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People Who Openly Satirized the Re-Making of Bewitched Are Now Remaking Bewitched

Here’s the story of some Hollywood producers, proving once again just how out-of-ideas these people seem to be: In 2005, producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher helped to make a movie starring Nicole Kidman. It was called Bewitched, and it was a cynical look at a Hollywood studio rebooting the original Bewitched TV show, while at the same time being a re-imagining of the same story. Now they, along with Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence, are planning on updating the show and bringing it back to CBS.

So, let’s get this straight: They make a movie in which one of the main plot points is intended to be a cynical look at Hollywood’s need to reboot everything (while at once conducting a reboot themselves). Then, a few years later, they sign on to make a TV show that is pretty much the TV show they were satirizing in the first place, and in fact kind of already rebooted only six years ago?

…We’re not really surprised.

Bewitched, for those who didn’t grow up emotionally attached to TV Land reruns, told the story of Samantha, a powerful witch trying to maintain a normal life as a 1950s housewife. It was very old-fashioned and involved her husband scolding her a lot and an emasculating mother-in-law. We wonder how the reboot will bring the show more into the 21st century, but that’s pretty much where our interest begins to fade.

If it ever actually makes it to air, the new Bewitched will join the ranks of ABC’s Charlies’ Angels and CBS’ Hawaii-Five-O as “reboots that no one was really asking for but will somehow find an audience anyway.”

Call us when NBC finally moves forward on that Bryan Fuller Munsters remake they promised.

(via AV Club)

(Photo via Hooked On Houses)


  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh, man. I just looked into my crystal ball and realized that they are totally going to remake Baywatch.

  • Paul Down

    The terrible thing is that isn’t funny, your probably right.

  • Laura

    It’s like an ‘Inception’ of Bewitched.  But without the cool hotel hallway fight.

    Though if Tabitha could whup Dr. Bombay that way?  That’d be RAD AND TOTALLY WORTH IT.

  • Abel Undercity

    “We wonder how the reboot will bring the show more into the 21st century…”

    Darren tries his “SAAAAAAMMM!  Don’t ever use magic again, ever!” shtick, which gets him turned into a frog.  As it’s illegal to be married to an animal, Samantha is now free to date again.

    … what? I can dream, can’t I?