Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. This series is a reboot of The WB series of the same name, created by Constance M. Burge, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006. The series was greenlit on May 11, 2018.
On May 17, 2018, The CW announced it would premiere on Sunday at 9pm on the Fall schedule of 2018-2019 television season. The series premiered on October 14, 2018.
Jennie Snyder Urman serves as an executive producer, along with Jessica O'Toole, Amy Rardin, Brad Silberling, Ben Silverman and Carter Covington.
Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan, Charmed follows the lives of three sisters — Macy, Mel and Maggie Vera — who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are three of the most powerful witches of all time. Together they possess the "Power of Three", which they use to vanquish supernatural demons and tear "down the patriarchy." Each sister has a unique magical power; the eldest Macy has the power of telekinesis, middle sister Mel possesses the power of time-freezing, and the youngest Maggie has the power to hear people's thoughts. The reboot changes several elements from the original Charmed series, including moving the setting from San Francisco to Hilltowne; making one of the sisters a lesbian; giving the youngest sister the power to hear people's thoughts instead of premonition; and having all three of their alliterative names begin with M instead of P. Additionally, all three lead actresses are of various ethnic identities: Mantock is Afro-Carribbean; Diaz is Latino; and Jeffery and African-American, Dutch and Canadian.
- Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn
- Melonie Diaz as Melanie "Mel" Vera
- Sarah Jeffery as Margarita Emilia "Maggie" Vera
- Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood
- Ser'Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette
- Ellen Tamaki as Niko Hamada (until 1x05 episode "Other Women")
- Nick Hargrove as Parker Caine (as of 1x07 episode "Out of Scythe")
Differences from the original Charmed
- The reboot has many similarities, but also a lot of differences from the original.
- The original Charmed Ones had the three powers of Telekinesis, Molecular Immobilization and Premonition in order of age. In the reboot, the youngest sister instead has Telepathy. However, she still needs to touch someone to use her power.
- The original Charmed Ones were three sisters, where the eldest was later replaced with a younger half-sister. The reboot has the eldest sister as a half-sibling from the start.
- Each sister has a different father. The eldest was raised by her father and abandoned by her mother.
- The original sisters were straight, Caucasian women. The reboot has Hispanic sisters, where one is a lesbian and the eldest half-sister identified as an Afro-Latina.
- The sisters were left to learn witchcraft on their own, while in the reboot they have an advisor to teach them.
- In the original, the first sisters were raised by their grandmother while the fourth was raised in an adopted family. In the reboot, two of the sisters were raised by their mother while the third was raised away from them.
- The Vera sisters were granted forty-eight hours to decide whether to accept their destiny as the Charmed Ones. If the decision wasn't unanimous, all magical interventions will be reversed and the sisters would forget everything that happened. In the original series, the Halliwell sisters were not given this choice.
- The Halliwell sisters' first enemy was a warlock, while the Vera sisters' was a demon.
- Piper, the middle sister, was most reluctant to be a witch while Phoebe, the then-youngest sister, was most eager to become one, whereas in the reboot, Mel, the middle sister, is the most excited, and Maggie, the youngest, was most reluctant.
- The Elders in the reboot are witches instead of angels.
- The series occasionally uses scientific methods to counteract the magical foes.
- The oldest sister, Macy, is born with darkness.
- A half-witch half-Whitelighter named Jada Shields is one of the sisters' love interest.