10:16am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Charmed' Star Rips CW's 'Feminist' Reboot: "Guess We Forgot to Do That the First Go Around"
Original Charmed star Holly Marie Combs is not happy with The CW rebooting the show.
Combs, who played Piper Halliwell for all eight seasons of the former WB Network drama, took to Twitter to weigh in on the younger-skewing network's revival, and she did not hold back.
"Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the four 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," Combs wrote, referencing showrunner Kern and fellow stars Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano.
After attempts by CBS in 2013 and last season by The CW, the latter redeveloped the Charmed reboot and ordered it to pilot this season. Produced by the team behind Jane the Virgin, the pilot is described as a "fierce, funny, feminist" reboot of the original series that centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch's work is never done. Last season's version was set in 1976, while the new take moving forward is contemporary and set in the present day. Last year's project was said to be connected to the original series in some fashion, which would be compelling given that original Charmed stars, including Doherty, were among those who nixed returning to the franchise.
Combs also took issue with The CW's description of the show's "feminist" take, writing "Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph."
Combs also got into a larger discussion about reboots during an exchange with the writer behind The CW's Roswell reboot, Carina Mackenzie (The Originals), during which she further explained her contempt for Charmed's revival. In a lengthy exchange, Combs said she took issue with The CW rebooting Charmed after the same network "decided not to renew our show," she said, noting that she, too, was a young writer on Charmed and that is not reflected in her royalties or credits.