Charmed Shakeup: Showrunner Replaced as Series Changes Creative Direction

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The CW's reboot of Charmed may be coming back for a sophomore run, but it looks like there will be some big changes. 

Showrunner Carter Covington is bowing out after just one season and is being replaced by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, according to Deadline

Concerned Maggie - Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 14

The pair are said to be taking the series in a new direction, one that will focus more on the supernatural aspect as opposed to the family side of things. 

While that's not to say the family dynamics will be left in the rear-view mirror, it does sound like the creative forces are more confident in taking the show in a darker direction. 

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The reboot stars Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blain, and Nick Hargrove.

It launched in October to a middling response from critics. The series logged a new low in the ratings for its most recent episode with 589k viewers and a 0.2 rating. 

Macy Fashionista - Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 15 - Charmed (2018)

The show does get a boost with DVR factored in, but the on-air ratings have been slipping all season long to the point that it's unclear when the show will find its floor. 

It ranks 10th out of 13 dramas on the network in the demo, so the continued erosion must be concerning for the network. 

The CW gave the series an early renewal in January, and it was thought to be because of the show's international appeal on the back of the original series which was much more popular. 

There are still six episodes of Charmed Season 1 remaining, and the changes on the creative side will not take effect until Charmed Season 2 gets underway during the 2019-20 TV season. 

Surprised Mel - Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 13

Charmed continues this Sunday with an episode titled "Surrender."

Here's the official description of it:

DEEPEST DESIRE — When Niko (Ellen Tamaki) reaches out to Mel (Melonie Diaz) for help, she unknowingly reveals a new demon.

Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) volunteers to infiltrate the “cult” to help thwart him, but when she goes missing Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and Mel set out to find her before it’s too late.

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Harry (Rupert Evans) must face the consequences of the “gift” that The Elders have bestowed on him, leaving Mel, Macy and Maggie shocked and angry.

Mel thinks that Fiona (guest star Leah Pipes) might be the key to helping Harry, which seems to cause trouble between her and Jada (guest star Aleyse Shannon).

Meanwhile, Parker (Nick Hargrove) is getting worse and Maggie has an idea on how to make him better. Megan Follows directed the episode written by Sarah Goldfinger (#117).

Stoic Mel - Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 14

Sounds ominous, right?

What are your thoughts on this news, Charmed Fanatics?

Do you still watch the series, or did you bail on it?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Charmed (2018) online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Charmed (2018) Quotes

Harry: You are witches. Witches who are destined to save the world from impending doom. That's right, you are the Charmed ones. The most powerful trio of witches.
Mel: He's the new women's studies teacher. I knew something was off about him.

You’re better together, your differences are your strengths and nothing is stronger than your sisterhood

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