Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder: According to Maggie 

A show cancellation coincides with a network executive's murder.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Vincent Palermo
Julie Pritzer
Mary Margaret 'Maggie' McCauley
Miriam Flynn ...
Brian Thursdan
Dana Darren
Andy Butler
Leo Kaplan
Keith Carmody
Bert Rodgers
Tom Troupe ...
Harriet De Vol (as Ann Guilbert)
Ben Slack ...
Greg Norberg ...
Phil Dooley


Jessica talks about Maggie, her most-promising high school English pupil who made it as an author, albeit not in literature but as TV script writer. However her hit series 'Beat Cop' may be canceled after a mystery man shoots a network VP during a screening, after the widow whose money controls the studio intervened against axing it. Lead actor Bert Rodgers's fingerprints are found on the gun, so LAPD lieutenant Vincent Palermo, after who his character was modeled, arrests him. The new executive will cancel it without the star, so Maggie must find the killer or another job. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 March 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jessica says, "Will we ever hear from Margaret Mary again?" when the character she is referring to is named Mary Margaret. See more »

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One of the best non Cabot Cove episodes
1 October 2007 | by (williamsburg, virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode has always been one of my favorite non Cabot Cove outings, along with the Ireland episodes, which were also great. The mood of this episode is so light hearted but engaging. Diana Canova did a great job in her role, creating a very likable character. The scenes with her boyfriend to be and the inspiration for beat copy, Denis Arndt as Lt. Vincent Palermo, were great. Ann Morgan Guilbert also stands out in her brief appearances, perfectly capturing a smart, powerful woman who knows how to handle snot nosed puppy dogs like Keith Carmody, played very well by Gary Sandy, not to mention Dwayne Hickman as the likable studio head and Maggie's agent, whose actions are not always in Maggie's best interest. And Tim Thomerson was just perfect as egotistical Hollywood type who looses it when he becomes a suspect, only to revert back to his old ways, having learned nothing in the process. In the end, I felt a little sorry for Bruce Kirby's character.

The only true weak point is the continuity error with the pencil and the writers treated us the audience as idiots, having to repeatedly show us the "here it is, but gone here" bit.

Still one of the best MSW shows set out of Cabot Cove.

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