Charmed Reboot’s EP Seemingly Disses The OG Show’s Lack Of Diversity

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Hey Charmed fans, we have some new updates for you! Ever since the reboot found its new cast, we’ve been eagerly waiting for more details. Well, we’ve finally got some! The show’s executive producer, Brad Silberling, opened up about what to expect from this new version Charmed – and yes, the details are juicy AF. Not only did he give us a MAJOR spoiler, but he even dished on when we can expect the show to air on The CW, which might be sometime in October! While we’re totally excited to see what this Charmed will bring, it seems like Brad wants to set this apart from the original show – and even may have dissed it in the process!

Despite early reports that the reboot would be a period piece, it turns out the show will take place in the present day after all. Why the change of heart? Well, the EP said they were supposed to focus on the time when empowered woman were referred to as witches, but with everything that’s going on in the world at the moment (the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements), they knew what they had to do.

“We were initially focused on setting it in 1970 or 1971, when people would say, ‘A witch by any other name might just be an empowered woman.’ So we were fascinated by some young women who were very much involved in this key moment, but then this year happened,” Brad told Metro US. “We immediately knew it would be crazy to set it in a different period when this is happening right now.”

So what they did was make one of the pilot’s key demons embody what some women face every single day – sexual harassers. “In terms of the story of the plot, there’s a key campus harassment case,” Brad revealed. “The only spoiler I will give you is that the key demon that they have to contend with in the pilot is, in fact, a sexual harasser who has been passing as a professor on campus.”

We think it’s the perfect way to incorporate the world’s current social issues. We can also expect the show to make us laugh. The new Charmed is being helmed by Jane the Virgin creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, therefore it will definitely be a mix of comedy and drama.

Aside from the show’s plot, Brian also brought up the OG Charmed sisters and that’s where things get a LITTLE dicey. Though he didn’t mention Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan by name, he did say the original show had “the loveliest white women you have ever seen.” However, he also made it a point to say that the reboot is “a very different moment.” It will feature a diverse cast and a gay character, with Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, and Madeline Mantock playing the new sister trio. “Melonie’s character is gay, and it is very, very different in terms of personalities and ethnicities,” he mentioned.

This is definitely getting interesting. Knowing how vocal Holly has been against the reboot, we wonder what she’ll have to say about these more recent comments from the EP. Brad was also asked whether the show’s OG theme song, “How Soon Is Now?” will be used in the reboot too – and here’s what he had to say: “All I will say is it will definitely get its due in the pilot. That’s all I will tell you. Everybody should be happy.”

We sure hope so!