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‘Charmed’ reboot cast and creators on why the new series reflects today’s cultural climate

Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour - Day 13
Sarah Jeffery, from left, Melonie Diaz and Madeleine Mantock, who play the new witches in the “Charmed” reboot, speak onstage at the CW Network portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Don’t call it a revival.

The CW’s “Charmed,” which premieres Oct. 14 — 20 years after the original — promises to be a fresh take on the series about three sisters who discover they are witches.

The reboot replaces the original “Charmed Ones” — Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty (and later Rose McGowan) — with the multicultural cast of Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock.

At the Television Critics Assn. press tour Monday in Beverly Hills, the showrunners and cast addressed some of the backlash they’ve received about the reboot, including a tweet from Combs earlier this year expressing her unhappiness about the new version.

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“We can empathize,” said executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman. “It’s a huge part of her life and you’re watching it go into a different direction and, of course, that’s going to be hard.”

The new “Charmed,” dubbed a “fierce, funny, feminist” reboot, will play on the current political climate and focus on diversity in its approach, producers said.

“We’ve had a chance to see three white witches,” Snyder Urman said. “Coming off of [‘Jane the Virgin’], I know so much more about what it means to see yourself on screen, see yourself being represented and see yourself being the hero of a story, and that’s really important to us.”

Added Montock, “It’s very rooted in what 2018 is. I’m truly grateful to work with people who want to talk about the issues that I talk about in my kitchen.”

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But at its core, Snyder Urman ensured that the heart of the original “Charmed” will remain.

“This is...about a love story between three sisters,” she said.

makeda.easter@latimes.com

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