By Jackie Zwirn
Many of you might have heard through the grapevine, or rather the internet, that CBS has ordered a script for a reboot of the brilliant hit series Charmed, that originally aired on the CW (the then WB).
The original series starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano (and eventually Rose McGowan and Kayley Cuoco), followed three sisters (aka The Charmed Ones, hence the name of the show) who are labeled to be the most powerful witches in history and are set the duties of protecting the innocent from all things evil.
The show to this day, even though it’s final season was in 2006, has a huge fan following and is loved by many. The big question had been if the original stars were going to participate in the reboot. Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan have both expressed that they are not on board at the moment, while Shannen Doherty says she’s not sure how she feels about it yet.
The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is… it just… it feels like yesterday. It feels too close.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 25, 2013
They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 25, 2013
@badmediakarma I haven’t figured out what I feel on the charmed reboot yet
— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) October 27, 2013
Alyssa Milano has been tweeting about the idea of doing a Charmed movie instead of a reboot of the entire series. As a fan of the show myself, I’d rather see the original cast involved in the reboot instead of condemning it. It doesn’t bode well for the series itself. It also seems like CBS is just late on the bandwagon of the witches, as that’s the hot new supernatural topic of TV this season. There are witches all over TV, on FX (American Horror Story:Coven), Lifetime (Witches of East End), The CW (The Originals and Supernatural) and now even WGN (Salem).
I’ve watched all of the witchy shows and have reviewed several of them for my blog Seeking Bazinga. Both Coven and Witches of East End are fantastic. They are complete opposites when it comes to their approach, with Witches of East End seeming to following in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, Charmed, especially in the wanting to do no harm aspect.
But I have to agree with Alyssa on this one. It’s too soon for a reboot of a TV show that left the airwaves a mere 7 years ago. It hasn’t even had a chance to gather a new generation of fans yet, let alone pass from the current consciousness yet. A continuation is one thing. I’m all for that. A reboot? That seems, well, sacrilegious to me.