CW has revealed the first look at their upcoming CHARMED reboot. Unlike the first series which focused on a trio of three White sisters who discover they’re actually witches, the new series is about a trio of three Latina sisters who discover they’re actually witches. I never watched the original CHARMED but I have a lot of friends who did and tried to get me into the show almost as hard as I’m currently trying to get them into THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC. Truthfully, I was far more into the behind the scenes drama involving Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano and who was going to be the new sister-witch. Remember when Drew Barrymore’s name was in the running? Anyway, it remains to be seen if I’ll watch the reboot but I do want to give props to the CW for not shying away from diversity and inclusiveness which they’ve aggressively done in the past. Now let’s just hope the show is good and successful.
According to the CW, the synopsis follows below:
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.
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 new series stars Madeline Mantock (THE TOMORROW PEOPLE), Melanie Diaz (THE BELKO EXPERIENT) and Sarah Jeffery (WAYWARD PINES) as the new trio of sisters and will debut this fall on The CW Network.