Shannen Doherty Weighs In On The Upcoming ‘Charmed’ Reboot Following Its Controversy

If Charmed was your thing, then you’re probably all caught up on the reboot drama — but in case you’re not, here’s the lowdown. Years ago, the network actively blocked Charmed from continuing. Recently, they’ve decided it’s time to bring back the show. Unfortunately, they marketed the new show as a “feminist twist” on the original — which was itself considered a groundbreakingly feminist show. Not only were the lead characters women and warriors, but the actresses themselves and many female writers, producers, etc. had real say in what happened behind the scenes. 

According to members of the original crew, Charmed was actually empowering for women, and the network that blocked it from continuing was now using “feminism” solely as a marketing tool. Then, the marketing team started to imply that age was an issue and the original actresses were just too old to be involved. Understandably, a few of the original cast and crew were not happy with how things were being handled, and they weren’t afraid to say so – particularly Holly Marie Combs.

Alyssa Milano was upset about how things went down, but wished the project well. Shannen Doherty kept mostly quiet, but a Twitter thread is revealing her honest feelings about it. She asked her fans what they would have thought about the show had it just been about 3 magical sisters and not been a Charmed reboot. 

And it turns out people would have been all about that, but were so grossed out by the marketing that they were no longer interested. 

Digging though the reactions, we can piece together Shannen’s thoughts. 

But that was it. She didn’t really talk about it much past that… until now. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke to Shannen at a Stand Up To Cancer event. There, she was able to ask her a few questions. In the end, even though there have been issues, Shannen says she’s jazzed about the project.   

But we want to know YOUR thoughts. Are you willing to give the reboot a chance even knowing the network has taken shots at the original, actively worked behind the scenes to undermine the original, and used women’s empowerment as a marketing tool while not actually empowering women? Is that unforgivable, or just how the game is played when it comes to TV?

Sound off! 

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