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Octavia Spencer for Murder She Wrote TV reboot

The Help, Octavia Spencer

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR winning actress Octavia Spencer is being lined up to star in a possible reboot of TV hit Murder She Wrote.

NBC has ordered a pilot of the show, which would see Spencer playing a hospital administrator who is also an amateur detective.

The original series, which starred Angela Lansbury, ran for 12 seasons on the rival CBS network between 1984 and 1996. It attracted some 23 million viewers in the US at the height of its popularity and earned Lansbury four Golden Globes for the role, as well as 12 consecutive Emmy nominations.

NBC will definitely air the pilot but a full season order is dependent on how popular the show is with viewers.

It has described the reboot as a “light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo“.

Spencer herself, who won her Oscar for The Help, said: “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 JB Fletcher meets Colombo‚Ķ and here we are.”

Spencer has previously guest starred on numerous TV shows, including Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory and Chuck Lorre’s latest comedy Mom, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

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