As movies are doing reboots, so now the TV industry is jumping on the band wagon. ABC has announced the reboot of the famous and wonderful show from the 70s and 80s Charlie’s Angels. Charlie’s Angels will star Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh. I love a show that features strong, intelligent and sexy female leads. CA was always one of my favorite shows as a kid so I am excited, so far, for a new updated version. I think Robert Wagner is also in negotiations to be the voice of Charlie. Already, the one big difference between the original and the new version, is the ladies will have questionable backgrounds. In the original, the girls were graduates of the police academy but were given shitty positions due to being women. But it’s early and storylines can change before the pilot is shot and even before it goes to final broadcast, if picked up. So we’ll see what happens.
There have been quite a few shows doing reboots these days. Some successfully (90210), some not so much (Melrose Place), and some the jury is still out on (Hawaii 5-0.) Done right, it can have a fresh interesting take on a classic. Done poorly, and it can ruin the legacy of a once great show (if it was great in its heyday.) My first instinct when it comes to reboot is to shout LAZY at the networks. Can’t you come up with something new? No? So you have reboot a classic because there is nothing else you can come up with? LAZY!!! But maybe not. If the concept was good and you can give it a new spin and twist, I say go for it. I don’t like fresh updates and new takes on classic Broadway musicals and great pieces of theater (you hear me Arthur Laurents? Thanks for ruining West Side Story with your “fresh approach.” Ugh!) But I’m all for it with a TV show. So I am anxious to see what happens to this reboot.
As information comes out on Charlie’s Angels, I will keep you updated as best I can. Are you excited for the new Charlie’s Angels? Can Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh fill the shoes of the iconic Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett/Cheryl Ladd (see below?) We’ll see.