UPDATED: A star of the original series Charmed is casting a hex toward The CW’s reboot plans.
Holly Marie Combs — who played Piper Halliwell for all eight seasons on the original The WB series — took to Twitter to shrug off Thursday’s news of a pilot order for a new Charmed series.
“Here’s the thing,” she wrote. “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.”
By “the four of us,” Combs presumably means herself and fellow costars Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan.
Combs previously downplayed the odds of a Charmed reboot last year, telling her fans, “I’m sorry to say that all the reboot rumors are just that…rumors,” though also noted, “… we still wish them well. Cackle. Cackle. Cackle.”
The updated Charmed was originally envisioned as a prequel series set in 1976. On Thursday, The CW unveiled a new story line which moved the story into the present day: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series 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.” The present-day setting means original series stars could have roles on the new show.
Combs also seemed to take issue with the positioning of the new series as a “feminist” version of Charmed when the original was feminist as well:
Given the new project’s description and college town setting, however, it sounds like this Charmed could be even more overt about its tackling of feminism vs. patriarchy issues. We’ll just have to wait and see the result to know for sure (assuming the pilot gets a full series order come May).
UPDATE: Combs added a bit more Friday afternoon, elaborating slightly on her objection: