The first trailer for the Charmed reboot is here. The CW has revealed a reasonably lengthy first look at the upcoming series, which represents a new take on the show that aired on the network back when it was known as The WB. Not only have they given us a bunch of magical footage to absorb, but an incredibly detailed plot synopsis has also been revealed that details what we're going to see in the series and what powers the sisters are going to have.
This reboot of Charmed has been in the works for some time but the network finally got things sorted out and it will debut this fall. Fans of the original series, which went off the air in 2005, may be wondering how this is going to set itself apart. Well, the plot details revealed in the lengthy synopsis may hold some clues to that, in addition to the melodramatic and magic-filled trailer. The synopsis 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."
So the Charmed sisters will be trying to navigate the world of witches after their mom's murder. There are familiar elements here, like the Book of Shadows and the long-lost sister returning home, but this series is trying to not just be a complete rehash of what came before. The second half of the synopsis digs into how each of the three sisters' powers will be different and teases what they're going to be facing during the first season.
"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."
The Charmed reboot comes from 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). The cast for the series includes Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Ser'Darius Blaine, Charlie Gillespie, and Ellen Tamaki. Be sure to check out the first trailer, courtesy of The CW Television Network YouTube channel, for yourself below.