Meet the New Charlie's Angels

The first image of the three stars of the new Charlie's Angels television series together on the set the first day of shooting began spreading around the Internet on such sites as PopEater and others.  ABC's reboot of the classic has a good trio of actresses playing the good-looking crimefighters: Annie Ilonzeh (with previous roles in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Melrose Place, Entourage, and General Hospital) , Minka Kelly (one of the stars of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), and Rachael Taylor (from Grey's Anatomy).

The premise of this new version seems to owe as much to Mod Squad as it does to Charlie's Angels -- unlike the original in which the undercover private investigators were police cadets recruited by the mysterious Charlie Townsend, the new show has them as ex-convicts given a second chance at redemption (according to's Inside TV blog).

The original was a huge pop culture hit in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe, Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, and (my favorite) Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett became overnight sensations. David Doyle played John Bosley and John Forsythe supplied the voice of Charlie.  Farrah left the show after the first season, replaced by Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe.  Shelley Hack later joined the cast as Tiffany Welles, and by the time Tanya Roberts became the newest Angel, Julie Rogers, everyone was just going through the motions. 

But its impact on popular culture lived on, revitalized by two motion pictures.  The first Charlie's Angels movie, directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook, Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders, and Lucy Lui as Alex Munday, was a blockbuster hit.  The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, featured Demi Moore as the villainous Madison Lee, an Angel gone rogue.  Bill Murray played John Bosley in the first film and Bernie Mac played Jimmy Bosley in the second.  John Forsythe returned as the familiar voice of Charlie in both movies.

In the new TV show, the role of Bosley will be played by Ramon Rodriguez (Day Break, The Wire, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Battle: Los Angeles).  Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart, Austin Powers) steps in to fill the iconic voice of Charlie for the late John Forsythe.

Produced by Drew Barrymore, will the new show be able to once again capture lightning in a bottle?  Or have they tapped the Charlie's Angels well once too often?