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The "Real" Charmed Ones: Alyssa Milano (Phoebe), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), Rose McGowan (Paige) and Shannen Doherty (Prue). The Halliwell Sisters. Photo by Paramount Pictures. Cropped by T.L. Hicks.

Charmed, our favourite witchy sisters, are back in the news again, and it’s not good.

In 1998, Constance M. Burge brought us three sisters we will never forget: The Charmed Ones. Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell magically came into our lives. We bonded with these sisters. When Prue died, we all wept. Renewed hope came in a form of a half-sister, Paige. Sisters, reunited again, brought magic into our lives.

When the Charmed series ended in 2006, it carried on, through comic books via Zenescope. We saw the return of Prue Halliwell. Let’s not forget all those novels and short stories from Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins.  All those stories left us wanting more, more of the sisters. But, what can I say? Hollywood, is Hollywood.

In 2013, CBS was planning to use a “Glamouring” spell on Charmed. According to Vulture, Chris Keyser and Sydney Sidner were to write a pilot script. They were to re-imagine the original series. CBS would work with the Tannenbaum Company. Guess what? The spell backfired.

 

Charmed, 70s Style.

In January 2017, news of the Charmed Ones returning hit the news. But this time, it was different. Instead of a reboot, the CW was to use the “To Go Back In Time” spell to transport viewers to 1976. In other words, a prequel of Charmed.

This time, Jennie Urman, along with Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, signed on to write the scripts. We would see the sisters three while they were children. Possibly before Grams did her “Binding” spell on them.

In February of that same year, The CW had a Charmed draft in the works. The new series was to hit the CW in 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 Fall Season. Due to work, Jennie Urman put the series on the back burner.  Now, like in 2013, the spell backfired.

The Reboot Stikes Again.

Now, the powers to be are summoning a reboot, again. According to Entertainment Online, the Charmed reboot is a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series” that “centres on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

Back the witch spells up. I am a HUGE fan of Charmed. As I see it, the original Charmed series did just what I quoted from Entertainment Online. The original series was, and is, fierce, funny, and full of feminist ideology.  They vanquished demons, tore down the patriarchy and kept the importance of family.

As you can tell, I am not too happy about the reboot. And I am not alone.

Hey, Hollywood! Listen To The Fans.

Hollywood, isn’t it clear to you? How can you not be hearing our cries? The fans don’t want a reboot, but a continuing story. Yeah, 70s series might have been good if done right. But, thanks to the story-lines of Wyatt and Chris. We got interested in how the Charmed One’s children came out and how they are dealing with their powers.

Oh, Hollywood! Give ‘US’ What We Want.

Listen, Hollywood, the reunion shows are big right now. Hop on the train and gives us a Charmed Reunion series. How hard will that be? The way I see it, and many others, not hard at all.  We would love to see the sisters back in action and guiding their children. Teaching them how to live in a mortal world, with magical powers.

What say you all? Do you want a #charmedreboot, #charmedprequal, or a #charmedreunion series? Let them hear your voices with the hashtags.

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Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.