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Desperate to fulfill witch TV show quota, ABC Family considers adapting Practical Magic

ABC Family is developing a TV show based on Practical Magic, the 1998 film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as part of a family of witches who suffer under a curse that kills any man they fall in love with, so naturally they spend the entire film falling in love with men. Hey, it’s seemingly always on basic cable anyway, so why not make it a show? Presumably the show would draw more heavily from the novel by Alice Hoffman than the film did, which took heavy criticism at the time for transforming the more fantastical elements of its source material into a standard-issue Sandra Bullock romantic comedy. It’s the second attempt at a Practical Magic series—the first (starring Kim Delaney, Jeri Ryan, Kat Dennings, and Dixie Carter) never got picked up—so hopefully this time it will work out before they move on to more drastic measures for fulfilling television’s apparent needs to have a witch-related TV show on at all times, like adapting Hocus Pocus.

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