The CW taking supernatural hit Charmed back to the 1970s for reboot

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Jan 6, 2017

A reboot of the WB’s hit supernatural series Charmed has been kicking around development for a few years now, and it’s finally found a home at The CW. It all comes full circle, right?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is developing a reboot of the late-1990s series about a trio of witches protecting the world from all types of supernatural fare. If you never saw the original, think a (much) lighter Buffy the Vampire Slayer — with more cheese and less nuance. For the reboot, the new project will be trading in the typical modern-day setting for the 1970s. In the wake of Stranger Things’ success, period genre fare certainly seems to be in vogue. 

There’s still no word on exactly how the new series will connect to the original, and the apparent timeline would make it tough for this to be a direct prequel with the same characters (the sisters were in their 20s in the late 1990s, so they’d be a bit too young to lead a teen-centric reboot set in the 1976). Best guess: It’ll follow a different trio of “charmed” sisters, as the network aims to fill the void left behind by the aging Vampire Diaries. The new Charmed is being handled by Jane the Virgin alums Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin.

The original series starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan, and ran from 1998-2006. The original stars weren’t psyched about rumblings of a reboot when a previous incarnation was still set up at CBS, so it’ll be interesting to see how they react to The CW news.

What do you think? Does the world need to be a little more Charmed?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)