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Rebooting “Murder, She Wrote” and “Charmed”


Both NBC and CBS have plans to revive past television shows – for NBC it’s mystery procedural Murder, She Wrote and for CBS it’s supernatural family action-drama Charmed.

Murder, She Wrote, which starred Golden Globe and Tony winner Angela Lansbury as retired schoolteacher Jessica Fletcher, ran for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. The new Murder, She Wrote will star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as the lead character. While Lansbury is a fan of Spencer, saying that she enjoyed her work on The Help, she has expressed disapproval of the planned remake and has called it a “mistake”.

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. So I’m sorry that they have to use the title ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ even though they have access to it and it’s their right.

– Angela Lansbury

Meanwhile, TV sisters Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan aren’t happy about the planned Charmed reboot, either. Charmed, which told the story of three sisters who were also witches, ran for 8 seasons from 1998 to 2006 on the now defunct WB network. The original cast comprised of Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano. When Doherty left the show at the end of season 3, she was replaced by Rose McGowan, who played half-sister Paige Matthews. With witches making a TV comeback in American Horror Story: Coven, Witches of East End, Sleepy Hollow, and The Originals, it’s no wonder CBS jumped on the bandwagon.

When news broke out, Milano and McGowan tweeted the following:

Most recently, NBC brought back Ironside, which saw its original run from 1967 to 1975. That turned out to be a ratings dud, however, and Ironside was swiftly canceled after airing just four episodes. While I see some potential with a Murder, She Wrote and Charmed reboot/remake, particularly since the original Charmed was never the perfect show anyway and could have probably used more polishing, I predict they’ll meet their end similar to Ironside.

What do you think about the planned Murder, She Wrote and Charmed reboots? And who would you like to see play the Halliwell sisters in the Charmed reboot? Tell us in the comments below.