And Now There's Another Bewitched Reboot in the Works

There've been so many TV adaptations, sequels, and remakes in the news lately that even the phrase "another day, another reboot" is played out. And yet they just keep coming.

The latest pop-culture classic to become the subject of revival talks is Bewitched, in conjunction with the show's 50th anniversary. The original series ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972.

Deadline reports that "multiple networks" are interested in the potential reboot, which comes from Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick. Fisher and Wick also produced 2005's poorly received film adaptation of the series, which starred Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. This isn't the first time the duo has tried to bring Bewitched back to television; in 2011, they teamed with Marc Lawrence for a reboot that received a script order at CBS but never came to fruition

The original Bewitched starred Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch who tried to juggle her superpowers and her ordinary life as a suburban housewife married to a non-warlock husband.


Would you watch a Bewitched reboot?

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Oct 20, 2014
If Sabrina was successful then I don't see why the public couldn't embrace this again.

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Oct 20, 2014
The film would have been awesome if Jim Carrey had played Darrin and done the whole "Oh, it's not really a remake" thing. Either fully embrace it or not.
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Oct 19, 2014
It's been long enough from that dreadful film that they can probably pull this off, but it'd be better if someone had passion for it, and if Darrin wasn't quite a putz all the time about Sam's powers.
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Oct 18, 2014
So, in other words, these two just don't see the horse they've been flogging for years is dead. Let the thing rest already!
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Oct 18, 2014
I would make it a little different. Have the Female cast character live in New York and have a daughter who is Half witch and mortal. And Have the daughter live everyday life trying to learn to use her powers.

Witty gay friend instead of Uncle Aurther. And Still have that Strong Female Grandma
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Oct 18, 2014
Or rather than a reboot, more a sequel along the lines of Dallas, so instead of focusing on Samantha, the focus is on Tabitha and Adam?
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Oct 18, 2014
So less Samantha and more Sabrina?
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Oct 18, 2014
Bewitched the movie reboot was HORRIBLE..
On tv it could work..but it seems like any rebooted tv show from the past fails (Hawaii Five O being the exception)
I would try another movie reboot.( call me a sucker) Main Cast=Darren-Jim Carrey, Samantha Angelina Jolie...Your welcome!!
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Oct 17, 2014
There's a 75% chance this will never see the light of day. A lot of ideas for TV shows never make it past the planning stage.

I don't think the original premise would work because it was too set in it's time. If anything today, women have more power than men. But a reversed story would work, one where the man has the magic power but isn't allowed to use it.

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Oct 17, 2014
To be honest I didn't really like the TV show that much to begin with. I don't think it's a show that can be modernized. It was about a witch who was also a housewife who tried not to use her powers because her husband didn't want her to. This show is so anti-feminist that it would never work for a modern audience.
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Oct 17, 2014
I wish I could twitch my nose and make this idea go away in a puff of smoke!
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Oct 17, 2014
the movie... wasn't about a movie that wanted to be a reboot of the show?
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Oct 17, 2014
Now I can't get the theme song outta my head.
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Oct 17, 2014
Not that I want it outta my head. It's actually very good.
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Oct 17, 2014
Remember the show "Reboot" from the 90's? I can't wait until someone brings it back, just so there's an article with the headline "Reboot" reboot.
Man that was a good show.
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Oct 17, 2014
I think the show would be obsolete by now.
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Oct 17, 2014
They tried, for many years, but the only thing we ever saw was a ten-second animation of a new Mainframe and a screenshot of a new Bob. Now the animation studio that made it is gone.
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Oct 17, 2014
Mainfraime was bought out by Rainmaker. Rainmaker played with the possibility of bringing Reboot back but decided there wasn't any money in it. They weren't even interested in resolving the cliffhanger to the unfinished season 4.

At the time Reboot came out, there were no other CG animated shows on TV. Now they're standard. And the technology has changed so much that it would be hard not to produce a show that looked dated. Tron:Uprising is about as close to as Reboot remake as possible.

What we really need is for someone to hire Gavin Blair.
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Oct 17, 2014
I know there have been plenty of shows based on movies, books, and past TV shows for quite some time. Even back in the 70s, there was The Odd Couple and MASH, just to name a couple off the top of my head. And it's not like they can't be good, if given to the right people. One current series that follows the trend that has been pretty damn good is Hannibal. But even so, I can't help cringing at, not just the fact that there have been sooo many more shows based on other works, but the specific works they've chosen to remake. Don't get me wrong, I used to watch Bewitched a lot when I was a kid (I don't know what I'd think of it now that I'm older), but it just doesn't seem like a show that needs to be, or should be modernized. I just don't see the benefit here (though admittedly, I could be wrong).

And to top it off, there's this: "Fisher and Wick also produced 2005's poorly received film adaptation of the series, which starred Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman." Admittedly, I haven't seen this movie, so I can't say how good it is myself. And, as kanniballl proved, there are some people who may genuinely enjoy it. But considering the fact that the previous attempt at recreating the show was seen as a failure by a lot of people, are they really the best people to have working on this show?
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Oct 17, 2014
The only issue is... it's not that unique anymore. Ignoring the fact you had Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie back in the day...

We have a bunch of shows in the last decade that were influenced by a Witch (or something else) trying to live a normal life even though stuff from their magical world appears

Charmed, Eastwick (film reboot, but still), Witches of East End, some Vampire shows, etc. The only difference being the strayed away from pure sitcom and tried to mix the funny with the drama.

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Oct 17, 2014
Not to forget Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which is as close to a Bewitched remake as one could get.
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Oct 17, 2014
Agreed- I can`t think of anything humor wise that they could do with a Bewitched remake that wasn`t done on Sabrina &_&. And if they tried to make a serious sitcom/drama out of Bewitched, it would die instant (I hope)
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Oct 17, 2014
Nice one. Yeh, definitely.


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Oct 17, 2014
You know, people look at me funny whenever I say this but here it goes.

I liked the "Bewitched" movie.

I know it was beyond cheesy and all over the place. And in some ways I can see how some felt it was a bit disrespectful of the original.

But it makes me laugh, which is good enough for a Saturday afternoon when I don't feel like thinking about work.

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Oct 17, 2014
I thought Nicole Kidman made a fine, very likeable Samantha and the movie seemed to start out OK, but the concept of a real witch being cast in a show about a TV witch was just awful. I also never cared for Will Ferrell who helped ruin it.
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Oct 17, 2014
I thought the witch (trying not to use magic) acting as a witch premise was cute. Especially when we learn that Iris was one too :-)

But I agree with the Will Ferrell part. If Nicole Kidman wasn't so strong in it, he would have ruined it entirely for me.

It's not my favorite movie by far, but I enjoy. Mostly due to Nicole and her character's friends (Kirstin Chenowith and Nina Burns) and her father (Michael Caine)
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Oct 17, 2014
You're not alone about that movie
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Oct 17, 2014
I guess in a weird way at least this was a tv show first?
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