This 1996 television mystery play "Death by Demographics" concluded the final broadcast for the twelve years of the "Murder, She Wrote" series cycle. Angela Lansbury immediately began preparations to star in a two hour CBS musical special "Mrs. Santa Claus" written and composed by Jerry Herman. Angela and Peter Shaw's son Anthony had been tested in the 1987-1988 season with two shows to direct. Angela's son Anthony Shaw was scheduled initially four of the series television plays to direct during the ensuing four years of 1988-1992. By 1996, Anthony was directing every second show. In the cancellation of the CBS TV series, as a pay-off, Corymore Productions-Angela Lansbury was given four, two hour television-play mystery specials, to be delivered to the CBS network in the course of two years. Angela's revenge, after the musical special "Mrs. Santa Claus" was delivered, was to make CBS wait for the negotiated CBS-TV mystery specials over a period of five years. Anthony Shaw directed all four two hour CBS Film Specials..