Fans of the witchy soap opera Charmed are finally getting the long-awaited reboot they've all been dying for. The CW has officially agreed to a pilot order for the series.
The Charmed reboot has been in the works for years now but was never able to gain enough traction to make it onto TV screens. The original plot of the reboot was intended to take place in the '70s. Plans to incorporate the show's original stars, Shannen Doherty (Prue), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe), and Rose McGowan (Paige), were initially in the works. But the writers - Jane the Virgin's Jessica O'Toole, Amy Rardin, and Jennie Urman - ultimately dropped that angle, planning to cut out any connection to the original series. The network ended up passing on the reboot when things didn't end up quite the way they envisioned.
TVLine now reports that The CW has given the official green light to the Charmed reboot, offering a pilot commitment to the same Jane the Virgin writing crew. Director Brad Silberling and Ben Silverman round out the showrunning side. The newly reworked reboot will take place in present-day and is promised to be a "fierce, funny, and feminist reboot."
The supernatural plot will follow three sisters as they discover themselves to be witches. The newfound magic-users will navigate their recently acquired abilities while simultaneously "tearing down the patriarchy." So, it's exactly like the original Charmed, but set in a college town, basically. There is still no word on whether or not the original actresses will put in an appearance, either in a reprisal of their original roles or some other capacity. Nor is it clear whether the reboot will be disconnected from the Halliwell universe completely.
Anyone familiar with the original series knows that the Halliwell sisters were frequent proponents of women's rights. Episodes explored everything from breastfeeding in public to sexual harassment. Nowadays, the show's actresses are continuing their fictional counterpart's crusade. Alyssa Milano has been a champion of the #MeToo movement, popularizing the hashtag and inspiring women of all ages to share their personal stories of assault and harassment. Rose McGowan has been one of the most vocal accusers of Harvey Weinstein, detailing her assault and accusing other celebrities of both being aware of and hiding Weinstein's behavior from the general public. McGowan will soon be featured in a documentary series, Citizen Rose, that will chronicle her attempts to release her memoir, Brave, as she learns to heal through art and positivity.