Hallmark gets 'Murder' case


Hallmark Channel has acquired off-net rights to the long-running series "Murder, She Wrote" from NBC Universal Domestic Tele-vision Distribution.

Starting next week, "Murder" will air at 7 and 8 p.m. ET on Sundays and as a strip from 8-10 a.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET.

The CBS series aired a total of 264 episodes from 1984-1996 along with five TV movies, including the pilot. It starred Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, a retired English teacher and best-selling author of mystery novels who becomes an amateur detective. The actress earned 12 Emmy nominations for her role, helping to make her the most nominated lead actress of all time.

"You don't make 264 episodes without becoming attached to a character, and I got into a groove playing her," Lansbury said. "It's comforting to know that the old gal's not going anywhere!"