7 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Murder, She Wrote’
3. No Driving
Throughout all 12 seasons Jessica Fletcher never drove a car. She always rode a bike, took a cab, the train, or hitched a ride with a friend. According to Lansbury, writer and co-executive producer Peter Fischer indulged in the idea that Fletcher was a younger version of Miss Marple. “He played up the fact that physically, Jessica was a very active woman — she rode a bicycle, she jogged, she looked after herself. She did not drive a car; I don’t know why. As it turned out, it was a very good thing she didn’t because it precludes, in a sense, the need for car chases. We have enough of them — there are enough shows that do very, very exciting car chases,” she said to the L.A. Times.
2. An Intentional Move
In 1996, during Murder, She Wrote‘s last season, CBS’s programming chief, Leslie Moonves took Murder, She Wrote out of its highly popular Sunday time slot and moved it to Thursday to compete against NBC’s Must See TV lineup which included Friends, a rising show at the time. This change was seen as a sabotage by Angela Lansbury and many viewers. The episodes “Murder Among Friends” and “Death by Demographics” in season 12 were digs at CBS for cancelling the show and setting it up for failure. When the series ended, it went on to create four TV movies which were released between 1997 and 2003.