September 17th Celebrates Bewitched

When it comes to television shows nowadays it’s quite different to the shows of years gone by, because today we celebrate.

How on September 17th 1964, “Bewitched” premiered on ABC-TV, back in the 50’s and 60’s most televisions shows had depicted the American families, like shows called, “Father Knows Best,” “My Three Sons,” and “Leave to Beaver.”

When Bewitched came out it was about how Samantha had a double life using her sorcery in the background while juggling an American family being married to mortal.

Sounds far fetch doesn’t it how a witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

If you watched the show, the biggest controversy on Bewitched was the sudden switch in Darrins. Dick York played Darrin from 1964 to 1969, when Dick Sargent slipped into the role with no explanation.

Dick York had suffered a back injury while filming a movie in 1959. Continued pain left him addicted to prescription painkillers, which damaged his health as years went by. By 1969, he was suffering blackouts on the set.

In January York was rushed from the set to the hospital and never returned to Bewitched. After he left the show, he was flat on his back for a year. York also suffered financial losses from bad investments and he and his wife cleaned houses for a living at one point. By 1980 he kicked the drugs and began acting again. York died of emphysema in 1992.

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name Movie Series is theme song to the television called, Bewitched. On today’s day to remember how on September 17th 1964, “Bewitched” premiered on ABC-TV;

Ratings for Bewitched fell in its final three years, which many blamed on the Darrin switch. It wasn’t Dick Sargent’s fault; people just didn’t like the change from a more familiar face.

In fact, Dick Sargent could have very well been the original Darrin! He auditioned for the show in 1964 and was actually offered the job, even before Elizabeth Montgomery was cast as Samantha.

However, he had to decline as he was under contract to Universal Studios, which wanted him for the series called Broadside.

Darrin was not the only character played by two actors in Bewitched. Among others, the neighbor Gladys Kravitz was portrayed by Alice Pearce at first, then by Sandra Gould, because everyone has some sort nosy neighbor living next door to them.

Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha, also played her deliciously mischievous cousin Serena in several episodes. She was not credited for the role, as producers figured it would be obvious. The role was credited to “Pandora Spocks”, who didn’t exist but received fan mail from viewers who didn’t get the joke. Spocks eventually received her own biography from a fan site.

The real house used in the 1959 movie Gidget was copied, but reversed, to build the set for Bewitched. The patio and living rooms were copied from those used in the 1963 movie Gidget Goes to Rome. The exterior set used for the home of nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz later became the home of The Partridge Family.

Talk about small world, regarding television show property, on the back drop of homes. As we celebrate today’s day to remember how on September 17th 1964, “Bewitched” premiered on ABC-TV.

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