“I hope that everyone just gives them a chance.”
Shannen Doherty has given her verdict on the upcoming – and controversial – Charmed reboot.
The American actress told Entertainment Tonight: “I think it’s great. I think it’s awesome. I think second lives are amazing, so I’m all for it. I’m happy to see that a show, that back then was all about strong women who supported and loved each other, is now coming back again in this day and age.
“It’s about female empowerment again – not that that’s something new. Charmed originally was that too. But I think it’s wonderful, you know? And it’s providing a lot of jobs for people, and I honestly, I just wish them well. And I hope that everyone just gives them a chance.”
Doherty originally portrayed Prue Halliwell for the show’s first three seasons (1998-2001). Her character was killed off in the season three finale – following rumoured on-set tension with co-star Alyssa Milano – and was replaced with a brand new character played by Rose McGowan.
Charmed then continued for another five seasons and became the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads (until it was surpassed by Desperate Housewives in 2012), and the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB network.
Just like the original version, The CW’s reboot will follow three sister witches, Macy, Mel and Maggie (played by Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery) who discover their magical ancestry.
To the underworld, they’re known as ‘The Power of Three’, the most powerful witches in the world. They must use their abilities to vanquish demons, the forces of darkness, save the world when it’s in peril etc.
The series will feature an LGBTQ character in Mel Pruitt, a “strong-willed feminist” lesbian in her mid-20’s with a police detective girlfriend called Soo-Jin. Mel – like Piper Halliwell – will be able to stop time.
Macy has powers of telekinesis (like Prue and Paige), while Madison can hear people’s thoughts – which differs from Phoebe’s powers of premonition, levitation and empathy (although the latter two came later).
Ever since the reboot was announced, it’s been the subject of much controversy.
Combs – who played Piper Halliwell in the original – has been particularly outspoken. When the reboot was deemed a “fierce, funny and feminist” version of the show, she slammed the network.
She tweeted: “I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago.”
And Milano – who portrayed Phoebe Halliwell – told Entertainment Tonight: “I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning.”
However, she did add: “Having said that, I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation.”
Watch the trailer for The CW’s upcoming Charmed reboot below: