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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 humankind from supernatural demons in their fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan. On November 8, 2018, The CW ordered a 22-episode full season. In January 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season.[2]

Charmed
Charmed 2018 Logo.jpg
Genre
Based onCharmed
by Constance M. Burge
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s)Will Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
CinematographyTami Reiker
Editor(s)Gregg Featherman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40–43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsCharmed (1998–2006)
External links
Website

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PremiseEdit

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.[3] 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.[4] The sisters ultimately accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of witches who protect innocents and vanquish supernatural demons.[5][6]

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.[7][8] Additionally, the reboot has a more ethnically diverse cast: Mantock is of Afro-Caribbean and British descent, Diaz is of Puerto Rican descent, and Jeffery is African American, Indigenous Canadian and English. Initially the series portrays Mantock's character Macy being an Afro-Latina, with Jeffrey's Maggie and Diaz's Melanie as full Latina.[9][10] However, the series later reveals that Macy and Maggie share a father of African descent.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Melonie Diaz as Melanie "Mel" Vera, the middle half-sister in the family.[11] A "strong-willed feminist" and "passionate, outspoken activist," Mel is a graduate student in the women's studies department at Hilltowne University.[12][13] 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 (Alyse Shannon),[4] 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.[14] It is later revealed that Mel is in fact the half-sister and not Macy.
  • Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, the eldest half-sister.[4] She is a "practical", "driven", "shy" and "intense science nerd".[12][15] 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.[12][16] Macy has the power of telekinesis, similar to the original eldest sister Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty) of the original Charmed series.[17] Macy eventually discovers that she and Maggie share the same father.
  • Sarah Jeffery as Margarita Emilia "Maggie" Vera, the youngest half-sister.[18] She is a "bubbly", "fun-loving" and "kindhearted" freshman at Hilltowne University who is pledging a sorority.[12][19] Maggie is initially mortified to learn that she is a witch as she wants to be well-liked and fit in.[12] 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.[16][20]
  • 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.[12][21] 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.[12][22][23] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[5] It is revealed in the season 1 finale that he has romantic feelings for Macy.
  • 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.[24] 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 demon side.

RecurringEdit

  • 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.[4][5]
  • Craig Parker as Alastair Caine, CEO of Morningstar Biotech and a benefactor of the Hilltowne University laboratory, where Macy works.[25] 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 Death 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.

GuestEdit

  • Brendon Zub as Tripp 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.[12][22][26]
  • Chloe Bridges as Tessa Flores-Cohen, the no-nonsense Whitelighter who takes over training the sisters in Harry's absence.[27]

EpisodesEdit

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11"Pilot"Brad SilberlingStory by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin & Jennie Snyder Urman & Constance M. Burge
Teleplay by : Jessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin
October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)1.57[28]
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.
22"Let This Mother Out"Vanessa PariseJessica O'Toole & Amy RardinOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)1.32[29]
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.
33"Sweet Tooth"Michael AllowitzJoey FalcoOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)1.13[30]
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.
44"Exorcise Your Demons"Melanie MayronMarcos LuevanosNovember 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)0.96[31]
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 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. Later, a mysterious man uses a hypnotic suggestion to compel Charity to give him the vessel holding the Harbinger.
55"Other Women"Amyn KaderaliGeorge NorthyNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)0.95[32]
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, Hunter, steals Tripp'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.
66"Kappa Spirit"Jeff ByrdEmmylou DiazNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)0.96[33]
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.
77"Out of Scythe"Jamie TravisSarah GoldfingerNovember 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)0.87[34]
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.
88"Bug a Boo"Vanessa PariseZoe MarshallDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)0.93[35]
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.
99"Jingle Hell"Michael LangeJessica O'Toole & Amy RardinDecember 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)0.94[36]
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.
1010"Keep Calm and Harry On"Vanessa PariseAllyssa LeeJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)0.82[37]
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.
1111"Witch Perfect"Gina RodriguezNatalia FernandezJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)0.88[38]
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 (Jaime Camil), 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.
1212"You're Dead to Me"Brad SilberlingMichael ReiszFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)0.77[39]
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.
1313"Manic Pixie Nightmare"Melanie MayronJessica O'Toole & Amy RardinMarch 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)0.74[40]
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.
1414"Touched by a Demon"Stuart GillardJoey FalcoMarch 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)0.74[41]
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.
1515"Switches & Stones"Claudia YarmyGeorge NorthyMarch 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)0.65[42]
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.
1616"Memento Mori"Norman BuckleyEmmylou DiazMarch 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)0.59[43]
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.
1717"Surrender"Megan FollowsSarah GoldfingerMarch 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)0.70[44]
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 (Tyler Blackburn), 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.
1818"The Replacement"Greg BeemanZoe Marshall & Marcos LuevanosApril 21, 2019 (2019-04-21)0.67[45]
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 Roza for advice, wondering if one of the Yoraba 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 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 Roza. Maggie and Mel find her body and Maggie uses her expanded empathy powers to communicate both with Roza's departing soul and Galvin's displaced one. They deduce Galvin is controlled by an Akiba 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 Akiba out of Galvin by temporarily stopping his heart. Maggie makes the demon visible with fire extinguisher foam, allowing Mel to kill it with one of Roza's daggers. 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.
1919"Source Material"Stuart GillardNatalia Fernandez & Allyssa LeeApril 28, 2019 (2019-04-28)0.71[46]
2020"Ambush"Jeff ByrdMia Katherine IversonMay 5, 2019 (2019-05-05)0.60[47]
2121"Red Rain"Anya AdamsMichael ReiszMay 12, 2019 (2019-05-12)0.63[48]
2222"The Source Awakens"Vanessa PariseJessica O'Toole & Amy Rardin & Carter CovingtonMay 19, 2019 (2019-05-19)0.59[49]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

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."[50] However, CBS ultimately decided not to move forward with the reboot.[51] 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.[52] 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.[53] 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.[54] 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."[55] 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.[56] 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.[57]

On January 25, 2018, The CW officially ordered the Charmed reboot to pilot.[58] 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."[59] The description also stated that the reboot would revolve around the sisters "vanquishing supernatural demons" and "tearing down the patriarchy," while "maintaining familial bonds."[58] 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.[53] 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.[1][12][60] The pilot episode was also directed by Silberling.[60] On May 11, The CW picked up the pilot and ordered the Charmed reboot to series.[61] A preview trailer was released after The CW's upfronts presentation on May 17, followed by videos of first-look scenes.[62][63] On October 8, 2018, The CW ordered five additional scripts for the first season.[64][65] 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.[66] On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season.[2]

CastingEdit

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.[16] 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.[16] 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.[16] 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.[7][11]

In mid-February 2018, Ser'Darius Blain was the first to be cast as Galvin,[67] followed by film actress Melonie Diaz as the middle sister Mel,[13] and former Shades of Blue actress Sarah Jeffery as the youngest sister Maggie.[7][19] Later that month, former The Man in the High Castle British actor Rupert Evans was cast as Harry.[68] In early March 2018, former Into the Badlands British actress Madeleine Mantock was cast as the eldest sister Macy.[15] Charlie Gillespie and Ellen Tamaki were the last to be cast in the roles of Brian and Niko, respectively.[22] 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.[9][10] 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.[53] 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.[69] 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.[24]

FilmingEdit

Charmed is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The pilot episode was filmed from March 19 to April 7, 2018.[53][70][71] Filming for the remainder of the first season began on August 13, 2018.[72][73] Filming for the second season is expected to begin on July 24, 2019 and end on April 16, 2020.[74]

BroadcastEdit

In the United States, Charmed premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018.[75] 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.[5] 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."[76]

In Canada, Charmed premiered on the W Network the same day as the US broadcast,[77] while in Greece and Spain it premiered the following day on Cosmote Cinema 4HD and HBO España, respectively.[78][79] In Australia, Charmed premiered on 10 Peach on October 16, 2018.[80] In the Middle East and North Africa, it premiered on October 24, 2018, on beIN Series 1HD.[81] 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.[82] In Belgium, the show will air on RTL,[83] while in Turkey it will air on Digiturk.[84] In the United Kingdom, Charmed will be shown on E4.[85] In India, it is aired on Zee Cafe. And in some East and Southeast Asian countries, the series is aired on Blue Ant Entertainment.

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 14, 2018 0.5/2 1.57[28] 0.6 1.39 1.1 2.96[86]
2 "Let This Mother Out" October 21, 2018 0.4/2 1.32[29] 0.5 1.13 0.9 2.46[87]
3 "Sweet Tooth" October 28, 2018 0.3/1 1.13[30] 0.4 0.86 0.7 1.99[88]
4 "Exorcise Your Demons" November 4, 2018 0.3/1 0.96[31] 0.4 0.92 0.7 1.88[89]
5 "Other Women" November 11, 2018 0.3/1 0.95[32] 0.4 0.87 0.7 1.82[90]
6 "Kappa Spirit" November 18, 2018 0.3/1 0.96[33] 0.3 0.87 0.6 1.83[91]
7 "Out of Scythe" November 25, 2018 0.2/1 0.87[34] 0.4 0.95 0.6 1.82[92]
8 "Bug a Boo" December 2, 2018 0.3/1 0.93[35] 0.3 0.85 0.6 1.78[93]
9 "Jingle Hell" December 9, 2018 0.3/1 0.94[36] 0.3 0.73 0.6 1.67[94]
10 "Keep Calm and Harry On" January 20, 2019 0.2/1 0.82[37] 0.3 0.76 0.5 1.58[95]
11 "Witch Perfect" January 27, 2019 0.3/1 0.88[38] 0.3 0.76 0.6 1.64[96]
12 "You're Dead to Me" February 17, 2019 0.2/1 0.77[39] 0.3 0.76 0.5 1.53[97]
13 "Manic Pixie Nightmare" March 3, 2019 0.3/1 0.74[40] 0.2 0.69 0.5 1.43[98]
14 "Touched by a Demon" March 10, 2019 0.2/1 0.74[41] 0.2 0.57 0.4 1.31[99]
15 "Switches & Stones" March 17, 2019 0.2/1 0.65[42] 0.2 0.63 0.4 1.28[100]
16 "Memento Mori" March 24, 2019 0.2/1 0.59[43] 0.2 0.63 0.4 1.22[101]
17 "Surrender" March 31, 2019 0.2/1 0.70[44] 0.3 0.63 0.5 1.33[102]
18 "The Replacement" April 21, 2019 0.2/1 0.67[45] 0.2 0.61 0.4 1.28[103]
19 "Source Material" April 28, 2019 0.2/1 0.71[46] 0.2 0.59 0.4 1.30[104]
20 "Ambush" May 5, 2019 0.2/1 0.60[47] 0.2 0.55 0.4 1.15[105]
21 "Red Rain" May 12, 2019 0.2/1 0.63[48] 0.2 0.56 0.4 1.19[106]
22 "The Source Awakens" May 19, 2019 0.2/1 0.59[49] 0.2 0.63 0.4 1.22[107]

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% 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".[108] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[109]

ControversiesEdit

Original cast and fan reactionsEdit

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.[110] 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."[111] 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."[112]

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."[113] 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."[114] 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."[115]

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.[110][113] 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.[116][117] 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."[118] 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."[119][120]

Accusations of colorismEdit

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.[121][122][123] 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."[123] 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."[124] 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."[121]

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