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Charlie’s Angels: ABC Greenlights New Pilot, Casts New Charlie

New Charlie's Angels“Good morning, Angels” became a familiar trademark for the opening of episodes of Charlie’s Angels. Do you think we’ll hear that once more? It would seem extremely possible that we will, now that the alphabet network has gone ahead and ordered a pilot for a remake of the series.

Originally produced by Leonard Goldberg and the late Aaron Spelling –- producer of shows like 7th Heaven, T.J. Hooker, and Beverly Hills, 90210 — for ABC, Charlie’s Angels and its stars quickly became a success. The original Angels, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, were held as perfection in their roles. However, Fawcett left after the legendary first season and Jackson departed from the series in its third year. The public became tired of the concept, didn’t necessarily accept the cast replacements, and viewership began to fall. The show ended after five seasons.

Now, in the year 2011, it looks as if we may see a new Charlie’s Angels series on television. This time though, it will be without a few key parts from the original show: the location (it’s now Miami instead of Los Angeles), the original Charlie (John Forsythe passed away last April) and, as mentioned above, Aaron Spelling. Goldberg is on board as one of the new show’s producers though, along with Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen.

For the new voice of Charlie, the producers have already tapped Robert Wagner. Wagner, now 80, starred in Hart to Hart, another Spelling/Goldberg series that ran for five seasons around the same time as Charlie’s Angels. Goldberg reportedly approached Wagner directly about the role.

According to EW, the producers are currently in search of young ladies to play the Angels. Mark Piznarski, the director of numerous Gossip Girl episodes, has reportedly been asked to direct.

As with all remakes, its unclear if this new Charlie’s Angels will measure up to people’s fond memories of the original. Will it be the next Hawaii Five-0 or the next Bionic Woman?

What do you think? Are you excited about the reboot or do you think it’s doomed to failure?

 

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dylan February 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

you can not remake the charlie’s angel series without john forsythe he was charlie in the sries and the 2 movies. he died a year ago so you can not remake the series without him no one can replace him if you replace him a ton of people will be mad so best not to remake

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JackTheRipper January 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

How about JackTheRipper’s Devils instead?

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Dianna January 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I agree with Bill C, the show could definitely work. I have really enjoyed the Hawaii 5O as well, and really like the remakes. Can’t wait to preview the new CHARLIE’S ANGELS!

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Bill C... January 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

This show could work… Wagner would be a good choice for the voice of Charlie too. Im really enjoying the Hawaii 50 remake atm but also didn’t watch the first one that often…

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Kat January 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Whatever happened to the take-charge girl power of fine examples like Buffy? Have we really reverted, as a culture, back to doe-eyed man-worship like “Good morning, Charlie!”…?

Some shows are better left in their specific original era. But then again, this remake may prove me wrong — it might be entertaining without condescension.

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Jeremy Rynek January 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

As always with remakes, it’s always black or white. Love it or hate it. So only time will tell. But of course it’s a flop, then we’ll just be saying it was a better idea on paper.

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samuel January 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

IF CHARLIES ANGELS MAKE IT OUT OF THE PILOT STAGE IT WILL GO TWO SEASON MAYBE THREE BECAUSE BY THEN THE VIEWERS WILL NOT CARE. THAT IS WHAT I THINK WILL HAPPEN I HOPE IM WRONG

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