'Charlie's Angel's' details: Angels as reformed criminals?

EW has fresh details about ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot: Unlike the original 1970s series, where the team of private investigators were disgruntled graduates of the police academy, the update currently has the crime-fighters as a trio of not-so-angelic criminals. In the pilot, Charlie brings them together and offers an opportunity to redeem themselves — by working for him, of course.

One major character is still being tweaked, however, and keep in mind pilots tend to undergo plenty of changes before they air. One of the trio has been previously reported as a con artist, while another is an ex-Marine and weapons expert.

Though the recent feature films were light-hearted (and, like the new series, executive produced by Drew Barrymore), sources say the new show will be a “fairly serious, non-campy” take on the concept.

But ABC’s Angels will match the original series in at least a couple key respects… Angels will consist of self-contained episodes — a new adventure each week, rather than having a serialized storyline. (There are some serialized elements, of course, like with all shows, but it’s mainly episodic).

Also, Charlie will remain a voice in a box — no video at least, when talking to the Angels —  and the story will explain why, in the age of iChat and Skype, he’s still using such low-tech communication. (81-year-old Hart to Hart star Robert Wagner is near a deal to play Charlie.)

The pilot begins shooting in March, which gives stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh time for some specialized training for the physical demands of the show.

The script is being polished by executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar, and then, like all pilots, could get tweaked more in the coming months. ABC will decide in late
April or early May whether to pick it up to series for fall.

Here’s the original opening for the series, with Charlie explaining in concise (if somewhat condescending) fashion the backstory for the show….

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  • howdy

    i expect this to be as good as She Spies..hahaha

    • entwashian

      I loved She Spies.

      Well, the first season.

  • Pete

    It boggles the mind – first they try and remake something old, and then they change it anyway.

    • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

      They’re inspired by an original concept and are trying to make it their own. Charlie’s Angels would never work in modern-day as-is. Even the movie series was modernized. Besides, the only reason the show is being made is because Drew couldn’t get a third movie green-lit.

      • Tarc

        Giving the ladies serious skills and taking a much more serious approach is the only way this reboot could be successful. I’m hoping they leave the camp totally out, and look at what’s working for Nikita. I’d love to see more of a modern Mission Impossible (though not like the deadful MI movies).

  • wowamonth

    Wow, a whole month to train to be the world’s most deadly trio of women. This is gonna be really convincing har har. ESpecially the one who is a weapons expert on ALL FORMS OF WEAPON lmao.

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  • Pink

    Some how I think the team over at Leverage is fuming that they are ripping off the premise of their show. Seriously, if they’re going to reboot a mediocre show could they, at the very least, not steal major components of another mediocre show?!!

  • Tvaddict

    Sounds like they are using elements of Nikita

  • Mike

    Just please, don’t make Bosley a young kid. He is supposed to be a mentor figure.

    And add classic Angel appearances. Keep the show fun and it’ll be fine but be real, nobody wants to watch CSI Angels. It can be serious but needs to have some fun like the original.

  • RAM

    Charlie’s Angels is suppose to be a light-hearted, bad-a** show. I just feel like this show is not going to be good. Why can’t we have a Charlie’s angels 3 movie?

    • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

      The only reason a show is being made is because no one wants to make a Charlie’s Angels 3.

  • Jane

    Original opening?

    That’s Cheryl Ladd, not Farah Faucett. You really should know better if you’re going to write an article like this one.

    • Clarisse

      Faucet? You plumber, 2 mistakes in 1 word?
      Her name was Fawcett

      • SirLizard

        And her first name was Farrah, not Farah.

      • Inti

        She has a dream, a song to sing. Fairy tails and Angels. Bright eyes and true Loving. A wonderful video. A Lovely dream. Great Idea. Fun to watch and so Prettty. Than you

    • keith francoeur

      ..and you should learn how to spell Farrah Fawcett…

  • joeinmemphis

    Three gorgeus ladies! How can you be sexy in just a lil over a minute?

  • cattyfan

    If cheryl Ladd is featured (as she is in the still before you click on the link,) then it isn’t the original opening. Cheryl Ladd was Farrah’s replacement.

    Also, I think it’s sad that TPTB couldn’t leave the Angels as positive role models, instead making them criminals. It’s a disgusting commentary on today’s “entertainment” that nobody is allowed to be a true Good Guy.

    • Dave

      So I guess you don’t care much for a little thing called redemption?

    • Kat

      Well then, I’ve got a great little show for you called “The Cape.” The good guy has always been a good guy, and honestly – I know lots of people trash it, and there’s definitely a degree of absurdity to the show – but I still really enjoy it.

  • sarai31

    Ex criminals as i gotta bad wrap or guilty as charged? Just curious.

  • Mario

    Uh, Nikita rip-off.

    • Trey

      Not really?

    • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

      Charlie’s Angels came out first genius and the shows couldn’t be more different. Nikita is awesome but come on!

  • Philly Ray

    Just like when they promised that the new Bionic Woman was going have an “edge”.

    • Tarc

      It did have an edge – but only Katee Sackoff had it.

      • Nutthida

        Just what i looked for! This is the right blog for annoye who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great st

  • vader1013

    Leverage rip-off.

    • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

      Are you seriously saying a re-boot of a show that came out decades before Leverage is ripping IT off? You must be kidding.

    • Tarc

      Conisdering that; 1) no, and 2) Leverage isa rip-off of about two dozen shows that came before it, I think you need to clue-up.

  • sock monkey

    Personally, I’m glad it’s not going to be campy – that gets old fast.

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