Former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Last Episode12x24 Death by Demographics Aired: May. 19, 1996
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Series Fun Facts
- Angela Lansbury also played Jessica's look-alike cousin Emma, who was a performer on the London stage.
- As part of producing the series, Peter Fischer developed characters and scenarios within the "MSW" format storyline, with the premise for specific "characters" leading off into another…
[show]As part of producing the series, Peter Fischer developed characters and scenarios within the "MSW" format storyline, with the premise for specific "characters" leading off into another network weekly series. In 1989, two shows, (6.3) "The Grand Old Lady" (air-8 Oct 89) and (6.5) "Jack and Bill" (air-29 Oct 89) were potential film series pilots, with Angela introducing each of the shows narrative. The two pilots were filmed at the end of the fifth season - June, 1989, after Angela and Peter Shaw had departed for their summer break. Angela's filming for each of the new show's preliminary introductions and last line wrap up, were filmed at the start of the new 1989-90 season, filming the intros in September, 1989. The "Grand Old Lady" was filmed aboard the Queen Mary (Hotel) in Long Beach, with a 1947 era mystery-murder scenario. The leading investigator and his side kick intended as the basis for another mystery show spin off, establishing a 1947-50 period environment. The contemporary "Jack and Bill" pilot involved two detectives with a bright pink (dyed) standard poodle, aiding in sniffing out the criminals. Neither pilot was picked by CBS TV, but the two shows were offered, independently, to both ABC, and then NBC, after CBS answered "no thanks". What was unusual with Lansbury's contract with CBS, Angela's "Corymore Production" company had an option for a "movie of the week" (two hour) which could be filmed during her yearly summer hiatus. She could pick her property, cast and crew the project, producing the MOW, each year the series had been contracted. Angela and Peter Shaw's "Corymore Productions" never exercised the MOW deal option. When CBS and Les Moonvies axed the Universal-MCA MSW series, the four MSW MOW projects were offered as a contractual settlement. The Jerry Herman "Mrs. Santa Claus" musical "1996 Christmas Special MOW" was the whip cream cherry on top agreement to finalize the cancellation contract. Peter Fisher cut his ties with Universal-MCA and CBS TV when he departed the MSW series in June, 1992.
- The fictional "Cabot Cove" Maine setting for "Murder, She Wrote" is an actual harbor inlet in the town of Kennybunkport, Maine. The "Cabot Cove" is located on a main road leading from the…
[show]The fictional "Cabot Cove" Maine setting for "Murder, She Wrote" is an actual harbor inlet in the town of Kennybunkport, Maine. The "Cabot Cove" is located on a main road leading from the township, with a bridge over the small inlet bay. Local motor-hotels and lobster-crab shack restaurants are nearby the cove, a short walk from the main village. The pilot episode town exteriors were filmed in Mendocino, California; subsequently, filming each season with a two hour (sometimes split airing as a two parter) show. The main (in town) Victorian mansion stood in for Jessica's house. The exterior Sheriff Station was the local Rangers Station. In 1992, this exterior was exchanged using a coastal bluff building on the main frontal street. Several small business shops were filmed for the exteriors of a beauty salon, a newspaper office, etc., with the "Hill House Hotel" utilizing the Mendocino town's largest hotel's exterior, grounds, parking, and interior lobby/check-in desk. The beach and bluff area filmed mainly for specific episodes. The Harbor of Fort Bragg was filmed for the docks, exterior pub/bar dressing decorated wharf buildings; interior restaurants above the harbor were also filmed as "Cabot Cove" sights. At Universal Studios' back lot, the Jaws Lake attraction was filmed as the exterior village. Actually, the show maintained the studio attraction's exterior buildings until cancellation in 1996, afterwards, falling into dis-repair. The exterior Victorian "Best Little Whirehouse" set, relocated from stage 12 feature filming, to a hill area on the back lot was a stand in for the Mendocino Victorian Jessica's house. The interiors of this house were filmed, redressed, repainted, redecorated, for many of the episodes for other story scenarios.