Charmed Reboot Ordered At The CW, Will Take On A Feminist Angle
Hot on the heels of the upcoming modern reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, everybody's other favorite witches are heading back to our screens, too. Hit show Charmed is poised for a long-awaited resurgence.
The CW has officially ordered the reboot, which has long been in the works. The show, which centers on three sisters with supernatural powers, will update its setting from the '70s to the present day. The project was originally slated for last year, but was pushed back to 2018.
Jennie Urman, creator of hit CW show Jane The Virgin, came up with the initial story and will executive produce. Her Jane colleagues, writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, will script the series as well as exec-produce alongside Urman. Brad Silberling, the executive producer of Jane The Virgin as well as the Dynasty reboot, among other CW shows, will direct.
Charmed originally ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006 on the WB, which became the CW, and is still in syndication in the UK. Alyssa Milano, Rose Mc Gowan (taking over in season 4 from Shannen Doherty), and Holly Marie Combs starred in the three leading roles as the sisters known as The Charmed Ones. The three good witches use their supernatural powers to fight the forces of evil (including, but not limited to, ex-boyfriends).
The Aaron Spelling-produced show was hugely popular and is considered one of the female-fronted '90s shows alongside Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In keeping with this girl power stance, the reboot will see the show taking a defiantly feminist slant, while keeping with our modern times.
"This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch's work is never done," reads the official plot synopsis.
The reboot was originally envisioned as a prequel to the hit series, but plans may have changed in the wake of #MeToo and Time's Up, of which original Charmed stars Rose Mc Gowan and Alyssa Milano are vocal participants. There's no word on whether they, Doherty, or Combs will appear in the new take but fans' hopes are understandably high.
Alongside Charmed, the CW also announced a pilot order for Dead Inside, another supernaturally-themed show featuring a couple of sibling detectives, one of whom happens to be...a ghost.