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Reboots and revivals are all the rage on the small screen nowadays, and The CW has a project in the works that will introduce a new generation to a distinctly witchy retired premise. The CW is rebooting Charmed, and it will involve a big twist to set it apart from the original series. The new version of Charmed won't be set in the present; instead, the magical action will take place back in the 1970s.
The Charmed reboot is being touted as a "reimagining," and it will be set in 1976. The project is still in the very early stages, but we can confirm that the story is being crafted by writing duo Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, as well as producer Jennie Snyder Urman. The trio have worked together on both seasons of Jane the Virgin, which has won critical acclaim and awards recognition for The CW. They could be the perfect team to craft a Charmed reimagining worth watching.
All three members of the Charmed reboot team have experience on The CW in addition to Jane the Virgin. Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin worked onThe Carrie Diaries from 2013 - 2014, and Jennie Snyder Urman has contributed to Gilmore Girls, 90120, and Reign. Charmed will be the first time that they've teamed up for a supernatural project, but they'll be doing it for a network that they know well.
The project is still far too early in production for there to be any news related to casting. The team is currently working on a script, according to EW. The 1976 setting means that we likely won't see any of the original sisters as main characters, but the supernatural nature of the series does mean that we can't rule out appearances from the characters who made Charmed such a hit back in the late 90s and early 2000s. The sisters traveled back in time on many occasions during the show's eight seasons on the air, and they moved anywhere from hours to centuries in the past. Any or all of the sisters could certainly appear in 1976. If the new Charmed is set in the same universe as the first Charmed, there's a chance for some familiar faces to do some time-traveling.
Of course, even if the new Charmed is in the same universe as the original, we can't count on any appearances from the sisters unless the actresses are willing to reprise their characters. Considering that Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs both mentioned in early 2016 that they and their fellow actresses would be on board for a reunion, so perhaps it might not be too difficult to somehow make them a part of the reboot.
A Charmed reboot was actually in the works back in 2013, although it was then intended to air on CBS with a different production team. For the sake of fans who are dying to see more of the Charmed universe, I hope that the series moves forward sooner rather than later on The CW. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and take a look at our breakdown of the biggest remakes and revivals that are slated for the small screen.