September 22nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET
In honor of “Charlie’s Angels’” 35th anniversary on Thursday, a new, sexy crime-fighting trio will debut on primetime.
Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor will star in the ABC reboot, which, despite minor differences, maintains the formula of the original series, said Al Gough, a writer and producer on the show.
And Gough, who executive produced the CW’s “Smallville” - the Clark Kent drama that ended its 10-year run in May - knows a thing or two about re-imagining iconic franchises.
“We tried to stick to the DNA of [‘Charlie’s Angels’],” Gough told CNN. “The idealized female friendships. The fact that they’re detectives. … With any iconic franchise, you have to hope you’ve changed enough to make it relevant, but haven’t gone too far.”
The changes include the Angels' dark pasts, the fact that Ramon Rodriguez’s Bosley is a 30-something ladies man with a six-pack, and the location. Producers moved the series to Miami, Florida.
“Working from Miami felt more glamorous than Beverly Hills does,” Gough said. “Maybe just because we live in L.A.”
Also, giving the girls criminal backgrounds - as opposed to the original Angels, who were graduates of the Los Angeles police academy - helps with storytelling, he said.
Technology was another aspect that needed updating. It doesn’t make sense that, in 2011, Charlie is still just a voice on the telephone, Gough added; suggesting that perhaps a meeting is in order.
Bosley and the Angels also use tablet computers to crack a case in the pilot episode.
“The tone of [the reboot] definitely...plays a little darker,” Gough said. “People die in this world. You still have the fashion and the fun, but their back stories are slightly darker.”
“I always say, if Jack Bauer [from ‘24’] and Carrie Bradshaw [from ‘Sex and the City’] had a lovechild, it would be ‘Charlie’s Angels,'" he added. "If people embrace that sort of tone, where it’s fun, but more grounded than the previous version, then I think they’ll like it.”
Will you watch the pilot tonight?
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