A Bewitched reboot is happening at ABC. The network has committed to a pilot order for the series, which will represent a new take on the classic 1960s sitcom. Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is behind the project and it was the last show he sold to the network before signing his very lucrative overall deal with Netflix. While it sounds like the new take will retain a lot of what people loved about the original Bewitched, this reboot is going to feature a pretty big twist, as it will center on an interracial couple, as opposed to two affluent white people from the suburbs, as was the case in the original series. Here's the synopsis.
"Samantha, a hardworking black single mom who happens to be a witch, marries Darren, a white mortal who happens to be a bit of a slacker. They struggle to navigate their differences as she discovers that even when a black girl is literally magic, she's still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America."
Black-Ish writer and producer Yamara Taylor is also behind the Bewitched reboot, which will be co-produced by ABC and Sony Pictures TV, who own the rights to the show. This isn't the first time that there has been an attempt to bring the series back. In 2014, ABC was also pushing for a revival of some sort, which ultimately didn't pan out. CBS also made an attempt to bring Bewitched back for what would have been the 2011 fall season.
This time, the show will at least get a pilot. Though, it hasn't yet been picked up for a full season. So it may not actually make it to air. There are still some hoops that need to be cleared in order for that to happen. But given the pedigree of talent behind the project and the fact that networks are very reboot/revival happy right now, it would seem like a safe bet that this at least gets a single-season pickup.
The original Bewitched was created by Sol Saks and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha. Like the reboot, she was a witch married to an ordinary mortal man named Darrin, who was originally portrayed by Dick York, later replaced by Dick Sargent. Samantha's daughter Tabitha was given her own, short-lived spin-off in 1977.
Bewitched originally ran for eight seasons and has remained popular all around the world thanks to syndication. A movie, starring Will Ferrell as Darrin and Nicole Kidman as Samantha, was released in 2005, though, it wasn't generally well-received. Kenya Barris sold the show to ABC just before his deal with the network expired earlier this month. Netflix then scooped him up with a deal valued at as much as $100 million. Barris and Yamara Taylor will both serve as executive producers on the new series, alongside John Davis and John Fox for Davis Entertainment. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline.