Is Shannen Doherty softening her position on the upcoming Charmed reboot? After expressing irritation over the way the new show was being marketed, the former Charmed star appears to be warming up to the idea of a rebooted series.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Doherty gave the new series her blessing.
“I think it's great. I think it's awesome,” said Doherty of the Charmed reboot. “I think second lives are amazing, so I'm all for it… I'm happy to see that a show, that back then was all about strong women who supported and loved each other, is now coming back again in this day and age."
The actress added: “It's about female empowerment again — not that that's something new. Charmed originally was that too. But I think it's wonderful, you know? And it's providing a lot of jobs for people, and I honestly, I just wish them well. And I hope that everyone just gives them a chance.”
This is truly a far cry from the disappointment that Doherty and her fellow former original Charmed cast members conveyed over the series – and particularly, how it was being promoted – earlier this year. Original cast member Holly Marie Combs first criticized the reboot for "capitalizing" on the original creative team's hard work. Combs later took issue with the way it was being marketed (i.e., as a reboot with a "younger cast"), writing on Twitter: "…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."
Combs also wasn’t thrilled that the reboot was being hyped as "fierce, funny, and feminist," implying that the original series was not.
Doherty also expressed her frustration at the “offensive” way the reboot was being marketed, tweeting: “Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future.”
And last month, original Charmed star Alyssa Milano said of the reboot: “I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning.”
However, despite her and her costars’ previous misgivings, Doherty was quite positive about the series when speaking with ET. “Everybody has their reasons, and I get all sides of it,” she said. “Just, I can only speak for myself… I think I'm excited. So, I think it's great.”
Charmed debuts on The CW on October 14.