If the original version of Charmed taught us anything, it's not to mess with the power of three. It seems that the show's reboot has made that very mistake.
The new show is being marketed as a reboot with a "younger cast" according to Comicbook.com, despite the fact that the classic cast is only 12 years older now than they were when the show ended in 2006. The reboot has also been marketed as being "fierce, funny, and feminist."
This did not please original series star Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell), who recently took to Twitter to set the record straight regarding her frustrations about the way the show is being marketed. This is not the first time that she has taken issue with the reboot.
Combs first makes it clear that she appreciates "the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created." With that out of the way, she lays out her issues, writing, "But I will never 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."
But Combs isn't finished. She adds: "I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy does remain. Reboots fair 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.”
Mark Pedowitz, the President of The CW (which is airing the reboot) has recently addressed these concerns, and has asked people to "give the new cast a chance." The official synopsis of the reboot reads, "After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy."
We're hoping that the new cast members are up to the challenge, but once again, without the original stars, is this really Charmed? Was the original show not "fierce, funny, and feminist?" Combs has previously tweeted about that statement, saying, "Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph."
Come what may, Charmed will air on Sundays this fall on The CW. Will you be watching?