Charlie's Angels (2011 TV series)

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Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels 2011 title card.jpg
Genre Action
Crime
Drama
Created by Ivan Goff
Ben Roberts
Developed by Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Starring Annie Ilonzeh
Minka Kelly
Rachael Taylor
Ramón Rodríguez
Victor Garber
John Terry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (1 unaired)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marcos Siega
Drew Barrymore
Nancy Juvonen
Leonard Goldberg
Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Millar Gough Ink
Panda Productions
Flower Films
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
First shown in United States
Original run September 22 – November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
Chronology
Preceded by Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels is a remake developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for ABC, based upon the 1976 series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The series ran on ABC from September 22 to November 10, 2011.[2]

A remake of the original show had been in the works since 2009. Although there were going to be 13 episodes to be aired, production of Charlie's Angels ended on October 14, 2011 after airing only four episodes due to extremely poor ratings and critical reviews.[3] It burned-off three of the remaining four episodes and concluded its run on ABC on November 10, 2011.[4] The show's critically negative reviews focused on its acting, plot, and action scenes.

Cast and characters[edit]

Development[edit]

A remake of the original series had been announced since late 2009, when screenwriter Josh Friedman was hired to write a pilot script.[9] Friedman's script was ultimately rejected, and ABC hired Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar to pen a new version.[10] In an interview, Alfred Gough expressed his desire to avoid doing anything "campy or retro."[11] He later stated, "The characters are real and emotionally grounded, but they still like to have fun, wear great clothes, solve crime, and kick some serious ass...we hope to surprise people and bring a whole new generation to Charlie's Angels."[11]

Robert Wagner was set to star as Charlie, but due to scheduling conflicts, had to exit the project.[12] After an exhaustive search, Victor Garber was finally cast as the new voice of Charlie.[8]

Veteran television director Marcos Siega directed the pilot.[13] Filming began in Miami on March 8, 2011.[14] On May 13, 2011, ABC picked the project up to series. ABC later announced that the show would air Thursdays at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central, starting at the beginning of the 2011–12 United States network television season.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The show received mostly negative reviews.[16][17][18] Many reviewers criticized the acting,[19] confusing plot, and useless action scenes. Metacritic gives the show a score of 30% based on reviews from 22 critics.[20]

Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe gave the show a "C" grade commenting "The underwhelming cast brings nothing to the boilerplate action. Kelly is miscast as a biker chick, and making Bosley a hunk with computer skills fails to add life."[21] IGN's Matt Fowler named the pilot the worst pilot of the fall, pointing out the bad acting and writing,[22] saying that he didn't "believe that these ladies could change a flat tire, much less take down a notorious human trafficker" and that the series should have gone dark like Nikita or copied the tone of Burn Notice.[23]

On December 26, 2011 Hitfix.com's Alan Sepinwall listed the reboot on his "Lumps of coal: The worst TV I watched in 2011", stating "it just chose horribly wrong, with a grim, ultra-serious take that robbed whatever campy/cheesey fun you might have expected from the brand name, and with a collection of terrible performances and bad writing that undercut any attempt to give the Angels some dramatic heft."[24]

Ratings and cancellation[edit]

The pilot episode drew only a 2.1/6 among the 18–49 demos with 8.76 million viewers in Thursday slot on ABC.[25]

Thirteen episodes of the series were ordered.[26] However, after the fourth episode aired, ABC announced on October 14, 2011 that it had decided to cancel the series because of the low ratings.[27] The final episode of the show was never aired on ABC, but was aired by AXN in Poland in late December 2011 and aired by Cinemax Latinoamerica & E4 in the UK in January 2012.[28]

Shortly before the show ended, Minka Kelly made a post of her thoughts on Twitter about the cancellation of the show with her fans. "I've had a wonderful time working with this incredible crew and amazing cast. I've made friends 4 life! A beautiful experience.. #CharliesAngels."[29] ABC president Paul Lee stated also after the cancellation of the show, “I don’t think we breathed life into that franchise but I think it was a strong attempt.”[26]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 8[1] September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)[30] February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06)[31] N/A

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by 18–49
rating
U.S. viewers
(million)
Original air date
1 "Angel with a Broken Wing" Marcos Siega Alfred Gough & Miles Millar 2.1/6 8.76[25] September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22)
When a mission involving a child slavery ring results in Gloria's (Nadine Velazquez) death, Charlie (voiced by Victor Garber) persuades Abby (Rachael Taylor) and Kate (Annie Ilonzeh) to team up with Gloria's friend, Eve (Minka Kelly). They don't know it, but Abby, Kate and Eve will always support and look out for each other. They also discover that Gloria's death is also tied to the child slavery ring's elusive mastermind, which hits too close to home and very personal for Eve, who wants to seek revenge.
2 "Runway Angels" Angela Robinson Sonny Postiglione, Alfred Gough & Miles Millar 1.5/4 7.11[32] September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29)
Undercover at a fashion show to solve the disappearance of a runway model, the Angels discover that Kate's ex-fiancé Detective Ray Goodson (Isaiah Mustafa) is involved with the case. The model, Gabriella, is found dead, and Abby goes undercover as a model in the mansion where Gabriella lived. The murder is linked to a green-card marriage scam, where the models marry criminals in exchange for money. Abby is caught talking into her comm earpiece in the bathroom and the lawyer who runs the scheme catches her. Gabriella was married to Simon Genks, really Nicoli Dinko, a former Chechen military sniper. He used his green card to get a job with a security company so he could kill the Russian first lady, as he blamed the Russians for the death of his first wife.
3 "Bon Voyage, Angels" James Marshall Douglas Petrie 1.2/4 5.93[33] October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06)
The Angels take the case of an investigative journalist who disappears on a cruise ship, a case that connects with Kate's past.
4 "Angels in Chains" Marcos Siega Story by: Robert Earll
Teleplay by: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
1.3/4 5.91[34] October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)
The Angels go undercover in Cuban women's prison, in which women are being kidnapped and sold as high-level prostitutes. This episode was based on an episode from the original series with both episodes sharing the same title.
5 "Angels in Paradise" Marcos Siega Alfred Gough & Miles Millar 1.2/4 5.57[35] October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
After a family is kidnapped and the Angels are sent to rescue them, they discover there's a bigger plan in the works. At Charlie's urging, Abby reconnects with her father when it appears that he has a connection to this latest case.
6 "Black Hat Angels" James Marshall Douglas Petrie 1.2/3 5.31[36] November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)
The Angels are given a mission by Charlie to find a missing painter who's been kidnapped; upon investigating, the angels find that someone has set up Bosley to be the kidnapper.
7 "Royal Angels" J. Miller Tobin Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin 1.1/3 5.10[37] November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
When a royal African king is shot and killed, the Angels must protect the king's son (Romeo Miller), who is also a target.
8 "They Are Not Saints" Kevin Bray Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Alfred Gough & Miles Millar N/A N/A Unaired in the U.S.
While jet-skiing on a day off, the Angels come across an unconscious man (Jason Pendergraft) whom Eve revives through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; however, when the man (who they later discover is a Los Angeles Police Officer) is revived, he has amnesia and attempts at his life are made while the Angels protect him and help him ascertain his true identity. Eve takes a liking to the man and Bosley's feelings for her become apparent.

International broadcasts[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Charlie's Angels is currently available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[30][45]

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