Before Kenya Barris (black-ish, grown-ish) moved to Netflix in a big overall series deal, he was working on one last big project at ABC – a Bewitched reboot, which has now received a pilot production commitment, according to Deadline. Based on the popular 1960s sitcom, the new take comes from Barris and black-ish writer/producer Yamara Taylor, ABC Studios, Sony Pictures TV, and Sony-based Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist).
In the Bewitched reboot, 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 alongside Taylor and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.
The original Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (he was replaced by Dick Sargent the last three seasons), Agnes Moorehead, David White and Erin Murphy, aired on ABC from 1964-1972. It was created by Sol Saks and executive produced by Harry Ackerman. Columbia Pictures also made a feature film in 2005 that was directed by Nora Ephron and starred Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.