Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury has decided to come out against the remake of the CBS series that ran from 1984 to 1996.
Lansbury recieved 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Jessica Fletcher.
The 88-year old actress spoke to Variety over the phone.
“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 was very complimentary of Octavia Spencer, who is attached to star in the NBC remake, but wishes it were not in Murder, She Wrote.
Judging by NBC’s recent history in greenlighting remakes, it’s not a great idea. I was against this as soon as I heard the idea come out.
The actress, who already had three Oscar nominations before taking a job on the CBS drama, will be accepting an honorary Academy Award this week.