Ripoff, She Quotes: Angela Lansbury Isn't Okay with the 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot

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Human legend Angela Lansbury isn't happy with the fact that NBC is remaking her long running series Murder, She Wrote. Is her beef all in a name?

Lansbury, who will receive an honorary Oscar this week, told the AP's Sandy Cohen that she thinks it's a "mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote," even though she knows "they have access to it and it's their right." The 88-year-old five-time Tony Award winner has no beef with Octavia Spencer, who will be taking on the lead role in her stead. "I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress," Lansbury said, adding: "So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote." 

Though to Lansbury, Murder, She Wrote will always be about Cabot Cove and her character Jessica Fletcher, NBC's remake imagines Spencer has a hospital administrator who self-publishes a mystery novel and then begins investigating crimes. In the original series, which ran for 12 seasons on NBC, from 1984-1996, Lansbury's Fletcher was a retired English teacher.

Meanwhile, in other remake wars, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan aren't happy about CBS's plan to redo Charmed, but really, we'd be more worried about taking on Lansbury in a fight. 

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