News broke Tuesday (Aug. 9) that CBS and Sony are developing a remake of the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched.” Our first thought was “Another remake?,” and our second was “Hope it’s better than the Nicole Kidman-Will Ferrell movie.”
Then, as it tends to do, our minds wandered to casting the roles of suburban wife and witch Samantha (played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the 1964-72 series) and her mortal husband Darrin (played by Dick York for five seasons, then by Dick Sargent). We have several ideas for Samantha — some conforming to the pretty-blonde archetype set by Montgomery, some not so much. And since the change from York to Sargent is such a part of the show’s history, we’ve gone ahead and suggested a few pairs of Darrins as well.
Samantha, going with type: We immediately thought of Sarah Chalke, the former “Scrubs” and “Mad Love” star (we know she just signed a deal with 20th Century Fox, but since we’re blue-skying here, all our suggestions are irrespective of what the actors might actually be doing at the moment). We could also see Kelly Ripa in the part, along with “Chuck” star Yvonne Strahovski, who’s really sharpened her comic game during the show’s run.
Samantha, against type: Soon-to-be ex-“Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria has comic chops and a mischievous spirit that you’d want in a Samantha. Ditto Rachel Bilson. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Undercovers”) hasn’t done a lot of comedy work, but we bet she could pull it off. And Alyson Hannigan is both funny and experienced at playing a witch.
Darrins: Look-alikes Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal aren’t exactly looking for sitcoms, so we left them out of the equation. The same goes for Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, unless the new “Bewitched” turns out to be a very dark take on the material. Among the pairs we came up with: Zachary Levi and Josh Radnor, who don’t look too much alike but both play befuddled very well; Will Estes and Ben McKenzie (maybe Samantha could be married to a rookie cop learning the ropes?); Zach Braff and Tom Cavanagh (since they played brothers on “Scrubs”); and Seth Meyers and B.J. Novak. In a nod to the similarly named actors who first played the part, we would take Braff and Levi as a pair too.
Who would you cast in a “Bewitched” remake? Do you think it’s a good idea?