The CW already ordered a second season of its new series ‘Charmed’, but there will be some big changes, as the show will lean more heavily into its genre roots.  Carter Covington is out as showrunner and will be replaced by Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro.

The split with Covington is said to be amicable, as Covington, whose past credits include ‘Faking It’, ‘Hart of Dixie’, ’10 Things I Hate About You’, and ‘Greek’, was better suited to focusing on the family dynamic between the Vera/Vaughn sisters.  The CW wants that to be less of a focus in the second season, with a heavier emphasis on sci-fi/fantasy.

Married couple Kruger and Shapiro co-created CBS’ sci-fi drama ‘Salvation’, and worked on ‘Extant’.  In non-genre projects, they also created USA’s ‘Necessary Roughness’ and ran the writers room of Bravo’s ‘Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce’.

‘Charmed’ stars Melonie Diaz as Melanie “Mel” Vera, Sarah Jeffery as  Margarita “Maggie” Vera, and Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn.  Mel and Maggie were raised as sisters, but did not know that they had a third sister, Macy who was raised separately.  After the mysterious and violent death of their mother, Marisol, the sisters are reunited and discover they are powerful witches, the “Charmed Ones.”  Rupert Evans costars as their guide, or “Whitelighter,” Harry Greenwood.  Ser’Darius Blain appears as Macy’s boyfriend, scientist Galvin Burdette, while Nick Hargrove portrays Maggie’s half-demon on-again/off-again boyfriend Parker Caine.

Jennie Snyder Urman developed the series and executive produces, while Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin took Urman’s plans and crafted the present version of the show.

‘Charmed’ is based on the earlier series of the same name, which aired on The CW’s predecessor The WB for eight seasons.  It premiered in October and did so well that The CW ordered additional episodes in November and renewed it for a second season in late January of this year.

Are you a fan of ‘Charmed’?  Are you intrigued that the show is shifting away from family drama toward more fantasy?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter