite Oscar winner Octavia Spencer set to take on the lead role in the show.

"I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about a Cabot Cove (show's fictional village) 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," Lansb...

Octavia Spencer To Star In 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot, 'Star Wars' Script Shake-up, Lady Gaga's Crazy New Outfits

10/25/2013 9:34am EDT
Star Wars
Octavia Spencer To Star In NBC's Reboot Of 'Murder, She Wrote'
Octavia Spencer has landed her first TV role. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in a reboot of beloved 1980s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote. (keep reading...)

J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out
A new screenwriting team for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced following the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt. News that the "Toy Story 3" scribe has left the project was confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Thursday. (keep ...

Octavia Spencer To Star In NBC's Reboot Of 'Murder, She Wrote'

10/24/2013 11:21pm EDT
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer has landed her first TV role. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in a reboot of beloved 1980s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote.

Spencer will star as mystery author and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, earning her 12 Emmy nominations.

"I've always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt (NBC chairman), he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV," Spencer says. "Naturally, I said J.B. Fletcher meets Colombo... And here we are. I'm ecstatic to have the op...

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

5/27/2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...

'Touched By An Angel' Star John Dye Dies

1/14/2011 8:56am EST
Touched by an Angel
Beloved TV star John Dye has died at the age of 47. The actor, best known for playing angel Andrew in the drama "Touched by an Angel," passed away at his San Francisco, California, home on Monday after suffering heart failure.

Dye racked up a number of TV credits during his career with appearances on shows including "Murder, She Wrote," "Promised Land" and "The Young and the Restless."

His "Touched By An Angel" co-star Valerie Bertinelli has since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Dye, writing, "Dear, sweet John Dye, rest in peace."

'Body Snatchers' Actor Kevin McCarthy Dead At 96

9/12/2010 7:48pm EDT
Kevin McCarthy in 2005.
Actor Kevin McCarthy, best known for his role in 1956's 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and Oscar-nominated for 'Death of a Salesman' in 1952, has died at age 96, of natural causes.

McCarthy maintained film credits all the way up to 2010, most recently with short films.

Known for his chiseled jaw and for playing everyman parts, McCarthy will be forever remembered for playing Dr. Miles Bennell in the sci-fi classic 'Body Snatchers,' which sparked a flurry of rip-off B movies.

He is also well-known for a memorable guest spot on the original 'Twilight Zone' in the episode 'Long Live Walter...

New TV On DVD, July 7

7/6/2009 8:00am EDT
Kath & Kim
The American version of the highly acclaimed Australian comedy Kath & Kim stars Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a wild mother and daughter. The complete series is now available. Also on DVD: Matlock season 3, Murder She Wrote season 10, Reno 911 season six, Third Watch season 2.

New TV On DVD, Feb. 17

2/17/2009 8:00am EST
Law & Order: SVU
In the criminal justice system, sexually based crimes such as rape, torture, pedophilia and child-abuse are dealt with in New York City, by a special unit of the police department known as the Special Victims Unit. Law & Order: SVU season 8 is now on DVD. Also in stores: Murder She Wrote season 9, Sabrina the Teenage Witch season 5, Dead Like Me the complete collection, and The Beverly Hillbillies season 3.

TV's Most Kick-Ass Female Detectives

2/16/2009 9:00am EST
Cagney and Lacey
Once upon a television season, fans of police dramas and crime procedurals didn't think detectives could ever get more hard-boiled than Vic Mackey of "The Shield" or Andy Sipowicz of "NYPD Blue." Thankfully, we were wrong. Not only are there an increasing number of take-no-prisoners police detectives and home-sleuths on the case, but many of them are wearing skirts. From Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Roselyn Sanchez in "Without A Trace" to Kathryn Morris in "Cold Case," "Law and Order's" S. Epatha Merkerson and the women of the CSI franchise, powerful, well-written female pro...

New TV On DVD, April 1

4/1/2008 8:00am EDT
John From Cincinnati
Set in the town of Imperial Beach, John From Cincinnati focused on the multigenerational Yost family, led by Mitch Yost (Bruce Greenwood), a onetime surfing legend who had been forcibly retired (except for a few early-morning forays into the waves) by a serious knee injury. The complete series is now on DVD. Also on DVD: seasons one of Becker and Father Knows Best, season four of "Martin," season six of Law & Order: SVU, and seasons eight of Murder She Wrote and That '70s Show.

New TV On DVD, Oct. 9

10/9/2007 8:00am EDT
CSI: New York
Primetime drama CSI: New York follows Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Detective Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) as they crack cases using evidence they uncover at crime scenes. Season three is now on DVD. Also in stores: season two of Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, and Family Ties; season seven of Murder, She Wrote; Stargate SG-1 the complete series; and Roots the complete collection.

New TV on DVD, April 17

4/17/2007 8:00am EDT
The George Lopez Show
In The George Lopez Show, George is an employee at a large airplane-parts factory who is promoted to manager and finds himself in the untenable position of ordering around his old pals -- not to mention his own mother, and fellow employee, the indomitable and insufferable Benny Lopez. Seasons one and two are now on DVD. Also on DVD: season six of Murder, She Wrote and season two of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.