Holly Marie Combs Puts A Hex On “Charmed” Reboot

The CW promises a "feminist" update of the witchy series.

Looks like someone swapped the Book of Shadows for the Book of Shade!

The long-gestating remake of Charmed, the WB’s campy drama about supernatural sisters, has gotten an official pilot order from the CW, TV Line reports.

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“This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches,” according to the network’s official synopsis. “Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.” 

Following the announcement, Holly Marie Combs, who starred as Piper Halliwell in the original series, took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the reboot.

“Here’s the thing,” Combs tweeted. “Until you ask us to rewrite it like [executive producer] 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.”

“Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title,” Combs continued. “If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title.”

Claiming co-ownership of Charmed, Combs was presumably referring to fellow co-stars Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan. McGowan joined the show in the fourth season following Doherty’s departure.

The 44-year-old actress also took issue with the CW touting their remake as a “feminist” version, particularly in light of the fact that McGowan and Milano have been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement. “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around,” she wrote. “Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately… um no.”

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When the CW first announced plans to reboot Charmed last year, it was envisioned as a prequel series. The new present-day setting would potentially allow the show’s original stars to reprise their roles.

Charmed originally ran on the WB from 1998 to 2006 and averaged 4.5 million viewers during its eight-season run. CBS also discussed plans to reboot the Aaron Spelling-produced series back in 2013.

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