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Bewitched Reboot In The Works

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Garysb, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. Garysb

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    http://deadline.com/2018/08/bewitched-reboot-interracial-family-kenya-barris-blackish-yamara-taylor-abc-via-abc-studios-sony-tv-davis-entertainment-1202447276/
    From Deadline

    ‘Bewitched’ Reboot With Interracial Family From Kenya Barris & Yamara Taylor Set At ABC With Big Commitment Via ABC Studios, Sony TV & Davis Entertainment

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    EXCLUSIVE: Just before he recently departed ABC Studios to embark on a rich overall deal at Netflix, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris sold one last high-profile project to ABC: Bewitched, a single camera, interracial blended family comedy based on the popular 1960s sitcom of the same name. It took a little while for all the deals to close, but the network has given a pilot production commitment to the new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, from Barris and Black-ish writer/producer Yamara Taylor. The project hails from ABC Studios; Sony Pictures TV, which has the rights to the title; and Sony-based Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist).





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    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.

    Barris is executive producing via his Khalabo Ink Society banner alongside Taylor and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

    ABC, which aired the original Bewitched from 1964-1972, had been very interested in a reboot as the concept represents a twist on a family sitcom, which 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. Beside the 2014 project, which in a bidding situation landed a pilot production commitment at NBC but did not go to series, another reboot was in development at CBS during the 2011-2012 season.

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    Created by Sol Saks and executive produced by Harry Ackerman, Bewitched ran for eight seasons. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, a witch married to an ordinary mortal man, Darrin, and chronicles the way her powers and wicked family get in the way of her efforts to live a normal, magic-free life as a typical suburban housewife. Her daughter, Tabitha, got her short-lived spinoff series on ABC in 1977. Lisa Hartman played adult Tabitha who, along with her brother Adam, worked at a TV station.

    Bewitched got a feature remake with Columbia Pictures’ 2005 film starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. While it didn’t fare well, the original series remains popular. It has enjoyed a long afterlife in syndication and around the world with local versions mounted in Russia, India, Argentina and Japan. The classic sitcom also has also been embraced by new technologies with a streaming deal at Hulu.

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    Barris sold Bewitched to ABC shortly before his overall deal at ABC Studios officially terminated August 15, a little over a year into its original four-year term. The next day, Netflix announced an overall deal with the prolific comedy writer-producer, said to be for three years with an option for another two.

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    In addition to creating the Peabody-awarded and Emmy-nominated ABC comedy series Black-ish and its successful spinoff series Grown-ish on Freeform, Barris also is behind the upcoming Freeform comedy series Besties and co-wrote last summer’s hit feature comedy Girls Trip. He is repped by Artists First, CAA and attorney Gregg Gellman.

    Before joining Black-ish at the start of Season 2, Taylor worked as a writer on Instant Mom and The Boondocks, the latter also produced by Sony TV. She is repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Lev Ginsburg.

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    Davis Entertainment is behind NBC’s drama series The Blacklist, which is returning for a fifth season; CBS’ upcoming Magnum PI reboot; as well as cult favorite NBC drama Timeless, set for a two-part series finale.
     
  2. DaveHof3

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    It can't be worse than the movie.
     
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    Given the Netflix deal, I would imagine Barris's day to day involvement will be close to nil after the pilot.

    The logline is cringeworthy, but I loved the original series so I'll give it a shot.

    If Samantha's a single mom in this, presumably she's already had Tabitha when she meets Darrin (er, Darren now I guess). That takes away a lot of story fodder, unless Tabitha's father was also a mortal.
     
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    I’ll go watch I Married a Witch instead.
     
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    Yes... it can... and I consider the movie to be cringe worthy. This sounds horrible.
     
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    I have to agree with everthing that's been said. The reason why I think this series will fail is the same reason why the Murder, She Wrote reboot was canceled. It's just one of those shows that doesn't work with a reboot. It's also why I believe other shows like I Dream of Jeannie, Magnum P.I., A-Team wouldn't work either. I also think that if the fans of the original series aren't behind the show, that it's another reason why the show won't succeed. Sony and ABC are hedging their bets that fans of the original series are going to buy into the rebooted show. After all, if it worked for Lethal Weapon, then why won't it work for Bewitched?

    Lethal Weapon worked because they didn't gender swap or race-swap the main characters of the series. With the character of Martin Riggs effectively retired from the series, it's doubtful that Lethal Weapon could continue beyond a third season. It's also why the Roseanne Spinoff, 'The Connors', is also doomed to fail. Fans are very particular when it comes to a movie or television studio drastically altering the makeup of the original characters. Roseanne is why fans turned into to watch that rebooted series, fan support of the original Murder, She Wrote killed that reboot and why John Trank's Fantastic Four failed to entice the fans of that franchise.

    Movie studios are too concerned with switching up the status quo and making everyone happy that they no longer listen to the fans.

    While I'll tune in to see how the first few episodes perform, I have no expectations for this series to do well. Sony and ABC Studios are just taking too big a chance with how they have the series cast right now. I'm equating it to the same complaints that fans of the upcoming series, "Titans", are reacting to how DC Comics and Warner Brothers have created the "Starfire" character for that series.
     
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    Can't wait for the reboots of "The Brady Bunch", "The Partridge Family", "Happy Days" and "Gilligan's Island"!
     
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    [Jeff Spicoli voice] I thought the title said "robot" instead of reboot. Dude. I'm so wasted... :)
     
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    Shhh! You might give someone the idea to bring back Small Wonder. :P
     
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    This thread is thisclose to being closed. Many posts have been removed. Several posts are under further review.

    Let's stay on topic--which is clearly the reboot of the TV series Bewitched--and leave the cultural/political commentary off the board.

    I realize the description of the reboot makes a racially-based claim in the OP (which originates either from the reboot's "creators"--or from the Deadline Hollywood writer reporting on the effort), but we cannot allow that to derail our discussions here on the HTF.
     
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    Bringing this back to Bewitched: Kenya Barris is a great writer.

    However, he has left ABC for Netflix and will retain an executive producer credit on Black-ish, but isn't involved in running it anymore and isn't actually writing for it at all.

    Since this project was leftover from his ABC deal, I would think that he won't be involved much in this either if it goes to series.

    Whether this succeeds or not will depend on who's actually writing it and whether or not they have a strong take.
     
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    Mike,
    I see my earlier post regarding the Bewitched reboot was eliminated.
    My comment regarding "Fonzie" was not made to slight anyone, but instead to show the ridiculous and desperate means a network would go to, rebooting a classic series...in this case, Bewitched.
    John
     
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    I would love the see more shows get a reboot angle they did with The Brady Bunch Movie from the 90's. Not necessarily quite as spoofy, but something that near slavishly adapts the look of the show, sets and characters. Though I don't know if today's audience would go for it, no matter how much I would love a Bewitched, or even better, I Dream of Jeannie of that kind.
     
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    I think this could be done in a VERY different way - see what Netflix is doing with Sabrina, or the updated take on Archie with CW's Riverdale. I can go with a multi-cultural angle, which is fine but it seems to easy to potentially be a setup for punchline jokes that don't pay off. Black*ish, and more so, even, Grown*Ish, which are great program, do so because they don't really go to quick and easy punch lines. Grownish, which I thought was one of the best sitcoms of last year, really does a great job with good laughs against some great story.

    But the setup here seems potentially really ham-handed. We'll see.
     
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    The original series also satirized media stereotyping without that kind of heavy-handedness in the Season 1 episode "The Witches Are Out," in which Samantha and her fellow witches pressure Darren to change a Halloween ad campaign from an ugly witch into a beautiful one.
     
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    You wanna bet?
     
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    Bang!

    Seriously though, can Hollywood en masse just get off its creative duff and try launching an original new series that will catch the tail fires of our interest. Have the big networks missed something? Virtually every Emmy winner this past year was for an original series made elsewhere and airing on exclusive cable networks. Hello! Get a clue! If I want to watch Bewitched I will pull out my tired old Sony DVD's of the original and timeless program that can never be duplicated in either light-hearted sentiment or quality. The rest doesn't mean much. Never has. Never will.
     
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    I'd completely forgotten that that movie existed.
     

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