The Charmed reboot, which has been discussed on and off for years now, could still be moving ahead according to executives at The CW, reports Digital Spy.
The story so far – US network The CW announced some time ago it wanted to bring the property in some form, likely without the involvement of original stars Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.
As more of a franchise reboot than a continuation of the same story, then, Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin described the idea as a prequel set in 1976, in which a different trio of women discovered their witch powers and became the Power of Three.
(As a fan, I’m going to take umbridge with this, as the Halliwell sisters were special because they were the first to use their powers in this way.)
This prequel pilot wasn’t picked up, but is instead being re-developed along with a Lost Boys series for the 2018-19 season.
“When we went back and looked at what worked at the old UPN and WB (the two networks merged in 2007 to create The CW), genre shows worked,” Mark Pedowitz, president of the network, told THR in January. “High-concept, serialized shows worked. Embrace what you are.
“We were not going to be a procedural network; we weren’t going to survive. At the same time, in embracing it, make sure you broaden out your audience because we’re not going to survive as a niche, perceived teenage, female-based audience.”