The CW has picked up two of its highly-publicized reboots for the upcoming fall season– ‘Charmed’ and ‘Roswell’. Both shows aired on the UPN and/or The WB, the two networks that would eventually merge into The CW. ‘Charmed’ ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006, while ‘Roswell’ only lasted for three, from 1999-2002. The reboot of ‘Charmed’ comes from much of the talent behind The CW’s prestige series ‘Jane the Virgin’ creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, while ‘Roswell’ is guided by Carina Adly MacKenzie, creator of ‘The Originals’ (which, unfortunately, is one of the series that The CW cancelled, though it will be replaced by another series set in the same universe, ‘Legacies’).
After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.
Executive Producers/Writers: Jessica O’Toole & Amy Rardin
Executive Producer/Story by: Jennie Urman
Executive Producers: Brad Silberling (director), Ben Silverman, Carter Covington
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content
The ‘Charmed’ reboot stars Madeleine Mantock as Macy, Melonie Diaz as Mel and Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Pruitt, three sisters– with Macy having been separated from the other two– who discover they are witches with magical powers. Ser’Darius Blain, Rupert Evans, Charlie Gillespie and Ellen Tamaki round out the main cast.
After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
Executive Producer/Writer: Carina Adly MacKenzie
Executive Producers: Brett Matthews, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank (Amblin Television); Lawrence Bender, Kevin Kelly Brown
Executive Producer/Director: Julie Plec
Based on the Roswell High book series, by Melinda Metz
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions
The new version of ‘Roswell’ will actually be called ‘Roswell, New Mexico’. The cast includes Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn, Michael Trevino, Heather Hemmens, Trevor St. John, Tsailii Rogers, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis and Karan Oberoi. Like the original show, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ is based on the ‘Roswell High’ books by Melinda Metz.
The CW has not announced a new schedule, so we don’t yet know when the new shows will premiere or on what nights or time slots.
Lots of pick-ups and cancellations are being announced this weekend, so check back for further news as it develops.