Along with the eye candy and all of the beauty of Charlie’s Angels, series star Minka Kelly promises that there will also be a lot of depth and emotion as well. Just like her character of Eve, she moved around a lot as a young child, and she feels that helped her be able to develop confidence within herself to walk into any room and “be okay.” It’s what she relates to with her character, and she thinks viewers will, as well.
“I understand what it means to create my own family, Kelly pontificated in Los Angeles earlier today. “I think I’m not alone in that. I think there’s a lot of girls– and guys– out there who have that in common with myself and Eve.”
These women are not just robots who kick ass and look great doing it, after all; they have pasts, and they have a darkness to their characters. Each one of them messed up at least once and through the notorious, and slightly ominous, “Charlie,” they are given a second chance. This tale, therefore, is not a straight reboot but is about bringing something new and fresh to the table, fitting for the new time period. It’s about redemption.
“It’s about modern women and how they juggle their lives and their jobs,” series creator and executive producer Al Gough explained. “They have to be beautiful; they have to be sexy; they have to have all of those qualities, but they also have to be warm and relatable [because] they are a family.”
And in this particular case Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez) is a fourth angel, really keeping the women together and being the link between them and their illusive boss.
“Right now he’s this enigma that can do a lot of things and have a lot of skill sets, and he is the liaison between the girls and Charlie,” Rodriguez spoke of his character, noting that it will evolve into more than that as the episodes go on.
“There will be a lot of backstory revealed as season progresses– who Bosley is, what he’s about, and that will come through Charlie. He has a lot of secrets on Charlie; he has a lot of secrets on everybody.”
Bosley may prove to be the throughline for the procedural series, then, which would make his a much more integrated role than in the original. Charlie (still to be recast, as Robert Wagner had “scheduling conflicts”) and Bosley’s history will be a big part of the mystery of the show.
No one involved wanted to just redo the original, in part because the original was so groundbreaking. Nostalgia is one thing, but co-creator and executive producer Miles Miller pointed out that modern audiences “particularly on ABC, is expecting that these women are contemporaries whom they can relate to.”
“Each episode will be kind of character revealing about the angels…We’ll be mixing it up, but one of the angels will be at the emotional tip of the spear [each week],” Gough expanded.
But additionally, the setting change of moving to Miami will also give the series a more “cosmopolitan and international” feel that modern audiences can better feel reflect their own world.
Gough and Miller aren’t shutting the door on the past completely, though. Not only is original series executive producer Leonard Goldberg attached, but Drew Barrymore is, as well, having a big presence in casting and continuing to help develop episodes through her production company. Additionally, Gough is open to bringing back favorites from the original series in due time, just as he did with Smallville.
“It’s a way to honor what’s come before,” he said.
Of course, with Smallville he didn’t start doing that until season two, once the fan base was already established. So if you, like series co-star Rachael Taylor is hoping to see an old fave like Demi Moore down the line, you’ll have to tune in from the beginning when Charlie’s Angels premieres on ABC on September 22nd at 8pm. And check back here for our advance review of the pilot episode just prior to premiere!
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