ABC’s Charlie’s Angels Comic-Con panel is at the Hilton next door to the convention center. So perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into the fact the ballroom is only about a third full when the panel takes the stage – fans line up like crazy at the convention center, but drawing them off-site can be tricky.
We see an action-packed new trailer (which is not going to be online for awhile), then the lovely cast take the stage and co-showrunner Alfred Gough explains what’s new in ABC’s reboot compared to the 1970s series and two movies.
“One is a dirty cop, the other a car thief and another cat burglar,” says co-showrunner Alfred Gough. “It gave them a skill set in the show and it gave them something to overcome. And we made Bosley young and hot. In the TV show and movies, he was like the weird pervy uncle. And we wanted Bosley to be the fourth angel. And the final piece was moving the show from L.A. to Miami. L.A. – probably because we live there– didn’t seem exciting or fun … [reboots] have a big target on their backs which we’re acutely aware of.”
Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh studied up for the part by watching old Angels episodes, while Rachael Taylor (who came off refreshingly blunt throughout the panel) says she has not seen the previous versions. “And I think it’s okay and here’s why: Each version of Charlie’s Angels is very specific to its time,” she says.
Taylor then gave a bit of a backhanded compliment to Kelly: “She looks like butter would not melt in her mouth,” she says, but added that Kelly can throw down in the show’s action scenes.
Kelly looks confused. “That’s a compliment,” Taylor explains.
Angels made news earlier this week when Robert Wagner dropped out as the voice of Charlie, and Gough says the change was due to a “scheduling conflict.” Nobody yet has been cast, but whoever gets the gig might be on screen more than previous versions of the speakerphone-based character.
“The angels can’t see Charlie,” Gough says, “but the audience might.”