'Charlie's Angels' writer: Reboot is a little darker
September 22nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET

'Charlie's Angels' writer: Reboot is a little darker

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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  1. Anomic Office Drone

    Reboots need to go away.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. deke

    I hope the angels will make the cool pose with there fingers like guns. Girls used to try doing that when i was in middle school in the 70s. It was cool.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al Bundy

    I just hope the girls will be extra hot.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    I remember watching the original Charlie's Angels and now with the new version coming out I really don't think it will last very long. Look at what happened to the revamped Bionic Woman....shazam...gone! Best of luck though...

    September 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    - 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.

    In other words, we werent creative enough to come up with stories that were about crime and solving mysteries, it will be mostly about hashing out the troubled angels pasts...blargh

    – 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.

    No, just no. I love how this guy assumes that just because there is technology, everyone should know who Charlie is. Charlie was unknown because technically the angels are detectives not cops and they did some very illegal stuff to achieve their ends at times. Charlie being the unknown gave him protection, the kind one would assume someone as rich and powerful as he is would desire.

    I give this show the initial run of ordered episodes and thats it.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Observer

    More liberal tripe. Read a book instead.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Firsties!

    THIS IS MY FIRST FIRST EVER!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |

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