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This page is about the 2018 CW reboot series. For the original WB series, see Charmed (1998 series). For the Charmed sisters, see The Charmed Ones.


Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. 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. It premiered on October 14, 2018.

The series follows the lives of three sisters - Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) - who, after the death of their mother, discover they are three of the most powerful witches of all time. Together they possess the "Power of Three", which they use to vanquish supernatural demons.

Production

Charmed was ordered to pilot in January 2018 by The CW, and received a series order in May 2018. It premiered on October 14, 2018.

On November 8, 2018, The CW ordered more episodes, bringing Season 1 to a full 22-episode season.[1]

On January 31, 2019, The CW announced that Charmed had been renewed for the second season during the network's TCA press tour.[2]

On March 25, 2018, it was reported that Charmed would change showrunners and creative direction starting with Season 2. Executive Producer Carter Covington would be replaced with the husband-wife duo, Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro as the new showrunners. The show would also change direction to focus more on the supernatural genre as opposed to family dynamics. [3]

Premise

Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, Charmed follows the lives of three sisters — Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) — who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are three of the most powerful witches of all time. Together they possess the "Power of Three", which they use to vanquish supernatural demons and tear "down the patriarchy." Each sister has a unique magical power; the eldest Macy has the power of telekinesis, middle sister Mel possesses the power of time-freezing, and the youngest Maggie has the power to hear people's thoughts. The reboot changes several elements from the original Charmed series, including moving the setting from San Francisco to Hilltowne; making one of the sisters a lesbian; giving the youngest sister the power to hear people's thoughts instead of premonition; and having all three of their alliterative names begin with M instead of P. Additionally, all three lead actresses are of different ethnicities with Mantock being white and Afro-Caribbean, Diaz being Puerto Rican and Jeffery being Canadian, Dutch and African-American.

Cast

Starring

  • Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, the eldest half-sister. She is a "practical, driven, and brilliant geneticist." Macy initially moves to Hilltowne to work at the town's university lab, and eventually discovers that she has two sisters. Macy has the power of telekinesis, similar to the eldest sister Prue Halliwell in the original Charmed series.
  • Melonie Diaz as Melanie "Mel" Vera, the middle half-sister. She is "a passionate, outspoken activist", graduate student and lesbian. Mel has the power of time-freezing, similar to the original middle sister Piper Halliwell in the original series.
  • Sarah Jeffery as Margarita Emilia "Maggie" Vera, the youngest half-sister. She is "a bubbly college freshman" who is initially pledging a sorority. Maggie has the power to hear people's thoughts, a change from the original youngest sister Phoebe Halliwell in the original series, who had the power of premonition.
  • Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood, a college professor and the sisters' whitelighter – a guardian angel who protects and guides witches.
  • Jordan Donica as Jordan Chase (2x01 onwards), a law student, an amateur boxer, and he is also a sexy boxing instructor.
  • Poppy Drayton as Abigael Jameson-Caine (2x03 onwards), a vengeful half-demon half-witch hybrid.
  • Nick Hargrove as Parker Caine (1x07 - 1x22; Recurring: 1x03 - 1x05), an Abigael's half-brother and Maggie's ex-boyfriend.
  • Ser'Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette (1x01 - 1x22), a Macy's late scientist colleague and ex-boyfriend.
  • Ellen Tamaki as Niko Hamada (1x01 - 1x22), a detective on the Hilltowne police force and Mel's ex-girlfriend.

Recurring Guest Stars

Season 1

Episodes

Main Article: Episode Guide

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 October 14, 2018 May 19, 2019
2 19 October 11, 2019 May 1, 2020.
3 25 January 2021 Summer 2021

Ratings

Television ratings represent how many people have watched a certain program.

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Title Original air date U.S. viewers

(millions)

1 1 Pilot October 14, 2018 1.57
2 2 Let This Mother Out October 21, 2018 1.32
3 3 Sweet Tooth October 28, 2018 1.13
4 4 Exorcise Your Demons November 4, 2018 0.96
5 5 Other Women November 11, 2018 0.95
6 6 Kappa Spirit November 18, 2018 0.96
7 7 Out of Scythe November 25, 2018 0.87
8 8 Bug a Boo December 2, 2018 0.93
9 9 Jingle Hell December 9, 2018 0.94
10 10 Keep Calm and Harry On January 20, 2019 0.82
11 11 Witch Perfect January 27, 2019 0.88
12 12 You're Dead to Me February 17, 2019 0.77
13 13 Manic Pixie Nightmare March 3, 2019 0.74
14 14 Touched by a Demon March 10, 2019 0.74
15 15 Switches & Stones March 17, 2019 0.65
16 16 Memento Mori March 24, 2019 0.59
17 17 Surrender March 31, 2019 0.70
18 18 The Replacement April 21, 2019 0.67
19 19 Source Material April 28, 2019 0.71
20 20 Ambush May 5, 2019 0.60
21 21 Red Rain May 12, 2019 0.63
22 22 The Source Awakens May 19, 2019 0.59

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Title Original air date U.S. viewers

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23 1 Safe Space October 11, 2019 0.65
24 2 Things to Do in Seattle When You're Dead October 18, 2019 0.73
25 3 Careful What You Witch For October 25, 2019 0.73
26 4 Deconstructing Harry November 1, 2019 0.66
27 5 The Truth about Kat and Dogs November 8, 2019 0.58
28 6 When Sparks Fly November 15, 2019 0.66
29 7 Past is Present November 22, 2019 0.77
30 8 The Rules of Engagement December 6, 2019 0.61
31 9 Guess Who's Coming to SafeSpace Seattle January 17, 2020 0.65
32 10 Curse Words January 24, 2020 0.59
33 11 Dance Like No One is Witching January 31, 2020 0.62
34 12 Needs to Know February 7, 2020 0.57
35 13 Breaking the Cycle February 21, 2020 0.60
36 14 Sudden Death February 28, 2020 0.62
37 15 Third Time's the Charm March 27, 2020 0.60
38 16 The Enemy of My Frenemy April 3, 2020 0.57
39 17 Search Party April 10, 2020 0.71
40 18 Don't Look Back in Anger April 17, 2020
41 19 Unsafe Space May 1, 2020
42 20 2.20
43 21 2.21
44 22 2.22

Comparison to the Original Series

Main article: Similarities and Differences to Original Series

Full Description

"Stronger together." That's what Marisol (guest star Valerie Cruz) tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie "Mel" Vera (Melonie Diaz), and her sister, fun-loving Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), 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 sorority rush (to Mel's amused dismay) and going "on" again with her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Brian (guest star Charlie Gillespie). 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 (Madeleine Mantock), whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn't know a soul except for Galvin (Ser'Darius Blain), 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 (Rupert Evans) – 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.[4]


Gallery

Season One

Season Two

References

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