Charmed Season 3 Temporarily Halts Production in Vancouver
According to Deadline, filming on the upcoming third season of The CW’s Charmed has been temporarily shutdown again in Vancouver due to an individual from the production recently testing positive for COVID-19. This isn’t the first time that the reboot drama has been delayed as it also previously halted production last month because of delays regarding the cast and crew’s COVID-19 test results. Despite the filming setbacks, Charmed is still set to return next year on Sunday, January 24.
In The CW’s Charmed, “Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian. But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond: Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it? Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door: they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around). Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out.
With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers. But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother. And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide! Not only that, but Mel was right: their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces. It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.
The reboot is being led by Madeleine Mantock as Macy, Melonie Diaz as Mel and Sarah Jeffery as Maggie. It also stars Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood, Nick Hargrove as Parker Caine, and Valerie Cruz as Marisol Vera.
The series is based on a story by Jennie Urman (creator of Jane the Virgin). She executive produces with Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (Jane the Virgin writers) who will also pen the script. Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Dynasty, Reign) directs and also executive produce swith Ben Silverman. CBS Television Studios is produced by rebooted Charmed series.
The original Charmed, launched on the now-defunct The WB channel, ran for eight seasons and 178 episodes. It followed the adventures of three Halliwell sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), who discover that their family is part of a long line of powerful witches. Doherty left the series at the conclusion of the third season. The finale saw Prue die, but it was revealed at the beginning of the fourth season that the Halliwells had a hidden half-sister, Paige (Rose McGowan), who joined the headlining cast from then on.
Although it went off the air in 2006, the story has continued in comic book form. Zenescope published two additional Charmed “seasons.” Season Nine ran for 24 issues while Season Ten just concluded this past September at issue 20.