Charmed (2018 TV series)
by Constance M. Burge
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||40–43 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||October 14, 2018 –|
|Related shows||Charmed (1998–2006)|
Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O'Toole, and Amy Rardin. It is a reboot of The WB series of the same name, created by Constance M. Burge, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006. Carter Covington served as showrunner for the first season, and was replaced by married duo Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro for the second season. Charmed premiered in the United States on October 14, 2018 on The CW. It follows the lives of three sisters—Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery)—who, after the death of their mother, discover they are The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of good witches, who are destined to protect humankind from demons and other dark forces in their fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan. Each sister has an individual magical power, which is noticeably stronger when all three sisters work together as the "Power of Three" to defeat their enemies. The sisters are aided by a Whitelighter, Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans), an advisor who protects and guides witches. In January 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which will premiere on October 11, 2019.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Production
- 5 Release
- 6 Reception
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan, the series begins with sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) living with their mother Marisol (Valerie Cruz), who shortly afterward is attacked and killed by an unknown dark force. Three months later, Mel and Maggie discover that they have an older half-sister, Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Mantock), who was kept a secret by their mother for years but recently moved to Hilltowne to accept a new job at the local university. After the first time the sisters are under the same roof, they unexpectedly start exhibiting new magical abilities; the eldest Macy receives the power of telekinesis, middle sister Mel can freeze time, and the youngest Maggie can hear people's thoughts. Soon afterward, their Whitelighter—an advisor who protects and guides witches—Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans) gathers all three sisters together and reveals to them that they are witches, as was their mother. Marisol had bound her daughters' powers when they were each born to protect them and let them live normal lives, but was in the process of unbinding their powers on the night she was murdered. The sisters ultimately accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of good witches who protect innocent lives from demons and other dark forces in Hilltowne.
The reboot changes several elements from the original Charmed series, including moving the fictional setting from San Francisco to Hilltowne; making the middle sister a lesbian; giving the youngest sister the power of telepathy instead of premonition; changing the family name from Halliwell to Vera; and having all three of the sisters' alliterative names begin with M instead of P. Additionally, the reboot has a more ethnically diverse cast; Mantock is Afro-Caribbean, Diaz is Puerto Rican, and Jeffery is African American, English and Indigenous Canadian. However, in the series they all play Latina sisters, with Mantock's Macy and Jeffery's Maggie both being Afro-Latinas.
Cast and characters
- Melonie Diaz as Melanie "Mel" Vera, the middle half-sister in the family. A "strong-willed feminist" and "passionate, outspoken activist," Mel is a graduate student in the women's studies department at Hilltowne University. She is a lesbian who was in a relationship with Niko (Ellen Tamaki), a detective on the Hilltowne police force until she had to use a spell to make it so that they never met. She entered a relationship with Jada Shields (Aleyse Shannon), but the relationship ended when Mel asked for help from Jada concerning Harry, and was blown off for it. Mel has the power of time-freezing, similar to the original middle sister Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) from the original series. It is later revealed that Mel is in fact the half-sister and not Macy.
- Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, the eldest sister. She is a "practical", "driven", "shy" and "intense science nerd". Macy has a PhD in molecular genetics and initially moves to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab. Once she arrives in town, Macy discovers that she has two younger half-sisters. Macy has the power of telekinesis, similar to the original eldest sister Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty) of the original Charmed series. Macy eventually discovers that she and Maggie share the same father. Macy is later inhabited by the Source of all Evil in the final episodes in season one.
- Sarah Jeffery as Margarita Emilia "Maggie" Vera, the youngest sister. She is a "bubbly", "fun-loving" and "kindhearted" freshman at Hilltowne University who is pledging a sorority. Maggie is initially mortified to learn that she is a witch as she wants to be well-liked and fit in. Maggie has the power of empathy, the ability to read the emotions of other people. This is one of the first differences from the original show as the original youngest sister Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano) from the original series initially had the power of premonition.
- Ser'Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette (season 1), a molecular geneticist who works at the Hilltowne University lab with Macy Vaughn. He is "outgoing" and "generous", and is the first person who befriends Macy when she moves to Hilltowne. He entered a relationship with Macy but he later sacrificed himself to stop the Harbinger Virus.
- Ellen Tamaki as Niko Hamada, a "smart" and "determined" detective with the Hilltowne police department. She was dating Mel Vera until Mel used a spell to reverse time so that they never met to protect Niko. She returned to Hilltowne now a PI and encountered Mel. It is revealed that Niko had a mental break-down which led to her changing careers, she is engaged to marry Greta, the woman she was with before she met Mel in the original timeline, but her interactions with Mel causes trouble between them much like the original timeline.
- Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood, the sisters' Whitelighter – a guardian angel who protects and guides witches. In the first episode, Harry initially poses as a professor and the chair of the women's studies department at Hilltowne University, until he gathers all three sisters together to reunite them of their destiny as the Charmed Ones. It is revealed that he doesn't remember his life when he was a human. It is revealed that he has romantic feelings for Charity, an elder and an old friend of his.
- Nick Hargrove as Parker Caine, Maggie Vera's boyfriend. He is the president of the Phi Delta Upsilon fraternity. He and Maggie become friends after he defends her from a rude customer at her waitressing job. He is later revealed to be a half-demon sent by his father to wreak havoc on the sisters. He betrays his father as he falls in love with Maggie but is forced to leave to deal with his demon side.
- Valerie Cruz as Marisol Vera, the sisters' biological mother and a witch. Marisol had bound each of her daughters' powers when they were born so they could lead normal lives. In the first episode, Marisol was in the process of unbinding their powers when she was attacked and killed by an unknown evil later revealed to be Charity Callahan. It was later revealed that she possessed the power of "Prophecy" or foresight.
- Craig Parker as Alastair Caine, CEO of Morningstar Biotech and a benefactor of the Hilltowne University laboratory, where Macy works. He is the ex-husband of Julia Wagner and father of their son, Parker, as well as Hunter. He is actually a high level demon, hoping to turn his youngest son, Parker, into the Source. He was vanquished by Macy, after she took on the powers of the Source.
- Constantine Rousouli as Hunter Caine, a demonic assassin, the eldest son of Alastair Caine and the older half-brother of Parker Caine. He is trapped in Tartarus by Parker and later freed by Charity, on Alastair's orders. He is vanquished by the Sisters, but his death spreads the Harbinger of Hell like a virus.
- Virginia Williams as Charity Callahan, a powerful Elder and a friend to Harry and the late Marisol. She occasionally helps the Charmed Ones and Harry on their missions. Her younger sister, Fiona, supposedly committed suicide after falling under the sway of the S'Arcana. She murders Marisol Vera to prevent her from unbinding the charmed ones' powers, and later also kills other Elders. Before she could be locked up Alastair Caine frees her, so she can help him rise the source of all evil. She is later killed by Fiona.
- Natalie Hall as Lucy, Maggie's sorority sister and the president of Kappa Tau Kappa sorority. She was also Parker's ex-girlfriend. She is later mesmerized by Alastair to bring Parker & Maggie back together.
- Aleyse Shannon as Jada Shields, a whitelighter-witch who is affiliated with the S'Arcana and has a flirtatious rapport with Mel. She claims to be a former ally of the late Marisol. She and Mel eventually started dating but broke up when Jada refused to help Mel when Harry's life was in danger. She survives Fiona's massacre of the S'Arcana and leaves Hilltowne after wishing Mel good luck.
- Leah Pipes as Fiona Callahan, Charity's younger sister, who is revealed to be alive. She is the immortal keeper of the Sacred Flame, which is the primordial source of all magic. She wants to destroy all magic and dies after summoning the Sacred Flame.
- Brendon Zub as Trip Bailey, Niko's detective partner. He was killed by head trauma when a pipe broke and flew to his head. Charity hung Trip's body at the warehouse and left evidence of the Halloween murders to put the blame on Trip so that their involvement would be avoided.
- Rya Kihlstedt as Julia Wagner, the new lab manager of the Hilltowne University Laboratory. She is Alastair Caine's ex-wife and Parker's human mother. She was working on a way to remove Parker's demon side and later helped Macy try to cure hers. She was murdered by Hunter, who made Parker believe he himself was responsible, to drive him to become the Source.
- Leah Lewis as Angela Wu, a student at Hilltowne University who is a victim of sexual harassment and later becomes possessed by a demon.
- Charlie Gillespie as Brian, Maggie Vera's ex-boyfriend whom she went to high school with.
- Chloe Bridges as Tessa Flores-Cohen, the no-nonsense Whitelighter who takes over training the sisters in Harry's absence.
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|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Brad Silberling||Story by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin & Jennie Snyder Urman & Constance M. Burge |
Teleplay by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin
|October 14, 2018||1.57|
|One night, Maggie and Mel Vera come home to discover that their mother, Marisol, has been murdered after receiving a frantic text ordering them to come home. Three months later, the sisters are estranged, with Mel blaming Maggie for Marisol's death and Maggie deciding to leave their home for a chance to join a sorority. At the same time, Macy Vaughn, a molecular geneticist, is hired to work at Hilltowne University under Thaine, a professor recently reinstated after being accused of sexual harassment. Macy introduces herself to Maggie and Mel as their older half-sister, and the three are then brought before Harry Greenwood, who introduces himself as their "Whitelighter" and explains that they are witches and that their mother had been trying to undo the binding spells she placed to hide their powers before she was killed. He gives them 48 hours to decide whether to accept their powers or return to their original lives. After Macy helps Maggie exorcise a demon from her ex, Brian, they realize that everything Harry told them is true. The next day, Mel is lured into a trap by Thaine, who reveals that he is really the archdemon Taydeus. Macy, Maggie, and Mel are able to use the "Power of Three" to kill Taydeus, but learn that he is not the demon who killed their mother. Later that night, Mel finds an ouija board that the sisters use to contact Marisol's spirit. In turn, she warns them not to trust Harry.|
|2||2||"Let This Mother Out"||Vanessa Parise||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin||October 21, 2018||1.32|
|After Harry warns them that ouija boards are easily manipulated by evil spirits, the girls decide to use a truth serum to determine whether or not he's lying. While obtaining an ingredient for the serum, Macy learns about a "black blob" that escaped from the university lab. Maggie increasingly finds that her power makes it difficult to have a social life. Mel uses the board against Harry's instructions, and Macy is forced to destroy it to protect her; this drives a wedge between them. The truth serum is accidentally given to Niko instead of Harry, and she admits to cheating on Mel with her ex-fiancee. Maggie persuades her sister to help her cast a spell to free Marisol's spirit from the board. She reveals that Harry killed her, and that he plans to steal their powers. The girls are told to use the Prism of Souls to trap him, but Mel becomes doubtful and stabs Marisol, exposing her as a demon. Maggie then destroys her by using her phone as a mirror. Harry decides to start training the girls, and informs them that the blob is a form of the Harbinger, the demon whose arrival foretells the beginning of apocalypse. The Harbinger is then shown choosing a coma patient, Angela Wu, as its host.|
|3||3||"Sweet Tooth"||Michael Allowitz||Joey Falco||October 28, 2018||1.13|
|Harry's training is not going well, especially since Maggie is juggling both her commitment to her sorority and her duty as a Charmed One. Harry also forces Mel to wear a special talisman that allows him to track her as punishment for misusing her power. The girls craft a plan to find the Harbinger, but when Maggie uses magic to throw a party at their house, she persuades them to use it as an opportunity to lure it out. She also tries to help Macy spice up her costume for Gavin. After learning that three virgins have been killed and drained of their blood, the girls and Harry try to seal off the house, though not before Angela, now a full demon, enters. Mel tells Harry that she feels smothered because she has never had to hide who she is from others. The protection spell fails, exposing Angela's presence; Macy, a virgin, uses her own blood to lure it outside. The binding spell fails (due to the consequences of Maggie using magic for personal gain) and Mel casts a forbidden spell to defeat Angela, nearly killing Macy as well. Harry reveals that he is protective because another witch he served, Fiona, killed herself after being institutionalized. The girls then chain up the Harbinger in the attic until their superiors, the Elders, arrive.|
|4||4||"Exorcise Your Demons"||Melanie Mayron||Marcos Luevanos||November 4, 2018||0.96|
|Niko and her partner Trip visit the girls to question them about Angela, but the arrival of Elder Charity Callahan throws them off the trail. Charity explains that Angela is beyond saving and has to be killed using the Power of Three. Mel and Maggie are against the decision, but Macy supports it. Lucy asks Parker to help an overwhelmed Maggie study for her midterm. Mel discovers that Angela's soul is still intact, meaning she can be saved. Charity refuses to permit an exorcism, so Mel and Maggie abduct Angela and drive off. Harry tracks them down, but agrees to help once he learns that Angela's soul is still alive. Charity reveals that, years ago, she cast a spell on Marisol that erased her emotional pain from abandoning Macy. The sisters learn that their mother wrote a secret spell of exorcism, based in Santería, that only they can use. When Parker unexpectedly shows up, Maggie kisses him and he leaves. The girls recite the spell and exorcise the Harbinger; however, Trip, who had been following them, is killed by flying debris. Maggie decides that she wants to study for the midterm on her own. Through Niko, Mel learns that Charity covered up Trip's death by framing him for Angela's crimes. Later, a mysterious man uses a hypnotic suggestion to compel Charity to give him the vessel holding the Harbinger.|
|5||5||"Other Women"||Amyn Kaderali||George Northy||November 11, 2018||0.95|
|Mel is worried about Niko's state of mind after Trip's death and invites her over for dinner. Macy meets billionaire Alistair Caine, who has an interest in her work, and learns that Galvin has started a relationship with another woman, Summer. Parker dumps Lucy, who asks Maggie to help find the girl he "cheated" on her with. Niko reveals that, before his death, Trip was looking into a link between her mother's death and two other murders; Mel tells her to drop it. A shapeshifter working for Caine, Hunter, steals Trip's identity in order to trap Niko. He leaves Niko to die in a fire, but Mel saves her and later thwarts another attempt on her life. Summer turns out not to be a succubus, but Macy notices a strange mark on Galvin. Harry recommends using the Power of Three to change history so as to prevent Niko and Mel from ever meeting, but warns that doing so will erase every trace of their relationship. The spell goes through, and Mel is left heartbroken. Maggie admits that she kissed Parker to Lucy, and gets expelled from Kappa. Mel learns that, as a consequence of the spell, she missed an important interview and no longer has a job at the university. Alastair Caine tells Hunter, who turns out to be his son, that they must acquire DNA from the sisters in order to steal their powers.|
|6||6||"Kappa Spirit"||Jeff Byrd||Emmylou Diaz||November 18, 2018||0.96|
|Harry looks into Galvin's mark, believing it to be demonic in nature. He also arranges for Mel to interview for an administrative job in his office. Crane orders mandatory blood tests for everyone in the university lab. Lucy falls under the influence of Brenda Mancini, who fell to her death while drunk in 1989 after being rejected as a pledge and has now returned as a revenant. They also see a memory of their mother pregnant with Macy, and fearful for her health. Mel and Maggie find the pledges tied up, and suspect that Brenda plans to use Lucy to take revenge on Jenna, the girl she blames for her death. Jenna reveals that since Brenda's death, there have been multiple deaths at Kappa resembling hers, leading the girls to realize that she intends to make Lucy the next. Macy decides to contact a Yoruba priestess for help; she is warned that Galvin's mark indicates a "darkness" within her, one that has been present since her birth. Maggie and Mel attempt to destroy Brenda with a spell, but it fails. Lucy attempts suicide, but Harry saves her and Maggie earns her forgiveness, taking away Brenda's power. Afterwards, Maggie agrees to give Lucy some space until she's ready to fix their friendship. Hunter steals Macy's blood sample from the lab, and Macy finds a key hidden behind a plaque at home.|
|7||7||"Out of Scythe"||Jamie Travis||Sarah Goldfinger||November 25, 2018||0.87|
|Maggie debates whether to drop out of college to focus on her spell craft. The new lab director, Wagner, offers Macy a position as supervisor, but only if she dismisses Galvin. A satyr, Leon, visits the sisters with news that a shadow demon has stolen his shard of the Scythe of Tartarus, which, when reassembled, has the power to release any imprisoned demons. Parker takes Maggie out on a date, but when they kiss, she reads his mind, revealing that he has a secret. When she goes to find him, she catches him using what seems to be drugs. Another shard is stolen from the fertility goddess Sela, and a swarm of insects leads the girls to the third and final shard. Using Macy's key, the sisters discover that the final shard is a beacon. The girls set a trap, but the demon manages to reforge the Scythe by calling the pieces together. A mysterious girl then steals it and disappears, while the demon escapes. The sisters promise to be more honest with each other from now on. Macy persuades Wagner to let Galvin stay on. Maggie decides to stay in school, but Mel chooses to leave. Parker explains that he has an autoimmune disease that will cut his life short, which is why he needs the drugs. He then visits his father, Alistair, who berates him for his failure to retrieve the Scythe and tells him to stay close to Maggie.|
|8||8||"Bug a Boo"||Vanessa Parise||Zoe Marshall||December 2, 2018||0.93|
|While on the hunt for the mysterious girl, Mel scours the Book of Shadows with Harry and Charity looking for clues. As if that isn't enough, they discover that a group of cicada demons are using a dating app to attract new prey. When Macy is ensnared, the girls rescue her and kill the queen, saving the other victims. Parker tries to convince Maggie to take an internship at his father's company since all interns must submit a blood sample for testing, but fails. Alastair rebukes Parker, reminding him that the serum they are working on is the only thing that can reverse his condition; Hunter defends Parker from their father's harshness. Macy learns from Galvin that his research has been cut, and that he and Summer have ended their relationship. Parker tells Maggie that he needs a plasma transplant for his condition, and she agrees to help him. The mysterious girl later approaches Mel, introducing herself as Jada, a member of the Sisters of Arcana (Sarcana), a rogue group of witches. She states that Marisol was an ally of the Sarcana and that they used the Scythe to free a powerful witch, whom the Elders imprisoned. Mel later discusses these revelations with Charity, who, along with the Elders, instruct her to join the Sarcana so that she can spy on them. Macy decides to rekindle her romance with Galvin, only for him to be struck by a car.|
|9||9||"Jingle Hell"||Michael Lange||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin||December 9, 2018||0.94|
|The Caine brothers break into a church in Romania and steal a powerful amulet from the body of Saint Dragos, which was guarded by a priest whom they kill. The sisters prepare for Christmas, only for an injured Galvin to show up looking for Macy. Wagner tells her son, Parker, that he must use the amulet to drain the sisters' magic and save his life. Jada inducts Mel into the Sarcana. Macy notices Parker reacts adversely to Galvin's mark, and suspects his demonic nature; Hunter then ties her up and takes her place. Mel notices the artifact, but Maggie refuses to accept that her boyfriend might have evil intentions. Unable to live with his deception, Parker removes the amulet, restoring the stolen magic. Hunter confronts his brother, revealing that the amulet is necessary to turn him into the "Source", a being of pure darkness. He then tries to kill the sisters, but Parker fights him off and Mel uses her new Mark of the Sarcana to summon a flock of crows, driving him away. Parker carries Maggie off to explain, but she rejects him. Jada tells Mel that the Sarcana tried to protect Marisol, but failed. Hunter returns and the sisters banish him to Tartarus with Parker's help, but Harry and the staff are pulled down with Hunter, and Galvin discovers their secret.|
|10||10||"Keep Calm and Harry On"||Vanessa Parise||Allyssa Lee||January 20, 2019||0.82|
|The Elders refuse to help the girls rescue Harry, so Charity encourages them to work on other priorities. Maggie is heartbroken over Parker's betrayal, so she uses magic to take away her pain. Mel learns from Jada that the nearest gateway to Tartarus is guarded by a demon named Dante and that the Sarcana need Hellfire to heal one of their own. To secure Harry's release, Mel decides to offer the Harbinger to Dante as a trade. After Galvin accepts that Macy is a witch, he helps her break into Wagner's office, where they find evidence that she is experimenting with demon DNA. Meanwhile, Charity reluctantly gives the sisters the vessel holding the Harbinger, but when they give it to Dante, they discover the vessel to be empty. Maggie's powers falter and a furious Dante traps her in Tartarus. To save her, Mel and Macy get Parker to help them steal the Harbinger from his father; Mel also steals some Hellfire for the Sarcana. Alistair compels Wagner to reveal what happened to Hunter, and he intercepts the sisters just as they rescue Harry and Maggie. Through love, Maggie creates a new spell that nearly vanquishes Alistair before he escapes. Charity reveals to an emotionally distraught Harry that his son, who he thought had died years earlier, is still alive. Mel gives the Hellfire to Jada and they kiss, which Niko secretly records. Galvin shows Macy files indicating that she and Maggie share the same parents, while Mel only shares a mother.|
|11||11||"Witch Perfect"||Gina Rodriguez||Natalia Fernandez||January 27, 2019||0.88|
|Maggie plans to audition for the Hilltones, the university's acapella group, where she reconnects with Lucy. Macy shares Galvin's findings with her sisters, but neither takes it well. Through magic, Macy learns that Marisol and her father Dexter secretly kept in touch until he died. Feeling betrayed, Mel comes clean to Jada about her mission, and shares a kiss with her that Niko photographs. The choir director, Mr. Miranda, cuts the Hilltones' soloist; when she complains, he steals her soul using an enchanted pitch pipe. Maggie accidentally touches the flute, arousing her suspicions. Macy and Harry realize that Miranda has turned the Hilltones into sirens, so he can absorb the souls of the entire audience at their show. Mel helps Jada expose a sexual predator, interrupted only by Niko, who now works as a PI trying to track down Jada. Maggie rallies the Hilltones to disrupt the spell. Using the Power of Three, the sisters release the demon controlling Mr. Miranda while Galvin imprisons it in the pipe and frees the soloist. Harry decides that he no longer feels fit to serve as a Whitelighter. While reading Dexter's letters with Macy, Maggie finds out that he and Marisol resurrected Macy from the dead when she was still a child.|
|12||12||"You're Dead to Me"||Brad Silberling||Michael Reisz||February 17, 2019||0.77|
|Wanting answers, Macy performs a ritual to call forth Knansie, the necromancer who resurrected her, unaware that doing so has broken a spell shielding her from Cyd, a witch who seeks to kill her. Despite Maggie's warnings, Mel meets Niko and learns that wiping her memory caused her to quit the force. Macy bonds with Knansie, learning that necromancy can "turn" (corrupt) resurrected beings. Harry accidentally strands himself and Mel in Manchester, forcing him to reveal that his powers are unbalanced. Rather than lose him as a Whitelighter, she agrees to help him find his son. Cyd attacks the house, but Macy subdues her. Maggie goes to a party where Parker is bartending, but she refuses to forgive him. Cyd takes Maggie hostage to force Macy to give her Knansie. Harry and Mel find church records revealing that his real name is James Westwall, and that his son is named Carter. Macy nearly kills Cyd in anger before Maggie stops her, and she explains that Knansie has been using her power to turn everyone she resurrects as part of a demonic pact; Parker tricks her into breaking the pact and she turns to dust. Harry sees Carter as an old man, and decides that is enough. Macy makes a deal with Wagner to remove her darkness. Unknown to Maggie, Alistair tasks Lucy, who secretly serves him, to ensure that she and Parker get back together.|
|13||13||"Manic Pixie Nightmare"||Melanie Mayron||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin||March 3, 2019||0.74|
|Parker asks Maggie to look into the death of a classmate who killed himself, only to have the same thing happen to another man right in front of her and her sisters. The culprit is Chloe, a pixie in human form; however, Harry remarks that pixies are normally benevolent creatures. Galvin asks Macy to help him contact the spirit of his late grandmother for help combatting her darkness, and she explains that Galvin must learn how to perform a cleansing ritual. Chloe goes after Parker, whose powers have been suppressed by his mother, and Maggie barely saves him from walking in front of a bus. Jada informs Mel that her parents, who adopted her, want to meet. The girls try to trap Chloe, but she hypnotizes Harry and uses him to escape. It turns out that Zack, a luckless film student, is controlling Chloe and using her to dispose of his classmates, and now intends to sacrifice Harry so that he can steal his magic. Maggie and Parker manage to break Chloe's hold over Harry, while Mel frees her from Zack's control. After sending Chloe on her way, Mel uses a Sarcana hex to compel Zack to turn himself in. Maggie kisses Parker, admitting that she is ready to forgive him even though she still fears his demon half. At the place where Jada and Mel are supposed to meet Jada's parents, two witch hunters ambush them and wound Jada.|
|14||14||"Touched by a Demon"||Stuart Gillard||Joey Falco||March 10, 2019||0.74|
|Following the attack, a remorseful Niko asks Jada for help setting a trap for the hunters. Macy burns her hand without feeling it, which Harry divines as a sign of demonic influence. Upset, she accidentally brings Gideon and Levi, two angels from the 90s TV show Heaven's Vice, to life. Maggie finds that she is too emotional to get intimate with Parker, which annoys him. A demon from the show escapes and Macy defeats him by convincing him that he isn't real, which the brothers overhear. Macy persuades them to return to their show, but Levi, tired of being good, sends her and Harry back instead so he and Gideon can be free. Jada and Mel use magic to defeat the witch hunters, with Jada taking the opportunity to point out to Mel how little the Elders have trained her. With only fifteen minutes before the show ends, Macy has her sisters capture Gideon and Levi, while she and Harry allow themselves to be captured by the show's "devil" so they can kill him with his own horn. Mel opens a portal for the brothers to go back, and Macy decides that she will ask Charity for help; a distrustful Mel refuses to have any part. Maggie and Parker finally have sex, only for Parker's powers to transport them to a chamber beneath the house while a mysterious blond woman awakens next to a raven.|
|15||15||"Switches & Stones"||Claudia Yarmy||George Northy||March 17, 2019||0.65|
|While meeting with the Elders, Charity and Macy are summoned by Harry to the chamber Maggie and Parker ended up in, which turns out to be a "Vortex Viribus", a place of intense magical power, beneath the sisters' house. Jada reveals to Mel that the Keeper of the Sacred Flame, an ally of the Sarcana, is really Fiona, Charity's missing sister. The Vortex Viribus enhances Maggie's powers, causing her to switch bodies with Mel. Macy discovers that her powers may have turned a man to stone, but Harry determines that another demon is responsible. Mel finds herself having to attend sorority events on her sister's behalf while Maggie takes the opportunity to spy on Jada and comes around to accepting her as Mel's girlfriend. Macy learns that the demon is Medusa, whom Charity wants to kill over Macy's objections. The sisters discover that a pledge named Daphne summoned Medusa to take revenge on the people who slut-shamed her. Macy realizes that Medusa does not curse those who look at her, only those who look away, and convinces her to restore her victims and leave the mortal realm. Mel gets Parker and Lucy to expel the frat boys responsible for Daphne's shaming. Macy asks Charity if she could learn to use her demon powers for good; using them again leads to the revelation that Charity was responsible for Marisol's murder.|
|16||16||"Memento Mori"||Norman Buckley||Emmylou Diaz||March 24, 2019||0.59|
|Rather than kill her, Charity uses her magic to wipe Macy's memories. The sisters agree to keep Fiona's secret. When Macy starts regaining her memories, Charity mind-wipes her again and lies to Macy that her demon side is growing stronger. Parker learns that his mother is close to completely erasing his demonic side. Macy and Harry discover the body of Elder Priyanka Bari in the attic, and Macy is convinced she killed her. Charity proposes binding Macy's powers, but Harry warns that doing so could permanently destroy the Power of Three. After discussing the matter, Mel and Maggie decide to go against Charity's instructions and consult Dr. Wagner, which only feeds their doubts about the situation. Macy recovers her memories and realizes that she anticipated Charity wiping them. Charity then appears, seals Macy in the Vortex, and tries to kill her. Macy manages to distract her by mentioning Fiona, just in time for Mel and Maggie to reach her, subdue Charity, and use the Vortex to strip her of her powers. The sisters discover that Charity killed Marisol to stop her from unbinding their abilities, but that Marisol was able to finish the spell with her dying breath. Fiona arrives to taunt the fallen Charity for her crimes. Lucy poisons Parker to force him to seek his father's help. Alistair rescues Charity from being sent to Tartarus.|
|17||17||"Surrender"||Megan Follows||Sarah Goldfinger||March 31, 2019||0.70|
|The Council scapegoats Harry for Charity's actions, stripping him of his powers and immortality. Niko contacts Mel, asking for help with Scarlet, a young woman who ran away from a cult led by the demon Viralis, who feeds on women to maintain his virility. Dr. Wagner tells Maggie that only demon blood can save Parker. Harry returns home, and informs the sisters that his body is rapidly aging, requiring a new Whitelighter to be appointed. Jada refuses to help save his life, so Mel ends their relationship. Instead, she uses her powers in public to force the Council to summon them, only to be reprimanded and sent back. Scarlet is abducted, and the sisters learn that Viralis can only be killed with his own knife. Maggie offers herself as bait assuming that Viralis cannot control her, but he does and escapes. Harry arrives, and uses a spell to allow the sisters to track him. Viralis feeds Maggie his blood and sends her to kill them. Fiona tries to read Harry's mind, but cannot as he no longer has his magic. Macy defeats Viralis and Maggie gives the demon's blood to Wagner. Fiona defies Jada and restores Harry's immortality so she can probe his mind once more, but he resists. Furious, she teleports away with him.|
|18||18||"The Replacement"||Greg Beeman||Zoe Marshall & Marcos Luevanos||April 21, 2019||0.67|
|The Charmed Ones meet their new whitelighter, Tessa. Galvin returns having found a way to cure Macy of her demon side but Tessa learns a customs official he met has been killed. Macy and Mel go to Madame Roz for advice, wondering if one of the Yoruba artifacts Galvin brought back is responsible. Mel has to tend bar at Niko and Greta's bachelorette party, while Maggie learns she has to pay tuition fees now that Marisol no longer works at the university and is uncomfortable with using her black heritage to apply for scholarships. Galvin turns out to be possessed by a demon and kills Madame Roz. Maggie and Mel find her body and Maggie uses her expanded empathy powers to communicate both with Roz's departing soul and Galvin's displaced one. They deduce Galvin is controlled by an Akibu demon, a parasite who can find a permanent host in someone who died as a child like Macy. They go to her rescue and Macy forces the Akibu out of Galvin by temporarily stopping his heart. Maggie makes the demon visible with fire extinguisher foam, allowing Mel to kill it with Roz's dagger. Macy tells Galvin she no longer wants to be rid of her demon side; he is unable to cope and breaks up with her. Niko tells Mel the Sarcana's hideout has been ransacked and Mel tells her she is a witch. She finds the Sarcana massacred by Fiona with Jada the only survivor, who confirms Fiona had Harry under her control.|
|19||19||"Source Material"||Stuart Gillard||Natalia Fernandez & Allyssa Lee||April 28, 2019||0.71|
|The Charmed Ones tell Tessa that Harry is alive and with Fiona, hoping to follow her to them, but when Tessa gives Mel the slip, she accepts Niko's help to track her down. Julia has nearly made Parker fully human but he suffers a reaction to the last treatment and appears to accidentally kill her. Macy and Galvin find her body and Galvin is disturbed when Macy covers the death up, later telling her he is joining Doctors Without Borders. Macy's uses her evil sight to uncover the truth; Caine has had Charity free Hunter from Tartarus, after which he killed Julia, impersonated her to inject Parker with demon blood and then impersonated Maggie so Parker would think she had rejected him. The Charmed Ones and Tessa find Fiona forcing Harry to help her retrieve the Origin Dagger, which she intends to use with the Flame of All Power to destroy all magic. A fight sees Tessa killed and Fiona escape, although Harry is freed. Caine retrieves the dagger and the Charmed Ones and Harry realise the Flame and the Source are the same thing. Niko tells Mel she left the police because of a nervous breakdown she believes was supernatural. Parker goes to Caine and embraces his demon side.|
|20||20||"Ambush"||Jeff Byrd||Mia Katherine Iverson||May 5, 2019||0.60|
|Elder Devorah Silver turns to the Charmed Ones for help after several Elders were found dead. They reveal what they have learned about the Sacred Flame and the Source of All Evil. Macy finds a spell in Galvin's objects that will help them remove Fiona's immortality, but when she casts it, Fiona fights back, prompting Macy to use her demon side to make it happen. Alastor convinces Fiona to help him take down the Elders. Niko tells Mel she has been thinking about her and they kiss. More Elders turn up dead, prompting the remaining Elders and the Charmed Ones to take action, but the plan goes awry when Hunter shows up and kills most of the Elders, leaving only Elder Silver. The sisters find a secret basement which their mother prepared weapons for them in the upcoming battle, and they use them to vanquish Hunter. Elder Silver still dies, and the Harbinger is released from within Hunter to unleash its deadly virus on humans. Mel tells Niko about their history, and soon Niko collapses. Fiona goes after Charity as she is the last remaining Elder, but Charity escapes.|
|21||21||"Red Rain"||Anya Adams||Michael Reisz||May 12, 2019||0.63|
|Galvin calls the Charmed Ones to the hospital to investigate a series of Hilltowne students who have fallen ill from the Harbinger's deadly virus. Niko is transported to the same hospital, but Harry believes her condition is because of Mel telling the truth, which made her brain unable to cope with memories from two separate realities. Parker reaches out to Maggie and tells her to find Charity as she is the last Elder. When they do, Parker reveals himself in demonic form and fights Mel and Maggie before the latter brings out his human side. As more people fall to the virus, Galvin and Macy work on the Haitian spell to extract it from the victims, but at a price: Galvin's life. Fiona kills Charity, and Alastor takes Maggie hostage. When they reach the enemy's destination, Fiona ignites the Sacred Flame, but without her immortality, she is killed in the process. Parker wants to save Maggie; Macy, with her demon side, takes the Origin Dagger from Parker and absorbs the Sacred Flame to become the Source. With her newfound powers, she vanquishes Alastor and removes everyone's memory about the recent incident. She then goes to Galvin's body and resurrects him.|
|22||22||"The Source Awakens"||Vanessa Parise||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin & Carter Covington||May 19, 2019||0.59|
|Mel, Maggie, and Harry express their worries about Macy's new condition. Galvin is feeling out of place, and some of the victims from the Harbinger's virus die as consequence of Macy bringing Galvin back. When they express this concern to Macy, she begins rewriting realities to bring back Marisol. When they meet, Marisol dies and her sisters turn on her, prompting her to rewrite it again. This time, Mel is the one who grew up without her family. She meets Harry in Seattle, and their memories collide, prompting them retrieve their rightful memories and find Maggie. When Macy finds out about this and almost kills Mel with telekinesis, Harry orbs them away. Macy accidentally kills their mother when she teleports home with a strong wave of power. She then rewrites history again; this time in a world where she remains dead. Mel, Maggie, and Harry retain their memories, and have Marisol help them return to the moment when the Power of Three shattered. After much struggle, they convince Macy to give up her powers. The magical community, among which are Leon and Chloe, congratulate the Charmed Ones and wish for them to take over as the new Elders.|
Background and development
A reboot of the original Charmed series had been announced since October 2013, when it was originally being developed for CBS by Party of Five co-creator Christopher Keyser and Sydney Sidner. The CBS reboot's pilot script was going to center "around four sisters who discover their destiny – to battle against the forces of evil using their witchcraft." However, CBS ultimately decided not to move forward with the reboot. On January 5, 2017, it was announced that The CW network was developing a new reboot of Charmed by Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman for the 2017–18 television season. Urman had been approached in 2016 by CBS Television Studios (who own the rights to Charmed) to work on a new reboot of the show. Urman, knowing that Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin were fans of the original series, brought them onboard with her along with director Brad Silberling. On why she wanted to reboot the series, Urman explained: "The original was so much about female empowerment and sisterhood and strong women taking over the world and I feel like that’s what we need right now. It felt like a good time to get back to that and show women kicking ass." On the reason they chose not to revive the series with the original cast, O'Toole explained: "That show wrapped everything up so wonderfully — they all got their happy endings, and there were even glimpses of their future. We felt like it told a complete story." Urman added that they did not want to mess around with the original because it was eight years of mythology. The CW president Mark Pedowitz weighed in on why Charmed was better as a reboot than a revival, saying "We wanted to take a different path" with Urman's "great" perspective, calling the original series "a great show for that time and place" only.
The CW reboot's original pilot script was going to be a prequel set in 1976 about three witches (Tina, Paige and Annie), who are not related but are brought together to fight evil in a small New England town. O'Toole stated that the prequel would have "explicitly explore[d] the links between the feminist movement and witchcraft." At the time, Pedowitz described the reboot as "a self-contained, self-sustained" and "very standalone show" that would not have any ties to the original series. However, on February 3, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the reboot would be redeveloped and delayed until the 2018–19 television season, as the pilot draft script "didn't come in the way the network had hoped" and that Urman, who had prior commitments with Jane the Virgin, did not have enough time to fully commit to the reboot for the 2017–18 season. Pedowitz gave an update on the reboot during the Television Critics Association press tour in August 2017, saying that it was still in the redevelopment process and that the network was waiting to see what Urman had come up with for the redeveloped script.
On January 25, 2018, The CW officially ordered the Charmed reboot to pilot. The redeveloped script was changed to be set in the present day and was described by The CW as "a fierce, funny, feminist reboot" centered on "three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic death of their mother, are stunned to discover they are witches." The description also stated that the reboot would revolve around the sisters "vanquishing supernatural demons" and "tearing down the patriarchy," while "maintaining familial bonds." O'Toole told BuzzFeed News that the reason the redeveloped script was changed to the present day was because of the results of the 2016 United States presidential election. She explained, "Suddenly it didn’t feel like it should be a period piece anymore. All of the themes seemed more relevant, and we wanted to reconceptualize some things, and it felt like it really should be set in a contemporary world." The pilot episode was written by O'Toole and Rardin, and was based on a story by Urman. All three women became executive producers for the first season alongside Silberling, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Carter Covington. The pilot episode was also directed by Silberling. After the pilot was filmed, Silberling told the Metro newspaper that the appeal of the reboot is to be "fun and contemporary" with its timely social observations. On May 11, The CW picked up the pilot and ordered the Charmed reboot to series with 13 episodes. On October 8, The CW ordered five additional scripts for the first season, and a month later, The CW ordered an additional nine episodes, bringing the first season total up to 22 episodes. On January 31, 2019, The CW gave the series an early renewal for a second season. According to Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter, Charmed was renewed due to strong international sales.
On March 25, 2019, it was announced that showrunner Covington would be departing Charmed after season one, with married duo Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro taking over as showrunners for season two. Covington was originally brought in as showrunner after Charmed was picked up to series in order to help executive producers O'Toole and Rardin, neither of whom had run a show before. With the change in showrunners, Charmed will reportedly "lean harder into its supernatural storylines" for the second season, with less focus on the family dynamics that Covington helped make. The second season is set to premiere on October 11, 2019.
Casting details for Charmed were first revealed by TVLine on February 7, 2018, with the three sisters bearing the unofficial names of Macy, Mel and Madison Pruitt. It also revealed that all ethnicities were being sought for each of the roles; and that one of the sisters would be a lesbian, a major change from the original Charmed series where all Halliwell sisters were straight women. TVLine also revealed that casting was underway for the trio's "devilishly handsome" advisor/whitelighter Harry, Macy's "documentary filmmaker-boyfriend" Galvin, Madison's "sensitive loner ex-beau" Brian, and Mel's detective girlfriend Soo Jin. During production, Madison's name was later changed to Maggie, the sisters' family name was changed from Pruitt to Vera, Soo Jin's name was changed to Niko, and Galvin was rewritten as a scientist. Former Into the Badlands British actress Madeleine Mantock was cast as the eldest sister Macy, "a practical, driven, and brilliant geneticist." Mantock was cast after Jane the Virgin writer Micah Schraft, who she worked with on another show five years prior, had recommended her to the Charmed producers. Mantock did a Skype interview with the producers because she was in London at the time. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Mantock revealed that she wanted to be part of the show after reading "how funny and smart and conscious" the pilot script was, saying "I thought it was a wonderful way to broach important subjects, be they women's issues or political issues, in a way that's also tied into this wonderful magical fantasy that everybody loves."
Film actress Melonie Diaz was cast as the middle sister Mel, "a passionate, outspoken activist" and lesbian. Diaz, who was the first sister cast in Charmed, had been chosen after a successful meeting with the producers, which she felt was "an instantaneous connection." Diaz was impressed with their vision for Charmed, saying "I thought it was a really clever, unique way to kind of modernize this big show." Former Shades of Blue Canadian actress Sarah Jeffery was cast as the youngest sister Maggie, "a bubbly college freshman" and sorority pledge. Jeffery revealed that the producers were at first wary of her auditioning for the show because she was still attached to Shades of Blue. She auditioned for the show with scenes involving a demon dog and a fight with one of Maggie's sisters. Jeffery was eventually released from Shades of Blue so she could do Charmed. Mantock, Diaz and Jeffery did not do any screen tests together, but the latter two described the trio's instant chemistry as "miraculous." Diaz stated, "We really feel like sisters," while Jeffery added, "We were lucky — it was an immediate connection. We have a sisterly rapport and it's reflected onscreen."
The three lead actresses are of different ethnic backgrounds; Mantock is Afro-Caribbean, Diaz is Puerto Rican, and Jeffery is African American, English and Indigenous Canadian. However, in the series they all play Latina sisters, with Mantock's Macy and Jeffery's Maggie both being Afro-Latinas. Executive producer Jessica O'Toole told BuzzFeed News, "It was always written that way, specifically to have characters who were of color, and with the casting it all kind of came together." O'Toole also added that the decision to make the lead actresses nonwhite was one of the reasons the producers decided the show would not be based around the Halliwell sisters' children from the original Charmed series, who were all white. Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman explained that "we've had a chance to see three white witches" and working on Jane the Virgin, which has a predominantly Latinx cast, helped her realize the importance of representation and "what it's like to see yourself onscreen and see yourself be the hero of the story." O'Toole said it was also important to represent the LGBTQ community, which was lacking in the original Charmed series, explaining: "Representation is important and I think it doesn’t feel like the real world to not have that." O'Toole said "it felt very natural" to make one of the sisters gay and that "it didn't even come out of a purpose."
Former Man in the High Castle British actor Rupert Evans was cast as Harry, a college professor and the sisters' Whitelighter. Ser'Darius Blain was cast as Galvin, a love interest of Macy's. Blain departed the show at the end of season one after his character was killed off. Charlie Gillespie was cast as Brian, a love interest of Maggie's who only appeared in the first two episodes of the series. Ellen Tamaki was cast as Niko, "a detective on the Hilltowne police force" and lesbian who is a love interest of Mel's. Nick Hargrove was cast as Parker, a fraternity president and new love interest of Maggie's. Hargrove was initially cast as recurring and was later promoted to the main cast. He made his first appearance in the third episode of season one.
Although Charmed takes place in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan, its production is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, where several other CW shows are filmed. The historical J.E. Phillips House located at 323 Queens Avenue in New Westminster is used as the exterior for the show's fictional Vera Manor. It pays homage to the original Charmed's Halliwell Manor, in that it is a similar-looking red Victorian house. The house was previously used as an exterior in the television series Witches of East End (2013–14). The exterior scenes for Hilltowne University are filmed at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey Campus. The pilot episode was filmed from March 19 to April 7, 2018. After the pilot was picked up and Charmed was ordered to series, filming for the remainder of the first season resumed on August 13, 2018 and ended on April 26, 2019. The second season began filming on July 24, 2019 and is expected to end on April 16, 2020.
In the United States, Charmed premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018. The first season aired on Sunday nights at 9:00 pm, with Supergirl as its lead-in at 8:00 pm. The pairing of Charmed and Supergirl returned the network to original programming on Sunday evenings for the first time since the 2008–09 television season. The CW president Mark Pedowitz explained, "We wanted to have an established show on Sunday night. We wanted name value with Charmed on there. We felt that it was two shows that are empowered women. We were making a statement that we were not kidding, that we're not phoning it in on Sunday night, that we were going to compete." The complete first season of Charmed was released onto the streaming platform Netflix only in the US in May 2019. Charmed will move to Friday nights at 8:00 pm on The CW for its second season, which will premiere on October 11, 2019.
In Canada, Charmed premiered on the W Network the same day as the US broadcast, while in Greece and Spain it premiered the following day on Cosmote Cinema 4HD and HBO España, respectively. In Australia, Charmed premiered on 10 Peach on October 16, 2018, and in India it premiered on Zee Café on October 21, 2018. In the Middle East and North Africa, Charmed premiered on October 24, 2018, on beIN Series 1HD. In Brazil, the series premiered exclusively on the Globoplay streaming platform; the first episode of the series became available on October 26, 2018 and the following episodes are released weekly on the platform. In Belgium, the show airs on RTL, in Germany on the Sixx network, and in Turkey on Digiturk. In Kenya, the show is broadcast on DStv, with episodes also being available to watch through the online streaming platform Showmax. In New Zealand, Charmed airs on Sky 5 and episodes are also released onto the Neon streaming platform. In some East and Southeast Asian countries, the series airs on Blue Ant Entertainment. In South Africa Charmed is broadcast on M-Net City, and in the United Kingdom it is shown on E4.
|1||"Pilot"||October 14, 2018||0.5/2||1.57||0.6||1.39||1.1||2.96|
|2||"Let This Mother Out"||October 21, 2018||0.4/2||1.32||0.5||1.13||0.9||2.46|
|3||"Sweet Tooth"||October 28, 2018||0.3/1||1.13||0.4||0.86||0.7||1.99|
|4||"Exorcise Your Demons"||November 4, 2018||0.3/1||0.96||0.4||0.92||0.7||1.88|
|5||"Other Women"||November 11, 2018||0.3/1||0.95||0.4||0.87||0.7||1.82|
|6||"Kappa Spirit"||November 18, 2018||0.3/1||0.96||0.3||0.87||0.6||1.83|
|7||"Out of Scythe"||November 25, 2018||0.2/1||0.87||0.4||0.95||0.6||1.82|
|8||"Bug a Boo"||December 2, 2018||0.3/1||0.93||0.3||0.85||0.6||1.78|
|9||"Jingle Hell"||December 9, 2018||0.3/1||0.94||0.3||0.73||0.6||1.67|
|10||"Keep Calm and Harry On"||January 20, 2019||0.2/1||0.82||0.3||0.76||0.5||1.58|
|11||"Witch Perfect"||January 27, 2019||0.3/1||0.88||0.3||0.76||0.6||1.64|
|12||"You're Dead to Me"||February 17, 2019||0.2/1||0.77||0.3||0.76||0.5||1.53|
|13||"Manic Pixie Nightmare"||March 3, 2019||0.3/1||0.74||0.2||0.69||0.5||1.43|
|14||"Touched by a Demon"||March 10, 2019||0.2/1||0.74||0.2||0.57||0.4||1.31|
|15||"Switches & Stones"||March 17, 2019||0.2/1||0.65||0.2||0.63||0.4||1.28|
|16||"Memento Mori"||March 24, 2019||0.2/1||0.59||0.2||0.63||0.4||1.22|
|17||"Surrender"||March 31, 2019||0.2/1||0.70||0.3||0.63||0.5||1.33|
|18||"The Replacement"||April 21, 2019||0.2/1||0.67||0.2||0.61||0.4||1.28|
|19||"Source Material"||April 28, 2019||0.2/1||0.71||0.2||0.59||0.4||1.30|
|20||"Ambush"||May 5, 2019||0.2/1||0.60||0.2||0.55||0.4||1.15|
|21||"Red Rain"||May 12, 2019||0.2/1||0.63||0.2||0.56||0.4||1.19|
|22||"The Source Awakens"||May 19, 2019||0.2/1||0.59||0.2||0.63||0.4||1.22|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.53/10, based on 30 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Charmed's updates are as fun as they are surprisingly feminist – and with a sharper focus, it could conjure up an even stronger show than the one that came before it". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Awards and nominations
|2019||Leo Awards||Best Stunt Coordination – Dramatic Series||Rick Pearce for "Other Women"||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Fantasy Television Series||Charmed||Pending|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Melonie Diaz||Nominated|||
|Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show||Charmed||Nominated|
Original cast and fan reactions
Shortly after the pilot's announcement in January 2018, Holly Marie Combs, a cast member from the original Charmed series, took to Twitter and criticized The CW's decision to reboot the show without any input from the original cast or crew. Combs claimed to have an issue with The CW's "reimagining" of Charmed as the network, formerly known as The WB, chose not to renew the show in 2006 for a ninth season. Combs accused The CW of trying to cash in on the Charmed name and concept, while "capitalizing" on the original cast and crew's hard work. Combs also took issue with the network's description of a "feminist" reboot, which she felt implied the original series was not, by sarcastically tweeting: "Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph." Combs then implied that the reboot should have a new title, as she felt that it is a brand new show with no ties to the original Charmed. She tweeted that television reboots or remakes "usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title", further adding, "If it's not similar than [sic] it's just another show. A new show with a new title." Another original cast member Alyssa Milano told Entertainment Tonight that she wished the original cast were involved with the reboot from the beginning of its development at The CW, further adding "I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation."
Shannen Doherty was more positive about the reboot to fans on Twitter, stating that it was a testament to the original that a reboot was even being considered. She also added that she was "intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted, inspired like you all were. Charmed helped us all in some way." However, Doherty admitted that she did take issue with The CW's description of a "feminist" reboot, by tweeting that their wording was "terrible and a bit offensive," but understood that "everyone makes mistakes." Doherty further voiced her support for the reboot in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, stating "I think it's great. I think it's awesome...I'm happy to see that a show, that back then was all about strong women who supported and loved each other, is now coming back again in this day and age." Doherty appreciated the reboot for providing a lot of job opportunities for people, wished the cast and crew well, and hoped that fans of the original series would give the reboot a chance. Rose McGowan was also positive towards the reboot and showed her support to the new lead actresses by tweeting "fly girls, fly." McGowan also added that she has no issues with the reboot and wished "everyone the best." McGowan further voiced her support for the reboot on Instagram, posting "I wish nothing but the best for the new female actors whose careers hopefully will be launched by this show into something long and prosperous."
News of the reboot was met with a mixed response from fans of the original series. Some fans were positive about the reboot, while others were not impressed about the changes made to the series. Following the reboot announcement, fans took to Twitter and began to share the #StopCharmedReboot hashtag in attempts to prevent The CW from moving forward with the pilot. The CW's president Mark Pedowitz stated that he would like the fans to give the reboot a chance, telling fans that "before you make a decision, watch the series." In an interview with HuffPost in May 2018, Combs spoke up about the reboot again, this time criticizing the show's marketing and the casting of younger actors. She stated that although she appreciates "the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created," she "will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago." Milano also spoke up about the reboot again to Us Weekly in May 2019, stating that she felt the show "ruined any possibility" of a reunion between the four original lead actresses, calling it "disrespectful" and "sad" that they were not involved from the beginning. Milano believed that they "would have come [together] to do something" as they "created that world" first.
Accusations of colorism
While the series has been praised for its diversity by casting three women of color in the lead roles, it has also received backlash for being promoted as a Latina-led series while only one of the leads is Latina. Mantock, who learned Spanish for the role, said of the matter, "I'm open with the writers and trying to be respectful because I'm Afro-Caribbean. I'm not actually Afro-Latina and I want to make that inquiry because Melanie [Diaz] is actually the only person in her real life who is Latina." Jeffery further explained, "I know that we are representing the Latina community. I actually am African-American. I'm not Latina, which is a common misconception." Samantha Chavarria felt that, "the latest reveals around the cast's ethnicities do highlight the very real fact that in their effort to promote a reboot, the CW used colorism and exploitation to spark our excitement and interest." Conversely, Patrick Gomez of EW was more forgiving of the casting because the actresses were unknown and that a search into their ethnicities would've been inappropriate, adding, "I hope people celebrate the fact that an African-American and an Afro-Caribbean woman are being cast as 'Latinas' because Afro-Latinx people are not given even a fraction of the visibility they should have in on-camera representations of Latinx people." Princess Weekes of The Mary Sue affirmed Chavarria's assessment of The CW's use of colorism, but felt that the actresses weren't to blame. "When the creatives realized they'd cast two black actresses who were not Latina in this show, they should have changed the narrative to reflect that."
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