The late 90s and early 2000s were a special time in television history. Before the age of streaming and on-demand you had to be dedicated to your shows, which meant being in our seat for the opening scenes and timing commerical break precisely. This was a time when watching television took a bit of conscious effort and you couldn't just play back a one-liner or plot point you missed. Such effort instilled a great sense of appreciation in viewers and made their favorite series of the time precious.
It's variables like these that have made people so protective of Charmed when the CW announaced a reboot of the supernatural drama. Fans and stars of the original show spoke out against the idea, and a new teaser trailer hasn't quashed any of the naysayers.
Among the most recent voices calling out the remake for one reason or another is Holly Marie Combs, who played the time-freezing and later combustion-wielding witch Piper Haliwell for the entirety of the WB series.
"Let me first say that I appreciate the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created. But I 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. I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy does remain. Reboots fair better when they honor the original as opposed to taking shots at the original. Reboots also do better when they listen to a still passionate fan base which is what it's all about, isn't it? That's why we do reboots. The fans are why we all get to do what we do. So we wish them well and hope for success."
Similar to the original series, the Charmed reboot follows a trio of sisters who, upon a death in the family, are granted magical powers. The burgeoning witches, dubbed the Charmed Ones, use their gifts to protect the innocent while combating villainous forces from the Underworld. As mentioned by Combs, the show has been marketed as "Fierce, funny, and feminist" and is slated for a fall premiere. Watch the reboot's trailer, below.