CBS Developing a BEWITCHED TV Series Remake

     August 9, 2011


The networks are starting to order scripts for the 2012-2013 season.  Each network will order dozens of scripts.  Some of those will be filmed for a pilot.  A small fraction will then be ordered to series.  We won’t cover every script here at Collider, but we will try to address a few of the more notable projects in development.  Last night, that was the Lincoln Laywer series.  Earlier today, it was a modern-day Frankenstein.  And tonight, right on the cusp of noteworthy, we have a Bewitched remake.

The original sitcom about a witch and her beleaguered mortal husband ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC.  Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman led a film adaptation that wasn’t especially successful in 2005.  Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, the married couple behind the movie, didn’t let that set them back — they will executive produce a new series at CBS by way of Sony Pictures Television.  According to Variety, Marc Lawrence (Did You Hear About the Morgans?) will write the pilot script.  Read a synopsis of the original series after the jump.


A young-looking witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) meets and marries a mortal named Darrin Stephens (originally Dick York, later Dick Sargent). While Samantha pledges to forsake her powers and become a typical suburban housewife, her magical family disapproves of the mixed marriage and frequently interferes in the couple’s lives. Episodes often begin with Darrin becoming the victim of a spell, the effects of which wreak havoc with mortals such as his boss, clients, parents, and neighbors. By the epilogue, however, Darrin and Samantha most often embrace and confound the devious elements that failed to separate them…

The witches and warlocks are very long-lived; while Samantha appears to be in her twenties, many episodes suggest she is actually hundreds of years old. To keep their society secret, witches avoid showing their powers in front of mortals other than Darrin. Nevertheless, the perplexing inexplicable effects of their spells and Samantha’s attempts to hide their supernatural origin from mortals drive the plot of most episodes. Witches and warlocks usually use physical gestures along with their magical spells, and sometimes spoken incantations. Most notably, Samantha often “twitches” her nose to perform a spell. Modest but effective special visual effects are accompanied by music to highlight the magic. [Wikipedia]

I believe this was on Nick at Nite at some point in my childhood.  Never was my cup of tea, but the credits are good for a burst of retro melody and animation.