Whoa! NBC Is Rebooting 'Murder She Wrote' w/ Octavia Spencer Starring

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 24, 2013 1:53 PM
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Wow - talk about coming out of left field!

NBC has announced that it is rebooting the Angela Lansbury detective drama series Murder She Wrote, with Octavia Spencer attached to star!

Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) will produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow a hospital administrator who doubles as a detective enthusiast, who self-publishes her first mystery novel, which helps launch a more active career for her, as an investigator, assisting with real-life cases.

In the original, Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It inspired 4 TV movies and a spin-off series, The Law & Harry McGraw. It is one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in TV history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime, and was a staple of its Sunday night lineup for a decade.

Should NBC order this reboot to series, it would be Octavia Spencer's first regular TV series role.

While I'm a fan of Octavia Spencer as an actress, I can't get too excited about this reimagining by NBC, if only because of the network's recent track record with series that star black actors. I'm immediately reminded of the cancellation of Ironside (just last week), which stars Blair Underwood - itself also a reboot of an old TV series.

There was also Undercovers 3 years ago; and Deception last season.

Surely there must be something original out there that they can build around Spencer, if they really want her talents. 

But kudos to Spencer on what could become stable employment. After all, more and more big screen actors are moving to TV these days - especially black actors.

Stay tuned...

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56 Comments

  • Denise | January 1, 2014 1:43 AMReply

    I'm tired of tv taking the old shows and re-making them with a black cast. You don't see 'Good Times', or 'What's Happening?' being redone with a white cast. It probably wouldn't work. It just doesn't feel right, or make sense. Get some new ideas, and stop stealing from the past.

  • onyx | October 25, 2013 12:36 PMReply

    Not sure what happened to my original comment, but I'm guessing it got deleted because it was a double post. I'd mentioned shows like Quincy, with Jack Klugman and Matlock with Andy Griffith being popular like Murder She Wrote. The key was that Griffith, Klugman and Lansbury of Murder She Wrote were all seasoned actors/major stars/household names back then, and the writing on their respective shows were top notch. These were much older stars and there was a bit of innocence about each episode that I don't think can be duplicated today, not when there are shows which feature a serial killer (Dexter) and a teacher becoming a meth dealer (Breaking Bad), its very difficult to reach back into the past and take a much beloved show like MSW and try to update it. The writers risk backlash from those still watching reruns of Lansbury in MSW and reliving that nostalgia. It would be much better to create a show around Spencer's unique talents instead of re-booting MSW. Many of the solving crime shows today have way more gore than MSW ever did.

    I recall a show called Tenafly, starring James McEachin. He was a family man who solved crimes not with a gun, but with methodical questioning and his unassuming nature. McEachin's nuanced acting was stellar. That show was ahead of its time, because it had a black lead even though McEachin wasn't well known, but he was a respected actor. I don't think Tenafly could survive today, because things are so different. It will be interesting to see how the producers update this show so that Spencer can call the role her own. Great picture of her by the way!

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 25, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Hell NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • onyx | October 25, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    So sorry for the double posting! I'm gonna try to put a link up for the little pre-school tap dancer:
    http://celebritybabies.people.com/2013/10/24/little-girl-tap-dance-routine/?xid=rss-topheadlines&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+people%2Fheadlines+%28PEOPLE.com%3A+Top+Headlines%29

  • CareyCarey | October 25, 2013 10:29 AMReply

    Listen folks, we will continue to complain (unjustly) until we accept a few basic facts.

    One, the racial climate in America and it's TV and film's gatekeepers has not changed sufficiently (enough) to support "black" films/TV programs and/or those with strong black leads. To that point, going back to the early days of films, the first black movie produced by Hollywood was the all black cast production " Hallelujah". After it's release... nothing, notta, not another film starring a black cast until 6 years later. After it's release... nothing, notta, not another release starring a black cast until 11 years later. Some may know those films but that's not important. Wait, of special note, there were dark-skinned stars in Cabin In The Sky, but the others had light-bright-nearly white skinned black female leads, including the beginning movie "Hallelujah". Anyway, the trend of a "black" film being produced many years apart from each other ( totaling 6 *I think?* until the early 60's) continued until Blaxploitation films and Spike's joints hit the scene. Whose dollars supported those films? Black folks, that's who.

    I am suggesting, again, that nothing has changed in the mindsets of the gatekeepers and white viewers in general, they're just not into "black" films which do not have a strong white protagonist or white savior. If one believes otherwise, they may be putting their eggs in the wrong basket.

  • Scripttease | October 25, 2013 1:22 AMReply

    ***No articles about American Horror Story last night, huh?***
    I hope Octavia Spencer-Lansbury can pull in the views. I will show my support at least for the first few episodes.

  • Valsadie | October 24, 2013 9:28 PMReply

    If the character is a hospital administrator, isn't that "Diagnosis: Murder," not "Murder, She Wrote"?

  • Phred G | October 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    Good observation.

  • Miles Ellison | October 24, 2013 8:47 PMReply

    Is Spencer's character a mystery writer or a maid?

  • Troy | October 24, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    All of the other actors careers have been sold completely on their sex appeal. Her merit is similar to the origin story of many geek turned heroes film franchises. I immediately thought a very sexy role. Her presence and interaction with women of all colors in the potential story lines should make this a hit. Her wit and comedic timing will endear many white female audience members when she stays above the fray in a Jessica Fletcher way.

  • dancelover51 | October 24, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    All the people that are so anti-reboot have to understand that reboots many times do well. Smallville was on TV for ten years! Elementary is doing well. Law and Order rebooted itself so many times I can't name and all of those shows except the LA version did well. I love Nikita and that is a reboot.

    It is funny that we will have 4 Black women on network TV next year as the lead on shows and Black people will always find something to complain about. Only one of these shows is a reboot and the others are all original concepts.

    I am so happy for Octavia. I met her years ago and there is not a nicer person in Hollywood. Even though this is not my type of show, I will make a point to support by tuning in and making sure to playback on my DVR.

  • Phred G | October 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Apologies for the double post. SUBMIT button didn't register at first so I hit it again. Although I AM doubly proud of my postings errah errah. :)

  • Phred G | October 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not a fan of reboots particularly but wishing Octavia the best. Hopefully it WILL open up more 'guest starring' and possibly an 'and' billings for black actors. BTW Ghost, SLEEPY HOLLOW will be adding two (count 'em TWO) more actors-of-color to its cast: Jill Marie Jones (of GIRLFRIENDS fame) and Amandla Stenberg (you know, the girl who had the AUDACITY, UNMITTIGATED GALL to accept casting as Rue in THE HUNGER GAMES. White fanboys when ballistic!!!) playing Orlando Jones's character's ex-wife and daughter respectively. That'll make FIVE aocs if you count John Cho. ijs

  • Phred G | October 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not a fan of reboots particularly but wishing Octavia the best. Hopefully it WILL open up more 'guest starring' and possibly an 'and' billings for black actors. BTW Ghost, SLEEPY HOLLOW will be adding two (count 'em TWO) more actors-of-color to its cast: Jill Marie Jones (of GIRLFRIENDS fame) and Amandla Stenberg (you know, the girl who had the AUDACITY, UNMITTIGATED GALL to accept casting as Rue in THE HUNGER GAMES. White fanboys when ballistic!!!) playing Orlando Jones's character's ex-wife and daughter respectively. That'll make FIVE aocs if you count John Cho. ijs

  • Curtis | October 24, 2013 8:21 PM

    Um, who are the "4 black women on network TV next year as the lead on shows" you're talking about? Right now the only ones we're certain of are Kerry Washington in Scandal and Nicole Beharie in Sleepy Hollow. If you're talking to the Halle Berry series with Steven Spielberg, that's not a guarantee. Until it actually airs on TV, we don't know. New series are announced every year and most of them never make it to TV. And if you're counting this one with Octavia Spencer, as the post says it hasn't been ordered yet. It's probably just a script or pilot commitment. So let's calm down before we start looking to 2014 season. And I hate it when folks say shit like "black people will always find something to complain about." If folks have an opinion about something, should they not express it and give their reasons why? You can always disagree and give your own reasons and leave it at that. You're black too right? Are you always "finding something to complain about" too? SMH

  • Nadia | October 24, 2013 7:32 PM

    Coming from a writer of original material, I'm happy for Octavia, but these reboots do take their toll on people like me. And I'm talking TV and film. The same 6 companies own them all anyway. So it's great for the actors who get the roles, but it's bad for the writers like me who aren't already "in the family," with original scripts.

    I'll say this though. If this were on another network I might feel better about it.

  • Laurie | October 24, 2013 7:31 PM

    All the "youngins" here don't know what it feels like to be black in 1960 when a black person's appearance on TV was what we waited to see listed in Jet magazine! Of course there's work left to be done but when I see how many actors of color are on TV in roles my mother could never dream of... it feels wonderful...the bitchers and moaners be damned!

  • GHost | October 24, 2013 7:17 PM

    Smallville, CSI nor the Law & Order shows are remakes or reboots. The only reason they are using Murder She Wrote is to milk off the name of something already established. Just like 21 Jump Street-that had no real links to the tv series nor the black face Honeymooners.

    Instead of taking white shows and making them blackface why not use say ORIGINAL ideas for shows.

    And who give a damn about 4 black women on network tv. Are we suppose to jump for joy over that? Where are the black couples on network tv? Why are so many shows featuring black women being the bed wench for a white man? Where are the shows with more than 1 black persons on it besides Sleepy Hollow & Scandal?

    If you want to see some complaints got to some of the comic blogs-they HATE black males with a passion. Where you are the dumbest person on the planet if you like Static, John Stewart or Black Panther. Or there has to be a justified reason for a black person to be in a comic.

  • Jug | October 24, 2013 6:59 PM

    Just to add on, every time someone goes to see a play somewhere, at a new venue with a new cast, different from where they saw it before-it's a "reboot." Or more to the point, its a remount or restaging. The difference is, since it's live, we expect it to be different each time. We look to see what this group does with the material. Everybody loved Denzel in FENCES but totally different from James Earl Jones. Film/TV SHOULD be no different, but since its static, we expect that that story is set in stone. That is it. We've SEEN it. Unfortunately remake/reboot has become synonymous with "rehash" and "cash grab", because movies like SCARFACE have been remade several times, back from the early talkies (and is being remade again). Often, nothing new is illuminated or highlighted from the base story, except that the lead is now "black" or "handicapped" or there have been advances in CGI, in which the story itself often suffers. So the point should be to do the new story WELL, do something fresh with the story-tell it from a new perspective or highlight something that wasn't focus of the original and giving the audience something new to digest. Sadly, that ain't it. It's about name recognition and not having to pay rights fees for an already known/owned property. Super cheat and audiences get got at the B.O. or at home. The logline for this MURDER has almost nothing to do with the original show, just like IRONSIDE had little to do with Raymond Burr's show, but it will catch my mothers attention (a TRUE fan of the original), Black audiences and those who loved her in THE HELP. Personally, I felt she deserved an Oscar for BAD SANTA LMAO

  • angela | October 24, 2013 6:29 PM

    What does Smallville have to do with reboots? Superman is a comic book character. Every TV show that uses Superman as the source material is not a 'reboot' of any prior one.

  • dee | October 24, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    This is really getting on my nerves. Have the networks ran out of new ideas. Why would someone would want to reboot? This is no disrespect to Octavia Spencer, I think is a fine actress but I don't see that it will last.

  • Pia | October 25, 2013 7:13 AM

    It's "have the networks 'run' out of new ideas". And that next sentence, I don't know what that's supposed to be.

  • Geneva Girl | October 24, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    The demographics on this show will skew older. My mother STILL watches Murder She Wrote. What was special about that show was all of the guests. Each week is a new mystery and new characters which offers a lot of opportunity for actors of all colors. While the original show was benign, it had a safe, comforting rhythm. Some people, in fact, seek this out. It should be popular with the older women and Christian markets. They kept shows like Touched by an Angel going for years.

    Good luck to Octavia. I'm sure that she's glad for a steady pay check especially if they give her enough freedom to continue to make meaningful, independent films.

  • happybrowngirl | October 25, 2013 11:02 PM

    I tease a thirty-something friend who dearly enjoys watching Murder She Wrote reruns (as well as Bonanza, etc.)....as in she will DVR them too!

  • happybrowngirl | October 25, 2013 11:02 PM

    I tease a thirty-something friend who dearly enjoys watching Murder She Wrote reruns (as well as Bonanza, etc.)....as in she will DVR them too!

  • CC | October 25, 2013 9:08 AM

    " My grandmother and older aunts still watch Murder She Wrote reruns"

    That's the same crowd who watched Perry Mason and Ironsides (along with white viewers), starring Raymond Burr. It's safe to say the dismal viewership of Blair Underwood's Ironside is directly related to the color of his skin. Those who did remain loyal to the premise of the show ( your momma and dem) were not large enough to keep IT on the air.

    "I think Octavia's fanbase is a little older so I think this could do very well for her"

    Here we go again. What's the demographics of that fanbase? I mean, I have to say this again, being that this show has a black lead, history is not on it's side. The one show with a black "co-star" that is holding on (Scandal) appears to have a totally different fanbase (and white leads). In other words, it's not your past generation's Oldsmobile. And, more importantly, Scandal's premise/plots/controversy/mess is completely different than old school Murder She Wrote. Additionally, again, Scandal has strong white co-leads, which in my opinion is the ONLY way a show in today's America will survive.

    Good writing, great plots and decent acting were not enough to keep the #1 Women's Detective Agency on the air.

  • dancelover51 | October 24, 2013 5:28 PM

    Exactly. This show is not meant for the majority of the people that come on this site to comment. My grandmother and older aunts still watch Murder She Wrote reruns. I never was into the show but that is because it was not meant for me. However, the few episodes I did watch were of a well written story with good acting. I can see my aunts, mother, and grandmothers watching this show. I think Octavia's fanbase is a little older so I think this could do very well for her. She is a great actress and I am so glad that we will have 4 Black women leading series on a major network next year. This is unprecedented!

  • I don't get it | October 24, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    "Surely there must be something original out there that they can build around Spencer, if they really want her talents."?

    Huh?

    So you think if they didn't really want her talents they would even bother with the idea. Why would any business do that?

    Stop it.

  • CareyCarey | October 24, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    It's not wise to pull on Superman's cape, piss in the wind or reboot the iconic Ironsides (Raymond Burr) and Murder She Wrote (Angela Lansbury). If one does decide to partake in those foolish behaviors, going in they should know their hands are going to stink or get snatched off... and they're walking on sacred ground. Come on now, everybody knows you're asking for trouble if you try singing an Aretha Franklin song or sit in Raymond and Angela's seats.

    Listen, if they wanted a TV series with a black actress in a role that white folks can wrap their arms around, not run them away, I have the perfect suggestion.

    Okay... quick, what role did Octavia Spencer play when she won her Oscar? That's right, a maid. So, without further ado, I present the black author Barbara Neely's, Blanche White, a domestic worker extraordinaire turned sleuth. I've read Neely's series of Blanche white novels, they are a joy and the protagonist (Blanche White) is nothing to be ashamed of. Most notable about Barbara Neely's heroine Blanche is both her physical appearance as well as her occupation; she is a heavy-set, dark-skinned Black woman who works as a maid (hmmm, sounds like Octavia). Blanche is proud of her work and does not let it get in the way of her independence and proud personality. This immediately sets her apart from the typical protagonist. Other notable characteristics of Blanche are her curiosity, and her ability to piece together clues in order to find figure out mysteries.

    Now, by a show of hands, who wants to see Octavia play the role of the black detective Blanche White, not a black faced Jessica Fletcher?

  • CareyCarey | October 24, 2013 6:30 PM

    WOW Ms. Syrich, I've been called CrazyCarey, buck dancer, lawn jockey and other names I cannot repeat, but never "brilliant"... well, not in this forum. But I am with you, this IS actually a perfect fit for Octavia. Basically, it's a win-win for everyone involved.

    Blanch among the talented Talented Tenth was actually set on (as the book describes it) at Amber Cove, an exclusive, all-black resort on Maine. The setup: When Blanche White managed to get her kids into a private school, she didn't know they'd be getting as much attitude as education. So she jumps at the opportunity to spend some time with them at Amber Cove, where she can observe them with their wealthy friends--and keep them from turning into people she doesn't want to know.

    Well, as the story goes (don't wanna give away too much) the grandson of a famous feminist commits suicide and another one of the guests has a fatal encounter with a radio while taking a bath (ouch! that just ain't right :-) So Blanche is enlisted to use her considerable wiles to find out if these events are connected. In doing so (don't wanna give away too much) she discovers a web of secrets that someone may be willing to kill for.

    OH BOY! Can't you see the guest stars this show could attract?

    In reference to the title The Talented Tenth, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention were that came from and why/how it fit this novel:

    "The Talented Tenth of the Negro race must be made leaders of thought and missionaries of culture among their people... The Negro race, like all other races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men" ~ W.E.B. Du Bois

    So yeah SYRICH, lets say it together... HEY NBC or better yet OWN, BET or TVOne are you knuckleheads listening?

  • Syrich | October 24, 2013 5:32 PM

    I totally agree with you. And I also think you are brilliant for your idea. I had forgotten about those novels. Blanche White is a wonderful loving character and I think Octvia Spencer would be an excellent fit. Some creative soul could go crazy with all the novels, especially Blanch among the Talented Tenth. Isn't it set on Martha's Vineyard? Casting possibilities would be unlimited. I think this would be such a great originaly tv series. As long as they don't polish it up too much or try to make it to edgy. Hey NBC or better yet OWN, BET or TVOne are you listening?

  • jeni | October 24, 2013 4:01 PMReply

    Mixed feelings. 1. Partly wondering if my utilizing eps of Murder She Wrote on tvland.com as a sleep aid contributed to this. 2. NBC is where decent black actors go to get cancelled by episode 6 due to refried ideas, unsympathetic characters and lax directing. 3. NBC didn't learn from its attempts to reboot Ironside, The Munsters, Dark Shadows, and freaking Knight Rider. And somehow they're doing this and Remington Steele. 4. OS was hilarious on "Mom" this week, but this is a poo pie. Run, girl.

  • Miles Ellison | October 24, 2013 8:51 PM

    Remington Steele? I wonder who they're getting to play Pierce Brosnan's role. They really need to stop with these reboots.

    Syrich | October 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    JENI, I have been saying that for a while about Kerry Washington. The flood gates seem to be opening.

    jeni | October 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    and 5. All the black actresses getting major network roles now need to send Kerry Washington a house full of white roses.

    Jazz | October 24, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    Here. For. It.

    Akimbo | October 24, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    Not here for it. Octavia is incredibly one-note. Great for black actresses, though.

    Akimbo | October 24, 2013 4:05 PM

    The comment section is here for people to discuss developments and share their opinions. If you don't like it, you can always just go read the announcement when it comes out in Entertainment Weekly.

    TAHIR | October 24, 2013 4:00 PM

    ain't nobody ask what you was here for bro

    Tracey | October 24, 2013 3:23 PMReply

    Excited for Octavia! But not excited for another reboot. Where is the creativity, Hollywood? *sigh*

    Alta J. Cannaday | October 24, 2013 2:57 PMReply

    Every success to Octavia Spencer! She will make a fine sleuth. Work it, gurl!

    No | October 24, 2013 2:45 PMReply

    Good Luck, Ms. Spencer. Great photo of her; very alluring.

    CarltonJordan | October 24, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    I love this concept. Octavia will kill it.

    Veronique Doumbe | October 24, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    Can't wait to see anything she's involved in. Congratulations Octavia.

    Walter Harris Gavin | October 24, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    White Hollywood, and "white" entertainment culture in general is bereft of anything original. So in looking to capture some "black" magic they will retool "white" shows in Blackface, not always successfully as in Ironsides reboot. They've done it to some success on Broadway as years ago taking Hello Dolly which starred Carol Channing (who looked "white," but was passing), and "blackified" it with Pearl Baily, and it was more successful than the original. But "white" writers, producers can't step out of their "white" boxes, for the most part, even when they create something starring a "black" actor/actress. This will just be another "white" show in Blackface.

    Carlton Jordan | October 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You sound fun.

    sergio | October 24, 2013 2:17 PMReply

    I think this could work depending, of course, on the quality of the scripts. The original Murder She Wrote was by no means any sort of great or important TV. It was the definition of mediocre TV. It wouldn't take a lot to improve on it. It would have to be a solid, well written show. Ironside was badly miscast by putting too virile a lead actor in the main role and second Underwood may be good looking but he all surface and superficial. There's no "there" there with him, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein. Add to that the lousy scripts and limp execution of the show and a quick cancellation was inevitable.

    I Disagree | October 24, 2013 8:37 PM

    There was a lot of there, there with Underwood, but he couldn't carry the entire show without good writing and anything/anyone else interesting about it. Put anyone else you think is better in that wheelchair, with the same setup, and I doubt the outcome would have been any different.

    Monique A Williams | October 24, 2013 3:43 PM

    I agree with every word of this.

    Jug | October 24, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    Okay. Remember alllll that dust up about Taraji Henson and TV Guide? Well here's proof positive about two things A) The difference between an Oscar WINNER and an Oscar NOMINEE and B) Good Reps and Bad Reps. Everything ain't racist. Just sayin'...

    Jug | October 24, 2013 8:46 PM

    @Angela, no not at all. I was just being silly LOL

    angela | October 24, 2013 6:32 PM

    Playing devil's advocate...that doesn't prove anything false completely.

    Carlton Jordan | October 24, 2013 2:46 PM

    Dont.

    Jen Jen | October 24, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Make that money, Octavia (...until NBC riddles you with a subpar script, frequent time slot changes, and little to no marketing)!

    Truth | October 24, 2013 8:34 PM

    Tell the Truth Jen Jen ... Octavia, I really hope your show makes it, unlike any of the other shows with Black leads on NBC. I really hope they give you a great script and cast that allows your talent to shine, and something colorful for me to watch. God Bless.

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    Remington Steele? I wonder who they're getting to play Pierce Brosnan's role. They really need to stop with these reboots.

    Kenan Thompson.

  • What | October 24, 2013 8:41 PM

    Remington Steele? I wonder who they're getting to play Pierce Brosnan's role. They really need to stop with these reboots.

  • Syrich | October 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    JENI, I have been saying that for a while about Kerry Washington. The flood gates seem to be opening.

  • jeni | October 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    and 5. All the black actresses getting major network roles now need to send Kerry Washington a house full of white roses.

  • Jazz | October 24, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    Here. For. It.

  • Akimbo | October 24, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    Not here for it. Octavia is incredibly one-note. Great for black actresses, though.

  • Akimbo | October 24, 2013 4:05 PM

    The comment section is here for people to discuss developments and share their opinions. If you don't like it, you can always just go read the announcement when it comes out in Entertainment Weekly.

  • TAHIR | October 24, 2013 4:00 PM

    ain't nobody ask what you was here for bro

  • Tracey | October 24, 2013 3:23 PMReply

    Excited for Octavia! But not excited for another reboot. Where is the creativity, Hollywood? *sigh*

  • Alta J. Cannaday | October 24, 2013 2:57 PMReply

    Every success to Octavia Spencer! She will make a fine sleuth. Work it, gurl!

  • No | October 24, 2013 2:45 PMReply

    Good Luck, Ms. Spencer. Great photo of her; very alluring.

  • CarltonJordan | October 24, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    I love this concept. Octavia will kill it.

  • Veronique Doumbe | October 24, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    Can't wait to see anything she's involved in. Congratulations Octavia.

  • Walter Harris Gavin | October 24, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    White Hollywood, and "white" entertainment culture in general is bereft of anything original. So in looking to capture some "black" magic they will retool "white" shows in Blackface, not always successfully as in Ironsides reboot. They've done it to some success on Broadway as years ago taking Hello Dolly which starred Carol Channing (who looked "white," but was passing), and "blackified" it with Pearl Baily, and it was more successful than the original. But "white" writers, producers can't step out of their "white" boxes, for the most part, even when they create something starring a "black" actor/actress. This will just be another "white" show in Blackface.

  • Carlton Jordan | October 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You sound fun.

  • sergio | October 24, 2013 2:17 PMReply

    I think this could work depending, of course, on the quality of the scripts. The original Murder She Wrote was by no means any sort of great or important TV. It was the definition of mediocre TV. It wouldn't take a lot to improve on it. It would have to be a solid, well written show. Ironside was badly miscast by putting too virile a lead actor in the main role and second Underwood may be good looking but he all surface and superficial. There's no "there" there with him, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein. Add to that the lousy scripts and limp execution of the show and a quick cancellation was inevitable.

  • I Disagree | October 24, 2013 8:37 PM

    There was a lot of there, there with Underwood, but he couldn't carry the entire show without good writing and anything/anyone else interesting about it. Put anyone else you think is better in that wheelchair, with the same setup, and I doubt the outcome would have been any different.

  • Monique A Williams | October 24, 2013 3:43 PM

    I agree with every word of this.

  • Jug | October 24, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    Okay. Remember alllll that dust up about Taraji Henson and TV Guide? Well here's proof positive about two things A) The difference between an Oscar WINNER and an Oscar NOMINEE and B) Good Reps and Bad Reps. Everything ain't racist. Just sayin'...

  • Jug | October 24, 2013 8:46 PM

    @Angela, no not at all. I was just being silly LOL

  • angela | October 24, 2013 6:32 PM

    Playing devil's advocate...that doesn't prove anything false completely.

  • Carlton Jordan | October 24, 2013 2:46 PM

    Dont.

  • Jen Jen | October 24, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Make that money, Octavia (...until NBC riddles you with a subpar script, frequent time slot changes, and little to no marketing)!

  • Truth | October 24, 2013 8:34 PM

    Tell the Truth Jen Jen ... Octavia, I really hope your show makes it, unlike any of the other shows with Black leads on NBC. I really hope they give you a great script and cast that allows your talent to shine, and something colorful for me to watch. God Bless.

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