'Charmed' Netflix Success Prompts CBS Reboot

Witch drama finds new life after fans binge-watch online

Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Lori Rom on 'Charmed.'
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Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Lori Rom on 'Charmed.'
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Netflix has proven powerful once more: its second-most-binged show, Charmed, has been given a second life on a new network.

The witch drama originally ran on the WB from 1998-2006 but it will fly over to CBS for a brand-new reboot, Vulture reports. The first run starred Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan (who replaced Doherty in Season Four) and was produced by Aaron Spelling of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame.

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CBS is currently in the early stages of returning the show to the air, reports Vulture. Party of Five creator Chris Keyser and partner Sydney Sidner will deliver a pilot script that will potentially set the new season. Charmed continues to have an avid fanbase from which they can mine ideas; the franchise has spawned a mobile video game and graphic novels.

Netflix famously revived Arrested Development to the delight of its cult fanbase; it seems the Charmed devotees have made their presence felt just as strongly on the streaming site, which boasts over 40 million subscribers worldwide. The company has a goldmine of data regarding which programs people are watching and what will make for a success. This reboot also follows a current upswing in reworked shows; NBC recently announced that they are planning a reboot of Murder She Wrote.

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