20 Facts You Didn’t Know About The New “Charmed”
When the CW first announced it would be doing a reboot of the 90s witch show Charmed, the internet’s reaction was pretty tepid. When a list of the “unofficial names” of the show’s three sisters had been released, plenty of us were left unimpressed with the network’s attempt to convince us they’d be creating a new and “feminist” series. Admittedly, with names like Macy, Mel, and Madison Pruitt being used as placeholders for the main cast’s names, I became pretty convinced of the very non-POC direction the show was headed.
Then, slowly, the CW turned the tables. Here’s a look at 20 unexpected things about the “Charmed reboot we’ve recently learned!
1. The network’s casting announcement officially means the show has hit the Bruja trifecta.“Charmed” / The CW
The show will feature, not one but THREE Latina actresses.
2. Madeline Mantock is an Afro-Latina who will take on the role of Macy.“Charmed” / The CW
“Edge of Tomorrow’s” Madeleine Mantock has been cast as Macy, the show’s “witty and intense science nerd.” Mantock is a British Afro-Latina and will play the oldest half-sister of the characters being played by Sarah Jeffery and Melonie Diaz. (Fingers crossed the show uses Macy’s personal experience with Afro-Latinidad as a reason to raise questions about racism and colorism in the Latin community.)
3. Melonie Diaz’s character will be a “passionate and outspoken” lesbian activist.“Charmed” / The CW
With a lineup like that there’s no way the writers and producers of the show will be able to avoid including more POC and LGBTQ characters. (Also, does this mean Gina Rodriguez could direct? Just putting it out there.)
4. Sarah Jeffery will be the youngest sister.“Charmed” / The CW
Jeffery will play the brujas’ youngest sister, Madison. The Latina character is described as a “bubbly college freshman who finds witchcraft at odds with her goal of getting into a super-fun sorority.”
5. The show comes from a “Jane The Virgin” creator.“Charmed” / The CW
“Jane the Virgin” creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman will join the show as an executive producer and writer.
6. It already has a premiere date.“Charmed” / The CW
The show will come back to the CW on October 14, 2018.
7. Acting veteran Valerie Cruz will star.“Charmed” /The WB
The Cuban actress behind shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “True Blood” and “Homeland” is set to star in the show.
8. The reboot has been years in the making.“Charmed” /The WB
Creators first announced a reboot of the original series back in 2013.
9. The reboot has sparked quite a bit of controversy.“Charmed” /The WB
Not everyone is so happy about the show’s reboot. Shortly after the pilot’s announcement in January 2018, Holly Marie Combs, an original cast member of the 90s “Charmed” criticized The CW’s for rebooting the show without input from the original cast and crew.
10. Combs accused The CW of cashing in on the hard work of the show’s original cast and crew.“Charmed” /The WB
Combs also critiqued the show for describing the reboot as a “feminist” version of the show. The actress vented that she felt the show implied the original series was not, tweeting: “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.” PERO many fans of the idea of a show reboot have highlighted that the original “Charmed” was wrapped up in white feminist world.
11. OG cast member Shannen Doherty thinks the idea is great!“Charmed” /The WB
In a tweet to her account, Doherty, gave a more positive approach to the reboot on Twitter, writing that it was a testament to the original series that a reboot was even being considered.
12. Rose McGowan also showed her support for the show.“Charmed” /The WB
McGowan was also positive about the reboot and wrote on Twitter “fly girls, fly.”
13. The reboot changes quite a few elements from the original series.“Charmed” / The CW
The show will move its setting from San Francisco to Hilltowne.
14. The middle sister, who was Piper will also be different.“Charmed” /The WB
Melonie Diaz will play a lesbian in an on-and-off again relationship with a detective (Ellen Tamaki) on the Hilltowne police force.
15. The youngest sister will have the power of telepathy instead of premonition.“Charmed” /The WB
In the original series, Phoebe (the original youngest sister) had the power of premonition.
16. The show is doing its best to bring inclusivity to the show in all kinds of ways.“Charmed” /The WB
Not only will one of the sisters be a member of the LGBTQ community, Madeleine Mantock’s character will see her play an Afro-Latina character.
17. Ellen Tamaki is an Asian actress!“Charmed” /The WB
Her presence hints at the network’s effort to not just bring Latina representation to the screen, but POC representation in general too.
18. While the show will have its big differences from the OG, it will also have a lot of similarities.“Charmed” /The WB
Not only will the show be about three sisters who discover that they are witches who must harness the power of three, their combined powers will see them use them as a way to vanquish supernatural demons.
19. There’s so much girl power on the set.“Charmed” / The CW
The show’s pilot episode was written by “Jane the Virgin” writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin. The pilot was based on a story by Urman and all three women are set to executive produce.
20. There’s a preview trailer out!“Charmed” /The WB
The trailer was released on May 17, 2018. Don’t forget to check it out!
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