Holly Marie Combs has not held her tongue regarding her disapproval of a ‘Charmed’ reboot. Back when The CW first revealed they were planning to update the series, they released a poorly worded description stating that this new take would be “fierce, funny, feminist”– seemingly implying that the original was not. Combs has been the most outspoken against these plans, but she feels that her words have been twisted in a recent Yahoo article.
Via Twitter, Combs posted her entire statement:
“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.”
“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.”
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) May 22, 2018
Combs played the middle sister Piper Halliwell on the original series which ran from 1998 until 2008. Alyssa Milano played her younger sister Phoebe, while Shannen Doherty played older sister Pru until her character was killed off in the third season finale. She was replaced by Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews, their long lost sister.
On the reboot, Madeleine Mantock plays Macy Vaughn, the oldest long lost sister to Melonie Diaz‘s Melanie “Mel” Vera. (The sisters’ last name was previously Pruitt, but it appears to have been changed.) Sarah Jeffrey plays younger sister Maggie Vera (formerly Madison Pruitt). Of these, Mel would appear to be the updated version of Comb’s Piper and shares her time freezing powers.
Like Combs, Doherty has also come forward to criticize the poor wording that The CW used in their description, but also wished the new production well. Addressing her fans on social media, she said “I’m intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted, inspired like all you were. Charmed helped us all in some way.”
The new ‘Charmed’ will debut this fall on The CW. It will air on Sunday nights at 9pm EST.
Source: Entertainment Weekly