First Charmed, now Bewitched. With Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Coven crew also on its way back as part of that show’s Apocalypse season, witches will soon dominate the small screen — and thanks to the team behind black-ish, they’ll be more diverse than ever.
According to Deadline, the reboot comes from black-ish creator Kenya Barris and writer/co-producer Yamara Taylor, who’ve reimagined the witchy ‘60s sitcom as a modern single-camera comedy focused on magic and race relations. Though Barris just left ABC for an overall deal at Netflix, this was his last big project to go to the former studio.
ABC’s producing their pilot which will introduce Samantha, a black single mother (and witch) who marries Darren, a white (and non-magic) slacker. As tough and hardworking as Samantha is, the show will highlight that not even a book full of spells can get her the kind of power any mediocre white guy commands in America.
That’s a fresh take on the concept — far fresher, in fact, than the last time fans saw Bewitched back in 2005 on the big screen. After that Nicole Kidman film crashed and burned, ABC tried a few times to get the family sitcom back in action, but neither development in the first half of the 2010s went past a pilot. Barris and Taylor’s version will get at least that far, even though the former (who will executive produce the series) has already departed for his deal at Netflix.