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OCT
25
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'Charmed' Reboot in the Works at CBS

CBS TV Studios, which owns the rights to Aaron Spelling's library, is looking to cash in on TV's current witch craze with a reimagining of the WB Network series.

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"Charmed"

The Season of the Witch is spreading to CBS.

The network has handed out a script commitment to a reimagining of Aaron Spelling's WB Network series Charmed, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by Vulture, Party of Five co-creator Chris Keyser and partner Sydney Sidner will pen the script for CBS Television Studios and The Tannenbaum Co. Keyser and Sidner will also co-executive produce. For its part, CBSTVS owns the rights to Spelling's library.

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Charmed 2.0 is described as a reimaginging of the original series that centered around four sisters who discover their destiny -- to battle against the forces of evil using their witchcraft.

The original series ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.

The Charmed reboot comes as witches continue to be a draw on the small screen. The third season of FX anthology drama American Horror Story: Coven -- which centers on a school of witches -- is on track to be its biggest yet and Lifetime has found success with the freshman run of Witches of East End. Not to be outdone, WGN America ordered Brannon Braga's Salem Witch Trials drama Salem straight to series.

The Charmed update comes as reboots continue to be hot this development season. NBC is prepping Murder, She Wrote, and 1990s cult feature Reality Bites. NBC also attempted to reboot Ironside this season but axed the drama after three episodes. CBS, meanwhile, has found success with its reboot of Hawaii Five-0 and is adapting Cameron Diaz feature Bad Teacher.

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