Who Should Play Samantha in CBS's Bewitched Reboot?

The Hollywood remake machine continues to churn, as studio executives continue randomly clicking on IMDB TV.com show pages to see what's available. Charlie's Angels, Prime Suspect, Free Agents, and Bosom Buddies (disguised as ABC's Work It) are all returning to television with makeovers this season, and next year we may see the classic Bewitched get the same treatment, thanks to CBS.

Bewitched ran from 1964 'til 1972 on ABC, and starred Elizabeth Montgomery (meow!) as a witch named Samantha who married an advertising executive named Darrin (played by a couple of Dicks, York and Sargent, who sported some of TV's best chins ever) and tried to become a normal suburban housewife. "That's not a cauldron, that's a bathtub!" and other wacky shenanigans ensued.

Montgomery's Samantha is a TV icon. And CBS needs to be picky when choosing her modern-day replacement. Obviously, she needs to be funny. And hot. Hot witches are extra hot. No one is going to watch a sitcom about a witch with scraggly hair and a giant wart on her honker. Finally, she has to be blonde. This is nonnegotiable. Let's consider a few potential candidates, both perfect and ludicrous.

Please excuse the shoddy Photoshop work. L to R, clockwise: Andrea Anders, the original, Rebecca Romijn, Alicia Silverstone, Betty White.

The Obvious Choices

These are the ones who are going to immediately spring to mind. Any one of them would be nice, safe bets to carry a show.

Rebecca Romijn: Isn't she, like, the perfect choice? She's already played a witch in Eastwick, which means she might even still have a pointy hat and broom lying around somewhere (instant savings for the prop department). But what really works here is her image: She just looks like a 2011 version of Samantha. Bonus: Real-life hubby John Stamos could play Darrin!

Alicia Silverstone: Ummm, has anyone seen Alicia lately? Someone call her agent and get her out of retirement. The Clueless star is ripe for a comeback, CBS loves to reinvigorate careers, and I still have a The Crush poster hanging over my bed. Seriously, what happened to this girl?

Andrea Anders: She might be a little young for the role, but the former Better Off Ted star is flat-out funny and girl-next-door enough to play up the suburban housewife portion. Plus she's got one of the best, most-twitchworthy noses in the business.

Additional obvious choices: Portia de Rossi, Kristin Chenoweth, Jenna Elfman, Christina Applegate, Bridgette Wilson, Ali Larter, Becki Newton. Plus countless more—feel free to list 'em in the comments!


The Stupid, Crazy Choices

We're including these options simply to prevent this list from being completely boring, in an attempt to entertain you. (Key word: "attempt.") The rules above do not apply.

Scenario #1: Imagine this... Instead of relaunching the series from the beginning, why not do something CRAZY and pick up the show as if time had moved on? Now we see Samantha, 40 years older and still up to her witchy ways, but with a horribly stereotypical twist. She's using her powers to cheat at Bridge, make her Rascal scooter levitate, and keep her unpredictable bowels in check. Obviously there is only one person for this job. Samantha will be played by the red-hot Betty White. CBS loves this, as an elderly Sam jives nicely with the network's primary demographic. (Note: We know Samantha doesn't really age, but let's just pretend that all the energy she uses keeping her digestive system from spraying all over the place takes means she can't stay looking young. This also opens up a great single-episode plot where she goes back to looking young but can't control her bowels. Jenny McCarthy will play young Sam as she hangs onto the toilet for dear life.)

Scenario #2: Imagine this... Instead of relaunching the series with the same premise, why not do something STUPID and throw in a gender role reversal! Samantha is now Sam, a male witch who falls for a female bartender at LA's The Magic Castle! And who better to play the male spell-caster than the self-professed warlock himself, Charlie Sheen? New show name: HeWitched.


My Personal Favorite Choice

If I were in charge of the Bewitched re-do, this is what I'd be, err, re-doing. A lot of remakes think they can just throw some hot young actress into the main role and BAM! the magic will happen. That doesn't work—just wait 'til you see the new Charlie's Angels. So we're gonna skew older and put the emphasis on the show being actually funny. And what is it that makes the show funny? It's the loving husband-wife dynamic between a mortal and a witch, and the awkward scenarios that arise from it. Which leads me to the one actress who can pull off weird marriage and awkwardness better than anyone else: Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines! She's incredibly funny, she's got that weird sex appeal, and she's the perfect age (45) to headline something at CBS. Make it happen!


Who would you like to see play Samantha?


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Scenario 2 sounds like the wrong option that tv land will go with o_O Are you still going with those choices ?
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i don't like the idea of a remake for bewitched at all, but if someone should play Samantha i'd like to see Christina Applegate, i think she's funny, beautiful and she looks a lot like Elizabeth back in those days.
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I'm only 21 but I LOVE Bewitched... I truly believe that it helped shape many of the modern family dynamics we see on t.v. today! Now, if they actually do remake this beloved show, they should try to stay close to the original but give it a modern twist. For instance, I would make Darrin fresh out of college and recently employed at an (YOU GUESSED IT!!!) advertising agency when he meets Samantha. The person who pops in my head when I think of Samantha is Julianne Hough from Dancing With The Stars. For Darrin, I can see Zachary Levi bringing just the right amount of gawkiness to the character. Endora, on the other hand, is a much more complicated character to fill because Agnes Moorehead brought so much life to the character on the show but, if I had to give it to anyone, I would give it to Lisa Martel.. If you need any convincing, just follow the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGl4DqQBqqU
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What about Shannon Sturges playing Samantha Stephens? http://www.allcelebritypictures.com/s/shannon-sturges/54737-1.html

And we hear Shannon already has the "twitch" down pat!
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I think Kaley Cuoco would be perfect
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I think Kelly Ripa would make a perfect Samantha Stevens.
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no one could play it better than charlize theron,,,,shes got the looks , we know shes got talent,,and can twitch her lil nose,, very loveable,,,,
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Kelly Ripa, perfect choice!
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Jenny McCarthy is appalling. If they have to make it, anyone but her.
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Lame idea.
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Leave it alone. It's as bad an idea as Spielberg trying to remake Old Boy. Or if they decide to go with it, contract Vin Diesel to chip in with acting advice.



The original was hardly a work of art when compared to, 'The Prisoner' or 'The Invaders'.
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elizabeth mitchell!
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No one. How 'bout they "reboot" the concept of "original idea"?!
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kristen bell, Katie Cassidy, Alona Tal,
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Tricia Helfer would be perfect!
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The show was great just as it was. Nobody could top Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead in my opinion. Just leave it (and many other great shows) alone, they don't need remakes.
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CBS issued a statement saying that Jenny McCarthy would be one of their top choices for the leading role as Samantha.
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copy and paste the link below and see my picture that i edited of Jenny McCarthy as Samantha ... It still needs some work but tell me your thoughts.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/66505235@N02/6054871182/in/photostream
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I think Jenny McCarthy would be great as Samantha, just dress her up in those 60's clothes and do her hair up like Samantha and there you go...Jenny just has that look and witt to pull it off....I would also think that Betty White would make an excellent Aunt Clara.
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katie cassidy
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I don't think they should try a remake of this show -- I don't see how it will retain its charm on modern, colour TV. Of course it's possible, but we all know that a bunch attempts to remake classics have been embarrassments. I can see Charlie's Angels easily working, but I think we'll lose a lot from the original Bewitched.
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Isn't Charlies Angels cancelled?
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I'd love scarlett johansson. She'd be perfect for the role, but way too good for TV comedy.

Reese Witherspoon or a blonde Amy Adams would also fit the role, but again they're movie stars, not television stars.
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How about Melissa Joan Hart? Of course everyone would think it's a Sabrina The Teenage Witch sequel.

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no no no no no she already play clarrisa and sabrina bad idea
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Yvonne Strahovski will be looking for a new job with Chuck ending this season!!!!!!
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Denise Richards is the best election. i would like watch her making this role. She is the best
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Rebecca Romijn isn't married toJohn Stamos anymore she's married Jerry O'Connell!
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As in the idea should die and go away NOW AND FOREVER
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How about...NOBODY
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This seems a great plot...
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The biggest problem with crazy scenario number one is witches on Betwitched don't age the same as normal humans. There was an episode that dealt with Darrin finding out Samantha is actually about 200 years old. 40 years wouldn't really change her looks at all. She would still look the same.



Betty White should definitely play Aunt Clara though.
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Check your facts!!! Rebecca Romijn is LONG DIVORCED from John Stamos! She married Jerry O'Connell in 2007. Sheesh!
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i know i know this is stupid but they could bring Nichole kidman and will ferrell back for the ACTUAL series lol it would kind of blend with the movie
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Over a million dollars an episode just for those two... won't happen.
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Reese Witherspoon
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How about Bewitched the Next Generation and follow the ongoing adventures of Tabitha.



Now think about it.

If you have to do something with such a iconic show, dont go for the direct remakes. They always get spoiled from seeing someone tring to be Elizabeth Montgomery. Sorry Elizabeth Montgomery is Samantha. Hollywood should try to do something original.
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samantha---Maura West is perfect for this role!
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My Cast for the Bewitched Reboot



Samantha Stephens - Kristen Bell

Darrin Stephens - Colin Hanks

Endora - Glenn Close

Larry Tate - John Larroquette

Uncle Arthur - Natan Lane

Gladys Kravitz - Molly Shannon

Abner Kravitz - Louis Black

Aunt Clara - Betty White

Dr. Bombay - Ricky Gervais

Maurice - Timothy Dalton

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I don't know... Maybe they should not touch this series. They did the same thing with the Munsters and well, the original series was good, but the 90's series was not that good.



Keep the original one as the only one (don't do a remake or reboot, or whatever!), but if I had to choose a an actress, it would be Alicia or maybe, just maybe, Anna Paquin, but since she's busy with True blood, might as well be Alicia.
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Definitely not a good idea. Remakes don't succeed. It's a waste of money and time.
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I don't think the show should be remade. I mean look at what happen to Wonder Woman.
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I'd LOVE to see Christina Applegate in this role. Even though these are big shoes to fill... such a TV icon like Samantha, it's going to be tough, to say the least.
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http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/3664/brookelizabeth.jpg
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I go with Alicia Silverstone, shes funny ;P
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Don't remake it, but if you have to, try Brooke Burke, with her hair dyed blonde...close your eyes and imagine it.
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I'd nominate Alexis Bledel, with a dye job she would be good.
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I would like to add... RIP to Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha), Dick York (original Darrin), and Agnes Moorhead (Endora). Remakes cannot replace talented actors.
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Not to mention Dick Sargent, David White, both Agnes C's, Abner, Aunt Clara, and all the rest of the cast who has passed. I think Erin Murphy is the only surviving cast member.
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My preference is.

... if you want to see ratings go up, up, and away... rerun the original shows!!



I have found that younger children today absolutely love the original shows..



Mister Ed, Bewitched, ALF, Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy, Jack Benny, anything with Bob Hope, Burns and Allen, the list goes on etc. I personally would love to watch The Ed Sullivan series in its entirety.



Originals are beloved because they are timelessly entertaining, clean, wholesome, families can watch together with no embarrassing moments for adults, kids act like kids, mind their manners, and are better role models (especially in today's environment).



So, please consider running original series from beginning to end. NO remakes!!



I guarantee the networks would see their ratings go sky-high in primetime, no matter what night they are on.
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Why does Samantha has to be white? How about African American witch with Phylicia Rashad as Endora?
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All the black witches are in The Vampire Diaries. That's why.
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As much as I hate the idea that they are remaking Betwitched. My two choices to play Samantha would probably be Rebecca Romijin or Jenna Elfman.
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