There's one person who isn't very excited about The CW's upcoming reboot of the show Charmed, and that's former original series cast member Holly Marie Combs. Combs, who played Piper Halliwell, one third of the witchy Halliwell sisters in the original series, hasn't hid her displeasure with the show being rebooted with a new trio of actresses playing the lead roles. The original series ran from 1998-2006 and featured Combs along with Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano as three sisters who were known as The Charmed Ones - the most powerful witches of all time. After Doherty's character was killed off at the end of the third season, Rose McGowan joined the show as a younger half-sister.
The CW's Charmed reboot once again focuses on a trio of sisters who discover they have the Power of Three. The reboot stars Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery as sisters Macy Vaughn, Mel Vera and Maggie Vera, respectively, who live in a college town and discover their powers after the murder of their mother. Rupert Evans has been cast as the Whitelighter Harry Greenwood. The reboot was described by The CW as "a fierce, funny, feminist reboot" about a group of sisters whose goals include "vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds." Combs seemed to take particular offense at labelling the current reboot as "feminist," tweeting, "Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”
Combs has once again taken to Twitter to clear up her thoughts on the new iteration of the show she helped make famous.
“Let me say first that I appreciate the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created. But 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. I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy does remain.”
She went on to add that she does wish the show success, and hopes that the network will listen to what the fans are asking for.
“Reboots fair better when they honor the original as opposed to taking shots at the original. Reboots also do better when they listen to a still passionate fan base which is what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s why we do reboots. The fans are why we all get to do what we do. So we wish them well and hope for success.”
It seems that Combs is most annoyed with the fact that the Halliwell sisters seem to be completely forgotten in this reboot. Her fans have also been quite vocal on social media about their wishes to see the Halliwell sisters and their legacy return to the Charmed universe. While The CW has focused on a similar storyline as the original series, with the Vera/Vaughn sisters realizing their powers and working together to vanquish evil, it seems that's all it will have in common with the original. Perhaps The CW will listen to fans of the original and we'll see some Halliwell sister cameos in future episodes.
Fans will get to see the new Charmed Ones in action when Charmed debuts in the fall on The CW, airing Sundays at 9pm ET.
Source: Holly Marie Combs/Twitter