I posted this over on my other blog, Saturday Morning Archives, a week ago, and I said I'd post it here as well.
Most of you are familiar with Tabitha, which was a short-lived and belated spinoff from Bewitched, launching 5 years after the parent series had ended. The series aired on Saturday nights on ABC, with Lisa Hartman, who later hit her big break with Knots Landing before marrying country singer Clint Black, and Robert Urich (ex-S.W.A.T.). However, that was the result of a second pilot that producer William Asher and executive producer Harry Ackerman created for ABC. The first one, which aired a year and a half earlier, didn't really sell (though they say it did sell the show, and the network made changes), and perhaps with good reason.
As RAM '67 reminded me in responding last week, the character's name was originally spelled with three 'A''s, instead of 2, which explains why the original pilot was titled, Tabatha, instead of Tabitha. Secondly, perhaps forgetting at the time that Tabitha was a blonde as a toddler, and played by twins Erin & Diane Murphy on Bewitched, the casting directors went with a brunette for the lead, in this case Louise "Liberty" Williams, who formerly had been with the comedy troupe, the Groundlings, before turning to acting. If her voice sounds familiar, well, it should, if you're a cartoon fan. After failing with Tabatha, and a subsequent sitcom that did make it to air, albeit also short lived (Busting Loose), Liberty was hired by Hanna-Barbera, and spent 7+ seasons as the voice behind Jayna, the sexier, female half of the Wonder Twins from Super Friends, during which time she landed two more short-term sitcom gigs.
Now, let's take a look at Tabatha: