Sunday, October 17, 2021

Kenya Barris Sets ‘Bewitched’ Reboot With Interracial Family at ABC (Report)

Kenya Barris poses with his award during Culture Creators Leaders and Innovators Awards Brunch 2018 at The Beverly Hilton on June 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Kenya Barris poses with his award during Culture Creators Leaders and Innovators Awards Brunch 2018 at The Beverly Hilton on June 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Before “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris left ABC Studios for Netflix, he sold one last project to ABC: an interracial version of the 1960s sitcom Bewitched, reports Deadline.

The network has given a pilot production commitment to the supernatural comedy, from Barris and “Black-ish” writer/producer Yamara Taylor.

The original version, which ABC aired from 1964-1972, starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, a witch married to an ordinary mortal man, Darrin, and chronicled the way her powers and wicked family get in the way of her efforts to live a normal, magic-free life as a typical suburban housewife.

In Barris’ “Bewitched,” written by Barris and Taylor, Samantha is a hardworking black single mom who happens to be a witch. She 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.

The project hails from ABC Studios; Sony Pictures TV, which has the rights to the title; and Sony-based Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist).

According to Deadline: Barris sold Bewitched to ABC shortly before his overall deal at ABC Studios officially terminated August 15, a little over a year into its original four-year term. The next day, Netflix announced an overall deal with the prolific comedy writer-producer, said to be for three years with an option for another two.

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