Charlie’s Angels TV Remake Gets A Pair of “Super” Writers

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

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Late last year ABC announced that it would be remaking the popular ’70s television female spy show Charlie’s Angels with Josh Friedman (Terminator:  The Sarah Connor Chronicles), original Charlie’s Angels producer Leonard Goldberg and Drew Barrymore all on board to produce.

It would seem that ABC and Sony TV have now found a pair of writers with some decent credentials behind them; Al Gough and Miles Millar, the writing pair behind the first eight seasons of Smallville, are working together once again to make Friedman’s dream of a Charlie’s Angels remake a reality.

Charlie’s Angels did have a spec script written in 2004 by Carlton Cuse and John Wirth (Lost) but that script never made it past the TV execs.  It would seem this time around the project will at least get through the pilot phase, and depending on who they cast as the Angels, it should get at least a partial 13 episode season.

Let’s address the casting for a moment. In the 2000 movie, the Angels were played by Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom), Cameron Diaz (Knight & Day), and Drew Barrymore, while funnyman Bill Murray (Ghostbusters III) played Bosley.

Back in November I gave my suggestions for who I thought should replace Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Farrah Fawcett (the original Angels) and those choices have not changed – Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Alyssa Milano, Summer Glau and Emilie Ullerup (Ashley from Sanctuary). Of course if Michael Bay were to cast the show then we could expect to see the names of lingerie models no one has ever heard of playing the lead roles (honestly, would that be a bad thing?).

I think those 4 ladies I mentioned would make a beautiful and exciting team to watch and it doesn’t hurt that all four have experience working on a TV show. The major problem with the overall announcement of a remake of Charlie’s Angels is that most TV show remakes don’t do very well and are usually cancelled after the first or second season.  You don’t have to look any further then the recent failed TV remakes of Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, and V (which did recently get a second season, but popularity for the show is wavering).

As they say in Hollywood, “If at first you don’t succeed, then blame the writers and remake it.”

What are your thoughts on Smallville writers Al Gough and Miles Millar penning the pilot episode for Charlie’s Angels and who would you cast in the lead roles?

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  1. Well, for your picks to work I guess Milano’s new show would have to bomb immediately. Not saying it won’t happen, I haven’t watched it, but other than that I like your choices.

    • I could be wrong, but I think Romantically Challenged actually has already been canceled.

      But Summer Glau is in The Cape, which will have a mid-season premiere on NBC. Then again, apart from the fact that it has Glau and Keith David, it doesn’t look especially promising.

  2. Awesome choices there! I agree 100% with all of them EXCEPT Dushku. I think she’d be a jinx. Other than BUFFY her series track record aint hot.

  3. I would LOVE Summer Glau; I can see it- and it would re-unite her with Friedman: the downside is the same as Milano’s: she is on another fall series (in Glau’s case, ‘The Cape’)

    So…let me think about it…ah yes…

    Linus Roache (Law & Order) as the Voice of Charlie.

    Jill Wagner (please?)
    Eliza Dushku (of course)

  4. The original Charlie’s Angels were Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and jaclyn Smith. Cheryl Ladd replaced Farrah when she left the series.

    • OH right you are my friend. how in the world did I forget the brunette? Thanks for the catch.

  5. i would more prefer if they try an animated tv series other than doing live action

  6. This is a BAD idea. I can’t imagine this being any good. Lord knows the movies were horrible.

  7. I remember watching Farrah each week – what memories !!

    JlLL MONROE should be played by a new comer with great hair and should fill out her tee-shirt correctly !

    SABRINA DUNCAN should be played by Kristin Kreuk who played Lana Lang on Smallville

    KELLY GARRETT should be played by Evangeline Lilly from Lost !

    BOSELY should be played by Drew Carey

  8. Before they bring back Charlies Angels, I do think at least one more movie with Drew, Lucy and Cameron would be in order. Utilizing the plot of Charlie being kidnaped and killed. It would be a great story by bringing back some of the other angels along with new ones to create a TV show-Movies-TV Show type of link.
    In the movie it would help explain where the old angels are and where/who are the new angels. Maybe use “Kelly Garrett” as Charlie’s wife who inherits the business but we never see her, just her voice…

    A great tribute to Charlie with all angels returning–with the exception of Madison Lee, who is was all “fired up”–at his furneral, without knowing who the female voice is.

    A great woman empowerment movie, but with some sort of message.

    Who knows…

  9. I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised. I caught *MAYBE* 5 minutes of an episode the other night before something else was supposed to come on and couldn’t sit through any more. It was boring and contrived and not a single thing appealed to me.

    I agree with your above suggestions (except for the blonde whom I’ve never seen before), but I don’t think even those actresses could improve the crap that was the writing i saw the other night. it was horrible.