‘Charlie’s Angels’ TV Show Reboot Headed Into Production

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 11th, 2011 at 10:08 pm,

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You’d think that a classic series that received not one, but two big-budget movie adaptations was played out. Nobody tell ABC: they’re in the initial stages of bringing Charlie’s Angels back to its TV stomping grounds.

We previously reported that Al Gough and Miles Millar, the writers for the first eight seasons of Smallville, are attached to the project. Gossip Girl director Mark Miznarski is in negotiations to direct. (Miznarski also has a credit for the 2008 reboot of 90210 -  coincidence?)

Producers include Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen, who worked on the aforementioned 2000 and 2003 Charlie’s Angels movies. Goldberg also helped develop the original TV series, as well as other classics like Starsky & Hutch and TJ Hooker. Drew Berrymore, who played an Angel in both movies, is a producer on the new show. No casting information is available at this time.

Whispers about a new Charlie’s Angels TV show have been heard around Hollywood for years.  In 2004 (a year after the truly awful sequel to the 2000 movie) an attempt was made to reanimate the franchise, but it never made it off the ground. Similar efforts were launched in 1988 with similar results, not to mention copycat franchises in Latin America and Germany. The show will join such auspicious company as Knight Rider, Melrose Place (the reboot) and Bionic Woman – that’s assuming that it fails. If it doesn’t, it may join more palatable remakes like Battlestar Galactica, V, and Hawaii Five-O.

When rumors of the Angels return started flying in 2009, Screen Rant‘s Paul Young made some excellent suggestions for the reboot’s potential cast, including Eliza Dushku, Alyssa Milano, and Emilie Ullerup. Summer Glau was also mentioned, but she’s a little busy with The Cape at the moment, so I’ll add Rosario Dawson as a substitute.

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What I’m more interested in is who’ll be playing Charlie. The original Charlie for the 1970s show and both movies was voiced by John Forsythe, who unfortunately passed away in April of last year. I’d suggest Val Kilmer, who’s voice-only part in the Knight Rider reboot makes him perfect for ill-advised TV speaking roles. Bernie Mac, who played Bosley for both movies, tragically died of complications from pneumonia in 2008. However, former Heroes regular Stephen Tobolowsky seems to fit the Bosley role to a T.

Charlie’s Angels will begin production very soon, and should premiere on ABC in spring or fall 2012.

Source: Comingsoon.net

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  1. If Patrick Macnee were younger, I’d suggest that he voice Charlie. Who better to be the new Charlie than John Steed himself?

  2. Wasn’t Bill Murray in the first movie as Bosley? The idea of Val Kilmer for Charlie would be cool, in my opinion.

    • He WAS, as a matter of fact…but unexplained issues (rumors of Murray’s discontent with the script, etc.) led to Bernie Mac taking the Bosley role.

      And this, from digitalspy:
      ” ‘Angels’ remake reinvents Bosley role
      Friday, January 7 2011, 8:51am EST
      By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

      The character of Bosley will reportedly be dramatically reinvented in a new version of Charlie’s Angels. It emerged in October that ABC has ordered a pilot of the remake, which is being produced by Smallville executives Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

      TV Guide now reports that the character of John Bosley, first played in 1976 by then 46-year-old actor David Doyle, will be a dashing detective with “GQ looks” and a “Peter Pan” smile. Producers are reportedly seeking an actor in his late-20s to mid-30s for the role. The new Bosley is also described as having “savvy hacking skills” and “a killer six-pack… under his designer suits”.

      Bill Murray previously played Bosley in the film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels, while Bernie Mac took over the role for the 2003 sequel. Filming for the new pilot is expected to begin in Miami sometime this month.”

      As for Angels candidates, why not go with actresses from TV Series axed by FOX? Suggested actresses: Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Sarayu Rao and Natalie Martinez(Sons of Tucson), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Jewel Staite (Firefly)…I can hear it now:

      “Once upon a time, three little girls worked for a substandard TV Network with an itchty trigger-finger…and they were each assigned very promising/quickly cancelled series, but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”

      • Fixing typo:

        He WAS, as a matter of fact…but unexplained issues (rumors of Murray’s discontent with the script, etc.) led to Bernie Mac taking the Bosley role.

        And this, from digitalspy:
        ” ‘Angels’ remake reinvents Bosley role
        Friday, January 7 2011, 8:51am EST
        By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

        The character of Bosley will reportedly be dramatically reinvented in a new version of Charlie’s Angels. It emerged in October that ABC has ordered a pilot of the remake, which is being produced by Smallville executives Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

        TV Guide now reports that the character of John Bosley, first played in 1976 by then 46-year-old actor David Doyle, will be a dashing detective with “GQ looks” and a “Peter Pan” smile. Producers are reportedly seeking an actor in his late-20s to mid-30s for the role. The new Bosley is also described as having “savvy hacking skills” and “a killer six-pack… under his designer suits”.

        Bill Murray previously played Bosley in the film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels, while Bernie Mac took over the role for the 2003 sequel. Filming for the new pilot is expected to begin in Miami sometime this month.”

        As for Angels candidates, why not go with actresses from TV Series axed by FOX? Suggested actresses: Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Sarayu Rao and Natalie Martinez(Sons of Tucson), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Jewel Staite (Firefly)…I can hear it now:

        “Once upon a time, three little girls worked for a substandard TV Network with an itchy trigger-finger…and they were each assigned very promising/quickly cancelled series, but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”

        • Add Keri Russell (Running Wilde) to the list of FOX Actresses needing work…

          • I have a job for her. :) Maybe Keri Russell, Jennifer Morrison and Amy Acker could round out the cast.

  3. hmmm interstin

  4. YAY!!! Another reboot of something. At least this will have hot chicks

  5. I’m totally excited about the remake, and if the writing is good I think it can be a very succesful reboot of the original. I also love the suggestions for actresses.
    Eliza as Sabrina
    Alyssa as Kelly
    and Emilie as either Jill or Kris Monroe (depending which character they are going with).
    Rosario Dawson would also fit the profile.
    I would be so excited if they could get either of these girls on the cast. They all rock and are extremely talented!

    Can’t wait!

  6. If you’re going to reboot old series, then you should at least make it series that were good the first time around. Is this the result of schools being forced to make so many drastic cuts in areas such as creative arts that the writers today just can’t create new shows without re-hashing turds? I didn’t think this would float any better than a rehash of the Mod Squad or any of the other shows they’ve been considering doing….If you’re going to do cops and robbers you have to think today like “Person Of Interest” Where some super computer can predict people who might meet with a drastic end shortly……That’s far more interesting than a rehash of three bimbos with a lot of T&A and not much else

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