Friday, November 13, 2009

ABC Reportedly Close to Ordering Pilot for Updated Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels (TV Series)

Variety is reporting that ABC is close to ordering a pilot for an updated version of its classic series Charlie's Angels. Leonard Goldberg, who launched the series with Aaron Spelling, is expected to produce together with Drew Barrymore, who starred in and produced the theatrical films based on the series.

The crime drama ran on the network for 5 seasons, from 1976 through 1981, and originally starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett as private investigators working for The Townsend Agency. Charlie Townsend (voice of John Forsythe) was never seen on screen. There were frequent cast changes, though Smith stayed with the series through its entire run.

Two popular theatrical films based on the series were made (one in 2000, the other in 2003), both starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the angels.

Several attempts to revive the series for television have failed. A version called Angels 88 was proposed to Fox in 1988, but never got off the ground. Another version was pitched to ABC in 2004 but didn't go to pilot. The new Charlie’s Angels is expected to be geared toward a new generation while paying homage to the past.

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