On May 17, the CW did their Upfront presentation in order to reveal the upcoming slate of programming for the network’s 2018 – 2019 viewing season. One of the programs they unveiled was the Charmed reboot, which has actually been a source of controversy since it was first announced. However, the discussion around the series actually began much earlier.
Prior to the actual upfront presentations, the CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, decided to respond to the haters and fans who were upset over the idea of the network apparently reimagining their beloved series, according to Comic Book. While speaking to the press, Pedowitz said that he is hoping that the people who have been hating on the Charmed reboot, will actually give it an opportunity before they make up their minds that they do not like the show.
Mark Pedowitz said that he is hoping that viewers will give the new cast of characters a chance to prove themselves, and show that they can give new life to the world of Charmed. He admitted that while there are certainly plenty of similarities between the original series and the reboot, “it is not quite the same.” Pedowitz explained that the network is very happy with their new leading ladies, and he wants the fans of the original Charmed to give this new cast a chance.
He also said that the network is “thrilled that Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined” the series to some extent. Ultimately, his main message was that he wants fans to really sit down and watch the first episode so that they can see what these new characters bring to the table.
While Mark Pedowitz might have been trying to get fans to give the Charmed reboot a chance, it is not just the fans who have expressed some concerns over the series’ revival. Holly Marie Combs, an actress from the original series who played Piper Halliwell, has been quite clear about the issues that she has with the reboot. In fact, Combs has said that she does not want other people to capitalize on the work that she and the other members of the cast, crew, and writers did when they worked on the original Charmed.
— Madeleine Mantock (@missmads) May 17, 2018
At one point, Holly Marie Combs said that she believes that “Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans.” Of course, this was not the only thing the actress had to say, as she has also commented on the feminist aspect of the show, as well as pointing out that the network chose not to renew them 12 years ago, only to now decide to reboot the show entirely.
No matter what the reasoning is behind people’s unhappiness over the Charmed reboot, at least the fans now have something to base their feelings on, since the network finally released an extended trailer for the series. With just shy of four minutes of video, audiences get a chance to see who these new witches are, and how they differ from the original Charmed trio.
While the series itself will most likely have a different feel from not only the trailer, but also the original show, viewers should at least give the new cast a chance to show the world what they can do with the power of three.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
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