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

Making a re-reboot of the iconic girl-power franchise "Charlie's Angels" that initially caught fire on TV...

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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.

BARRYMORE IS BACK

Barrymore,

who spearheaded the movies, is a key producer on the new TV show, and

she was able to wield what the program's creators called "Jedi mind

tricks" in order to bring the three new "Angels" onto the program.

Shouldering

much of the responsibility for getting the program in good shape are

executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, known for their

success with TV's "Smallville."

"We

were hesitant, but then our wives, who both loved the show when they

were girls said 'well you two shouldn't do it,' so that meant absolutely

we're going to do it" said Gough.

Gough

and Millar said they initially were troubled by the same question

anyone might pose: how do you remain faithful to the tenets that made

the "Angels" memorable while making the new show fresh and interesting

enough to be engaging?

"This is more like a cine-real version of the show, it's much more grounded, credible" said Millar.

The

show's makers said the campy humor in the movies, which subtly pokes

some fun at, not just the sex appeal of the original, but also the idea

of three beautiful women pulling of action sequences normally reserved

for men, is mostly erased from this new version.

"We're not going there," said Ilonzeh.

But

"Angel" Taylor added that just because the show will offer fans a

tougher edge, doesn't mean the women won't be having some fun on-screen.

Put

it this way: "If Jack Bauer (action-packed "24") and Carrie Bradshaw

(comedy "Sex and the City") had a love child, then it would be this

series," said Taylor.