It’s still very early in the process of rebooting Charmed, but The CW says the show is not a prequel to the original series as was initially rumored.
At the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Sunday, CW president Mark Pedowitz was asked if the new show — which is set in 1976 — will have any story connection to the original. He was also asked if the show’s original cast will appear, such as Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, or Rose McGowan.
“At this point, it’s a self-contained, self-sustaining show,” Pedowitz says of the reboot of The WB supernatural fan favorite. “In terms of whether the [original] characters or actresses will come into the series, we’ll see what happens as the series goes on. That’s to be determined.”
So, it’s not a prequel, right?
“At this time, there is the Power of Three element in there, but at this time it’s a stand-alone, separate show.”
Pedowitz emphasized that it’s still early days for the project. Jane the Virgin‘s Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and Jennie Snyder Urman are currently writing the pilot script. The executive noted afterward that Jane creator Snyder Urman’s involvement was what made him want to take a swing at the reboot.
“It just has to be Jennie for me,” he said. “You know it’s not going to be a factory spun-out show. You know it’s going to be something unique. She can’t help herself because she’s so hands-on in what she does. Whether it works or doesn’t work, at least I know she’ll make it different.”
The executive also acknowledged that it’s a bit perilous to reboot classic titles such as the 1998 Aaron Spelling series. “I think people like to see things they love … but they’re also gonna be harsh critics if the re-imagining doesn’t meet their criteria — as we’ve all seen on social media.”