AceShowbiz - The CW has given series orders to five new series, including an upcoming reboot of "Charmed". The network announced on Friday, May 11 that alongside "Charmed", "Roswell, New Mexico", "In the Dark", "All American" and "Legacies" have been picked up to series.
Originally running on The WB from 1998 to 2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan, "Charmed" follows three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches after their mother dies. The trio now must battle forces both supernatural and quotidian, “from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy."
It was previously set to be a '70s-set prequel to the series, but now the plan is that the reboot is set in present day. "Jane the Virgin" writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin serve as writes in addition to executive producing alongside "Jane the Virgin" creator Jennie Urman. Brad Silberling, whose credits include "Jane the Virgin", "Dynasty", "No Tomorrow" and "Reign", will serve behind the lens.
As for "Roswell, New Mexico", it centers on the daughter of undocumented immigrants who returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, where she discovers that her teenage crush-turned-police officer is actually an alien. The duo begin to investigate his origins, but "when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance."
Based on the book "Roswell High", the original series aired from 1999 to 2002 on The WB and UPN. "The Originals" scribe Carina Adly Mackenzie, who wrote the pilot, will executive produce the new adaptation.
Produced by Greg Berlanti, "All American" is inspired by the life of NFL linebacker Spencer Paysinger. It follows a star high school football player from South L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. The offiicial logline reads, "The wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds -- Crenshaw and Beverly Hills -- begin to collide." The show is written and executive produced by April Blair ("Jane By Design").
Meanwhile, "In the Dark" is a drama revolving around a flawed, irreverent blind woman who bears witness to the murder of her drug dealer friend. When the police ignore her story, she and her dog, Pretzel, try to hunt down the killer while "also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents." Ben Stiller and Michael Showalter executive produce alongside EP/writer Corinne Kingsbury ("The Newsroom").
"Legacies" is a continuation of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals". It centers on "the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be -- or the villains they were born to be?" Julie Plec and Brett Matthews pen the script with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing.