Report: Bewitched Remake In the Works — Who Should Play Samantha?

Bewitched Remake

Calling all blond actresses with “nose twitching” listed as a skill on your resumé: a Bewitched remake could be in your future.

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Sony Pictures TV is working on an updated version of the classic sitcom about a magical housewife and her mortal husband — which ran for 254 episodes on ABC from 1964 to 1972 — according to our sister site DeadlineThe Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein are reportedly working on a script.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Sony Pictures TV has attempted to re-conjure the magic of Bewitched. CBS ordered a script from the studio in 2011, but the project never made it to pilot.

Should this second attempt prove more successful, who should play Samantha? Endora? Darrins 1 and 2? Drop a comment with your casting suggestions below.

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179 Comments
  1. LT says:

    If Anna Gunn is too old, then I want Julie Marie Berman.

  2. Mark says:

    Why? Why? I thought this project was dropped. IF this has to happen have the ORIGINAL Tabitha Stephens, Erin Murphy play Samantha. Erin is 50 and she is as gorgeous as ever!

    • Angela says:

      I’d be cool with that :).
      I will be very surprised if this goes forward, though. I’m not saying it CAN’T work-other remakes have been successful (I’ve never seen the newer “Hawaii 5-0”, for instance, but it’s clearly clicked with viewers, given it’s still going), but at the same time, sometimes the original just can’t be beat. We’ll see how it pans out.
      (Also, I’m amused that the article is asking who should play both Darrins :D. Hehe. I’d get a kick out of it, if this thing is successful, if they actually did go through with the Darrin switch.)

    • dman6015 says:

      Too old for the part.

  3. Duke says:

    Ashley Williams.

  4. Tim says:

    Anna Camp, Julie Marie Berman, lots of possibilities

  5. Mich says:

    Rachael Taylor. All her dramas have failed, so this would be the perfect switch-up.

  6. Kevin says:

    Anna Camp

  7. whisperintherain says:

    DO NOT WANT! Enough already with those desperate “let’s ruin all the classics” projects! There’s only ONE Samantha Stephens and that’s Elizabeth Montgomery. And from the people who were behind the lame 2005 movie? Forget it! This better fall apart early in development!

  8. Robin says:

    dreama walker!!

  9. Tina says:

    Isla Fsher

  10. Lucy says:

    Sarah Michelle Gellar should play Samantha.

    The mom from Castle for Endora (sorry don’t know her name)

  11. jj says:

    The show should not be remake.

  12. disonba3 says:

    A second one has already been made starring Nichol Kidmann Urban

  13. Becca says:

    Hilary Duff or Rachael Taylor would both fit perfectly

  14. Playband says:

    Carrie Underwood & David Blue. I don’t know about Endorra. Wendie Malick?

  15. disonba3 says:

    Oh, I forget for the role of Sam’s mothe Endora the actress who plays Evelyn on Two & 1/2 men

  16. ... says:

    Nobody. Nobody should play Samantha because this thing shouldn’t see the light of day. TV is getting to be as uninspiring as film.

    • Stormy says:

      ITA The desperation of today’s writers to co-opt anything that was successful long ago is evidence that they don’t have an original thought in their heads. It’s only a matter of time before they try to remake M*A*S*H, Cheers, Taxi, Happy Days, and Golden Girls.

  17. Yvette says:

    Julie Marie Berman or Anna Camp!

  18. Becca says:

    Samantha: Hilary Duff
    Darrin: James Wolk
    Endora: Jessica Walter

    BAM

  19. Jared says:

    Mircea Monroe would be my pick.

  20. Cookiemonster says:

    Kristen Bell

  21. NEK38583 says:

    If Jessica Lang has to leave AHS, how about her for Endora

  22. Jan says:

    Not crazy about the idea of a remake. However, my choice would be Kristen Bell.

  23. MattArmando says:

    Julie Marie Berman! Fantastic Emmy-winning actress. Would love to see her do comedy.

  24. Eric says:

    I adored the original series, and I didn’t even hate the movie. I’d love this to come to fruition, with someone like Rachael Taylor or Dreama Walker in the lead role.

  25. steven says:

    Either Barbara Eden or Caroline Rhea could play Endora.

  26. Kim R says:

    I have the movie stuck in my head. Nicole made an excellent Samantha and Shirley McLain was so good as Endora. :)

    • Mr. Sunshine says:

      I’m curious if you’ve seen the original. IMO Nicole was absolutely horrible. The movie was just a ploy to make money off all the baby boomers who loved the original.

      • TV Gord says:

        Yes, the movie was just horrible, and I’ve read elsewhere that this reboot would be coming from them, as well, so I say a big no way to this idea (or lack-of-idea).

  27. Amanda says:

    Katherine heigle

    • Celina says:

      I will kill myself if that happens… Hate her and she would DESTROY Samantha

    • Drewer says:

      When she was on Roswell she did an entire episode where she watched Bewitched and then imagined herself in a multi-cam/60s style/Bewitched sitcom where her husband (played by Adam Rodriguez) didn’t know she actually told him she was an alien, and I am not exaggerating she did an amazing job-it is one of Heigle’s best performances. But I’m not sure if some of the charm would be lost in an updated single-cam version, but Roswell 3.11 “I Married an Alien” is a must see.

    • Dee says:

      I am not a fan of hers personally, BUT, she was the first person I thought of. She has the look of EM and she can act and around the same age and she can do comedy. This could be her salvation. But I don’t really want to see a remake. Let the original stand.

    • cassie says:

      agree, heigl would be perfect for the part, totaly suits her. problem is remakes don’t work, they always scr*** them up & if this one fails too, they will blame it on her. remember they totaly scr*** her on greys giving her cr*** to work with (cause she wanted to work on films, while being on the show too) & when she stated the obvious (aka cr*** material) they ate her alive for telling the truth & kicked her out.

  28. Celina says:

    I don’t like this idea… First, because I hate when they mess up a good classic (and that’s what I think will happen). Then, because I don’t think the bewitched idea would work in the modern days. The whole idea is that Samantha is a witch and her husband wants her to live like a mortal. So, she kind of do that, but not quite. Great for a patriarcal time, when the man was the leader of the family. Now a days this look like an abusive man, that don’t want his wife to be powerful.

  29. Kim says:

    Jaimie King

  30. Andrea says:

    Maggie Lawson

  31. Chris says:

    Wasn’t there a big fourth-wall breaking film that already tried to do this? Like Will Ferrell starred in the tv remake, and Nicole Kidman played Samantha, who actually was a witch, and ended up killing Ferrell and the crew for disgracing a classic?

    I assume that’s how the film went. I never saw it.

  32. Luis says:

    WHY????????????

  33. Keri anderson says:

    Erin Cahill

  34. @fifiring says:

    Elizabeth Mitchell – she’d be a fab Samantha!
    Holland Taylor would be perfect as Endora!
    Karl Urban could be Darrin…

  35. Ralph says:

    Elizabeth Montgomery can NOT be replaced. This is a stupid idea.

  36. dude says:

    Anna Camp and Dreama Walker are perfect casting suggestions.

  37. KCC says:

    Gabrielle Union

  38. Steven says:

    Last year Charmed and now Bewitched? Really? The movie they made sucked.

    • Ray says:

      This project will go the same way of CBS’ Charmed remake and never see the light of day. I suspect it won’t go past the initial script order.

  39. Tom says:

    They should not remake this show. But if they have to, to make it different they should have Samantha be a bit older and have the two kids as opposed to the beginning of the original. I’d say for Samantha, Christina Applegate. Endora- Jessica Walter or Holland Taylor. No idea for Darrin.

  40. auntiemm says:

    Enough already!!!! Bewitched and the other old shows should be left alone. You want to recycle a concept because you don’t have a creative bone in your body…fine. Invent new characters instead of trying to recreate what was a great show for it’s time.

  41. Greg Moliere says:

    I think Emma Stone would be great!

    • JAson says:

      HAs too big a career. Why not just suggest Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence? Will most likely ne an unknown or someone like Elisha Cuthbert or the redhead from Suburgatory!

  42. Nellyc says:

    Welll
    Sarah Michelle Gellar has the best nose in Hollywood

  43. James says:

    Dianna Agron would be a pretty good choice if they wanted a young mid-to-late twenties actress for it. Bethany Joy Lenz seems good also! And Christina Applegate would definitely nail it too.

  44. rkar7 says:

    Kristen Wiig

    • Malkavian says:

      YES! Yvonne Strahovski would be great! I also would love Kristen Bell, she just nails the comedy. What I want to know is, who is going to play Mrs. Kravitz (the nosey neighbor)!?

  45. NP says:

    No one! Leave it alone

  46. Tom says:

    Anna Camp

  47. Julianne says:

    They should switch it up and make samantha a sam and have a new twist on an old show.

  48. DP says:

    Diaora Baird would be great good comedy chops

  49. Jeremy Wilhm says:

    The thing that amazes me from the article is that they made over 250 episodes of the show in just 8 years. Scripted shows barely hit the 100 episode mark by Season 8 nowadays. Wow.