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'Murder, She Wrote' Is Back From The Dead With New Reboot

Octavia Spencer will be taking over Angela Landsbury's role in the Murder, She Wrote remake (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Our favorite amateur gumshoe is back! We'll be seeing a reincarnation of Angela Landsbury's Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote very soon. Deadline Hollywood revealed that NBC will be reviving the show with a new detective to take her place—Octavia Spencer (from The Help fame).

The original series ran for over a decade from 1984 to 1996 on CBS and followed the mystery-writer-turned-detective through solving murder cases. It was so popular that even a PC video game of it was made. The new, re-imagined version will have Spencer, a hospital administrator and mystery novel writer, chasing dead bodies in a fun, crime procedurals fashion like Bones.

“Octavia and I are both huge true crime buffs, amateur criminologists, and fans of Angela Lansbury,” writer Alexandra Cunningham told Deadline Hollywood. “To get the chance to reimagine Murder, She Wrote for a dynamic and multi-faceted actress like Octavia is a thrill and a pleasure.”

And here's the original Murder, She Wrote intro just for old time's sake:

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