ABC has been pursuing an expansion of the series for the past five years now, looking at potential sequels shows and reboots before finally hearing Barris' pitch. Beside the 2014 project, which in a bidding situation landed a pilot production commitment at NBC but did not go to series, another reboot was in development at CBS during the 2011-2012 season. She marries Darren, a white mortal and a slacker and soon learns that even though she is a witch, she still is not as powerful as a white man in America.
Barris and Taylor will serve as executive producer through Kenya's Khalabop Ink Society imprint along with John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. This isn't the first time that there has been an attempt to bring the series back.
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Just before he recently departed ABC Studios to embark on a rich overall deal at Netflix, "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris sold one last high-profile project to ABC: "Bewitched", a single camera, interracial blended family comedy based on the popular 1960s sitcom of the same name. He will also write the show alongside Yamara Taylor. Barris' departure from ABC comes amid speculation the writer was at odds with the organization after a controversial National Football League kneeling protest focused "Black-ish" episode was tabled.
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Barris has been nominated for two Emmys as a producer on Black-ish and the series received a Peabody Award in 2016.
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