Charlie’s Angels is perhaps more known to its younger audience by the two films from 2000 and 2003 than the original 1970’s US TV series. Let us hope that it fares better than NBC’s attempted resurrection of the similar vintage Wonder Woman which sadly did not make it beyond the pilot. And better than NBC’s one series of the remodelled Bionic Woman. What is it about 1970’s shows and remakes?! I’m racking my memory for a successful reincarnation of a Seventies TV show – can anyone think of any?
One of the Shows Executive Producers is Drew Barrymore who played Angel Dylan Sanders in the two McG directed film versions. The Angels this time around are played by Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor. Their respective pasts have been on the wrong side of the law – Charlie’s Fallen Angels – will Charlie redeem them?
The preview I have seen looks promising – bluntly a team of woman crime-fighters kicking ass surely cannot fail?!
Another Fall outing from ABC is Once Upon A Time described as a ‘bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide.’ This synopsis and the preview I saw reminded me a little of the 1998 Andy Tennant directed, Drew Barrymore starred film Everafter – another modern re-imagining of a fairy-tale universe, but whereas Everafter was a romantic and hopeful Cinderella story Once Upon A Time forebodes a more thwarted and fearful tale, unhappy-ever-after.
Once Upon A Time comes from the producers of Lost who can certainly spin a yarn but one that can deliver us an ending?!
The princess of the story is Emma Swan who will be immediately recognizable to House fans as Doctor Allison Cameron, Doctor Gregory House’s colleague and prickly conscience, played by Jennifer Morrison.
Others on the side of good are Snow White played by Ginnifer Goodwin and Prince Charming by Josh Dallas. On the side of evil are Rumpelstiltskin played by Robert Carlyle and the Evil Queen by Lana Parilla. We Brits often get scripted as the Bad Guys by US Writers – though Carlyle is a slight departure in that he is Scottish not English!
Another modern fairy-tale TV show was the Bryan Fuller creation Pushing Daisies and I am hoping that Once Upon A Time is in its playful mischievous spirit.
Two welcome slices of escapism from ABC for the autumn and winter nights ahead.