Shannen Doherty Defends Charmed Reboot: Give the Show a Chance!

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While many fans of the original Charmed are still up in arms about the fact that the show has been rebooted just 12 years after it went off the air, some are welcoming this new iteration with open arms. 

One of the original stars has spoken up to support The CW's new version which debuted earlier this month. 

Shannen Doherty Attends Event

“I have seen a lot of people be very mean and very negative and cruel to the new show and the new cast,” Shannen Doherty said at Comic-Con Paris after hearing a negative reaction from the crowd about the new series.

“I want to remind everybody that these are three girls who just want to act. They got a huge opportunity, and I would implore everybody to be a little bit kinder.”

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The actress went on to say that the reboot had a “positive, good influence,” adding that “this is a show about three strong women again… I know that it may not be your Charmed, but you should all really pat yourselves on the back and congratulate yourselves because you’re the most loyal, amazing fans in the world."

"And because of you, you made it a show that a younger generation wants to see.”

Shannen on Set

She continued: “You have to think about what Charmed did for you when it was on and think about what that’s going to do for a new generation. Embrace it, you guys. It’s doing well, ratings-wise, and it’s employing over 200 people.”

Charmed (2018) launched on Sunday, October 14 and is currently averaging a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.

However, it has dropped in the ratings every episode since its premiere, so it remains to be seen whether it will level off at a level the network is happy with. 

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The show's existence has stirred up controversy ever since it was announced, but Doherty has said nothing but positive things since learning about it, admitting that she was "intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted."

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Doherty's former co-star, Holly Marie Combs did not take too kindly to the way the reboot was being made without any input from the original stars. 

She hit up Twitter to say that  Charmed “belongs to the four of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. You will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.”

She subsequently took issue with the way the show as marketed because of the implication that the original series was not a "feminist" series. 

Holly Marie Combs Attends Event

The OG series is one of few shows that is still spoken about over a decade after it went off the air. 

It's clear the fans loved it as much as they did back in the day, so it makes sense that some would be defensive over a reboot. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Charmed (2018) Quotes

Harry: You are witches. Witches who are destined to save the world from impending doom. That's right, you are the Charmed ones. The most powerful trio of witches.
Mel: He's the new women's studies teacher. I knew something was off about him.

You’re better together, your differences are your strengths and nothing is stronger than your sisterhood

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