NBC’s “Murder, She Wrote” remake starring Octavia Spencer came as a bit of a shock when it was announced in late October, but no one seems to have been taken further aback by it than the show’s original star, Angela Lansbury. She has come forward and publicly called the rebooted series a “mistake.”
“I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ because ‘Murder, She Wrote’ will always be about a Cabot Cove 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,” she tells the Associated Press. “So I’m sorry that they have to use the title ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”
That’s not to say she has any hard feelings towards Spencer for taking the role that made her famous. “I saw her in ‘The Help’ and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury says. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in ‘Murder, She Wrote.'”
Lansbury will accept an honorary Academy Award later on this week. She credits “Murder, She Wrote” as her “greatest doorway to the world.” Her time with the show earned her 12 straight Emmy nominations and four Golden Globes wins.
“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” Lansbury says. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”