I am the son and the heir… I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does… See I’ve already waited too long, and all my hope is gone. The 1998 TV drama starring a sisterhood known as the Charmed Ones is receiving a reboot on the CW this fall. But that last line of the opening theme perfectly describes the reaction many Charmed fans are having once they learned the famous three sisters would be handled by a new generation of actresses. Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan will not be involved in the project, and they’ve been every bit as vocal over the issue as the fans have been.
While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now let me just say I understand it perfectly. Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately…um no. Just No https://t.co/Vp2htLtdbR
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
The CW is pushing the new Charmed as a “feminist reboot.” They’re casting Melonie Diaz as Mel Vera (who happens to be lesbian), Sarah Jeffrey as Maggie Vera, a college freshman, and Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, a geneticist. Aside from excluding the original sisters, the emphasis on making the show “feminist” has also drawn a large degree of outrage from fans who insist the original work was already feminist and doesn’t need to be made into it. You can watch the trailer below and decide for yourself if it looks good or bad.
Witches must be popular this year, because Charmed isn’t the only magical show looking to recast its spell on a new audience. Sabrina the Teenage Witch is also making a comeback. As for the three demon-vanquishing sisters, their spotlight opens on October 14, 2018 on Sundays at 9 p.m. Given how vocal the fans have been, the pressure is on the CW to fill the original’s shoes. Of course at this point the scripting is already nailed down, so it’s a moot point. We’ll have to judge for ourselves once we see it on the screen in its finished form.
Charmed, I’m sure.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.