A growing trend in series reboots is changing the ethnicities of the main characters in an easy effort to expand on diverse storytelling and inclusivity. In the recent reboot of CBS’ Magnum P.I., which previously starred Tom Selleck, the iconic role has been taken over by Jay Hernandez, an American actor of Latinx descent. On Netflix, the seventies sitcom One Day at a Time was reworked with a Latinx cast. A reboot of the classic Bewitched with an African American cast is in the works. The CW’s Charmed, a reboot of the popular WB series, is retelling the story with a trio of Latinx sisters on a journey of self-discovery after learning they have supernatural abilities. In keeping with The CW’s slogan “Dare to Defy,” Charmed is unafraid to tackle modern social issues such as misogyny, patriarchy and sexism, and focuses heavily on diversity and inclusivity. The decision to retell the story with Latinx characters is indeed a bold choice and one that I am sure will resonate with my community, as it is among the many traditionally under-represented communities in television programming.
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