While many are rejoicing over the fact that hit series Charmed is finally getting the reboot treatment, the Power of Three took issue. Some of the OG Charmed Ones—Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty, who played Piper and Prue Halliwell, respectively—took to Twitter to express their reservations about The CW’s Charmed reboot.
The network described the Charmed revival as a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot…Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
The idea that the reboot will take a feminist spin seems to imply that the original did not, and that didn’t sit well with Combs, who also wasn’t pleased that none of the original cast and crew are involved in the remake. But it wasn’t all hard feelings; Combs did wish the remake team “well.”
Meanwhile, Doherty, who is starring in another reboot (Heathers), wasn’t too cynical about the new project and even went as far as supporting the idea. She said she loves that it will allow for more female actors to shine, but like Combs, Doherty didn’t appreciate how The CW approached Charmed 2.0, or the implication that the original wasn’t feminist.
And now it looks like the team behind the reboot has finally responded to the reservations from the original cast. While at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Monday, August 6th, executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman was nothing but understanding about Combs’ comments.
“Of course we can empathize [with her],” Urman said, per TVGuide.com. “It was a huge part of her life and if [she’s] watching it go in a different direction, then of course that’s going to be hard. I understand that.”
Producer Jessica O’ Toole also chimed in, saying, “We’re only here because of [that show]. We were huge fans of the original, by the way. That show wrapped everything up so wonderfully—they all got their happy endings, and there were even glimpses of their future. We felt like it told a complete story.”
It’s still far too early to tell whether the Charmed reboot, which premieres October 14th, will live up to the original, but let’s hope it will make the OG cast and crew proud, despite their skepticism.