'Bewitched' to be rebooted by 'Black-ish' creator with interracial couple

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Bewitched (Credit: ABC)

Bewitched, the classic US fantasy sitcom, is set for a reboot.

Kenya Barris, the creator of hit show Black-ish for US network ABC, is behind the show, which will centre on an interracial couple.

According to Deadline, the show follows ‘Samantha, a black hardworking, 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,” it continues.

ABC first broadcast the original series in 1964 with Elizabeth Montgomery playing the witch Samantha and Dick York playing her husband Darrin, later replaced by the actor Dick Sargent.

A reboot has been on cards for many years, with plans floated by CBS in 2011 and then NBC in 2014.

The BBC made a pilot episode of a British version of the show in 2008, with Sheridan Smith as Samantha, Tom Price as Darrin and Frances de la Tour as Samantha’s mother Endora.

Sadly, a full series never materialised.

It was also made into a movie in 2005, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

Though directed and written by the late Nora Ephron, who penned Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle, it was a critical and box office disaster.

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