Murder, She Wrote Remake with Octavia Spencer Gets the Ax

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, 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.

Angela Lansbury Calls Murder, She Wrote Reboot a 'Mistake'

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new show Murder, She Wrote.

The 88-year-old actress said she’s a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in a rebooted version of the hit TV show, saying, “I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”

Octavia Spencer to Star in Murder, She Wrote Reboot

Talk about must-see TV!

NBC plans to remake Murder, She Wrote with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer playing the lead role made famous by Angela Lansbury.

The original series was one of the most successful TV shows in history, running for 12 seasons from 1984-1996 on CBS. As many as 23 million viewers tuned in Sundays to watch the English teacher-turned-writer, Jessica Fletcher, solve and write about the murder mysteries surrounding her.

Angelina Jolie to Receive Honorary Academy Award

Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen.

The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Broadway’s biggest night – the 66th annual Tony Awards – may be 40 days away, but the celebrating has already kicked in, especially for a modest new musical called Once, a love story set in Ireland that scored the most nominations of any show this year: 11, including best musical.

Bea Arthur Remembered at R-Rated Tribute

Golden, indeed: Heavyweights from the stage and TV gathered at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre Monday to pay tribute to the late Beatrice Arthur, mixing tears with loud laughs – and ribald recollections that would have been bleeped had the 2½ ceremony been broadcast on TV.

Instead, speaking live before a near-capacity house, Rue McClanahan told of the time her Golden Girls costar opened in her own 2002 one-woman Broadway show and graciously invited McClanahan and her husband, Morrow Wilson, to the opening-night performance and party afterwards.

Bret Michaels Injured at the Tony Awards

Broadway did what Broadway does best to open Sunday night’s 63rd annual Tony Awards – delivering an electrifying musical number that starred Dolly Parton, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, the casts of West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Pal Joey, Shrek, 9 to 5: The Musical, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages and Billy Elliot and finished off with a love-in: a rousing rendition of “Let the Sun Shine” from the new best-revival production of Hair that got all 6,000 attendees inside Radio City Music Hall dancing in their seats.

Hugh Jackman Pays Tribute to Broadway Titan

Less than two weeks before he’ll host the Feb. 22 Oscars, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, Hugh Jackman, on Monday emceed and performed at a loving, all-star tribute to the man Angela Lansbury, at the ceremony, said “represented the very, very best of Broadway” – Shubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld, who died last November at 84.