'Charlie's Angels' TV reboot: Cast it!


Last January, Drew Barrymore made her interest in making a third Charlie’s Angels movie public. Slight change of plans. Now, she’d like to update the old TV show for ABC. A rep for Sony Pictures Television confirms that the network is close to ordering a pilot of the reboot, which Barrymore would develop with Leonard Goldberg, who produced the original series with Aaron Spelling, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ Josh Friedman, who’s been tapped to write and exec produce.

The challenges facing the team are many: Though we all seem to get excited about action shows centered on ass-kicking woman, Nielsen families don’t. Fox canned Terminator and now Dollhouse, NBC made Chuck earn its renewal in Subway sandwiches. As we’ve seen (hello, Knight Rider), nostalgia will get you buzz, but it alone won’t keep viewers coming back week after week. Then there’s casting, which will set the tone for the show. Here’s hoping they’ll be looking for women in their late 20s or 30s (as the original did). It’s so much more appealing, for me at least, to think about watching women play detective rather than girls.

My colleague Michael Slezak was quick to offer his dream cast: Dirty Sexy Money‘s Natalie Zea, who played Karen Darling; AliasMerrin Dungey, who played Francie; and Secret Diary of a Call Girl‘s leading lady Billie Piper. I’d keep Zea, and add Terminator Salvation‘s Moon Bloodgood, and, in the Kate Jackson role, Claire Danes. Word was she was being courted last pilot season. (UPDATE: If Danes won’t bite, I’d go with one of the reader suggestions below: Felicia Day. I should have thought of that. Love her.)

Your turn.

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  • Dennis

    Claire Danes is a TERRIFIC choice.
    I hope they get her.

    Kristen Kreuk (of Smallville fame) would be another no-brainer for the network.

    • Xander

      Claire is too old
      the best choices are:

      Summer Glau
      Kaley Cuoco – take her off Big Bang (she is the worst part)
      Renee Olstead

      • BOB COBB

        brown, blond, and red – just right

      • Telly B

        Summer Glau is too stiff and frankly, too homely.

      • amj

        please don’t take Kaley she is absolutely needed on Big Bang.

      • Cara

        I would keep SUmmer Glau and Renee Olstead but cant stand Kaley, would use zooey deschanel instead. She and renee could sing in every episode

      • Kirirur

        Summer Glau is too stiff??? Are you serious?? O_O

    • Buzz

      Clare Danes ? HAHAHHAH…She would never except to do yet another attempt to redo Angels. She too smart and successful – why would she ?

    • Jenny

      No to Lindsay Price, I believe she’s the reason Eastwick and Dirty Sexy Money didn’t work, she is an awful actress, and a big NO to Claire Danes, there is a reason why her only show on ABC was cancelled mid-season.

  • thad

    jordana brewster, julianne hough, and kristen kreuk

    • Heather2

      are you kidding me?

      • paige

        i agree… And if they casted them I wont be watching

    • IMatt

      Great choice and I agree!!

    • gmasandie

      Right on for Julianne Hough! I thought I’d be the only one who thought so !

    • Trash

      I’d tape every episode!!! WOW!

  • Deejay

    Was watching the original that I bought during the summer and kept wondering about another movie so glad to hear this news!! Maybe they will make an apology to cancelling Dollhouse and have Eliza Dushku and Summer Glau on the New Charlie’s Angels. I do agree with Natalie Zea and Merrin Dungey (if the cast were a little older) .. Maybe they could even have Lindsey Price now that Eastwick is cancelled. With so many “Cop” shows on it would be refreshing to have an all-female cast!!!

    • Jenna

      definitely lindsey price! i’d love to see her kick some butt!

      • amj

        yes I would support Lindsey Price and maybe Kristin Bell! Also love Vanessa Marcil and Eliza Dushku.

  • Laura

    Vanessa Marcil, Sarah Michelle Geller, I also like the idea of Julianne Hough – or Kelly Monaco

    • Molly

      Vanessa Marcil is too old.

    • Mia

      And Sarah Michelle is too smart to do a remake of this series

  • No Daisy

    I think Jennifer Morrison would be good. And maybe Eliza Dushku.

  • Renaton

    Oh, there ae so many actresses who would be good in making this happen.

    Claire danes is genius choice, specially if she’s actaully up to demanding actions scenes.

    However, given her choice fo oles, she might decline. So, within actress with butt-kicking fame or great phisicallity they bought to past roles, I think some good choices would be:

    – Melissa George for a bitchy Angel (In Treatment showed she’s got lots of range, and Alias showed she knows how to do actions scenes)

    – Grace Park for a more mysterious Angel (she would be great, as Battlestar Galactica showed)

    – Rosario Dawson for a more bad ass, rebel Angel (of Sin City, she deserves more recognition, and I’m she sure be on board if the project turns out to be inteesting)

  • Kylie

    Lindsay Price, Summer Glau, Kristin Bell

    • Tom


    • Doug

      God bless you! Kristen needs to come back to television, pronto!

    • Shiny Tim

      Summerrrrrrr! She was my first thought. I can watch the bar scene is Serenity any time. You also have two other awesome picks. And, all three need a show. Kudos.

  • Renaton

    I just saw the Jennifer Morrison idea. That would also be good move.

  • Roger

    Missy Peregrym, Jorja Fox & Sarah Michelle Geller.
    Book em.

  • Joni

    I want to see Mandy Moore, Sarah Michelle Geller, Jennifer Morrison.

    • Doug

      Jennifer Morrison is too stoic to play such a fun role. She had moments of greatness on House, but it consistently felt like she was more of a caricature than a character. I don’t want her to bring that to a role where that would be even more of a problem.

      • Jill

        Jennifer Morrison can play ANY role on screen and she will win it

  • Brooke

    Kristen Bell for SURE.

    She was the first name in my mind when I heard about this project.

    Other names that spring to mind: Summer Glau, Amy Acker, Rachel Bilson, Samaire Armstrong, Lindsay Price, Lucy Hale, Michelle Ryan…

    • amj

      Rachel Bilson, great idea! The image of the Wonder Woman episode in the OC brings to mind superhero!

      • amj

        Lucy Hale is also a great choice. The minute I saw the Hale’s I knew they would be ones to watch.

  • too much tv

    Natalie Zea-it would be a mistake not to have her.
    Sarah Paulson
    Roselyn Sanchez


    • craig

      Natalie Zea is a MUST, also Rachel Bilson Samaire Armstrong..plus a suggestion of Lewis Black as Bosley!

  • jonjon

    Summer Glau, Kristin Bell, and jordana brewster

  • Xander

    Summer Glau
    Kaley Cuoco – take her off Big Bang (she is the worst part)
    Renee Olstead

    • James T

      Good choices – you have a brunette, blonde, and red head – all the colors of the rainbow (the important ones anyway)

      • Jorge

        Actually, you are missing several colors of the rainbow, such as orange, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

  • WTF

    How about casting it onto the dung heap of unoriginal ideas?

    • nikki

      ITA. This is cancellation waiting to happen. This NEVER needs to happen.The original show was great, the movies, not so much. Don’t go messing up a good thing.

      • Ted

        How about a show that hasn’t been done before? Let’s try a FRESH concept instead of a moldy old fiddle from 30 years ago!

        Have you watched the origionals? They suck. Perhaps they were groundbreaking back in the day, but as reference material, there’s nothing there.

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