Charmed is returning to the airwaves with a reboot featuring three new witches, and one of them will be a lesbian.
TVLine broke the story, getting their hands on the casting breakdowns for The CW show, where sisters Macy, Mel, and Madison will discover they’re witches. The network is calling it a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot” set in modern times.
The character Mel Pruitt is described as “a strong-willed feminist” in her mid-twenties who “feels deeply and is a bit controlling,” and is a lesbian.
“In the wake of a tragic accident, the grieving Mel becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent, pushing away those who might help her, including her girlfriend, Detective Soo Jin,” it continues. “Mel’s power is time-freezing.”
Madison Pruitt is Mel’s young sister, and is described as a cheerleader pledging a sorority, who is “the opposite of her feminist sister with a desire to fit in.” Her power is the ability to hear people’s thoughts.
Macy has the power of telekinesis, and is described as “a witty, intense science nerd” in her late twenties who is “moving with her boyfriend Galvin to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab.”
The original series aired from 1998 to 2006, and starred Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs. Rose McGowan was added to the cast after Doherty left the show.
Original Cast Member Not Happy
Combs is not happy that the show is being remade, registering upset that she and the original crew were not involved.
She criticized the show back in late January, arguing that the network was “capitalizing on our hard work,” and that fans won’t be fooled by a “title/stamp.”
She has stepped up her critique since the TVLine article was published.
Combs Criticizes Media Reports Of Her Objections
Combs has taken issue with some media sources for their reporting of her criticisms, arguing that they made it look like she was against the show for including a lesbian character. She clarified that that was not her objection to the reboot.