The CW is officially picking up the upcoming Charmed reboot, which is good news... if you're a traitor. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but as a lover of the original series, I have issues with the new kid in town. To be fair, it's rare that any fan of a classic show is amped for a shiny new version. Let's be honest: Reboots often don't turn out to be half as good as their predecessor. But let's talk about why I'm especially skeptical of this funky little show.
Firstly, the original Charmed cast won't be included in the reboot. Alyssa Milano (who played Phoebe), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), and Shannen Doherty (Prue) have happily expressed they'd be a part of a revival of the '00s series, so WTH?
I would much rather catch up with the Halliwell family than get to know a whole new group of strangers. What are Piper's sons, Wyatt and Chris, up to now? Did Phoebe ever start her own magazine? And what about Paige?
This leads me to my second issue: How is this show Charmed if it has nothing to do with the original story? It makes me feel taken advantage of as a fan; as if slapping a familiar name on a new series that's nothing like the one I loved will manipulate me into watching. In other words, how dare you?
But I guess it's not all bad. The new show is an exploration of what being a young witch looks like in 2018. Here's the logline:
It's a feminist series (I'd argue the original was a feminist series, but mmkay) that will tackle a variety of issues relevant to women. With the sisters' magical powers, instead of marching, they can turn mansplainers into frogs... hopefully? At least there's that.
The CW is also picking up the Roswell, New Mexico reboot:
Needless to say, I'm still warming up to the idea of a non-Halliwell threesome.
Here's the trailer:
Charmed hits The CW on Sundays this fall.