Here's a secret from the set of the Charmed reboot. The Book of Shadows? That detailed tome of divinations? It's very heavy. "I was getting a sweat on," says Madeleine Mantock, who plays Macy, the eldest of the three witch sisters, of the time she had to run up and down stairs with it.
The new Charmed premieres October 14 on The CW. It takes the premise of the 1998 series -- sisters with supernatural powers -- and filters it through a distinctly 2018 lens. This version takes place on a college campus where a professor has been accused of sexual harassment. Sister Mel (Melonie Diaz) is a graduate student in the women's studies department, while Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) is rushing a sorority. After their mother is mysteriously killed, the third member of their trio shows up. She's Macy, a scientist and their long lost sibling. Also whooshing in is Harry (Rupert Evans), a suspiciously charming British man who informs them of their magical capabilities. Nouveau-Charmed is intersectional -- the leads are of Latinx descent and Mel is queer -- and clued in to the zeitgeist, but there are still spells and demons and all that good stuff.
News of the reboot didn't sit particularly well with original cast members, specifically Holly Marie Combs. At the Television Critics' Association summer press tour back in August, cast and crew assuaged concerns. "That show wrapped up everything so wonderfully. We saw their happy endings, and we saw even glimpses into their future. And I don't know. That's part of it. You feel like it told a complete story," creator Jennie Snyder Urman said. "And we didn't want to mess with that mythology, obviously, because it was eight years. Of course, we can empathize. It's a huge part of her life."
After their talk, Thrillist gathered in the hotel lobby of the Beverly Hilton with the executive producers and stars of the show to get some more details on the series.