Character descriptions for The CW's Charmed TV show reboot have emerged, revealing that (among other things) Mel is gay in this version of the series. These are the first details outlining the show's three witchy sisters' personalities, along with their guardian angel "Whitelighter", to be released since the Charmed reboot pilot was ordered by The CW just last month.
The reboot has previously been described as a “fierce, funny, and feminist reboot" that takes place in a college town, with a plot that will attempt to "[tear] down the patriarchy." Writers Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and Jennie Urman (previously of Jane the Virgin) shopped around a version of the script that took place in the 1970s, but that angle was ultimately dropped from the version that The CW picked up.
According to the Charmed reboot details and character descriptions acquired by TVLine, the Halliwell sisters will all share the initials "M. P." in the series, continuing the alliteration theme from the original show (where they all shared the same initials "P. H."). The search has already begun for the actors who will portray Macy, Mel, and Madison Pruitt. Casting directors are also on the lookout for Whitelighter Harry (who is described as being "devilishly handsome") along with Macy's documentary filmmaker boyfriend Galvin and Madison's sensitive ex, Brian.
The Pruitt sisters themselves boast wildly varied personalities. Macy is described as being a "witty, intense science nerd" with a Ph.D. in quantum physics. Although she believes herself to be Madison and Mel's sister, this has not yet been confirmed to her. Macy, meanwhile, wields the power of telekinesis, and Madison - the youngest at 18 years of age - is just beginning her college career. She's a cheerleader and sorority sister who is "horrified" to learn of her powers, which include being able to hear people's thoughts. Finally, Mel is a "strong-willed feminist" who can be violent and controlling, has the ability to freeze time, and is specifically described as being a lesbian. The showrunners are also searching for an actress to portray Mel's girlfriend, Detective Soo Jin. All ethnicities are being considered for all characters.
Fans of the original Charmed have wondered whether or not any of its stars will put in an appearance. Actresses Shannen Doherty (Prue), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe), and Rose McGowan (Paige) have not been confirmed to appear in the reboot. Though both Combs and Milano initially expressed their well-wishes and support for the upcoming series, Combs later condemned the reboot, accusing showrunners of a cash grab. "[D]on't even think about capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us," she wrote in a Twitter post. You can read the full Tweet HERE.
The Charmed reboot does not yet have a premiere date. We will continue to update as the story develops.