Freeze Frame: Remake of Classic CBS Series Gets Put-Pilot Deal at NBC and Will Star Oscar Winner in First Regular TV Series Role

"NBC is looking to revive one of the most successful series in TV history," writes our friend Nellie Andeeva in an exclusive story for

The show is  "Murder, She Wrote."

Andreeva continues, noting that the reboot is being made "with a brand new take from writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari that has Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ['The Help'] succeeding Angela Lansbury in the lead role of an astute amateur detective. The new hourlong project, which has received a put pilot comitment, is a re-imagining of of the long-running CBS series."

angela lansbury.pngAngela Lansbury

Of the original series Andreeva writes,"Created by Richard Levinson, William Link and Peter S. Fischer, the original 'Murder, She Wrote' starred Lansbury in her record 12-time-Emmy-nominated role as Jessica (J.B.) Fletcher, a middle-aged, widowed successful murder-mystery writer who solves real murders in her spare time. The series premiered in 1984, ran for 12 seasons and spawned four follow-up TV movies as well as a spinoff series, 'The Law & Harry McGraw.' Like other reboots, including CBS’s 'Hawaii Five-0' and TNT’s 'Dallas,' the new 'Murder, She Wrote' will likely keep the popular theme music of the original series, which won an Emmy for composer John Addison, giving it a 21st century makeover."

To read more details about the reboot, please click on the link above, which takes you to Andreeva's original piece.

octavia spencer.jpgOctavia Spencer