If there’s anything that Hollywood loves, it’s trends. And the trend that’s been going strong for the last few years comes in the form of film and television reboots. The latest project to hop aboard this train is a reboot of the series Charmed. The show about three sister witches aired on The CW (originally on The WB) from 1998 to 2006. It was announced Thursday that The CW ordered a pilot for a remix of the show, which is said to be again about three witches who standoff against evil. The twist this time is that the show will take place in 1976 and the witches will also put cast a light on fighting for women’s rights. While the original took place in San Francisco, the reboot will be set in a New England town.
The new Charmed comes from the minds of Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and Snyder Urman. O’Toole and Rardin will take the reigns on writing the show’s pilot. When the original began in 1998, it starred Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty, and Alyssa Milano as the Halliwell sisters. After Doherty’s departure in 2001, Rose McGowan stepped in as her replacement, playing a half-sister to the Halliwell siblings. Charmed’s reboot will feature a new cast and none of the original actors are slated to appear. E! News reported that the show is being thought of as a “reimagining” rather than a reboot, as it take’s place prior to the original show’s storyline. A similarity in the shows will be that the main characters are three witches in their twenties dealing with the different life and relational changes, a while battling evil. Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper in the original series, tweeted well wishes shortly after the announcement.