Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Charmed’ Reboot
Charmed is one of television’s most iconic series led by female stars, and it is the love for the series that prompted The CW to give it a reboot. Charmed is returning in the fall of 2018, but it isn’t the same Power of Three that fans remember, and while some are adamantly against a reboot, others are open to it. The new Charmed aims to bring the same female empowerment and entertainment to audiences now as the original Charmed did during its eight season run from 1998-2006 starring Shannen Doherty (seasons 1-3), Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan (seasons 4-8), but with a modern twist. Ahead of the new Charmed, here is everything you need to know about the series:
12. The Premise
In early 2018, after what seemed like years of rumors about the show coming back, The CW finally announced it had ordered a pilot for a Charmed reboot. The logline from the network for the series read: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.” As time went on, more about the series was revealed with a description reading: “Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, the series begins with sisters Mel and Maggie Vera living with their mother Marisol, who shortly after is attacked and killed by an unknown demonic force. Three months later, Mel and Maggie discover that they have an older half-sister, Macy Vaughn, who was kept a secret by their mother for years, but recently moved to Hilltowne to accept a new job at the local university. After the first time the sisters are under the same roof, they unexpectedly start exhibiting new magical abilities.”
11. The New Charmed Ones
When it came to casting the new Charmed Ones, the network wanted diversity in the casting and created a multicultural family with Macy Vaughn and Maggie and Mel Vera. “We’ve had the chance to see three white witches,” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman said. “And coming off Jane [The Virgin], I knew so much more about what it means to be on screen, to see yourself represented, to see yourself as the hero of the story.” Madeleine Mantock — best known for her roles in The Tomorrow People, Into the Badlands and Edge of Tomorrow — will be playing the eldest half-sister Macy Vaughn. Macy is described as, “a witty, intense science nerd — who is in her late 20s — has a Ph.D. in quantum physics and moves to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab. Macy has reason to believe that she is the sister of Mel and Madison.” Melonie Diaz who has had many roles over the years, including in the series Rizzoli & Isles as well as films like Lords of Dogtown and Fruitvale Station, plays middle sister Mel Vera. Mel is described as “a strong-willed feminist, she feels deeply and is a bit controlling. She is in her mid 20s and a lesbian and is the sister of Madison. In the wake of a tragic accident, the grieving Mel becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent, pushing away those who might help her, including her girlfriend.” Lastly Sarah Jeffery, will play the youngest sister, who is the least excited about learning of her powers because she is a first-year college student who is desperately trying to fit in and be part of a sorority.