Although NBC announced plans last October to reboot the hit series “Murder, She Wrote,” Deadline is now reporting that the network will not move forward with the new series. Instead, NBC is said to be looking at an alternate take to relaunch the franchise sometime further down the road.
The original series, which ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1984, starred Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, a retired-schoolteacher-turned-mystery-novelist who made use of her detective skills to combat the surprisingly high murder rate in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives”) was writing and producing the new take alongside David Janollari. It was to star Octavia Spencer as a hospital-administrator-turned-mystery-novelist-and-detective.