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Murder she don't: planned reboot of series cancelled

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LONDON -- Angela Lansbury says she's relieved a planned remake of her classic whodunit series Murder, She Wrote has been cancelled.

Lansbury had been critical of NBC's idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. The entertainment website Deadline.com 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 too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue."

Lansbury spent 12 years until 1996 playing small-town sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the series.

The 88-year-old actress is about to perform in London's West End for the first time in almost 40 years, as the medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Lansbury won a Tony Award for the role on Broadway.

Last month the actress, who was born in London and moved to the United States in her teens, was made a dame -- the female equivalent of a knight -- by Queen Elizabeth.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 24, 2014 D2

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