Written By: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Draft Date: December 16, 2010
Good morning, Angels.
In what seems to be a more-CW-esque move, ABC is rebooting iconic 70s series Charlie's Angels, this time with a multi-ethnic cast.
Yes, they're still PIs. Yes, they work for the Townsend Agency. Yes, one of them is still captured and the other two have to save her.
Oh, and Bosley isn't frumpy (I mean... upside-down crunches in gravity boots? Really, Bos?) Oh, and this time around, we the audience actually get to see Charlie (the Angels, of course, don't). Oh, and instead of three female cops quitting the force and being private investigators because they were annoyed with the crap work they were being given instead of actually solving crimes... we have three kinda-damaged women with different skill sets who Charlie has plucked out of misfortune and has given a second chance to.
Also, the show is now set in Miami instead of Los Angeles.
C'mon, you know what this format is about. Hot chicks kicking ass and taking names. Always has been, always will be. And, as a piece of escapist fantasy girl power fun? I kinda adore it. This is definitely going to be one of those pilot screeners I'm looking forward to, not because it's going to change my world, but because it's going to be a slick, glitzy ride to eat popcorn while watching. Even though the story does make a couple attempts to have pathos, mostly this is just a fun action hour, replete with over the top action heroine one liners.
The case of the pilot revolves around a villain named Pajaro and human trafficking. Turns out, Pajaro has a connection to one of our three Angels. And that connection... GETS HER KILLED.
Naturally, she's replaced by episode's end with a slightly more badass version of herself so the Angels are still a threesome and still just as multi-ethnic.
The Angels (per Charlie's voiceover in the opening moments as we see each in action... and then their mugshots):
- Abby (White). "A Park Avenue princess turned thief."
- Gloria (Latina). "A Miami street racer turned gang member."
- Kate (Black). "A decorated police detective turned dirty cop."
The "replacement" is Marisa (guess the ethnicity... since I'm choosing not to spoil who is killed), a dishonorably discharged Marine.
Reboots of former TV shows, even those that have lasted more than one season, seem to open big and quickly cool off. I gotta imagine this one is going to make the Fall 2011 schedule, unless there are big production snafus. Even if it's mindless, it'll still be mindless, sexy fun. Again, I'm not saying this was the best script ever, but you don't judge mindless sexy fun on the same playing field as, say, Breaking Bad.