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'Smallville' Writers Take Over 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 24th 2010 10:40AM

Charlie's AngelsThe writing team who brought Superman back to TV screens in 'Smallville' are set to work their magic on the reboot of 'Charlie's Angels' for ABC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, hit writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are replacing Josh Friedman ('Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles') on the Sony Television Pictures project, which is being developed for a potential pilot order and midseason launch.

Gough and Millar created 'Smallville' in 2001 and ran the show as writers and executive producers until 2008. It is the longest-running US series based on a comic book and returns to the CW this fall for its tenth and final season. The pair have also penned several big-screen movies, including 'Shanghai Noon' and 'Spider-Man 2,' and produced 'Hannah Montana: The Movie.'

The original 'Charlie's Angels,' produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard J. Goldberg, aired from 1976-81. It starred Farrah Fawcett (later replaced by Cheryl Ladd), Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as three private eyes working for the mysterious Charlie (John Forsythe). The show was previously revived for two movies directed by McG and starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu as the Angels. Both Goldberg and Barrymore are producers on the new show.

'Charlie's Angels' is one of a slew of '70s shows being revisited by the networks in recent years with varying degrees of success. The reworked 'Battlestar Galactica' was a smash, whereas 'The Bionic Woman' lasted for only nine episodes. And it was announced last week that while NBC has declined to pick up 'The Rockford Files' starring Dermot Mulroney, CBS will begin airing its remake of 'Hawaii Five-0' on Mondays this fall.

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I really wish they would let sleeping dogs lie on this franchise. How many times does Charlie's Angels need to be rebooted? How about something original?

May 24 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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