June Diane Raphael To Headline ‘Bewitched’-Inspired Comedy In Works At NBC, Teaming With ‘Dickinson’ Creator

EXCLUSIVE: NBC is developing Something Wicked, a multi-camera comedy starring June Diane Raphael and written and executive produced by Raphael and Dickinson creator Alena Smith.

Something Wicked is described as a comedy with a Bewitched-type premise and an homage to TV sitcom classics. It examines the condition of modern adult womanhood and how even with witchcraft, balancing everything is impossible.

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Smith and Raphael write and executive produce. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is the studio.

This is the latest high-profile multi-camera comedy project at NBC. The network, which has pivoted toward an all-multi-camera comedy slate over the last year and a half, also has a sitcom pilot headlined by Reba McEntire.

Bewitched, which originally aired on ABC from 1964-72, starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stevens, a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man, played by Dick York and later Dick Sargent, and vows to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. There have been several attempts at rebooting the classic sitcom during the past decade, most recently by Judalina Neira, who is currently developing a new take at Sony TV.

Probably best known for her work on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Raphael has recurred on Abbott Elementary and The Morning Show, along with Freeform’s Everything’s Trash, Black Monday and Big Mouth, among others. Her film roles include the indie Scrambled, which premiered at SXSW 2023, and The Disaster Artist. The UCB alum is repped by UTA, MGMT Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

Smith was the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson, which ran for three seasons on Apple TV+. Previously, she served as writer and producer on Showtime’s The Affair and HBO’s The Newsroom. She’s repped by 42 and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

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