Charmed is an upcoming American television series set to premiere on The CW during the 2018–19 season. It is a reboot of the original series with the same name, which ran from 1998 to 2006 on The WB for eight seasons. The series will premiere on October 14, 2018.
Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, the series begins with sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) living with their mother Marisol (Valerie Cruz), who shortly after is attacked and killed by an unknown demonic force. Three months later, Mel and Maggie discover that they have an older half-sister, Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Mantock), who was kept a secret by their mother for years, but recently moved to Hilltowne to accept a new job at the local university. After the first time the sisters are under the same roof, they unexpectedly start exhibiting new magical abilities; the eldest Macy receives the power of telekinesis, middle sister Mel can freeze time, and the youngest Maggie can hear people's thoughts. Soon after, their whitelighter—an advisor who protects and guides witches—Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans) gathers all three sisters together and reveals to them that they are witches, as was their mother. Marisol had bound her daughters' powers when they were born so they could live normal lives, and was in the process of unbinding those powers on the night she was murdered. The sisters ultimately accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of witches who protect innocents and vanquish supernatural demons.
The reboot changes several elements from the original Charmed series, including moving the fictional setting from San Francisco to Hilltowne; making the middle sister a lesbian; giving the youngest sister the power of telepathy instead of premonition; changing the family name from Halliwell to Vera; and having all three of the sisters' alliterative names begin with M instead of P. Additionally, all three lead actresses are of Hispanic descent, with Mantock being of Afro-Latina descent.
- Madeleine Mantock as Macy
- Melonie Diaz as Mel
- Sarah Jeffery as Madison
- Rupert Evans as Harry
- Ser'Darius Blain as Galvin
A reboot of the original series had been announced since October 2013, when it was originally being developed for CBS by Party of Five co-creator Christopher Keyser and Sydney Sidner. However, CBS ultimately decided not to move forward with the reboot. On January 5, 2017, it was announced that The CW network was developing a new reboot of Charmed by Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman for the 2017–18 television season. Both Urman and director Brad Silberling were approached in 2016 by CBS Television Studios (who own the rights to Charmed) to work on a reboot of the show. The original pilot script was going to be set in 1976 about three witches (Tina, Paige and Annie), who are not related but are brought together to fight evil in a small New England town. At the time, The CW president Mark Pedowitz stated that the reboot would not be a prequel to the original series, but described it as "a self-contained, self-sustained" and "very standalone show." However, on February 3, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the reboot would be redeveloped and delayed until the 2018–19 season, as the pilot draft script "didn't come in the way the network had hoped" and that Urman, who had prior commitments with Jane the Virgin, did not have enough time to fully commit to the reboot for the 2017–18 season. Pedowitz gave an update on the reboot during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August 2017, saying that it was still in the redevelopment process and that the network was waiting to see what Urman had come up with for the redeveloped script.
On January 25, 2018, The CW officially ordered the Charmed reboot to pilot. The redeveloped script was changed to be set in the present day and was described by The CW as "a fierce, funny, feminist reboot" centered on "three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic death of their mother, are stunned to discover they are witches." The description also stated that the reboot would revolve around the sisters "vanquishing supernatural demons" and "tearing down the patriarchy," while "maintaining familial bonds." In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Silberling stated that the appeal of the reboot is to be "fun and contemporary" with its timely social observations. The pilot episode was written by Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, and was based on a story by Urman. All three women are also executive producers of the reboot alongside Silberling, Ben Silverman, and Carter Covington. The pilot was directed by Silberling and filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia from March 19 to April 7, 2018. On May 11, 2018, The CW ordered the Charmed reboot to series. A preview trailer was released during The CW's upfronts presentation on May 17, 2018, followed by videos of first-look scenes.
Fans and controversy Edit
Shortly after the pilot's announcement in January 2018, Holly Marie Combs, a cast member from the original Charmed series, took to Twitter and criticized The CW's decision to reboot the show without any input from the original cast and crew. Combs claimed to have an issue with The CW's "reimagining" of Charmed as the network, formerly known as The WB, chose not to renew the show in 2006 for a ninth season. Combs accused The CW of trying to cash in on the Charmed name and concept, while "capitalizing" on the original cast and crew's hard work. Combs also took issue with the network's description of a "feminist" reboot, which she felt implied the original series was not, by sarcastically tweeting: "Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph." Combs then implied that the reboot should have a new title as she felt that it is a brand new show with no ties to the original Charmed. She tweeted that television reboots or remakes are legally required to have the same title as the storylines are uncannily similar to that of the original series, further adding: "If it's not similar than it's just another show. A new show with a new title."
Another original cast member, Shannen Doherty, gave a more positive approach to the reboot on Twitter, stating that it was a testament to the original that a reboot was even being considered. She further added that she was "intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted, inspired like you all were. Charmed helped us all in some way." However, Doherty admitted that she did take issue with The CW's description of a "feminist" reboot, by tweeting that the their wording was "terrible and a bit offensive," but understood that "everyone makes mistakes." Rose McGowan was also positive towards the reboot and showed her support to the new lead actresses by tweeting "fly girls, fly." McGowan also added that she has no issues with reboot and wished "everyone the best."
News of the reboot was met with a mixed response from fans of the original series. Some fans were positive about the reboot, while others were not impressed about the changes made to the series. Following the reboot announcement, fans took to Twitter and began to share the #StopCharmedReboot hashtag in attempts to prevent The CW from moving forward with the pilot. The CW's president Mark Pedowitz stated that he would like the fans to give the reboot a chance, telling fans that "before you make a decision, watch the series." In an interview with HuffPost in May 2018, Combs spoke up about the reboot again, this time criticizing the show's marketing and the casting of younger actors. She stated that although she appreciates "the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created," she "will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago."
- ↑ Get Ready, Witches: Charmed is Getting a Reboot - Elle
- ↑ ‘Charmed’ Reboot, Supernatural Cop Drama ‘Dead Inside’ Ordered to Pilot at CW - Variety
- ↑ ‘Charmed’: Madeleine Mantock To Star In The CW Reboot Pilot - Deadline
- ↑ CW’s ‘Charmed’ Reboot Pilot Casts ‘Fruitvale Station’ Star Melonie Diaz - Variety
- ↑ ‘Charmed’: Sarah Jeffery Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot - Deadline
- ↑ http://tvline.com/2018/02/28/charmed-reboot-rupert-evans-cast-harry-professor-the-cw/
- ↑ ‘Charmed’: Ser’Darius Blain Cast As Co-Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot - Deadline