On the latest episode of Nerd & Tie we start out by welcoming our newest host Gen Prock! After that we dig into the latest news, including how The CW has renewed all of their DC Comics shows, Constantine is coming back as an animated webseries, Charmed is getting rebooted for some reason, Awesome Games Done Quick has raised two million dollars for charity, Evercon booted artist/crafter Scott Windorski for harassment, Outlaw Comicon has lost its friggin’ mind, and Phoenix Comicon has made a controversial choice with its volunteer policies.
I mean, we definitely talk about Phoenix, AZ more than I’ve ever expected to.
The WB’s Charmed (which ran from 1998 until 2006) was never really a good show. I mean, it was pretty much an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer without really understanding why it was popular. Combined with a pile of late 90s faux-Wicca (which, as a Wiccan, always drove me nuts) inspired by The Craft, it featured inconsistent character arcs, powers, and pretty much a total disregard for its own internal mechanics depending on what the plot needed.
And there was some genuinely offensive stuff in there too.
I tried to give the show a second chance about a year ago, and went through the entire series from beginning to end. After watching every single episode, I can honestly say it does not remotely hold up well. The best part of the show was the opening theme cover of “How Soon is Now” — and that’s gone on the streaming version because Warner Bros. didn’t secure the rights. What I’m saying is that it wasn’t a good show.
But hey, there’s an episode that features Dishwalla… so that’s a thing.
Anyway, not to bury the lede, but the reason I bring all of this up is that, according to Entertainment Weekly, The CW is currently developing a reboot of Charmed. Well, it might be better to call it a prequel, as the network wants to set the reboot in 1976. I can only assume it’s to capitalize on the popularity of Netflix’s early-1980s set Stranger Things.
The show will be penned by Jane the Virgin‘s Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin and Jennie Snyder, but it’s still Charmed. It’s hard to imagine how it could turn out well. Since the show will be set in the ’70s, we shouldn’t expect any of the stars of the original to appear… though considering how much time travel featured in the original, maybe that’s being optimistic.