If you’re a child of the ’90s, you know good television. Thanks to the iconic heyday of the WB, we grew up watching Dawson’s Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Gilmore Girls. That’s why we were mostly elated with the announcement of the network’s successor, the CW, releasing a Latina reboot of one of our favorites, Charmed.
Today, the network released the first trailer for the update on the classic that ran eight seasons. Although it includes all the sisterhood and magical hijinx we could ask for, some fans were a little less than pleased with the new spin from Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman. Maybe Holly Marie Combs was right when she gave her stamp of disapproval back in January. (Viewers have echoed those sentiments since the trailer was released.)
Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
— Max Power (@FredD8A) May 17, 2018
— Courtney Pochin (@courtneypochin) May 17, 2018
I guess it’s cool and congrats to the new team but man does this break my heart. I’ve watched #Charmed at least 3 times thru! The original #PowerOfThree will always set us free. @Alyssa_Milano @H_Combs @rosemcgowan @DohertyShannen @thebriankrause 🖤 https://t.co/RJ6mx5NURZ
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) May 17, 2018
President of the CW, Mark Pedowitz, came to the show’s defense, following the swift backlash.
“Hopefully they would give this new cast a chance,” he said. “It is not quite the same, yet there are many similarities. Hopefully they’ll give it a shot. We are happy with who we cast, we think it’s a nice mix. We’re thrilled that Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined it somewhat. And I can only say to fans, before you make a decision, watch the series.”
Perhaps we can chalk it up to a bad trailer and hope for the best when the show airs. Charmed premieres this fall on the CW.