Saturday, July 20, 2024

Exclusive: Robert Wagner to be New Charlie in “Charlie’s Angels” TV Series


You may have heard: “Charlie’s Angels” is coming back to TV.

Spun off this time from the hit movies of the early 90s, “Charlie’s Angels” is being readied to follow “Hawaii Five-O” back to the small screen. (If you’re young, “Charlie’s Angels” is about three sexy spies, and has nothing to do with Charlie Sheen’s private life.)

And guess who’s going to be the voice of Charlie? None other than Robert J. Wagner, one of our favorite all time Hollywood legends.

Wagner follows in the footsteps of the late John Forsythe. He’ll be explaining the new cases to an all new set of beautiful spies, as well as a new Bosley. According to my sources, no one else has been cast yet for this Charlie’s Redux.

Wagner’s participation in the new “Charlie’s” is no coincidence. In the real world, Wagner and the late Natalie Wood owned 50% of the original TV series through a deal with Spelling-Goldberg TV. A couple of years ago, Wagner sued over rights to the movies, too, but lost on appeal. It’s presumed his first deal, the for the TV series, still stands.

And who should play Bosley, Charlie’s right hand man? In the movies first it was Bill Murray, then the late Bernie Mac. I hope the producers stick with a little multi-culturalism. It would be nice to see a black Bosley and a black Angel. How about Mos Def for the former, and Gabrielle Union for the latter? A:so, she may not want to do TV, but I’d pick Michelle Monaghan for lead Angel.

As for Wagner, he’s “in” all the time!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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