Carter Covington, showrunner of The CW's Charmed reboot is stepping down, and in his place the TV show promotes husband and wife duo Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger. Covington was previously the creator of MTV's Faking It before being tasked with reviving the late '90s television series with the hopes of bring in both old and new fans.
In 2018, Charmed received a more modern reworking of the original television series that ran from 1998-2006, which initially starred Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano. The series focused on three sisters who'd discovered that they were descendants of witches, and their subsequent battles with evil. The 2018 version follows the same premise with a new cast - Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz - but this time takes place in Michigan instead of San Francisco.
As reported by Variety, Shapiro and Kruger are currently under deals for CBS Television Studios. Previously, the duo co-created Salvation for CBS alongside Matt Weaver and they worked as co-showrunners on that series as well. Another notch in their belt was serving as co-showrunners for the Halle Berry CBS series Extant, as well as the USA Network series Necessary Roughness. Shapiro and Kruger also ran the writers room for Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce for Bravo.
The experience Shapiro and Krueger had with Extant showed what the two could do with a more character-driven television series. Charmed has a great chance to integrate the fantasy setting, with an even more personal story about the sisters. Given their past work, Shapiro and Krueger have shown a tendency to emphasize character development. Having a background in writing lends to a sharper focus on developing characters, and with an established world at hand with the first season, the next step is expanding that world.
With the news that Charmed is already renewed for season 2, along with much of the rest of the network's series, The CW is once again looking at a full slate of genre television for the next coming year. This comes as welcome news for Charmed, and its fanbase that helped pave the way for a reboot. The CW has a history of taking premises that are a bit dated, and turning those shows around into something special, which many would argue is what they did with Charmed. But there's still room to improve.
Some of the best aspects of The CW's programming are the ways the TV shows evolve as they go on. Though Supernatural season 15 will be the last for the show, it keeps the same core themes of the story from all the way back in season 1, even as different showrunners have come in. The CW has built up a reputation as a network that will give shows a chance to improve and grow their audience even if they aren't the most popular series on network TV. As such, Charmed has a real chance to improve in season 2 under the direction of Shapiro and Kruger. However, fans won't get to see their changes until Charmed returns during the 2019-2020 TV season.