Mel Pruitt will be a “strong-willed feminist” lesbian with a police detective girlfriend.
A casting notice for the upcoming Charmed reboot has revealed that one of the main characters will be a lesbian, and that “all ethnicities” will be considered for the roles.
Mel Pruitt will reportedly be a “strong-willed feminist” lesbian in her mid-20s with a police detective girlfriend called Soo-Jin. Like Piper Halliwell’s character in the original, Mel will be able to stop time.
The youngest sister – Madison – is an “18-ish” college student pledging to a sorority, with the ability to hear people’s thoughts.
Macy, the third and oldest sister, is in her late 20s and has the power of telekinesis. She moves to Hilltowne, Michigan with her boyfriend Galvin to work at the town’s university, and has reason to believe she is related to Mel and Madison.
The CW revealed last month that the reboot will be a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot” centered on “three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches”, which wasn’t well received by fans and previous cast members for discrediting the original’s feminist credentials.
Charmed originally aired for eight seasons from 1998-2006, and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan as sister witches, who use their combined “Power of Three” to vanquish demons, warlocks, all evil-dwellers, etc.
At 178 episodes, the show became the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads (until it was surpassed by Desperate Housewives in 2012) and the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB network.
The show developed a cult following, and is often described by critics as one of the most influential television shows of all time. So yeah, this reboot has big boots to fill…
While we wait, revisit Charmed’s opening credits – aka one of the best opening credits of all time – below.