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Murder She Wrote revived

Jessica Fletcher could be returning to TV screens as NBC reimagines the hit 1980s crime drama Murder She Wrote with Octavia Spencer set to star.

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Murder She Wrote was popular in its day, particularly with older demographics, having run for an impressive 12 seasons, but it was the inability to click with younger viewers that ultimately caused the show to get cancelled. With that in mind, is it a good idea to bring back Murder She Wrote?

As both a fan of the original show and young person the response I’d like to give is yes, but it’s not hard to see the pit falls. To often classic shows are reimagined and bare little resemblance to the original other than the title, which just becomes a gimmick to get people talking about the show. Take the recent attempt at a Charlie’s Angels TV series for example.

20131025-011416.jpgEven if that doesn’t happen and a show that is somewhat similar to the original is produced, chances are it won’t connect well with modern audiences. The entertainment industry has changed since the original series ended in 1996. Crime shows are now more gruesome and centre heavily around DNA evidence rather than having an author come in to solve the case by setting up a trap that leaves her and the killer alone in a room so that she can get a confession while the police ease drop on the conversation.

A few details were given about the remake, we know that this version of Jessica Fletcher works as a hospital administrator who has an interest in true crime and publishes her first mystery novel. The show has also been described as a light version of Bones or Fargo.

Spencer did say that, in a meeting with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, she was asked what type of character would lure her back to television and she said ‘J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo’, which is what started the ball moving on the project.

As far as leading ladies go Octavia Spencer is a great choice for almost any role, she’s a versatile actress. The problem is that she hasn’t really made much of an impact yet. Before her Oscar winning role in The Help she was known mostly for doing smaller roles mainly in television. Now that she has the Oscar winning status she should be focusing more on her film career. Returning to television so soon may be a mistake for her since she hasn’t really made a name for herself independent of The Help yet and it’d be a shame if she moved backwards in her career since she is such a good actress.

Even if the show ends up being completely different fans will enjoy the fact that the theme music will be the same as the original series. Try picturing that over the opening credits of Bones.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the original show? Would you like to see this reimagining? Do you think that producers should leave classic programs alone? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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