CBS Wants Its Audiences To Be Bewitched
In an ever-growing creatively deficient Hollywood, we once again take that walk down remake lane. CBS is planning a reboot to the classic television sitcom Bewitched. This warrants a look at how this can or cannot work, lessons unlearned from repetition’s past and the golden question… Will audiences be bewitched by the idea?
Hollywood has hit a serious standstill in the creativity department. There have been countless remakes, reboots, sequels and so-called re-imaginings. So what’s the latest on agenda of reboots?
The reboot is being developed for CBS as a modern television sitcom. Modern, being the main word here; how can Bewitched work as a modern situation comedy?
Bewitched ran from 1964-72. It provides a look back into a more innocent and sexually repressed time of television; in particular this was just before the beginning of women’s liberation.
Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) is a housewife to advertising executive Darrin Stephens (Dick York, seasons 1-5, Dick Sargent seasons 6-8) and happens to be a witch. Samantha is in a position of more power than most housewives just by being what she is. However, for the love of her husband she agrees to suppress the essence of who she is in seek of a life of normalcy.
First, what is the true definition of a normal life? Second, who can truly deny who they are? Well to actively seek the answer to the first question on a day-to-day basis and to carry out the second question… that takes the truest definition of real love. The love between Darrin and Samantha is one of the most powerful elements of the show and truly sells the ideas that are shrouded in fantasy.
These are elements that are wonderful to look back on; however, they will fall hard and flat now because times have drastically changed. They had already begun to change during Bewitched’s original run. In 1970, Mary Tyler Moore was on television portraying a single working woman who lived on her own. This is just one example of the changing landscape of television, it made Bewitched look as though it were already a relic while it was still on the air.Continued on the next page