50 Facts About Charmed
9 Things to Know About the 'Charmed' Reboot Premiering this Fall
It's true: the more we learn about , the more we can't wait for summer to be over already so we can stay inside and watch the '90s revival—premiering October 14 on The CW—about three sister witches while guzzling something pumpkin flavored.
After a couple of false starts and some intense backlash from the original show’s stars, The CW’s long-awaitedCharmedreboot has emerged as one of the fall TV season's most exciting prospects—whether you're already a diehard fan or not.
In many waysCharmed2.0 is staying very true to the original: it’s a modern-day drama set in a college town and follows three sisters who discover that they’re powerful witches in the wake of their mother’s death. But the sisters are now multiracial, played by actresses Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz and Madeleine Mantock, and the new show–helmed byJane the Virginshowrunner Jennie Snyder Urman–prioritizes inclusivity in a way that the ‘90s show… did not.
“We’ve had the chance to see three white witches,” Urman told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour this week. “And coming offJane, 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.” Oh, and just in case you needed any more convincing: the official synopsis for the show includes the phrase "tearing down the patriarchy". 🙌
Excited yet? SAME. Here are eight more things to know about 2019’sCharmed.
1. The sisters’ different racial identities will inform their approaches to magic.
The sisters have the same mother, but different fathers, Urman confirmed: “They’re multiracial, the family is, and the girls do have different fathers.” Those differences will be explored as the sisters gradually come to terms with their powers, she added. “We want to explore each of their unique heritages, and the interesting ways that different cultures intersect with witchcraft.”
2. The writing staff includes a Latinx witch.
Executive producer Amy Rardin just casually dropped that tidbit into one of her answers, and thankfully a TCA reporter followed up to get the deets. “[The writer] and his friends started a coven, I guess you’d call it,” said executive producer Jessica O’Toole. “They would meet once a week and do spells and put energy out there towards goals that they wanted to accomplish… It's directing energy and putting out what you want to come back.”
OK, so this unnamed writer isn’t levitating anything in the writers' room, or reading people’s minds, but heisbringing the perspective of real-world witchcraft. “We have all kinds of belief systems in our room,” O’Toole continued. “We have people who really think if you manifest something, it happens. We have more traditional religious people in the room. We have skeptics. It's very much like what we have on the show.” Oh, and the show’s wardrobe department is apparently “like a witch grotto,” decked out with tarot cards and curtains, and I am going to need a set visit invite ASAP, at this point.
3. The show will use its college campus setting to tell stories about assault and harassment.
While honoring the original show’s supernatural escapist tone, Urman confirmed thatCharmedwill tackle subjects like immigration, sexuality, and sexual assault. And much likeJane the Virgindoes with its telenovela references, the show will use its genre as a deceptively light way into some of those tough subjects. “You don’t want to be giving medicine; there’s a huge wish fulfillment about witchcraft, but hopefully the political undertones are just part of that fabric.”
Ser’darius Blain, who plays Galvin (love interest to Mantock’s character, Macy) said that he was attracted to the show because of its willingness to tackle timely subjects in the wake of the #MeToo movement. “We're in a moment right now where we are actually starting to listen to women. So I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to support that movement, to support these strong voices.” He praised the producers for “curating such a great group of strong women that are so indicative of every background and every culture that we have here in our country, especially at this time.”
4. Without naming names, the show strongly implies that President Trump brought about the apocalypse.
It’s implied in the pilot episode that the (ahem,unnamed) current president of the United States has a hand in the upcoming apocalypse which has been foretold in a prophecy, and which the witches are fighting to prevent. “It’s complicated,” Urman said when asked about the decision not to directly name the president. “You want to tell the stories and have the magic and the whimsy, but the climate that we live in now is going to be informing every decision we make.”
Mantock added that the show “is very rooted in what 2019 is, and I feel really grateful to work with people who want to talk about the issues that I talk about in my kitchen.”
5. There will be no rhyming couplets in the reboot's spells.
One major way the reboot is diverging from the original is cutting ties with this very distinctive element. “[The couplets] were so tied into the original, and something about the rhyming felt like it belonged to that show,” Urman said. “Especially because we're wanting to get into different languages and different cultures.”
6. The character of Galvin was rewritten as a scientist.
Early casting notices described the character as an aspiring filmmaker, but that was changed to make him a scientist like Macy. “I loved that they changed my character from what he was originally into a scientist,” Blain said. Because I was a science nerd when I was a kid and now we have a black scientist on TV. We've got girls, women with strong political values. And I think all of that is indicative of where we are right now: there’s no one size fits all.”
7. Don’t rule out an appearance from the original cast…
“There's always multiverses, and you never know,” Urman said, when asked about the possibility of the original show’s lead actresses–Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs–appearing in the show. But this is very much a hypothetical, and nobody from the reboot has reached out to the actresses as yet. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the foundation and the groundwork that they laid for us,” added Blain.
8. …but after her criticism of the show, don’t hold your breath for a Holly Marie Combs appearance.
“We’re empathetic,” Melonie Diaz said in reference to Combs’ brutal Twitter tirade against the reboot. “This was a big part of her life.” Mantock admitted to being disappointed to read her comments, “because I think the script is fantastic… and I hope that maybe she’ll see it and like it. But on the other hand, I get it. It was part of her life. It is still a part of her life. And I think she's entitled to feel however she wants.” Blain concluded, neatly, that “We’re not trying to fill anyone's shoes.
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