Can’t Stop Watching: ‘Murder She Wrote’ Reboot Axed, Bill Cosby Returns to TV, Rashida Jones Teams with Steve Carell & More

by | January 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, TV Comedies, TV News

Octavia Spencer attends the 79th Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards at the Edison Ballroom on Jan. 6 in New York. (Photo: AP/Evan Agostini/Invision)

Here’s what else is happening…

“Murder She Wrote” remake axed. The “Murder She Wrote” reboot starring Octavia Spencer has been canned, according to Deadline.com. In October, news broke that the Oscar-winning actress would star in an updated version of the beloved, long-running CBS series that starred Angela Lansbury as amateur sleuth J.B. Fletcher.  Spencer, who published her pre-teen novel series in October, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit,” said during a book signing in Chicago, “There is only one J.B. Fletcher. There only needs to be one J.B. Fletcher and that was Angela Lansbury. I have no desire to try to recreate J.B. Fletcher as Angela Lansbury. So, I’m not trying to be her.” While this may be a disappointment to Spencer-who loves mystery novels–she’ll be fine. She’s a sought after actress and will star in the James Brown biopic, “Get on Up,” due out later this year. I will admit, it was very easy for me to envision Spencer in this role.

Bill Cosby returns to primetime.  Three decades after debuting the ground-breaking “The Cosby Show,” Bill Cosby and his producing partner Tom Werner hope to bring that magic back to NBC. America’s favorite dad recently inked a deal to create a comedy centered around family and marriage, according to Deadline.com. “The new comedy will be built around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family and, like the comedian’s previous family sitcoms–”Cosby Show” and “Cosby” on CBS–”The Cosby Show” will channel his take on marriage and parenting,” Deadline.com reports. Hmmm… this could be good. I remember in the ’90s CBS made an attempt a similar concept, “Under One Roof,” which starred James Earl Jones, Joe Morton, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Merlin Santana. Then there was Fox’s “Roc,” which starred Charles S. Dutton, Rocky Carroll and Ella Joyce. I guess if he helped NBC’s ratings once, he can do it again. Stay tuned.

Rashida Jones lands a new role.  The actress is set to star in “Tribeca,” a new TBS police comedy from the minds of Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy. Jones recently left NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” with her last episode airing January 30.  She will tape the pilot for the Carell comedy in February and March, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jones will play Angie Tribeca, “a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU–Really Heinous Crimes,” THR reports. The publication further explains that “the single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served … sort of.”  Jones and Carell starred together on NBC’s “The Office.”   This will be interesting. I absolutely loved “The Office” and while I’m a little over cop shows, I’ll give this one a shot.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“American Horror Story: Coven”: Last week I questioned whether this series’ witches should hang up their broomsticks for good and seek a good psychiatrist. This week, the penultimate episode of the season, we’ll see if I spoke too soon. It airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on FX. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: “The Boondocks” will return on April 21 at 10:30 p.m. EST on Adult Swim (Awesome, awesome news!).
NOT: Florida House Republican candidate Joshua Black calling for President Barack Obama’s hanging (Really?!).

HOT: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith along with pal Jay Z team with HBO for the new series, “Higher,” starring Calvin Harris, a Scottish DJ and record producer (Hmm, will be sure to check it out.).
NOT: Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, is still missing (Quite an interesting story. What’s really going on here?_.

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