How The 'Charmed' Reboot Connects To The Original

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Well, the Hollywood Reporter has dropped a major bomb on us. Apparently, a Charmed reboot is in the works at the CW. (Bustle has reached out to the CW for comment, but have yet to receive a response.) So, please pardon me as I struggle to curb my enthusiasm. I must admit that, along with all the excitement, a bit of panic has also inserted itself into the equation. After all, it didn't take long before I began to wonder just how this Charmed reboot will connect to the original series that we all know and love.

While the details are still unclear, because the show is reportedly still in its early development phase, here's what we do know: the reboot will take place in 1976, unlike its contemporary first edition. So it's highly doubtful that the remake will feature the original cast comprised of Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, or Rose McGowan, except for maybe a guest appearance here and there.

But even without the Halliwell sisters being involved in this new edition, there are atill far too many questions flooding my excited and over-imaginary mind at the moment to even process what's happening here. After all, just because the original Halliwells probably won't be featured doesn't mean we won't get to see a new (old?) generation of Halliwells casting spells and promoting the power of sisterhood.

Rumors of a remake have been swirling since 2013, but never actually materialized into anything concrete — that is, until now. Earlier this year, Milano admitted that she and her former costars were totally onboard for the updated version, which seemed to be pretty promising, at the time.

However Combs, who played middle sister Piper on the series, alluded to the notion that she would not be participating in this latest version, tweeting her well wishes immediately after the news broke.

According to several reports, the remake is being commandeered by the writers of another CW hit series, Jane the Virgin, which I'm totally here for. But the looming question remains: Will the re-creators be successful in capturing the magic of Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige in the same way that engaged so many viewers of the pioneer version?

I sure hope so.