William Shakespeare, until now the sole domain of theater dorks, will finally become young, hip, and relevant as the hero of an upcoming series on The CW. And unlike the laughable attempts of your Baz Luhrmanns and your 10 Things I Hate About Yous of years gone by, this time Shakespeare‚Äôs street cred will be cemented by the addition of witches‚ÄĒcurrently the second-hottest TV trend after inexplicable remakes‚ÄĒto the story.

Called Shakespeare‚Äôs Sisters, the series is described as having ‚Äúthe grit of HBO‚Äôs hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones [and] the wit and heart of Shakespeare in Love,‚ÄĚ meaning it will be as sexy and violent as The CW‚Äôs Standards and Practices department will allow, yet still manage to be utterly forgettable. Set in the ‚Äė90s (the 1590s, but still), the story will revolve around the presumably brooding young playwright‚Äôs rise to fame with the help of three witches and ‚Äúthe most powerful woman in the world,‚ÄĚ Queen Elizabeth I. Current NCIS star and former Sexiest Man Alive Mark Harmon has signed on to produce and presumably serve as hunk consultant, with Jane the Virgin‚Äės Brad Silberling‚ÄĒwho‚Äôs been very busy lately‚ÄĒon board to direct and executive produce.

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