Salto has today put online on its platform the first season of “Charmed”, reboot of the cult series of the 2000s. On this occasion, discover 5 things to know about the new version.
On October 7, 1998, the Halliwell sisters landed on American television screens to fight demons and other evil forces, quickly making Charmed a cult series today.
It is therefore no surprise that 20 years later, in October 2018, the CW launched a reboot of the same name on its antenna, which arrives today on Salto. For the occasion, a quick overview of what you need to know about the fantasy series.
New actresses to play the 3 sisters
In the original version, Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige were played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan respectively. For her new version, three relatively unknown actresses were chosen: Madeleine Mantock (Into the Badlands), Melonie Diaz (American Nightmare 4) and Sarah Jeffery (Descendants).
Another novelty: no more “P” first names, our three new sisters are called Macy, Mel and Maggie and no longer bear the name of Halliwell, but that of Vera. On the light side, it is Rupert Evans, a British actor known for having played in the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, who replaces Brian Krause as the guardian of the power of the three.
A suite ?
New Generation Charmed has no connection with the original series, much to the regret of early fans. The Halliwell sisters are never mentioned, and only the name of Melinda Warren, ancestor of the original heroine, is mentioned in the pilot.
We are therefore dealing with a new version of Charmed which is certainly based on the same basic themes, but which has a different context and characters. Mel, Maggie and Macy are not cut and paste of Prue, Piper and Phoebe. So there is currently no reason for the actresses of the original series to come and say hello to the witching witches.
New city, new powers … the differences with the original series
Besides the name change of the main characters, the reboot of Charmed has many differences from the original series. First of all, the action no longer takes place in San Francisco, but in Hilltowne, a fictional town in Michigan. The famous mansion of the Halliwell sisters is therefore no longer present.
The series wanting more woke, the character of Mel, the equivalent of Piper, is a feminist and ultra-engaged lesbian. Another big difference is that the youngest sibling, Maggie, doesn’t have the power of premonition, but she can hear the thoughts of those around her.
Already 3 seasons, a fourth in the pipeline
Even if only the first season will be uploaded for now on Salto, the sisters of Charmed 2.0 already have three demon hunting seasons to their credit. Three seasons which allowed us to learn more about the origins of the siblings, and which also allowed us to see the sisters evolve in their role of witch.
The CW, which broadcasts the series across the Atlantic has already ordered a season 4 which should certainly arrive by the return to the channel. The Vera sisters therefore still have a bright future ahead of them.
The Jane the Virgin team at the helm
At the origin of this reboot, you can find part of the team of Jane The Virgin, in particular Jennie Snyder Urman, producer of the two series, as well as Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, screenwriters who also worked on The Carrie Diaries and Greek.
The pilot was directed by Brad Silberling, already behind the reboot of Dynasty and director of the films Casper and The City of Angels in the 90s.
Find season 1 of Charmed today on Salto.