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Charlie's Angels Pilot Review

Pilot Scoop: Charlie's Angels

ABC is bringing Charlie's Angels back to the small screen this Fall with a reboot of the famous TV (and film) series. Though we've got new faces playing the titular angels — Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh — the premise is the same. Three tough ladies with checkered pasts team up to solve crimes for their mysterious boss, Charlie, and the fun of the show lies in their exotic travels, sexy costumes, and the bond of friendship.


Where it works: The show captures the most essential element of the original series: fun. The pilot is also well paced and does a good job of introducing us to the angels without trying to jam too much background information down our throats. Additionally, their first case as a trio — hunting down a well-known human trafficker — adds a bit of edge and danger. While all three ladies look amazing, they're also packing more attitude than certain other angels. (Translation: don't expect to see these butt-kicking women dancing in their underwear like Cameron Diaz.)

Where it doesn't: Bosley, who helps the angels solve their crimes, is much more of a straight shooter this time around. While Ramon Rodriguez makes for some nice eye candy, his personality falls flat and had me missing some of the quirkier actors we've seen in the role in previous versions of the series. Some of the acting in the pilot is also a bit flat, which brought down the chemistry between the angels.

You might like this show if: You're a fan of any of the original Charlie's Angels.

When it's on: Thursdays at 8 p.m.

See pictures from the Charlie's Angels pilot, plus a preview, when you read more.

Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor, and Minka Kelly in ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Rachael Taylor as Abby Sampson in ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Minka Kelly as Eve in ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince in ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley in ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Minka Kelly in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Ramon Rodriguez, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Ramon Rodriguez, Rachael Taylor, and Minka Kelly in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez, Minka Kelly, and Annie Ilonzeh in ABC's Charlie Angels.
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