Bewitched? Oh, My Stars!
ABC Gives Green Light to the Classic Comedy Sitcom Bewitched
Network Problems and Departure
The creator of Black-ish and the network’s relationship reportedly worsened after ABC’s refusal to air a Black-ish episode. Said episode dealt with race relations and the NFL kneeling controversy, causing things to sour between them. Under those circumstances, Barris left ABC three weeks before his contract ended. Bewitched is Kenya Barris’ last project before he left ABC Studios and signed a three-year agreement with Netflix worth $100 million.
Barris is famous for his modern storytelling abilities and creating awareness through humor. The most compelling evidence for this is Black-ish itself, which focuses on culture and assimilation. Netflix is popular for the creative freedom they provide in their network. Barris agreed to a three-year deal with an optional additional two years, bringing his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, to the fold.
Bewitched With A Twist
Nevertheless, Bewitched is still in the works. Barris heads this project as writer and executive producer alongside Yamara Taylor, who is a current co-producer for his series Black-ish. Furthermore, Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox are non-writing executive producers for this project.
The fantasy reboot is a modern retelling of Bewitched, focusing on a bi-racial couple. The reboot is about a hardworking black single mother. She’s a witch who falls in love with Darren, a white sluggard. According to the Paste article, there is a “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 original series, which aired from 1964-1972, focuses on a witch who falls in love with a mortal man. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick Sargent, Dick York, and Agnes Moorehead, and lasted eight seasons.