Even in the last episode, it felt like they only included her to appease longtime fans of the character, not because she's one of she show's biggest characters. She felt like such a dayplayer/afterthought.
I knew Fulton could be "difficult," but she did maintain a consistent presence on the show until Goutman, I just don't think he cared for her/Lisa.
The sad thing is, Murder She Wrote (along with The Golden Girls) came along during a time when television was acknowledging there was a market for older audiences and they they mattered too. Too bad that all went away by the mid 90's, and yes, pioneered majorly by the idiots at NBC.
With the exception of its last season, MSW spent its entire run within the top 10, and remains HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL in international syndication. As I mentioned in another thread, I think I've seen the show in every country I've visited over the past decade.
I'm always amazed and baffled whenever anyone defends Brad Bell. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he's never been creative or particularly talented at anything.
B&B has long been a rotting gutterhole, no amount of year over year ratings increases will change that. For whatever reason, B&B just doesn't attract the same kind of passionate response or criticism as other shows, so the show skates under the radar for the most part.
I don't even care that Delia died, honestly, the show has bigger problems that have existed for years.
Delia might have died unnecessarily, but I won't pretend this was some important character that was well-established. Yes, her last name was Abbott, but so what? People are acting like this storyline is the only thing wrong on the show.