Welcome to the era of the reboot, where every revival announcement is met with excitement, backlash and skepticism. Here’s what we’ve learned so far: we don’t need Hollywood to revisit all its former glories (ahem, Roseanne), but there are some shows that have surprising relevancy in 2018 (hi, Queer Eye!). Which late 90s and early aught female characters could we realistically see hanging out with heroins of Handmaid’s Tale and badass girls of GLOW? Here are five feminist series coming to primetime and streaming that we actually support—and that we really hope live up to the hype.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
THE ORIGINAL: Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Melissa Joan Hart as an American teenager with magical powers, originally aired on ABC from September 27, 1996 to April 24, 2003.
THE REBOOT: Sabrina is heading to Netflix with Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka as its broom-straddling star. The reboot has, of course, been rebranded for the millennial binge-watcher: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is less family-friendly sitcom, and more “dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.”
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will drop on Netflix October 26, 2018.
THE ORIGINAL: Charmed originally aired on the CW Network between October 7, 1998 to May 21, 2006, with Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty (who, *spoiler*, gets replaced by Rose McGowan when she dies at the end of season three.)
THE REBOOT: Primetime’s favourite trio of witch sisters is coming back to the CW, and this time, they’re making them “feminists.” (How does the OG cast feel about this reimagining? Holly Marie Combs tweeted: “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”)
Here’s a preview of the second-gen “Power of Three”: the youngest sister is desperately trying to join her campus sorority, the middle is a lesbian activist and the eldest is a genius geneticist who also happens to be half-black. Charmed 2.0 was written by Jane the Virgin’s Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, so we have high hopes that it will deliver on its promise to hex the patriarchy.
In Canada, Charmed will premiere October 14, 2018 at 9 E/P on the W Network.
THE ORIGINAL: The original Murphy Brown aired from November 14, 1988 to May 18, 1998 on CBS, with Candice Bergen as its lead.
THE REBOOT: Candice Bergen is reprising her role as the series’ titular character of the award-winning sitcom, with cast members Nik Dodani, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud confirmed to also appear in the new episodes. Murphy Brown will once again follow a team of investigative journalists working for a broadcast news station, and this time around, showrunners say it will focus on “a world of cable news, social media, fake news, and a very different political and cultural climate.”
Murphy Brown will premiere September 27, 2018 at 9:30 E/P on CBS.