For some reason, network executives are absolutely determined to bring early-2000s era series Charmed back to the airwaves. After a number of different iterations failed to gain traction, The CW is trying again, ordering a new pilot for a Charmed reboot.
The new version of the series will apparently bring a modern, feminist slant to the story, according to the official description released by the network:
“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.”
The original version of Charmed ran from 1998-2006 on The WB and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannon Doherty, and Rose McGowan.
Together, they were “the Charmed Ones,” the most powerful trio of witches in the world, entrusted with protecting the innocent from supernatural forces of evil.
In 2013, CBS attempted the first reboot of Charmed, centered around four sisters (rather than three), but it never progressed beyond the script stage.
McGowan, Combs, Milano, and Doherty all expressed dismay at the idea of having their show rebooted so soon after it went off the air.
In January 2017, The CW announced they were going to launch a Charmed reboot, from Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman.
The new Charmed was to be set in 1976 in order to avoid comparisons to the original, though network executives said the show was not a prequel.
Now it appears that idea has been scrapped, as well, though Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin are still writing the new Charmed pilot, from a story by Urman. The new version of Charmed will be set in the present day, but there’s no word yet on whether it will be a follow-up to the original series or a straight-up reboot of the entire franchise.