Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has signed up to star in Steven Spielberg's new Tv drama Red Band Society after plans to remake acclaimed crime show Murder, She Wrote with her as Angela Lansbury's replacement were scrapped last month (Jan14).

The Help star will portray the character of Nurse Jackson, "an authoritative, intuitive woman who doesn't put up with c**p" from the teenage patients at her hospital in Spielberg's new project.

The upcoming series, an adaptation of the Spanish show Polseres Vermelles, will be produced by the movie mogul and it will air on U.S. network Fox.

Spencer's casting news emerges less than a month after bosses at America's NBC channel decided to axe the Murder, She Wrote revival, which would have featured the actress taking on Lansbury's iconic role of amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.