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New Charmed star says CW reboot will regard original series with 'great respect'

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May 28, 2018, 11:21 AM EDT

The CW's Charmed reboot will make its debut this fall, but the upcoming series has been plagued by a bit of controversy since it was first announced. Both fans and members of the original cast have made their doubts and skepticism known online. Just last week, original star Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell) complained about the show's marketing, voicing the opinion that a reboot is an admission that the network considered her and her co-stars "too old" when they ended the show in 2006. 

Addressing the backlash on Saturday, Sarah Jeffery, who plays Margarita "Maggie" Vera in the reboot, promised that the new series would not tarnish the one that inspired it. She also made a point to mention that she could not remain silent when there were aspersions cast on her character and those of her fellow cast members. 

"I fully understand how dear the OG Charmed is to many. For very, very good reason," Jeffery wrote in a statement she posted to Twitter. "We are so beyond grateful to have the opportunity to bring this reboot to life and bring current, timely themes to the forefront of a show that stars not one, not two, but THREE WOC!!! We regard the foundation that was laid with great respect ... The original Charmed will always stay very much intact and will always be widely respected."

Running between 1998 and 2006 for eight seasons and 178 episodes on The WB, Charmed followed three good witches, who were also sisters. Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano played the Haliwell siblings, fighting against a whole plethora of supernatural foes. Following almost the same exact premise, "Charmed 2.0" will premiere October 14 on The CW, just in time for Halloween.