With the Twilight series having wrapped its big-screen run (for now, at least) and True Blood approaching its final season, it appears that the age of the vampire has all but passed. However, an heir apparent may be on the verge of manifesting itself, at least on television.
Both American Horror Story: Coven and Lifetime’s Witches of East End focus on a group of witches, and while series like Smallville and The Vampire Diaries have briefly featured witches, it looks like spell-casting may be about to hit the mainstream once again, especially if this latest development comes to fruition.
According to The Wrap, CBS is developing a reboot of Charmed. The show – which ran on the now-defunct WB from 1998 to 2006 – starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGown as a group of sisters who use witchcraft to fight the forces of evil. The new series will essentially serve as a re-imagining of this basic premise and, as of now, is not expected to have any ties to the original show.
Chris Keyser (creator of Party of Five) and relative newcomer Sydney Sidner will write and executive produce the show. No cast members are currently in place, and the show currently has yet to secure a pilot or broadcast commitment.
Witches, of course, have a long history on television screens, most notably dating back to the classic 1964-1972 sitcom Bewitched as well as more recent shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since depicting witchcraft on television appears to be gaining momentum once more, it’s fitting that a Charmed reboot is in the cards.
The show – along with Buffy and Smallville – helped to popularize the young adult supernatural drama back in the late 1990s/early 2000s, leading to series like Supernatural and Arrow. It’s also among the longest-running shows of its genre, and while fans of the original series may be hesitant for another take on the franchise, it’s entirely possible that the new Charmed could follow a different set of witches entirely. This would allow it to take place within the same universe as the original show in the same way that the recent 90210 reboot followed new characters but left the door open for familiar faces to re-emerge. Time will tell what kind of approach Keyser and Sidner decide to take with this update.
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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the proposed Charmed reboot as this story develops.
Source: The Wrap