Charmed is set to premiere on The CW on 14 October.
The CW have unveiled a spellbinding poster for their upcoming Charmed reboot (see below).
Just like the original version, Charmed will follow three sister witches, Macy, Mel and Maggie (played by Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery) who discover their magical ancestry.
To the underworld, they’re known as ‘The Power of Three’, the most powerful witches in the world. They must use their abilities to vanquish demons, the forces of darkness, save the world when it’s in peril etc.
The series will feature an LGBTQ character in Mel Pruitt, a “strong-willed feminist” lesbian in her mid-20’s with a police detective girlfriend called Soo-Jin. Mel – like Piper Halliwell – will be able to stop time.
Macy has powers of telekinesis (like Prue and Paige), while Madison can hear people’s thoughts – which differs from Phoebe’s powers of premonition, levitation and empathy (although the latter two came later).
Charmed originally aired for eight seasons from 1998-2006, and starred Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan, Brian Krause and Kaley Cuoco.
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.
Ever since the reboot was announced, it’s been the subject of much controversy.
Combs – who played Piper Halliwell in the original – has been particularly outspoken. When the reboot was deemed a “fierce, funny and feminist” version of the show, she slammed the network.
She tweeted: “I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago.”
And Milano – who portrayed Phoebe Halliwell – told Entertainment Tonight: “I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning.”
However, she did add: “Having said that, I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation.”
Watch the trailer for The CW’s upcoming Charmed reboot below: