Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series “Murder, She Wrote.”
The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.
“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”
Lansbury made the role what it was and what it will always be -iconic. She earned 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for her work on the show and worldwide fame. Given this, Lansbury is a little uneasy about remaking the show.
“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury said, “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 …
“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.”
Lansbury is a fan of Spencer’s work, but not for this role in particular.
“I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury said. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in ‘Murder, She Wrote.’”