“Murder She Wrote” returns?

Murder, She Wrote

 

 

Murder_ She Wrote - Season 1

It’s happening.  Now it’s not just “revamping” films (some not more than ten years old, i.e. Spiderman to Amazing Spiderman but we won’t get into that here)—they have now moved on to resurrecting successful TV series.  How?  Why?  (Out of ideas?  Grasping at straws?)  Jessica Fletcher, retired teacher and crime solver has been recast with actress Octavia Spencer (The Help).

Having grown up watching the original series (that started in 1984) and knowing what is on television currently—I can’t help but be skeptical. In the late 80s through mid 90s there weren’t shows like “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Walking Dead”, or “The Sopranos”.  Wide sweeping dramas, period dramas with intricate character arcs over several seasons versus procedural dramas.  Television was just starting to branch out into the supremely dark and complex dramas when “Murder, She Wrote” went off air.

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Will we find the same charm in Jessica Fletcher now?  Angela Lansbury is not too keen on the reboot and told the AP.  “I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ because ‘Murder, She Wrote’ will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person.”  Surely part of the appeal of “Murder, She Wrote” was the fact that she was so old-fashioned (in an endearing and comforting way) and still managed to solve so many crimes before the police, while confronting murderers without so much as a cell phone or body guard.  She even used a typewriter!  Is this new version going to completely turn from the cannon?  Is Jessica going to be using her smartphone, tablet and various other cutting edge devices while besting the local PD?  And if not, will the audience be interested in watching a main character who is not adept or even interested in modern technology?

 

The overall challenge: making a well-known (and beloved) show fresh while keeping true to the original concept, otherwise we would just have another “Castle” on our hands.  Right?  Writer who works with the local police for inspiration for their novels…

 

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