Charmed: Producer talks representation and callbacks in reboot – SDCC

The upcoming reboot of 90s/00s hit Charmed has had a rocky road so far, whether that’s because of backlash from fans of the original or from the old cast themselves. But it’s not long until we’ll get to see the finished product, and attendees at SDCC have already had a sneak peek.

Following a screening of the pilot episode, the cast and crew assembled to talk differences and similarities between the Vaughn sisters and the Halliwell’s, as well as their thoughts on the show’s new diversity.

“The original was so much about female empowerment and sisterhood and strong women taking over the world, and I feel like that’s what we needed right now,” said producer Jennie Snyder Urman, adding that the new cast shows a commitment to “opening up that world so that people can relate.”

“It felt very natural. Representation is important… It doesn’t feel like the real world if we didn’t have that.”

On how the new show will pay its respects to the original, star Sarah Jeffrey said:”Charmed is obviously so iconic, and to be an extension of that is so amazing.

“They laid the groundwork and we want to be respectful of that [and] honor it while bringing our modern twist.”

Specifically, the pilot episode demonstrated that there would be explicit ties to the original series, with a cameo from Halliwell matriarch Melinda Warren spotted in the Book of Shadows.