NBC not pushing forward with Octavia Spencer – ‘Murder, She Wrote’ remake

Big news -It looks like this is one book that is just not going to be written anytime soon.

After there was talk recently regarding a possible remake of the classic series “Murder, She Wrote” over on NBC for the fall season, there has apparently been some sort of course-correction. (In other words, parties involved have realized that this is a pretty terrible idea.) According to a new report from Deadline, the prospective series, which was going to feature Octavia Spencer in the lead role and serve as a twist on the original franchise of CBS, won’t be moving forward for the time being. The network is still leaving open the possibility that at some point down the road, they could dive back into the franchise with a different premise.

Basically, this entire idea blew up in NBC’s face to the extent that original “Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury made it clear that she wasn’t a fan of the idea. We personally don’t know how this was ever considered seriously in the first place for two reasons:

1. Those who loved the first show probably are going to be biased against this one just because of its mere existence.

2. The first show skewed old; why does NBC want another show that will be watched by people mainly not in the 188-49 demographic? Didn’t they already have that with “Harry’s Law,” which they canceled to the dismay of Kathy Bates?

NBC is still in need of at least a few new drama pilots. They have not fared well when it comes to Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Thursday nights in general, or Fridays at 10:00. However, they are still probably in a better spot than ABC.

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