Over the weekend we learned that CBS is mulling over the very possible notion of rebooted the highly successful witch-themed TV series Charmed. I, along with a host of other fans, was very happy to hear that plans are in the works to breathe new life into the series once again. But, not everyone is happy about the news. Actors Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano (who played sisters Paige and Phoebe Halliwell respectively on the series) both voiced their displeasure at hearing news of this proposed Charmed reboot. Click below to read what they each have to say about the matter.
If orange is the new black, then witch is the new vampire as the spell-casting, broomstick-riding, cat-loving ladies are suddenly TV’s supernatural archetype du juor. With “American Horror Story: Coven” and “Witches of East End” already on the air, it’s no surprise CBS wants in on the action, but its proposed reboot of the not-too-distant-past witch series “Charmed” is getting the evil eye from two of that show’s stars, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan … With the show’s continued popularity even after its ending, it’s no surprise that someone would aim to bring it back to the air. But a reboot means younger (cheaper) talent, with no starring place for the show’s original witches. Something that hasn’t sat well with the first set of Halliwell sisters. On Friday, Milano, who currently appears on the ABC series “Mistresses” and the Lifetime reality series “Project Runway: All Stars,” tweeted her frustrations to her fans, writing, “The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is… it just… it feels like yesterday. It feels too close.” McGowan, who recently appeared on the ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” also wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of someone else filing her shoes, even if those shoes didn’t show up on the original series until Season 4 (she replaced Doherty as a Halliwell half-sister). “They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood,” she wrote. She followed it up with “lame lame lame lamertons,” which sounds like some kind of spell incantation.
Oh I totally understand why McGowan and Milano might not be at all happy about the reboot because I know the series was dear to both women. Trust me, if I wasn’t on Team Reboot, I’d be pissed off, too. I honestly believe that if done well, a new version of Charmed could work very well. Witches are so hot right now, of course the TV execs are going to try and revive one of the most successful witch-themed TV shows around. We’ll have to see how all of this plays out. This Charmed reboot could turn out to be all talk. I’m still all for it, are you?