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Comic-Con 2018: Charmed Goes Modern With Possessed Fitbits and Feminism

Finally and excuse NOT to exercise!

Lindsay MacDonald

Charmedisn't just getting rebooted, it's getting a major upgrade in terms of tech and tone.

In its debut panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the stars and producers of the Charmed reboot pushed the idea that this new version of the show would pay homage to the original while updating it for modern times and modern issues.

"I think the original was so much about female empowerment and sisterhood and strong women taking over the world, and I feel like that's what we need right now," showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman said. "It felt like a good time to get back to that and show women kicking ass."

"I feel like it's such an interesting time in history. There's so much happening in the world right now," Melonie Diaz, who plays middle sister Mel, said. "And I really feel like our show is going to reflect that and bring it to you guys in a really tangible way so we feel less alone."

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The show's social justice element comes out strong in the pilot, which finds our heroines battling a paranormal sexist, but according to executive producer Jessica O'Toole, that's not the only thing that going to feel more modern. Today's technology is going to be more than just a set dressing in the reboot. It sounds like it's going to drive the plot forward in some episodes.

"Well my favorite is... like a demon that possesses your Fitbit," O'Toole said when asked about demons we'll get to see the sisters battle in Season 1. "It drains your youth and lifeforce as you step. It makes you keep walking until you die, basically. We haven't totally conceptualized it, but something like that."

It may sound a little silly, but O'Toole says a new, fun, modern version of demons is exactly what they're going for. Plus, if the original series could make a dragon fly out of a TV show or pit demons against each other in a reality TV competition show, we think the new Charmed can pull this one off without a problem.

Charmed will air Sundays at 9/8c on The CW this fall.

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