Former “Desperate Housewives” writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari will breathe life into the once successful TV program with a brand new pilot. The series will see Spencer double as a hospital administrator and detective who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Her curiosity and avid crime-solving skills will lead her to become an active participant in sensational criminal investigations.
As a self-professed “armchair detective,” Spencer is ecstatic to appear in her first series role after winning an Oscar for The Help. If picked up by the network, the series could place Spencer in contention for a coveted Emmy statue. The original series racked up 12 Emmy nominations for Angela Lansbury in the role as Jessica (J.B.) Fletcher.
Spencer has had her share of interesting roles that expand beyond the typical “strong woman” stereotype often portrayed by African-American actresses in Hollywood. Spencer is currently promoting her debut tween mystery novel Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit and is set to star in an upcoming James Brown biopic, reuniting her with Viola Davis, who also starred in The Help.