The CW is charming its way back into viewers’ hearts by ordering a pilot script for a reboot of The WB hit, Charmed.
Starring Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty (who was replaced by fourth sister Rose McGowan), the series, which ran from 1998 to 2006, took place in San Francisco, told the story of the Halliwell sisters, who also happen to be the latest in a line of witches.
This new series is being called a ‘reimagining,’ set in the late 1970’s in New England, following three 20-somethings, fighting evil forces and for women’s rights, and following their various relationships and personal lives. At this point, there is no mention of whether they will be of any relation to the Halliwell sisters or if they will be a completely different new family line.
Jane the Virgin’s Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin are penning the script with Snyder Urman and Ben Silverman joining them in executive producing. Jane director Brad Silberling will also executive produce as well as direct the pilot.
Originally, CBS had announced plans to remake the original series only three years after it went off the air. The reboot never went beyond the development stage and did not receive support from two of the original stars, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan. “The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is… it just… it feels like yesterday. It feels too close,” Milano wrote. McGowan, meanwhile, thought the project lacked originality. “They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood,” she wrote, adding: “lame lame lame lamertons.”
The Charmed reboot follows in the footsteps of other reboots (ABC’s Car Wash, NBC’s Sneakers, MTV’s War of the Worlds, and The CW’s The Lost Boys, to name a few) for this next season.
Charmed could also be The CW’s way of replacing The Vampire Diaries and quite possibly Supernatural for the 2017-2018 television season.