Octavia Spencer Snags Lead TV Role
Olivia Pope is opening doors for Black actresses left and right. Octavia Spencer who won an Oscar for “The Help,” has snagged the lead role in a pilot of “Murder, She Wrote,” for NBC. According to Deadline, Spencer will star in the reboot that is only a pilot as of right now. Spencer’s knack for crime-solving led her straight to the role.
“I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said ” J.B. Fletcher” meets “Colombo”… And here we are,” she said. “I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Dave Janollari again, and Alex Cunningham a brilliant writer who shares my love for all things mysterious and Angela Lansbury.”