The classic witch-marries-mortal sitcom that aired in the ’60s and early ’70s may have new life over four decades later. The sitcom that was ranked by TVGuide as #50 on the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” list may now be rebooted and aired on the CBS network.
Described as being in the early stages, CBS and Sony are both in cahoots to develop a script for the reboot, and if ordered to a pilot, will join the ranks of series that have been remade over the last few years, including Hawaii Five-O, Bionic Woman, ABC’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Knight Rider, and endless others.
The movie went from the small-screen to the big-screen in 2005 when Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman joined forces where, like the possible remake, Ferrell’s character was offered the chance to play Darrin in Bewitched if he found the person to play Samantha. The movie, however, was heavily panned by critics and was also a box office disaster. At the time, the New York Times called the film an “unmitigated disaster”.
The classic series starred Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), a witch, who married a mortal (Dick York, and later, Dick Sargent) and lived out the life of a typical suburban housewife — though she often used witchcraft much to the dismay of her husband Darrin due to circumstances that often involved her stubborn mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead).
The original series aired from 1964-1972 on ABC after producing eight seasons and 254 episodes.