Charmed (2018 TV series)
by Constance M. Burge
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Original release||October 14, 2018– present|
|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. Charmed was ordered to pilot in January 2018 by The CW and received a series order in May 2018. The series, which premiered in the United States on October 14, 2018, 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 witches, and together they possess the "Power of Three". Each sister has a magical power, which they use to help protect innocent lives from supernatural demons. On November 8, 2018, The CW ordered a 22-episode full season.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Production
- 5 Broadcast
- 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 demonic 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 born so they could live normal lives and was in the process of unbinding those powers on the night she was murdered. The sisters ultimately accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of witches who protect innocents and vanquish supernatural demons.
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 diverse cast with different ethnicities; Mantock is of Afro-Caribbean descent, Diaz is of Latino descent, and Jeffery is African American and Indigenous Canadian. However, in the series they all play Latina sisters, with Mantock's character Macy being an Afro-Latina.
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. Mel has the power of time-freezing, similar to the original middle sister Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) from the original series.
- Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, the eldest half-sister. She is a "practical", "driven", "shy" and "intense science nerd". Macy has a Ph.D. 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.
- Sarah Jeffery as Margarita Emilia “Maggie” Vera, the youngest half-sister. She is a "bubbly", "fun-loving" and "kindhearted" freshman at Hilltowne University who was 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 telepathy, the ability to read the thoughts 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, 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.
- 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.
- Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood, the sisters' Whitelighter – a guardian angel who protects and guides witches. In his former life, Harry was an actor in London before being recruited into the British Secret Service, where he later died and was chosen to become a Whitelighter. 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.
- Nick Hargrove as Parker Caine, a friend of Maggie Vera. 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 reveled to be a half-demon sent by his father to wreak havoc on the sisters.
- 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 demon.
- Natalie Hall as Lucy, Maggie's sorority sister and the president of Kappa Tau Kappa sorority. She was also Parker's girlfriend.
- Brendon Zub as Detective Tripp Bailey, Niko's detective partner.
- Craig Parker as Alastair Caine, CEO of Morningstar Biotech and a benefactor of the Hilltowne University laboratory, where Macy works.
- Charlie Gillespie as Brian, Maggie Vera's "on-again off-again" boyfriend who she went to high school with.
- Leah Lewis as Angela Wu, a student at Hilltowne University who is a victim of sexual harassment and later becomes possessed by a demon.
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Brad Silberling||Story by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin & Jennie Snyder Urman and Constance M. Burge |
Teleplay by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin
|October 14, 2018||101||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 a ouija board that the sisters use to contact Marisol's spirit. In turn, she warns them not to trust Harry.|
|2||"Let This Mother Out"||Vanessa Parise||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin||October 21, 2018||102||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||"Sweet Tooth"||Michael A. Allowitz||Joey Falco||October 28, 2018||103||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||"Exorcise Your Demons"||Melanie Mayron||Marcos Luevanos||November 4, 2018||104||0.96|
|Niko and her partner Tripp 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, Tripp, who had been following them, is killed by a piece of flying debris. Maggie decides that she wants to study for the midterm on her own. Through Niko, Mel learns that Charity covered up Tripp's death by framing him for Angela's crimes. A mysterious man uses a hypnotic suggestion to compel Charity to give him the vessel holding the Harbinger.|
|5||"Other Women"||Amyn Kaderali||George Northy||November 11, 2018||105||0.95|
|Mel is worried about Niko’s state of mind after Tripp’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 steals Tripp’s identity in order to trap Niko. The shapeshifter 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. Caine tells the shapeshifter, who turns out to be his son, that they must acquire DNA from the sisters in order to steal their powers.|
|6||"Kappa Spirit"||Jeffrey W. Byrd||Emmylou Diaz||November 18, 2018||106||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 her’s, 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. Caine’s son steals Macy’s blood sample from the lab, and Macy finds a key hidden behind a plaque at home.|
|7||"Out of Scythe"||Jamie Travis||Sarah Goldfinger||November 25, 2018||107||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 number of 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||"Bug A Boo"||Vanessa Parise||Zoe Marshall||December 2, 2018||108||0.93|
|9||"Jingle Hell"||Michael Lange||Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin||December 9, 2018||109||TBD|
A reboot of the original 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 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. Both Urman and director Brad Silberling were approached in 2016 by CBS Television Studios (who own the rights to Charmed) to work on a reboot of the show. The original pilot script was going to be 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. At the time, The CW president Mark Pedowitz stated that the reboot would not be a prequel to the original series, but described it as "a self-contained, self-sustained" and "very standalone show." However, on February 3, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the reboot would be redeveloped and delayed until the 2018–19 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 summer 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." In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Silberling stated that the appeal of the reboot is to be "fun and contemporary" with its timely social observations. The pilot episode was written by Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, and was based on a story by Urman. All three women are also executive producers of the reboot alongside Silberling, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, and Carter Covington. The pilot episode was also directed by Silberling. On May 11, The CW picked up the pilot and ordered the Charmed reboot to series. A preview trailer was released after The CW's upfronts presentation on May 17, followed by videos of first-look scenes. On October 8, 2018, The CW ordered five additional scripts for the first season. On November 8, 2018, it was announced that The CW had ordered an additional nine episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to twenty-two episodes.
On February 7, 2018, TVLine revealed the reboot's casting details, with the three sisters bearing the unofficial names of Macy, Mel and Madison Pruitt. The casting details 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. 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. Madison's name was later changed to Maggie, the sisters' family name was changed to Vera, and Soo Jin's name was changed to Niko.
In mid-February 2018, Ser'Darius Blain was the first to be cast as Galvin, followed by film actress Melonie Diaz as the middle sister Mel, and former Shades of Blue actress Sarah Jeffery as the youngest sister Maggie. Later that month, former The Man in the High Castle British actor Rupert Evans was cast as Harry. In early March 2018, former Into the Badlands British actress Madeleine Mantock was cast as the eldest sister Macy. Charlie Gillespie and Ellen Tamaki were the last to be cast in the roles of Brian and Niko, respectively. The three lead actresses playing the Vera sisters are of different ethnicities; Mantock is of Afro-Caribbean descent, Diaz is of Latino descent, and Jeffery is an African American and Indigenous Canadian. However, in the series they all play Latino sisters, with Mantock's character Macy being an Afro-Latina. Executive producer Brad Silberling stated that the Vera sisters are "very different in terms of personalities and ethnicities" to the Halliwell sisters of the original series, who were all straight white women. The CW's president Mark Pedowitz stated that the network was pleased with the choice of casting and the way executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman "reimagined" the series. In October 2018, it was announced that Nick Hargrove was cast as Parker initially in a recurring capacity and later promoted to a series regular.
Charmed is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The pilot episode was filmed from March 19 to April 7, 2018. Filming for the remainder of the first season began on August 13, 2018.
In the United States, Charmed premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018. It airs 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."
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. In Belgium, the show will air on RTL, while in Turkey it will air on Digiturk. In the United Kingdom, Charmed will be 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||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 66% approval rating with an average rating of 6.34/10, based on 26 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".
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, Shannen Doherty, gave a more positive approach to the reboot on Twitter, stating that it was a testament to the original that a reboot was even being considered. She further 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." 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."
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."
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 identifies as 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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