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The Return of ‘Charmed’

Charmed is getting a reboot! Charmed, the beloved witchy drama from the 90’s and 00’s about three (technically four) sisters who discover their supernatural abilities and protect ordinary people from demons every episode. Yeah, that Charmed is getting a remake and this time it’s for real! It’s not going to be set in the 70’s like it was previously rumored, nor is it a continuation of the original story line. Instead, it seems we’re getting an extended universe with an entirely new cast… and get excited, because they’re all women of color! 

Madeleine Mantock is a British Afro-Latina actress who plays Macy in the new Charmed. She plays the lost sister to Mel and Maggie, looking for answers. You may know Mantock as Veil in the AMC show Into the Badlands. Melonie Diaz is of Puerto Rican descent and plays Mel Vera, the head strong sister struggling with the mysteries of her mother’s death. Remember Diaz as Oscar’s girlfriend, Sophina in Fruitvale Station? Sarah Jeffery plays Maggie, a popular cheerleader type sister. Mexican and Italian, Jeffery is also known as Audrey on Disney Channel’s Descendants.

Reboots are happening all the time now and when you attempt to meander into the headspace of some of these show producers, it makes all the sense in the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring back a show with an already dedicated fanbase and revitalize it for modern audiences with up and coming actresses and timely subject matter. Hopefully it can balance the magic and drama with current themes and social commentary.

People loved the original show, a lot, and every reboot has its backlash. Fans grew up with the original actresses Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Rose McGowan. As a result, some fans are resistant about seeing a new set of actresses take their place. We don’t know if the original cast will have any cameo appearances or if there will be any subtle connections to the original series at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.

As a late 90’s baby, I can’t really experience all the heightened emotions surrounding this remake. (I was all of two years old when the original Charmed first aired.) Nevertheless, hearing that familiar theme song “How Soon is Now” did bring me back 10 years or so. 

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