Thursday, 28 October 2010


[7.07 - French Time] Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that a remake of Charlie's Angels in the pipeline since last year is headed to pilot production.

The original Charlie's Angels ran from 1976 to 1981 on ABC and was a detective show about three young women working for the secretive and invisible boss of the Charles Townsend Detective Agency. Charles "Charlie" Townsend was voiced by a pre-Dynasty John Forsythe and the show, created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (producers of Mannix), made Farrah Fawcett a worldwide sex symbol. TV czars Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg were executive producers.

The "reboot" project from Sony Television was originally set up at ABC with a pilot commitment last November with Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as writer and exec producer. This new Charlie's Angels didn’t go to pilot stage and was put in redevelopment with new writers, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville). Now we learn from Deadline that a pilot will be filmed in Miami at the beginning of 2011.

Charlie's Angels 1976 was a conventional cop show with a difference: beautiful young women with a wardrobe specially designed to catch the eyes of male viewers. It popularized the expression "T&A TV" and it, er... "inspired" shows like Agence Acapulco (1993), The Dream Team (1999) or She Spies (2002-2004). It also spawned the two movie adaptations directed by McG in 2000 and 2003.

At least if this modern Charlie's Angels becomes a series and bombs they can always try to relocate it in Hawaii - the original tried that for its fifth season - and Grace Park from CBS's 2010 Hawaii Five-O could coach the new angels.

See also: (Archie's Angels)

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