News Briefs: NBC's Murder, She Wrote Reboot Is Dead


... NBC has put its Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer on ice. I think I speak for at least a few people when I say, "DUH DOI!" Because let's be real: There is no Murder, She Wrote without Angela Lansbury and the project was ridiculous from the start. The network isn't ruling out the possibility of continuing with the project at a later date, but come on, it'd be pretty foolish to try to revive the series. Besides, there's probably no one even left in Cabot Cove at the rate people were dying anyway. Am I right or am I right? [Deadline]


... ABC has renewed its hit summer reality series Wipeout for Season 7. But unlike in previous seasons, the winners will be brought back at season's end for a Tournament of Champions. Because embarrassing yourself once on national TV isn't enough. [ABC via press release]

... NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives through September 2016, but before you celebrate, you should know that Alison Sweeney, who's portrayed Sami Brady for the last 21 years, is leaving the long-running daytime soap at the end of this year. So what's the point, you know? What's left to live for? [NBC via press release]

... Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which ran on NBC for two seasons before the network realized it was airing a series featuring elderly people playing pranks and canceled it, finally has a premiere date on its cable savior Lifetime. If it's your kind of show, set your DVR for February 28 at 9pm. [The Wrap]

... I'm just going to assume there was a huge blackout that swept most of the country at exactly 10:30pm on Sunday evening because I can't fathom any other reason why the ratings for Jonathan Groff's new series Looking are so low. Only 338,000 people watched the show live, and that number only rose to 606,000 when replays were factored in. Even Girls pulled in 799,000 viewers! Come on, America! Give it a chance! Groffles and the boys of San Francisco are way less self-absorbed and annoying than Hannah! [Vulture]

... In other ratings news, The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine both had a stellar week, pulling in 3 million and 4.5 million viewers, respectively, on Tuesday night. And over on The CW, Supernatural enjoyed its best episode since 2010's "Weekend at Bobby's," drawing 2.7 million viewers. Of course, it must be noted that ABC and CBS were in repeats, but in the Winchesters' defense, "First Born" was really, really good. [TV Line]


... Hello ladies... of Modern Family! Stephen Merchant has signed on to guest-star as Stevens, a hotel butler at Mandalay Bay in the show's upcoming Las Vegas episode. I would say something else, but Disney movies have taught me that if I don't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. So. [TV Guide]

... Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor is reuniting with Will Arnett on Arnett's new series The Millers. Tambor will be playing Ed Dolan, the owner of the television station where Arnett's character Nathan works, in an upcoming episode. [CBS via press release]

... Tim's sloppiness means this news bit didn't make it into yesterday's briefs, but that's okay, because it gives me the opportunity to talk about Kyle Chandler which is the number-one item on my list of things I love to do, so joke's on you Tim! Hahaha. Anyway, Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) has been cast as Chandler's older brother in Netflix's new as-yet-untitled psychological thriller. He'll play the black sheep of the family whose return opens up old scars and brings to light old secrets. Chandler obviously plays the super awesome middle brother who takes care of the entire family. Kind of like that one time he was a football coach in Texas or whatever. [THR]

... Jaimie Alexander, who's currently my least favorite person in the world for how many times I've had to double check the spelling of her name, has been cast in Ryan Murphy's HBO pilot Open. She'll play Claire, the wife of Wes Bentley's character, and the character's defining traits are that she's suffering from postpartum depression and she realllllly likes her pills. Of course, Alexander will next be seen on your TV sets when she reprises her reprises her role as Sif in Episode 15 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. [Deadline]


... Hey Sleepy Hollow fans, executive producers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman chatted with TV Line about what's next for Abbie, Ichabod, Katrina, and Jenny. They also discussed how they pulled off that major reveal. [TV Line]