Jessica Fletcher is back on the case!
NBC is developing a Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer as an amateur detective who publishes a mystery novel, Deadline reports. Spencer will take over the role originated by Angela Lansbury in the series, which ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1984.
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The new series is described as a "re-imagining" of the original and will be a "light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo," according to Deadline. Spencer will play a hospital administrator and amateur detective whose fascination with true crime prompts her to aid in criminal investigations.
The network has given a put-pilot commitment to the reboot from writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) and producer David Janollari, both of whom will executive-produce.
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This will be the first starring television role for Spencer. "I've always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with [NBC chairman] Bob Greenblatt, 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," Spencer said, according to Deadline.
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