Let’s face it: we’ve already long dawned to the age of nostalgia. From the movies to our television sets, reboots are everywhere, and The CW might be one of the networks which is taking a lot of risks (and a fair share of bad publicities) on reviving previously beloved television shows, especially now.
Just a few months ago, the network released the shows they will be airing for this 2018-2019 season. The lineup includes a lot of its original roster from the previous season, the others new, and the reimagining of Charmed is one of them.
Now, some of you might be asking: why is The CW taking its shot on reboots instead of continuing the storyline? Is it a risk worth taking, or is it something they should avoid in the future? That’s a general question, but we will be tackling on that later on as well.
Initially, Charmed is a story of three sisters who happened to be witches, known as The Charmed Ones, and who are destined to protect the innocents from supernatural malevolence.
If you are one of the many people who’ve seen each season of the original series on a 4:3 aspect ratio TV set, still know the opening theme by heart, and bought all DVDs to re-watch in the comfort of your own home, you probably raised an eyebrow as I did when it was announced Charmed would be remade.
Charmed Trailer: Can the Power of Three Make This Reboot Thrive? The reboot itself drew some flack due to its advertising. Calling the new reincarnation of the show a “fierce, funny and feminist reboot” displeased a lot of people. Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper Halliwell from the original series, is one of them.
I mean, really, though? Being a follower of the original series, that tagline was so wrong on so many levels.
Quoting Holly Marie Combs’ snarky remark, “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”
Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph. https://t.co/kDXLBefuSG
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018 Never overlook the factors to the success that the original was able to achieve; I believe that’s the first mistake the network's pulled off for this one.
The original stars are just as passionate about the projects as their fans are, and you can truly see the respect they have for the show. The marketing department of the network did a bad job on that one, honestly, and I’m pretty sure EP Jennie Snyder Urman addressed that during one of the interviews at SDCC 2018.
Being one-third (or one-fourth, actually) of the original Charmed Ones, Comb’s words immediately held a lot of weight that a lot of the fans of the original show backed up. One would think that it was a bad beginning, but no it wasn’t. I’ll get to that later on.
Passionate supporters of the show still were clinging to the possibility of a reunion, and a continuation and The CW smacked them in the face when they announced that it would instead reimagine the series.
And, rather than using the characters that we all loved and grew to..