Rehearsals for the pilot episode of “Bewitched” started on November 22, 1963 — simply hours earlier than the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The tragedy was significantly tough for the present’s star, Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha Stephens), and her husband, the present’s producer, Invoice Asher.
“They have been associates with JFK,” Herbie J. Pilato, writer of “Twitch Upon A Star” and different books about basic tv informed Fox Information.
“Asher produced Kennedy’s birthday bash the place Marilyn Monroe sang ‘Glad Birthday, Mr. President.’ It was a really arduous time for everyone.”
However the present finally went on.
“Bewitched” aired for eight seasons and 254 episodes on ABC — usually beating out the controversial CBS comedy, “All In The Household,” in head-to-head competitors.
Montgomery starred as a pleasant witch who marries a mortal man (Dick York, later switched to actor Dick Sargent) and makes an attempt to stay as a suburban housewife.
Pilato shares with us some secrets and techniques you most likely don’t know concerning the spellbinding collection:
1. Samantha was initially named Cassandra
“Elizabeth didn’t prefer it as a result of she thought it was too linked to the evil witches of Greek mythology,” claimed Pilato.
2. The position of Samantha was initially supplied to Tammy Grimes
Grimes handed. “She felt like if the character had all this energy, why doesn’t she remedy all of the ills of the world?” stated Pilato. “If Tammy had stated ‘sure,’ I don’t suppose the present would have been as profitable.”
three. Earlier than ‘Bewitched’
Montgomery revamped 200 visitor appearances on TV earlier than “Bewitched.” She’s pictured above with actor Darren McGavin in a scene from the tv collection “Riverboat.”
four. How Sargent actually died
Dick Sargent died in 1994 of prostate most cancers, not AIDS. “Sure, he was a person who occurred to be homosexual, however that has been a false impression all these years,” stated Pilato.
5. A story of two Darrins
Many episodes starring Dick Sargent have been remakes of episodes that initially starred Dick York. “Generally they took the idea, generally you’d hear actual dialogue,” stated Pilato. “I don’t know why. They didn’t suppose the present would nonetheless be on 50 years later and folks would write books about it.”
6. Montgomery needed out
“It wasn’t canceled due to low scores,” Pilato insisted. “‘Bewitched’ was really renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, however [she] needed out. It was at this identical time that Montgomery’s marriage to Asher started to unravel. The sitcom got here to an finish in 1972 and the couple divorced a yr after.”