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Interracial Bewitched TV Show Reboot Will Focus on Race & Inequality

The original Bewitched TV show has enjoyed quite a long run as one of America’s most beloved programs. While the show was produced from 1964-1972, it has been in syndication ever since it was canceled. Despite an otherworldly theme, Bewitched is often seen as a classic American TV show because it portrayed the nuclear family of the ’50s and ’60s.

Each episode Darrin went off to work everyday, while Samantha stayed home to care for the house and baby – something few families have the means or inclination to do these days. Now a new reboot of the show is in the works and Samantha’s role will be quite a bit different.

A reboot film with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell did not perform well in 2005, but ABC hopes to make good with an updated telling of this now-iconic story. The new Bewitched reboot will center around a single mom who is black and happens to also have magical powers, but who falls in love with mortal (white) Darrin.

The show reportedly will cover topics of race and class, as the magical Samantha discovers that white privilege trumps magic any day of the week. There is also a Magnum P.I. reboot in the pipes at CBS which dives deeper into the mental state of Vets returning from war – another updated spin on a classic TV show.

Kenya Barris in 2016. Via/ Wiki Commons

The Bewitched reboot stems from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, who sold the rights for the idea before leaving ABC for Netflix. Shooting and release dates for the new Bewitched have not yet been announced. This idea has been a few years in the making and comes at a ripe time in American politics and TV, so it will be interesting to see how this show is received.

Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead in promo photos for the show in 1964. Via/ Wiki Commons

As one astute commenter (named Millennial Griffith) over on Deadline News observed, the show will “will live or die on the casting of Endora.” We couldn’t have said it better since veteran actress Agnes Moorehead was such an important addition to the original cast.

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