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The CW picks up reboot of Charmed and Dead Inside pilots

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Jan 25, 2018

We were beginning to think that it had been lost in the book of shadows, but the long-discussed reboot of Charmed is finally happening, as The Wrap reports that The CW has picked it up for a pilot.

Don't worry if you’re not fans of the current trend of rebooting just about every TV show ever made; you’ll be happy to know that the network is also picking up an original pilot, supernatural police drama Dead Inside.

Charmed is being reimagined by Jennie Urman, creator of Jane the Virgin, and is being described as a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series.” Like the original Aaron Spelling-produced series that ran on The WB from 1998 through 2006, the magic centers on three charmed sisters, only this time they’ll be in college.

No word yet on whether the reboot will be set in the present day or back in the 1970s, as previously rumored last year. Either way, we’re definitely excited for the input of Urman, and from the brief description and the college setting, this is giving us some major Buffy vibes, which is no bad thing. The original series, starring Shannen Doherty (for the first three seasons), Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano, was always a lot lighter than Joss Whedon’s epic teen drama, and it sounds as though The CW is trying to give this reboot a little bit of an edge.

That’s not to say we wouldn’t love to see some of the original cast make guest appearances. Sadly, we might not see one from Rose McGowan, who joined the show in Season 4, and previously described the idea of a reboot as “lame.” 

Meanwhile, Dead Inside comes from executive producer Bill Lawrence (Spin City, Scrubs, Cougar Town) and writer Katie Lovejoy (NBC’s Dracula TV series). According to The Wrap, the story follows a so-so beat cop who starts seeing the ghost of her dead brother (who just so happened to be a hotshot detective). The duo begin to solve crimes together and work out what unfinished business is keeping the brother from the spirit world.

Are you excited for Charmed and Dead Inside? Let us know in the comments below.


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