Charmed Reboot: Alyssa Milano Not Happy About Remake, Fans Hesitant
A Charmed reboot planned for CBS has fans of the supernatural show excited, but at least two major stars don’t seem to be on board with the idea.
After news broke Friday that the long-running show about three magical sisters would be returning as a CBS pilot, longtime star Alyssa Milano took to Twitter, expressing a lack of enthusiasm in the project.
Milano, who played Phoebe Halliwell in the series, said it seemed to early for a Charmed reboot.
Rose McGowan, who replaced Shannon Doherty at the end of season 3, also appeared put off by the idea of Charmed returning to the air.
“lame lame lame lamertons” she tweeted on Friday.
Charmed earned critical acclaim during its run and brought The WB some of its highest ratings. The first episode, “Something Wicca This Way Comes,” attracted 7.7 million viewers, setting the record for the highest-rated debut on the network.
By its fifth season Charmed became the highest-rated Sunday night program in the network’s history, and by January 2006 it was named the longest-running hour-long television series featuring only female leads.
The Charmed reboot will be written by Sydney Sinder and Chris Keyser, who served as executive producer on Party of Five and Lone Star.
There was no word if the producers plan to reach out to the show’s original stars to play roles, but it seems they can cross McGowan and Milano off the list.
The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is… it just… it feels like yesterday. It feels too close.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 25, 2013
lame lame lame lamertons — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 25, 2013
While many fans have taken to Twitter to express their joy at the show’s return, some fans were also hesitant at the idea of a Charmed reboot.
I really enjoyed Charmed. Especially once Doherty was gone and Rose McGowan and Billy Zane came in. But just stop with the remakes already.
— Lisa Jackson (@AnyaLogan) October 26, 2013
— Annie (@GowerLA) October 26, 2013
It is yet to be determined if the Charmed reboot will be picked up, but if it does it would join a growing trend in supernatural shows featuring witches. Lifetime has a popular series in Witches of East End, and witches play prominently into The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.