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Bewitched gets reboot at ABC with Samantha as ‘black single mom’

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The original: Bewitched ran on ABC for eight seasons from 1962 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Dick York as Darrin

Another day, another reboot in Hollywood.

On Thursday, Deadline.com reported that ABC is planning a reboot of 1960s sitcom Bewitched with an inter-racial plot line.

The network has commissioned a pilot from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris in which witch Samantha is a black single mom who marries white mortal and slacker Darren.

The original: Bewitched ran on ABC for eight seasons from 1962 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Dick York as Darrin

The original: Bewitched ran on ABC for eight seasons from 1962 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Dick York as Darrin

The original: Bewitched ran on ABC for eight seasons from 1962 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Dick York as Darrin

Reboot: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris pitched a revival of the sitcom in which witch Samantha is 'a black single working mom' and mortal Darren is 'a white slacker', according to Deadline

Reboot: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris pitched a revival of the sitcom in which witch Samantha is 'a black single working mom' and mortal Darren is 'a white slacker', according to Deadline

Reboot: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris pitched a revival of the sitcom in which witch Samantha is ‘a black single working mom’ and mortal Darren is ‘a white slacker’, according to Deadline

The reboot, like the original comedy, will revolve around Samantha and Darren’s relationship.

The pitch is that Samantha will discover ‘that even when a black girl is literally magic, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America,’ according to Deadline.

Barris will be joined on the project by Yamara Taylor, who works with him on Black-ish as a writer and producer.

John Davis and John Fox from Davis Entertainment, makers of The Blacklist, will also serve as executive producers alongside Barris and Taylor. 

The original Bewitched ran for eight seasons on ABC from  1964 to 1972.

Bewitched starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Dick York as Darrin.

In the original sitcom, Darrin learned of Samantha's magical powers after they were married and asked her to live a normal life without witchcraft - something that wasn't always possible

In the original sitcom, Darrin learned of Samantha's magical powers after they were married and asked her to live a normal life without witchcraft - something that wasn't always possible

In the original sitcom, Darrin learned of Samantha’s magical powers after they were married and asked her to live a normal life without witchcraft – something that wasn’t always possible

Samantha's mother Endora, played by Agnes Moorehead, was a constant thorn in her son-in-law's side and had no qualms about using magical powers on him when necessary

Samantha's mother Endora, played by Agnes Moorehead, was a constant thorn in her son-in-law's side and had no qualms about using magical powers on him when necessary

Samantha’s mother Endora, played by Agnes Moorehead, was a constant thorn in her son-in-law’s side and had no qualms about using magical powers on him when necessary

The twist was that Darrin only learned after their marriage that Samantha had magical powers and asks her to live a normal mortal life without resorting to witchcraft.

He also had to deal with his mother-in-law, a witch called Endora who was a constant thorn in his side, and life got more complicated once he and Samantha welcomed their daughter Tabitha, played by Erin Murphy.

In 2005, Sony Pictures released a big screen version of Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

According to Deadline, both ABC and CBS have tried previously develop a sequel or reboot in recent years.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, pictured in June, pitched the inter-racial Bewitched reboot to ABC just before departing to Netflix on a three-year development deal

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, pictured in June, pitched the inter-racial Bewitched reboot to ABC just before departing to Netflix on a three-year development deal

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, pictured in June, pitched the inter-racial Bewitched reboot to ABC just before departing to Netflix on a three-year development deal

  

 

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Ritualists abduct New born baby from sleeping mother in Ondo

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Less than two-week-old baby has been abducted by ritualists at Uro-Ajowa in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Thursday while the mother of the baby, Mrs Oluwaseun Olomodi, was still sleeping.

Two suspected ritualists reportedly sneaked into the room where the newborn baby and the mother were sleeping and took the baby away, for apparent money rituals.

The source said, “It happened around 1am on Thursday. The hoodlums gained entry into the house through the kitchen. After the hoodlums had abducted the baby, an elderly woman, who woke up at that time and attempted to rescue the baby, was cut with a machete by the hoodlums.

“The elderly woman’s scream woke up the neighbours and the victim’s mother, but the kidnappers had left.

Immediately, the community members started combing the bushes but their efforts have not yielded any fruit up until now. “

The Public Relations Officer for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the police had begun investigation into the matter.

 

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Woman caught trying to kill her daughter for alleged money rituals

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A middle age woman was on Wednesday caught, while allegedly trying to behead her daughter in an uncompleted building in Delta state.

According to Facebook user, Isaac Omoyibo, the woman was caught trying to behead the girl in a building under construction.

Timely intervention of locals allegedly helped foil the attempted murder which people are attributing to money rituals.

 

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16-yr-old stabs friend to death while testing charms used against weapons in Ekiti

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Four tenants in court for allegedly exhuming landlord’s corpse, selling his property

 

A 16-year-old pupil, Kehinde Timilehin, who allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death, has been remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, ordered that the accused be kept at the State Children Correctional Centre pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions.

Adegboye subsequently adjourned the case till January 18, 2019.

Timilehin, a pupil of Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, is standing trial for allegedly stabbing his schoolmate, Favour Matthew, in the chest on Thursday, December 6, 2018, after school hours.

Timilehin and Mathew were said to be testing the efficacy of a charm believed to prevent the penetration of weapons like cutlass and knife.

But the charm failed Mathew as the weapon with which Timilehin allegedly attacked him penetrated his body and he reportedly died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

The suspect was arrested and detained at the Ekiti State Criminal Investigation Department on the day of the incident.

 

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