‘Murder, She Unwrote’
Angela Lansbury says she’s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series “Murder, She Wrote” has been canceled.
Lansbury had been critical of NBC’s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. The entertainment website Deadline.com reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.
Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start.
“I couldn’t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing,” Lansbury told the Associated Press.
“I think it was an awful mistake and it was a terrible disservice” to Spencer, she said. “I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue.”
Lansbury spent 12 years until 1996 playing small-town sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the series.
The 88-year-old actress is about to perform in London’s West End for the first time in almost 40 years, as the medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”
SNL ‘updates’ Jost
“Saturday Night Live” has named head writer Colin Jost as its new “Weekend Update” cohost.
Jost will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor of the coveted “SNL” post, replacing soon-to-be-departing Seth Meyers, who will take on hosting duties of “Late Night.”
Jost, a Harvard University alum, joined the “SNL” writing staff in 2005 and has been head writer at the late-night sketch show since 2012. His transition to the “Weekend Update” desk is reminiscent of Tina Fey and Meyers.
Goos coming to Bear’s Den
The Goo Goo Dolls hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour that includes a date in the intimate Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den on April 12.
“The Otis Midnight Sessions” tour will be performed in a “storytellers” format featuring songs from the band’s 30-year history, including it’s 10th studio album, “Magnetic.” The Goos will be joined by the Los Angeles band Run River North.
The Bear’s Den is a 440-seat concert hall inside the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Tickets will be $75 and $85 and go on sale at noon Feb. 7. More information will soon be released.
Captain, Tennille to split
The Captain and Tennille are headed down the path to divorce.
Court documents filed by Toni Tennille in Arizona say that her marriage to Daryl Dragon is irretrievably broken and cannot be reconciled. The two have been married for more than 38 years.
The popular 1970s pop duo’s hits include “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which earned a Grammy for record of the year in 1975.
Tennille and Dragon retired to Prescott in 2008. Their website hints at divorce, saying people evolve over time and hidden feelings are uncovered.
Tennille’s attorney declined to comment Thursday. An email sent through the couple’s website was not immediately returned.
The two have no children together. Tennille is 73. Dragon is 71.