Charmed and Roswell Reboots Officially Coming

There are several rebooted series on TV at the moment, including McGyver, Hawaii Five-O and my personal favourite, Dynasty. I’ve read today that two other shows that I used to watch, Charmed and Roswell, are also officially being rebooted by The CW.

Charmed

The original Charmed went on for eight seasons, airing between 1998 and 2006. I think I watched only four of those eight seasons because I felt that the show became too obssessed with demons. I wanted the show to be about three good witches using their extraordinary powers to deal with ordinary issues such as relationships, helping people with their problems and the great responsibility that comes with powers. I wanted the witches to have powerful human foes (like Superman’s Lex Luthor). In other words, I wanted something like Charlie’s Angels with powers but instead, the series developed too much into a supernatural-themed show focusing on demons and warlocks. I’m afraid I’m a fantasy/sci-fi fan, and not a horror fan.

Will the reboot be any different? It will star Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) who learn of their mystical powers after a family tragedy. The official synopsis goes like this:

“After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.”

Roswell

The original Roswell debuted in 1999 and finished in 2002. Lasting three seasons, the sci-fi series was based on the Rosswell High young adult book series written by Melinda Metz. I missed Roswell when it was on TV, but I bought all three seasons on DVD when they came out.

The reboot will be retitled Roswell, New Mexico and will add an immigration twist to its premise of aliens living in hiding in a US city. Here’s The CW’s description of the reboot:

“After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. “She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.”

Will I watch the two reboots?

The new Charmed sounds too much like the original (i.e., too demon heavy) and so I’ll probably give it a miss. The Roswell reboot sounds more promising, especially with its timely immigration twist. I’ll probably struggle to fit it in my already busy TV schedule when it begins but I’ll certainly be looking out for the DVDs, like with the original.

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