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Octavia Spencer in 'Murder She Wrote' for NBC?

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Classic crime procedural Murder She Wrote is being revived by NBC.

The network confirmed it has ordered a pilot based on the long-running CBS series starring Academy Award-winning The Help actress Octavia Spencer.  The new version is described by Deadline, which first reported the news, as a “light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel … [and her] avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations.”

The pilot is written by Desperate Housewives writer-producer Alexandra Cunningham. The original series starred Angela Lansbury as the mystery novelist and amateur sleuth. The show ran for a rather incredible 12 seasons and was followed by a slew of TV movies. In many ways, current ABC series Castle is basically the same concept, only with a male protagonist. NBC also tried reviving another classic crime drama this fall with Ironside, but it was cancelled after only a few episodes.

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