History Trivia / MurderSheWrote

20th Jan '17 6:14:59 PM PaulA
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** The very first episode starts with Jessica Fletcher watching the rehearsal of a murder mystery play and calmly pointing out who did it by the end of the first act. Angela Lansbury did much the same thing at the beginning of the 1980 film adaptation of ''Film/TheMirrorCrackd'', in the role of Miss Marple.
10th Jan '17 12:25:53 AM Ezclee4050
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** Tom Bosley as Amos Tupper is also notable, since he played Angela Lansbury's husband in ''Film/TheWorldOfHenryOrient''.
9th Dec '16 12:46:56 AM PaulA
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* CaliforniaDoubling:
** The exterior shots of Cabot Cove were filmed in the town of Mendocino (about halfway between UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and the Oregon border).
** "Witness for the Defense" is supposedly set in [[UsefulNotes/{{Quebec}} Quebec]], but some interior scenes are shown to have ''green''-lettered exit signs (the norm in California). Virtually all Canadian exit signs in that style are red.
7th Dec '16 1:13:18 PM maxwellsilver
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** The pilot episode, "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes," becomes an UnintentionalPeriodPiece thanks to this trope. When Jessica encounters the two young thugs in the alley, she threatens to call the police, but one of the thugs points out that it would be impossible for her to do so because ''[[HilariousInHindsight she couldn't possibly have a phone in her purse]]''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jean Stapleton, [[IAmNotSpock better known as]] [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]], was first offered the role of Jessica Fletcher. Stapleton passed - ironically, given that she's on record as being unhappy with her TypeCasting as Edith, and this show likely would have rescued her from that fate. In any event, the producers then offered the role to their second choice, Angela Lansbury, who gratefully accepted.

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** The pilot episode, "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes," becomes an UnintentionalPeriodPiece thanks to this trope. When Jessica encounters the two young thugs in the alley, she threatens to call the police, but one of the thugs points out that it would be impossible for her to do so because ''[[HilariousInHindsight she ''she couldn't possibly have a phone in her purse]]''.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jean Stapleton, [[IAmNotSpock better known as]] as [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]], was first offered the role of Jessica Fletcher. Stapleton passed - ironically, given that she's on record as being unhappy with her TypeCasting as Edith, and this show likely would have rescued her from that fate. In any event, the producers then offered the role to their second choice, Angela Lansbury, who gratefully accepted.
16th Nov '16 8:22:15 PM cjqtwm
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** Leslie Nielsen is [[Film/ThePoseidonAdventure a ship captain]] once again in "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean".
19th Aug '16 9:12:09 PM cjqtwm
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* ActorAllusion:

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* ActorAllusion: Given [[Creator/AngelaLansbury who the lead is]], this is inevitable. [[Literature/DeathOnTheNile Playing drunk]] in "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean" comes to mind.
16th Aug '16 10:36:08 AM cjqtwm
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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs in the Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".

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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs in the Family" and "Sing A a Song Of of Murder".
11th Aug '16 8:15:30 PM cjqtwm
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** George Hearn [[Stage/SweeneyTodd runs a restaurant]] in "Trials and Tribulations".
11th Aug '16 7:59:54 PM cjqtwm
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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs In The Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".

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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs In The in the Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".
11th Aug '16 7:59:10 PM cjqtwm
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Happened during the 12th and final season. The show had spent most of its run on Sunday nights and had gotten excellent ratings in the process. However, after Leslie Moonves became president of CBS Entertainment in 1995 before the 12th season began, he moved it to Thursday nights opposite ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a show that, ironically, he had previously helped to produce back when he was president of Creator/WarnerBros Television. Many longtime fans of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' angrily protested the scheduling change, and openly suspected Moonves of deliberately making the move in order to kill the show and, therefore, make room for new programs which he had green lit.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Happened during the 12th and final season. The show had spent most of its run on Sunday nights and had gotten excellent ratings in the process. However, after Leslie Moonves became president of CBS Entertainment in 1995 before the 12th season began, he moved it to Thursday nights opposite ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a show that, ironically, he had previously helped to produce back when he was president of Creator/WarnerBros Television. Many longtime fans of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' angrily protested the scheduling change, and openly suspected Moonves of deliberately making the move in order to kill the show and, therefore, make room for new programs which he had green lit.greenlit.
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