Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Knock-Out

Shelley in an ad for "Angels on Campus"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1979

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of one of the knock-out hits on TV, Charlie's Angels, joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett were previous regulars on the series. A year later, Tanya Roberts took over from Shelley, then the show was canceled. Interest in all the women continued though, long after the series went off the air. Articles about each and every Angel would still pop up everywhere, which made it hard for each actress to live down the image. But as the decades passed, public perception about the series and the women who starred in it began to change. From being taken as mere fluff and T & A, the series would eventually be recognized as one of the ground-breaking shows on TV for portraying women as strong, independent and bonded with her sisters;  thereby, influencing and inspiring a generation of women to become exactly that.

The women who became Angels

Charlie's Angels had such a huge impact that it just had to be remade. In 1988, Aaron Spelling tried to revive the series with Angels '88. Tea Leoni (Deep Impact, Spanglish), Claire Yarlett (The Colbys), Karen Kopins (Once Bitten) and Sandra Canning (Days of Our Lives) were cast as the Angels; but after the announcement and a press conference, production delays permanently shelved it. In 2000 and 2003, movie versions of the show were released with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Demi Moore playing the Angels; both films became blockbusters. In 2011, the series was again remade with Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor, Nadine Velazquez and Minka Kelly as the new Angels. But the series, which came to be known as Charlie's Angels 2011, suffered poor ratings and was quickly canceled. This year it was announced that a Charlie’s Angels reboot is in the works; and Elizabeth Banks is being eyed to direct it. Who will be the new Angels? Will any of the past Angels be in it? Or will all the past Angels be in it? Wouldn't that be great?

Elizabeth Banks in Talks to Direct Charlie’s Angels Reboot
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