A reworking of the cult 90s fantasy series of the same name, this show brings the Charmed Ones to modern times as three half-sisters suddenly find themselves thrust into a world of demons and monsters after the unexpected death of their mother. The sisters are highly intelligent, fierce feminists and the discovery of their magical powers allows them to battle not only the magical beings bent on their destruction, but social injustice as well.

Popular 90s series Charmed is back with modern magic

Charmed is returning to the small screen, and while fans might still have mixed feelings about the reboot, the leading ladies of both the original and the new show have been sounding off online.

TV studios love reboots, and devoted fans of cult shows love complaining that no reboot could ever be as good as the beloved original. But in the case of Aaron Spelling’s 90s cult fantasy series, Charmed, a lot of the drama has been stirred up by the actresses themselves. Who knew a show about three sister witches fighting evil while looking gorgeous and juggling their every-day lives could be such a hotbed of contention?

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What’s new?

In the modern reworking, the Charmed Ones are Mel, Macy and Maggie (Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery), a completely new set of half-sisters with three different fathers. This differs from the original where Prue (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano) were full sisters, with long-lost half-sister Paige Mathews (Rose McGowan) introduced when the infamously difficult-to-work with Doherty’s Prue passed away tragically (or was she killed off – the jury is out).

The backlash

At the forefront of the current furore is Holly Marie, who viewed the studio’s comments that the reboot will be “funny, fierce and feminist” with distaste, and took to Twitter to air her views. According to her, this insultingly implied that their 90s show had been none of those things – and that bringing in younger actresses instead of working with the main cast sent the message that there is no place for women over 30 in the industry. “Reboots fair better when they honor the original as opposed to taking shots at the original,” she concluded.

The newbies speak out

Naturally, the new stars did not take kindly to being lambasted in public, and

Sarah Jeffery hit back, stating that she was not going to get dragged into a Twitter-war but Holly Marie must realise that the reboot managed to create a show that stars three women of colour – which is an achievement in itself given the small percentage of roles awarded to minorities.

While Holly Marie is understandably defensive about a show that she is quite attached to personally, Shannon Doherty, who had no qualms appearing in the doomed Heathers TV reboot, has pointed out that for them all to appear in a Charmed reboot after only 11 years would be too soon. Rose McGowan has bigger fish to fry and has gone on to be at the forefront of the #MeToo movement, while Alyssa Milano seemed certain that all four of them would be delighted to be included in any type of reboot or reunion. Oops.

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