Original 'Charmed' star Holly Marie Combs slams reboot (again)

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From left, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Shannen Doherty on <em>Charmed</em> in 1999. (Photo: Online USA)
From left, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Shannen Doherty on Charmed in 1999. (Photo: Online USA)

The retelling of sister witch saga Charmed isn’t scheduled to premiere until the fall, but the show has already caused drama on social media.

Holly Marie Combs, who starred in the original version of the series, which ran from 1998 to 2006, has been trading barbs on Twitter with Brad Silberling, an executive producer and director of the CW’s reboot.

At one point, Combs’s former co-star, Alyssa Milano, came to her defense.

Combs, along with fans, voiced concerns about a remake of the show without the original cast or crew.

In an interview after the new show’s first trailer was revealed last week, Combs was candid about why she disapproves of the revamp. She simply can’t 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,” she told HuffPost

“I hope the new show is far better than the marketing, so the true legacy does remain,” Combs continued. “Reboots fare 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.”

Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty, who also starred in the original series, weren’t exactly excited about the idea either.

Still, actress Madeleine Mantock, who stars alongside Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery in the new show, said the new cast would be “very welcoming” to appearances from Combs and her TV sisters. 

“We’re open to it,” Mantock told People. “I think it could be a cool generational thing to share.” 

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