After 40 years, the British-born actress who conquered Hollywood and starred in TV's Murder, She Wrote is back on the West End stage. As she approaches her 90s, she's in her theatrical prime
In the play Blithe Spirit, the wildly eccentric and chaotic clairvoyant Madame Arcati, Noël Coward's most colourful creation, announces that "time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked".
No aphorism has ever applied less than this does to the actress now about to don the headscarves and bangles to play Arcati in the West End at the age of 88. Dame Angela Lansbury, ennobled earlier this month, has defied the laws of nature by becoming more theatrically prolific as her years have advanced. In 2007, she was Tony award-nominated for her role in a new Terrence McNally play, Deuce, on Broadway; in 2010, she was nominated again for a revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music; and then, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The 88-year-old British-born actress will be starring on a London West End stage for the first time in four decades, the Mirror reported.
The 'Murder, She Wrote' star was made a Dame of the British Empire in New Year's Honors list. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
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Access Hollywood talked with Finn Jones about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Sadly, he says, “There’s not enough hot gay sex for Loras this season.” I’m going to sit in a corner where I will think about Daenerys dispensing justice with her dragons and Lady Olenna dropping wit bombs until I’m excited about the new season.
Come on, HBO, who is going to fill Lafayette’s shoes once True Blood ends?
Adrianne Palicki will be appearing in a story arc on NBC’s upcoming dramedy About a Boy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Lyle Masaki
Actor returns to West End as scatty medium Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, reprising Broadway role that drew Jessica Fletcher fans
Angela Lansbury, an actor returning to the London stage with a mantelpiece full of awards and a glittering career on Broadway stretching back more than half a century, has ruefully admitted that she is doomed for ever and worldwide to be known as the star of the television series Murder, She Wrote.
The actor is returning to the West End in March after an absence of 40 years, in the bravura role for which older female actors give thanks to Noël Coward: the scatty medium Madame Arcati in his black comedy of a marriage haunted by a previous wife, Blithe Spirit.
Her performance in the role under the direction of Michael Blakemore – who will also take the helm of the West End revival – has already won her a Tony award on Broadway. »
- Maev Kennedy
Octavia Spencer won’t be solving any murderous crimes anytime soon as it has been announced that American network NBC has decided not to go ahead with the planned reboot of crime drama Murder, She Wrote. It’s not clear why the network have postponed, but it’s rumoured they want to approach the series from a different angle to try and distance it from the series that was watch by 23 million viewers at the height of its’ popularity.
One person who is pleased with the news is star of the original series Angela Lansbury, who back in November called the reboot a mistake. On hearing the idea had been shelved the actress, who is due to star in West End show Blithe Spirit from March, admitted:
“I knew it was a terrible mistake, I didn’t want to sully the memory. Octavia Spencer is a superb actress; she had »
- Victoria Bull
Angela Lansbury says she’s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series Murder, She Wrote has been canceled.
Lansbury had been critical of NBC’s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. It was reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.
Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start.
“I couldn’t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing,” Lansbury told The Associated Press. “I think it was an awful mistake and it was a terrible disservice” to Spencer, she said. “I have »
- Associated Press
Lansbury played amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the original series, which ran from 1984 to 1996 on CBS. She already spoke out against the reboot back when NBC first announced its plans and now tells BBC that she's "terribly pleased and relieved" that the remake is no more.
"I knew it was a terrible mistake," Lansbury says. "I didn't want to sully the memory. Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn't win."
Lansbury hasn't been afraid to voice her opinions on the reboot, and called it a "mistake" back in November.
"I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be »
Murder, She Wrote will not be getting a reboot at NBC and at least one person is happy about that: Angela Lansbury. The veteran actress starred in the original Murder, She Wrote for 12 seasons and over 200 episodes. She told the BBC she was "terribly pleased and relieved" to hear NBC isn't going forward with the new version of Murder, She Wrote starring Octavia Spencer. "I knew it was a terrible mistake," she said. "I didn't want to sully the memory." Lansbury was outspoken about NBC's plans to revive the Murder, She Wrote brand. The planned reboot had Oscar winner Spencer attached to star as an amateur sleuth and according to Deadline, Lansbury was in talks to also have »
Good riddance! Dame Angela Lansbury wasn't at all sad to see that NBC had pulled the plug on its proposed reboot of her beloved series Murder, She Wrote. In fact, the 88-year-old actress told the BBC she was "terribly pleased and relieved" by the news. "I knew it was a terrible mistake," she said of the series, which would have starred Octavia Spencer in a version of Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher role. "I didn't want to sully the memory." Nor did she want the show to sully Oscar winner [...] »
It’s really, really hard to reboot a classic. Whether we’re talking about movies or television, very few remakes are able to capture the essence of what made their namesakes such hits, and only once in a blue moon are they able to introduce something new and interesting. If you look back over the past few years, many reboots have been launched by major networks, but only a handful have stuck around past a few episodes. We’ve seen failed remakes of Knight Rider, Prime Suspect, Melrose Place, V and Charlie’s Angels, to name a few of many. So, maybe NBC is making the right choice by nipping one upcoming reboot in the bud; the network recently announced that it will not be moving forward with a reimagining of the classic series Murder, She Wrote.
- Isaac Feldberg
Murder, She Wrote is dead…but we don't need a detective to get to the bottom of its demise. NBC has decided to not go forward with its proposed reboot of the classic TV series following an amateur sleuth, E! News has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news. The procedural, which was announced in October, had Oscar winner Octavia Spencer attached to star as a hospital administrator who self-publishes a mystery novel. Angela Lansbury starred in the original Murder, She Wrote for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. The proposed reboot hailed from writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari. At the time the project was announced, Spencer told Deadline she had a "love for all »
Unexpectedly, NBC has reportedly put its Octavia Spencer Murder, She Wrote reboot on ice, with plans to come up with another way to re-imagine the series. What that means exactly, and whether Spencer is out, we don't yet know. It was in October 2013 when NBC announced that it was rebooting the Angela Lansbury detective drama series Murder She Wrote, with Octavia Spencer attached to star! Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) were to produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow Spencer as a hospital administrator who doubles as a detective enthusiast, who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Unexpectedly, NBC has reportedly put its Octavia Spencer Murder, She Wrote reboot on ice, with plans to come up with another way to re-imagine the series. What that means exactly, and whether Spencer is out, we don't yet know. It was in October 2013 when NBC announced that it was rebooting the Angela Lansbury detective drama series Murder She Wrote, with Octavia Spencer attached to star! Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) were to produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow Spencer as 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...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Murder, She Wrote is dead. Again. A planned reboot of the successful TV series, set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, has been scrapped, even as the pilot for NBC got a commitment last October, Deadline.com reports. The plot for the new version had Spencer, 43, cast as a hospital administrator and amateur detective who goes on to publish her first mystery novel. The original CBS series, one of television's most successful and longest-running, aired from 1984 to 1996 and earned Lansbury 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The »
- Andrea Billups
One of the more interesting reboot projects of the past year has been a reworking of Murder She Wrote, starring Octavia Spencer in the Angela Lansbury role. But it seems NBC has killed the idea for the time being. Deadline says this sort of thing happens all the time, but that it may not mean [&hellip
NBC’s Murder She Wrote Reboot is Dead, For Now »
Jessica Fletcher and Angela Lansbury devotees can rest easy. NBC isn't moving forward with their proposed reboot of Murder, She Wrote -- at least for now.
The new take on the classic series was supposed to revolve around a hospital administrator who's also an amateur sleuth (Octavia Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel and gets involved with various cases.
Though the network has chosen not to move forward, they aren't giving up on the iodea. According to Deadline, execs want to approach the idea in a different way, possibly with a new concept.
This frees up Spencer who's apparently become a very sought-after talent for upcoming pilot projects.
What do you think? Do you think a new Murder, She Wrote series could work? Under what circumstances? »
Looks like this reboot is dead on arrival ... for now, at least.
NBC has canceled the new "Murder, She Wrote," Deadline reports.
The update of the long-running CBS drama starring Angela Lansbury was going to star Octavia Spencer, but apparently NBC execs want to find a different way to re-do the classic, and will revisit the idea with a new angle.
When NBC first announced its plans to reboot the series as a pilot it was described as a "light, contemporary procedural in the vein of 'Bones' or 'Fargo.'"
The reboot would have followed a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Her passion with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations.
The original "Murder, She Wrote" aired from 1984 to 1996 on CBS. »
Oh, we just knew Angela Lansbury secretly controlled one or more television networks. We knew it. While the Iron Fist of Lansbury came down way back in November, NBC didn't axe Octavia Spencer's Murder, She Wrote reboot until today. Deadline reports that the network has opted not to go forward with the remake, though it might "try approaching it in a different way, possibly with a new concept." Ten bucks says the new concept involves Angela Lansbury slipping right back into her role as Jessica Fletcher. »
- Halle Kiefer
Angela Lansbury has gotten her wish. NBC has decided not to go forward with its proposed reboot of Lansbury’s series “Murder, She Wrote,” an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap on Tuesday. Also read: Angela Lansbury: ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot ‘a Mistake’ The reboot, which received a put-pilot commitment from the network, would have starred Octavia Spencer as a writer who solved mysteries and was described as a “light, contemporary procedural, in the vein of ‘Bones’ or ‘Fargo.’” David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”) was executive producer. Also read: Cory Hardrict to Star in ‘Car Dogs’ With George Lopez, »
- Tim Kenneally
It was a good idea while it lasted — not!
It appears that NBC’s plan to reboot the long-running CBS drama Murder, She Wrote with Octavia Spencer (The Help) has been tabled indefinitely. Deadline reports that Peacock execs would rather find a different way to spin the tale about the amateur sleuth (assuming it goes the distance at all). More importantly, someone inside probably realized that it’s not so easy to revisit popular franchises. NBC did an impressive job of bringing back Prime Suspect with Maria Bello but the drama didn’t last a season.
When first announced as a pilot by NBC, »
- Lynette Rice
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