Charmed Prequel Series Happening with Jane the Virgin Creator
After a proposed Charmed reboot at CBS never moved forward a few years ago, it seems a different network is trying another approach. The CW, which is partially owned by CBS, has teamed up with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman for another Charmed reboot, with a much different twist. This series will be set in the year 1976, and will supposedly connect to the original series in some way.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news earlier today, although they couldn't clarify how this new show will connect to the original series. The witch drama followed three Halliwell sisters, played by Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty, who discover that they are descendants of a line of female witches. Each has a special ability (stopping time, moving objects, seeing the future), and they can also combine their abilities into the "Power of Three" to fight demons, warlocks, and other evils. Rose McGowan joined the show in 2001, after the departure of Shannen Doherty. The series ran for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006 on The WB Network, which became The CW Network during the show's final season.
This new story was created by Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin and they will both write the pilot script. The writers will also executive produce alongside Jennie Snyder Urman, Propagate Content's Ben Silverman, who also executive produces Jane the Virgin, and Brad Silberling, who has directed several episodes of Jane the Virgin and has been set to direct the Charmed reboot pilot episode.The project received a script commitment from The CW and was developed at CBS Television Studios, where Jennie Snyder Urman and Brad Silberling have overall deals in place.
Back in March, Alyssa Milano took to social media to clear up rumors of a Charmed reunion by stating that wasn't happening, but that CBS was developing a reboot without any members of the original cast. She added that, with all of the "reunion shows" happening such as Fuller House, Girl Meets World and the recently rumored Will & Grace revival, Alyssa Milano thought that Charmed would be a "great choice" if the producers chose to go in this direction, and now with this report that the show may connect to the original show, it's possible that the Halliwell sisters may reunite on the small screen after all.
Shortly after the news broke earlier today, both Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs took to Twitter to respond to the news, albeit in quite subtle ways. Alyssa Milano stated that Charmed fans are the best in the world, without officially stating anything about the TV reboot, while Holly Marie Combs would only state that, "We wish them well." It's possible that Holly Marie Combs' statement could mean that she's not involved in this project, but it's far too early to tell at this point. Take a look at Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs' tweets about the Charmed reboot news.
#Charmed fans! There are no fans like you. You're the best of the best.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 5, 2017
We wish them well.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 5, 2017