A few days ago it was announced that Murder She Wrote, the brilliant detective series that aired from 1984 to 1996, would be coming back to television. The show that had many of us falling in love with the incomparable Angela Lansbury will get a reboot from NBC, and while lots of folks are worried that the new series will pale in comparison to the original (a possibility, considering the original is one of the most successful series of all time), we think there's at least one factor to get excited about Octavia Spencer. Here are a few reasons we know she'll be awesome as the new Jessica Fletcher.
She Loves A Little Controversy
Spencer has spoken out in the past about her desire to play every type of role under the sun, regardless of possible controversies. In spite of criticism, she didn’t shy away from playing a maid in the 2011 film The Help, and we think she’ll handle some of the negative responses to this casting news as well. And by "handle," we mean "deliver such an amazing performance, everyone will have to get over it."
That Oscar Was Well-Deserved
Many of us were not familiar with Spencer before her Academy Award-winning role as Minny Jackson in The Help. But it must be said that she’s a seasoned actor who put in years and years of work before garnering her Oscar. Much of that work was in television, so Murder She Wrote represents a return to a very familiar stage for Spencer.
The Reboot Was Partly Inspired By Her Love For The Original Character
Spencer opened up about her involvement in the project and it's clear that she is a fan first and foremost: “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said "J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo." And here we are.”
Her excitement leads us to believe that we can get excited about this project as well. With Spencer on board, we're definitely expecting good things.
Beloved U.S. TV series Murder She Wrote is set for a revamp with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer in the leading role. Angela Lansbury played mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the series, which ran from 1984 to 1996 and landed the actress 12 Emmy nominations. It spawned four TV movies as well as a spin-off series, The Law & Harry McGraw.
The remake will mark Spencer's first TV role.
She says, "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.
"Naturally, I said J.B. Fletcher meets Colombo... And here we are. I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity..."
After making the rounds at every major network, David E. Kelley's developing DC Comics adaptation of Wonder Woman was finally picked up by NBC, says Entertainment Weekly. The deal comes on the heels of the official Comcast takeover of the company, as Robert Greenblatt steps in for Angela Bromstad to handle primetime programming.
Kelley's take on the iconic Amazonian princess is said to skew closely to the comic book source material. The heroine will have her signature Lasso, handcuffs and plane, which will help garner votes of confidence from fans eager to see their favorite female crime fighter revitalized after a lengthy absence in mass media. Insiders also say that the tone is serious and will not be campy in the least; another sign of good things to come.
Kelley is a longtime, respected creative force on the small screen. As creator of hit series as wide-ranging as Doogie Hauser M.D., The Practice and Boston Legal, he's left his mark on the entertainment industry and, more specifically, has gained a reputation for developing female-oriented staples like Ally McBeal and Picket Fences. But Wonder Woman is a different animal and NBC doesn't have the greatest track record with genre fare (see: Heroes, Bionic Woman, The Event). With a feature film version of the character in constant limbo, fans and enthusiasts will be even more judgmental of this serialized take on the superheroine. As the source points out, the biggest question now is who will don the Tiara this fall?