Shannen Doherty has pledged her support for the upcoming reboot of Charmed. Created by Constance M. Burge, the supernatural series first aired on The WB in 1998. It ran for eight seasons, before wrapping up in 2006. Doherty played Prue Halliwell, one of the three titular Charmed Ones, a trio of powerful good witches charged with vanquishing evil. She served alongside Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs for three seasons, before ultimately being killed off and replaced in season 4 onwards by Rose McGowan.
A reboot has been in the works for quite a few years now, but was finally ordered to pilot back in January and received an official series order in May. The news was met with a passionately mixed reaction, from both fans and those who previously worked on the original. The backlash only intensified in the wake of it being revealed that the new series would not be connected to the original and that the original stars would not, for the time being, be a part of the show. Instead, it would follow a different trio of sisters: Macy, Mel, and Maggie Vera as they discover their varied powers and similar magical destinies. They will be played by Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery, respectively. Combs recently criticized the marketing, yet is hopeful the series will prove better. Likewise, numerous fans were won over by the announcement that the update would have an LGBT main character and explore Latinx themes and women’s issues.
Like Combs, Doherty previously expressed disdain for the marketing of the reboot, revealing that she believed it was belittling rather than honoring the original. Despite that, speaking to ET at a charity event, Doherty revealed that she is still more than willing to give the show a chance:
“I think it’s great. I think it’s awesome. I think second lives are amazing, so I’m all for it… I’m happy to see that a show, that back then was all about strong women who supported and loved each other, is now coming back again in this day and age. It’s about female empowerment again — not that that’s something new. Charmed originally was that too. But I think it’s wonderful, you know? And it’s providing a lot of jobs for people, and I honestly, I just wish them well. And I hope that everyone just gives them a chance.”
The reboot was developed by Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and Jennie Snyder Urman. Rardin recently revealed that they worked with a brujería practitioner in order to develop the story and show witchcraft through a different lens. Despite this, O’Toole hinted that fans can expect a more conservative interpretation of using magic, and hopes to deliver an entertaining show that audiences can enjoy while taking a stand for women’s issues. The series will also star Rupert Evans and Ser’Darius Blain.
Whether or not the new version will live up to the original remains to be seen. Things are, however, leaning towards the positive. Reboots of classic female icons are all the rage at the moment, especially when it comes to the realm of the supernatural. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is set to make a comeback and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will soon be available to stream on Netflix. There is no such thing as too much, though, with audiences eager for more of these kinds of shows. The themes Charmed is set to tackle, albeit through an otherworldly filter, are largely hot-button issues at the moment. The CW is also a good home for the show, with their output increasingly addressing such social and political themes in a way that appeals to the youth of today. As long as the writing of the show is able to explore them respectively and in a way that resonates, there is no reason why the reboot can’t be a success and garner a whole new generation of fans.