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One of TV’s most popular crime series is to be revived with Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer cast as the star in a new take on Murder, She Wrote succeeding Angela Lansbury in the lead role of one of the most famous amateur detective.

This would mark the first series regular role for Spencer, who won an Oscar for The Help.

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.

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