The CW Orders “Feminist Reboot” of Charmed But OG Star Holly Marie Combs is NOT Happy About it
A Charmed reboot just landed a pilot order at The CW – and it'll have a “feminist” twist! The rebooted version will feature a new cast, but can we expect to see Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan make an appearance? There's certainly a chance since this version will take place in the present day, which would allow the possibility of guest appearances by stars from the original if the pilot is picked up to series. But considering some recent choice words from the actress who played Piper Halliwell, we don't think the gals are down.
According to the network’s official new description, the reboot will deliver a much more progressive message than the original. “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
We love the sound of that! What's better than a feminist witch who knows her worth and power? It sounds perfect. While the OG series definitely was all about that girl power, we're excited to see it kicked up a notch.
Last year, both Shannen and Holly shot down rumors that Charmed would ever return.
“It's not happening,” Shannen told The Hollywood Reporter in October. “I mean, I just don't ever foresee it happening now. It would be far too soon, but I also don't think you need the original cast for a reboot. I know our fans really want us back, but who knows? We were basically a reboot of Practical Magic in its own way, so they could redo it, but now it should just rest.”
“I'm sorry to say that all the reboot rumors are just that…. rumors,” Holly wrote on Instagram in July alongside a throwback photo of she and her co-stars.
It turns out, they were wrong and we're very glad! While we'd like to see them reprise their roles, the original Charmed ladies are pretty busy with other projects at the moment — and none of them seem particularly excited about Charmed 2.0 coming to The CW.
Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
Yikes. Rose also threw a sly dig at the project when news about it first surfaced over a year ago:
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) January 6, 2017
Rose has a new E! documentary Citizen Rose, Alyssa is a leading voice in the #MeToo campaign, and Shannen will appear on the TV series adaptation of Heathers. Holly wrapped up her role as Aria's mom on Pretty Little Liars in June 2017, so maybe she's just looking for that invite to get involved?
Now that the Charmed reboot is official, it's safe to say that 2018 is the year of the witch! Netflix‘s new (and much darker) Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot is also in the works starring Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka. The untitled series is expected to premiere later this year.