Original Charmed star Alyssa Milano has spoken out on the coming reboot of the series, saying that she hopes it can inspire a new generation of fans, but she’s still sad that she and her fellow sisters weren’t approached or asked to be involved in the “fierce”, “funny”, “feminist” production.
The reboot has caught a fair bit of heat from the original stars, with Holly Marie Coombs saying: “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.”
Shannen Doherty was equally critical, calling the marketing for the upcoming CW series “terrible and a bit offensive”, saying that she felt disrespected as a founding cast member of the show, and adding “perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future.”
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Milano gave some thoughts of her own, and while her take is a little less fiery than her co-stars’, she’s still clearly disappointed, saying:
“I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning. But having said that, I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation.”
The star expanded on this further in another recent interview with Parade, in which she urged the creators of the new series to take the original concept and make it into something of their own, saying:
“None of us from the original cast to the original creators, producers, or writers have anything to do with it. The way I feel about it is this, and I’ll just be super, super-honest: If the reboot can give the joy that it gave to our generation to a new generation, then I think that’s really beautiful.”
As for the show’s prospects of becoming a hit, she said:
“I feel like it’s either going to succeed or not, and if it succeeds again, a whole new generation will be exposed to the beauty of what Charmed was able to be for people, and if it doesn’t succeed, then we don’t have to hear about it anymore.”
The reboot is set, which stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock, is set to premiere in October.