Still one of my personal favorite catchy sitcom themes, the magical Bewitched series from the 1960s is apparently getting yet another reboot.
Perhaps you’ll recall the good-idea-on-paper but terribly executed Bewitched film from 2005 starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell that sort of brought the idea of a reboot back to the conversation, but ultimately led to nothing. Then in 2014, a ‘sequel’ idea was approached, a pilot order was placed, but nothing ended up happening.
Cut to just this month, when Black-ish creator Kenya Barris (who just excited ABC for a big Netflix deal) on his way out the door sold an idea for an “interracial reboot” of Bewitched. Deadline confirms that the network has given a pilot production commitment for the project, which was written by both Barris and Black-ish writer/producer Yamara Taylor.
The outlet goes on to detail the basic information about the reboot at this time, which says it will be 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.
There is no expected release date for the show yet, nor is there any news on casting or a showrunner. We’ll let you know when we find out, for sure.