(NEW YORK) — Octavia Spencer said she’s fine that her NBC show, Murder, She Wrote, a reboot of the original starring Angela Lansbury, got scrapped.
The news came after Lansbury said the project was a “mistake.”
“Everything happens for a reason,” Spencer told E! News. “You know, that would not have been the right fit for me…I think things happen as they’re supposed to. I am a detective and curious person by nature, that’s who I am and I always thought that’s who I wanted to play. But when you’re on a television show, it’s a marriage and when you take that vow to be on a series for seven years, it should be something that you want to see and a character you want to learn about, and with a group of people that you want to see for the next seven years.”
The Oscar winner instead will star in Fox’s new series Red Band Society as Nurse Jackson. The dramedy centers on a group of teenagers living in a hospital.
“For me, I am an actress. There are only certain archetypes that people have allowed me to play: The nurturer, the caregiver, the sad mom, the distraught mom, and I kind of didn’t want to be just that,” Spencer said. “I wanted a character that I could grow with in a situation that I felt would be something that contributed to the world. Not just in an entertaining way, and what Red Band Society does it checks all of those boxes.”
Red Band Society, which also stars Dave Annable, premieres Sept. 17.
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