Charmed is officially returning to the air later this year, but instead of it being a revival series, it will be a reboot, complete with a new cast and characters.
Holly Marie Combs, a lead on the original series which aired from 1998 to 2006 on The WB has, once again, opened up about her thoughts on this new series.
The actress took to Twitter on Sunday to share a screenshot of a message she sent to reporter, Jenna Amatulli.
“Let me say first that I appreciate the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created,” the actress begins her lengthy message.
“But I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago,” she continued.
“I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy does remain. Reboots fair [sic] better when they honor the original as opposed to taking shots at the original.”
“Reboots also do better when they listen to a still passionate fan base which is what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s why we do reboots.”
“The fans are why we all get to do what we do. So we wish them well and hope for success.”
The message was in response to the Yahoo reporter misquoting her, so the actress wanted her exact statement released to the masses.
It’s obvious Holly cares very much about the Charmed brand and does not want it to be diluted by a sub-par reboot.
The CW officially ordered the show to series earlier this month and released an updated synopsis.
It reads as follows:
“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family.
Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian.
But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond: Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it? Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed.
And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door: they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around).
Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers.
But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother.
And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide! Not only that, but Mel was right: their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces.
It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.
Starring Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blaine, Charlie Gillespie, and Ellen Tamaki.
Based on the original series, CHARMED is from CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content, with executive producers Jessica O’Toole (“Jane The Virgin”), Amy Rardin (“Jane The Virgin”), Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane The Virgin”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”) and Carter Covington (“Faking It”).
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