Comic-Con gets look at "Charlie's Angels" re-reboot

Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:11pm EDT
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By R.T. Watson

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Making a re-reboot of the iconic girl-power franchise "Charlie's Angels" that initially caught fire on TV in the 1970s and morphed into two movies in the 2000s takes a certain degree of creative moxie.

But having courage, utilizing skill and being aggressive -- all characteristics of muscled-up moxie -- seems appropriate for the upcoming "Charlie's Angels" that is being pitched as an action-adventure show for a new generation of TV audiences.

The first TV show starred Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as three, sexy private investigators working for a man named Charlie, who would send them on dangerous missions to catch crooks. Trendsetting in its time, today it seems quaint.

Next came Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz in the "Angel" roles, but the two movies featuring trio -- "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" -- had a decidedly campy, comic edge to the action.

This third time around in a TV show set to debut this fall on the ABC network, new 'Angels' Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are serious-minded detectives with the muscles to match in a crime show filled with action.

"I've never been able to play a girl with a set of balls," Minka Kelly told Reuters of her new "Angel," Eve French.

Kelly, who is mostly known for her role as the ever yearning Lyla Garrity in TV series "Friday Night Lights," was decidedly happy about taking on the new, powerful role.

The Angels turned up at the giant Comic-Con International convention in San Diego late Saturday to show off footage from their TV pilot episode and take questions from fans curious for a glimpse of the newest incarnation.   Continued...