CBS Planning Remake of Classic 'Bewitched' TV Series...Is 'Harry Potter' to Blame?
My first reaction upon learning that CBS was planning a reboot of the 1960's TV show "Bewitched" was something along the lines of "oh, that makes sense." Why wouldn't they? CBS already rebooted "Hawaii Five-O" and ABC rebooted "Charlie's Angels," and "Wonder Woman" would be gotten back on TV as well if the pilot hadn't been totally underwhelming.
But the more I thought about it, the less sense it made. First off, "Bewitched" was adapted a while back into a rather awful movie with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman that flopped and was panned by critics. Why follow that up?
Furthermore, the original series, while fun and quirky, was about a witch who wanted to be an ordinary housewife, mostly at the bidding of her husband. That's not going to translate well, and even if you flip it to a more feminist take you have to make the husband, Darrin, a bad guy.
So the question is this: how different will this reboot be, and will it even be a true reboot when it gets to air?
We live in the age of "Harry Potter," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries," so it seems as though witches need to be taken a bit more seriously nowadays. Or will "Bewitched" have more of a "Wizards of Waverly Place" kind of vibe?
It will be interesting to see what they do with this one to make it modern and not totally oppressive to women, without it losing all direction like the movie did. Keep an eye out for it.