Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Please Gods, NO!!! Bewitched To Be Remade and Return to CBS Television

“Bewitched”, a 1960s sitcom starring Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch juggling her daily responsibilities as a wife and mother with well-meaning husband and her meddling mother, will be remade and return to CBS television, reported Reuters.

Reuters also reported that screenwriter Marc Lawrence has been tapped as script writer; he previously wrote “Miss Congeniality” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Also, Reuters reported that the producers of the 2005 film “Bewitched,” Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, will produce the television remake. The project is reportedly in the works through CBS and Sony.

If the project is green-lighted to the small screen, it will join a host of other remakes from decades past. Other television sitcoms and dramas that have recently been or will be remade include “Hawaii Five-0” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

In the original television series that aired from 1964 to 1972, Elizabeth Montgomery starred as Samantha Stephens while Dick York and later Dick Sargent starring as her hapless husband Darrin. Agnes Moorhead stared as Endora, Samantha’s mother. The series was remade into a film with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in 2005.

Recurring characters also include the Stephens’ neighbors, Gladys and Abner Kravitz; Darrin’s boss and his wife, Larry and Louise Tate; Dr. Bombay; the Stephens children, Tabitha and Darrin; Samantha’s Aunt Clara and her cousin Serena. While Montgomery did double duty playing Samantha’s cousin Serena too, the character was listed as Pandora Spocks in the series credits, as a joke.

Other spin-offs related to “Bewitched” have been created over the years. They include the television series “Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family” and “Tabitha” in the 1970s as well as storyline ties to the daily soap “Passions” and the 2005 feature film “Bewitched.” The series has been reproduced internationally in Argentina, Japan, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.

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