Bewitched reboot to get a modern, inter-racial twist
The new reboot will follow the life of a black single mum who discovers she has less power than her white, mortal husband despite being a witch.
From 'The X-Files' to 'Will & Grace,' television these days is all about reboots and revivals, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise to know the long-running ’60s sitcom 'Bewitched,' about a witch and her mortal husband, will soon be coming to ABC.
Deadline reports that before 'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris departed ABC Studios to embark on a rich overall deal at Netflix, he sold one last high-profile project to ABC. Barris and Black-ish writer/ producer Yamara Taylor will be giving the classic storyline a modern-day makeover, and turn it into "a single camera, interracial blended family comedy."
The nose-wiggling Samantha Stevens will be a "hardworking black single mom who happens to be a witch" who marries Darren, "a white mortal who happens to be a bit of a slacker."
The show will bring these two characters as they navigate their differences, and how the world and society treat them based on race. Barris and Taylor are actually taking an old idea, confronting the problem of its mid-century premise, and spinning it for the 21st century.
The new premise, as described by Deadline reads, "In Bewitched, written by Barris and Taylor, 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."
ABC aired the original 'Bewitched' from 1964 to 1972 and the network had been very interested in a reboot as the concept representing a twist on a family sitcom has been the network’s signature brand of comedy. In 2014, ABC heavily pursued a 'Bewitched' sequel, one of two previous attempts by Sony Pictures TV to revive the comedy series over the past decade.
Bewitched got a feature remake with Columbia Pictures’ 2005 film starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Though the film did not do well, the original series continues to remain popular. No word on casting or a release date has been given just yet.