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The WB is Back with Series Orders for Roswell and Charmed Reboots

No word on the whereabouts of Michigan J. Frog


Break out the scrunchies and the slap bracelets! The 90’s television revival continues with the CW picking up reboots of Charmed and Roswell. Both genre series ran on the former WB (and UPN) and will now be resurrected with Latinx casts and storylines that touch on diversity and inclusivity. I’m still holding out hope for a gritty reboot of Homeboys in Outer Space.

The new Roswell series, now titled Roswell, New Mexico centers around Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason), a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants who is haunted by a tragic incident. She discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush (Nathan Parsons): He’s an alien. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and 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. Carina Adly Mackenzie (The Originals) wrote the pilot based on the cult television series from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) that ran from 1999-2001. Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) directed the pilot and will executive produce the series.

The Charmed reboot is brought to us by the team behind Jane the Virgin, Jennie Snyder Urman, Amy Rardin and Jessica O’Toole. After the tragic death of their mother, sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz), Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffrey) are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy. The original series ran from 1998-2006 and was created by Constance M. Burge.

The CW rounded out their series orders with more supernatural fare, including Legacies, a spin-off of The Originals which was itself a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The network has also ordered culture clash drama All American, about a high school football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, which is produced by Greg Berlanti. In addition, they picked up In the Dark about a blind woman who witnesses a murder and decides to solve the case with the help of her seeing-eye dog. The series is produced by Ben Stiller and Michael Showalter.

Are you excited about these rebooted shows? What 90’s classics would you like to see updated?

(via Variety, image: The WB)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.