To say that The CW‘s Charmed reboot from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman has had a bit of a polarizing effect among the geek community when it was first announced would be a righteous understatement. Throw in the fact that the stars of the original series aren’t exactly embracing the project, and you can imagine how things can be a little tense going into the Sunday, October 14th premiere.
To ease everyone concerns, the network’s been releasing a number of teasers to get viewers better acquainted with The Vera Sisters (Mel, Maggie, and Macy) as they learn more about their ancestry than they ever imagined — while trying to understand the “Power of Three” before it’s too late:
“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian. But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond: Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it?
Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door: they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around). Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers.
But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother. And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide! Not only that, but Mel was right: their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces.
It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.
Based on the original series, Charmed stars Madeline Mantock, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Charlie Gillespie, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blaine, and Ellen Tamaki; and is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content. The Jane The Virgin team of Urman, Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and Brad Silberling serve as executive prodcuers alongside Ben Silverman (The Office) and Carter Covington (Faking It).