Angela Lansbury Relieved At Murder, She Wrote Remake Axe

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January 23, 2014 | 2:13pm EST

Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury has expressed her relief after a planned remake of her crime drama series Murder, She Wrote was axed.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer had been tapped to step into Lansbury’s shoes as iconic amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the reboot, but bosses at the NBC network reportedly had a change of heart about the project and put the show on hold earlier this week.
Lansbury, who had opposed the revamp from the start, reveals she had even been offered the chance to make a guest appearance in the modernised version, but she rejected the idea and admits she is “terribly pleased and relieved” to learn the show is no longer going ahead.
Speaking to the BBC, she adds, “I knew it (the remake) was a terrible mistake.”
But Lansbury feels bad for The Help star: “Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn’t win.”
The original Murder, She Wrote TV series ran from 1984 to 1996 and earned 88-year-old Lansbury 12 Emmy Award nominations.