Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy. This was the mantra uttered by the late John Forthsye for five seasons on the hit 1976 ABC series, Charlie’s Angels, and thirty-five years later it is getting a reboot.
Charlie’s Angels a show about three beautiful girls who were given “hazardous duties” by their respective police departments (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston) only to be taken away by the illustrious millionaire, who is heard but never seen, Charlie Townsend. The girls trade in their cop badges for detective trench coats throw in a comedic “uncle-like” foil by the name of John Bosley played by the late David Doyle .
The show leaped onto the big screen in 2000 with a new set of angels, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore and was successful enough to spawn a sequel in 2003.
Barrymore is now producing the new television version along with Leonard Goldberg (who produced the original series with Aaron Spelling) for ABC.
According to the LATimes the girls won’t all come from the police academy which isn’t a stretch because Charlie’s last angel in the original series Julie Rogers (played by Tanya Roberts) came from “a top school for models.”
from the LATimes:
Like its predecessor in the ’70s, [the show] will follow three women who are “fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends.” Set in Miami, the sun-soaked drama gives the characters a little edge in their backstories — thief, street racer, disgraced cop — and stars Minka Kelly (“Parenthood”), Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital”) and Ramon Rodriguez (“The Wire”) as Bosley. The elusive Charlie Townsend, their boss, is still presumably heard and not seen.
Note: Annie Ilonzeh makes history as Charlie’s first African-American angel.
Check out the promo for the new fall series below.
Josh’s Note: I have been a fan of the original series, since I was eight, thanks to reruns of show on TVLand. Cheryl Ladd’s Kris Munroe will always have my heart but I’m always open to new incarnations so here’s to much success Kate, Abby, and Eve. Also, I am a contributor to Townsend-Agency.com (a site that celebrates the series and supports the fight against cancer—a disease that has affected three of the 76′ series actresses).