Salem Unveils 'Bewitched' Statue

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Salem, Mass., unveils a bronze statue of actress Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, star of the 1960s sitcom Bewitched. Some see the statue as a tourism boost. Others say it trivializes Salem's historic role as the site of the 1692 witch trials.


This week, the city of Salem, Massachusetts, unveiled a witch, a bronze statue of Elizabeth Montgomery from a role as a witch named Samantha from the 1960s sitcom "Bewitched." The statue is sponsored by the TV Land cable channel, which, it may not surprise you to learn, runs and reruns reruns of "Bewitched." Some are hoping the statue will encourage tourism; many seem to think it makes convenient publicity for the new movie version of "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman. Still, others think a winsome statue in Salem risks trivializing the tragedy of 1692 when 20 people in town were accused of witchcraft and put to death. Wait till you see the "Hogan's Heroes" statue that TV Land wants to put up in Munich.

Coming up, who put Nicole Kidman on the short list for Samantha Stephens anyway? Conversation with the casting director. Stay tuned.

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