If there any new ideas in Hollywood they have magically disappeared. Instead, TV is being flooded with revivals and "new take" reboots of classic shows.
Here's another one.
"Bewitched," starring Elizabeth Montgomery, ran on ABC fro 1964 to 1972. Now ABC has ordered a pilot for a new take on the witchy sitcom, from "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris. He's actually leaving ABC for Netflix, but Deadline said it took a while for the deal to close, so this is his last ABC project.
Barris wrote the pilot with fellow "Black-ish" writer/producer Yamara Taylor. Here's the modern "Bewitched" set-up, via Deadline:
"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."
Yeah, people have a lot of thoughts about that already -- many of them with the angry face emoji. It is cool to see real "black girl magic" on screen. But does she even need a white slacker husband, who seems to exist just to be made fun of to make a point? Seems like we've had enough "the husband is a useless man-child, but the competent exasperated wife puts up with him anyway" stories on TV and film to last a lifetime.
Anyway, it's definitely the witching hour these days. Netflix has "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" coming in October, and there's that whole "Charmed" reboot coming to The CW. There's also a remake of "The Witches" in the works, and the "Suspiria" trailer is pretty intense on that front too.
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