Over at the CW‘s Charmed, The Vera Sisters – Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), and Mel (Melonie Diaz) as well as their resident “Giles” Harry (Rupert Evans) – have had some big changes to deal with… both in front of and behind the cameras. Out of respect for anyone who hasn’t watched season finale “The Source Awakens” yet, let’s just say that “The Charmed Ones” will definitely be taking a more active role in the magic community during their sophomore season. Behind the scenes, the network announced at the 2019 May Upfronts the series would be moving from Sunday nights to join Dynasty on Friday nights starting this fall – batting lead at 8 p.m.
One person who will definitely not be a part of the series’ second-season return is actress Alyssa Milano (Insatiable). The original series co-star has made no secret of the fact that she was less than pleased with how the network and creative team behind the reboot rolled out the project – and a recent interview shows that her feelings haven’t lightened on the matter:
“I think that ship has sailed. I think that they ruined the possibility of that by the way in which the reboot came down. Like, the fact that we weren’t included from the very beginning. It just felt really disrespectful, you know?”
One particular issue Milano takes issue with is that when conversatons began to bring Charmed back, she, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan, and Shannen Doherty were not “included in any of those discussions” – adding that the four actresses were definitely interesting in being involved: “It’s sad, too, because I think we all would have come [together] to do something.”
In August 2018 – following co-stars Combs and Doherty‘s less-than-enthusiastic “embrace” of the CW and Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman‘s Charmed reboot, Milano shared her initial thoughts with Entertainment Tonight:
“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.”
That response came a day after the actress addressed the reboot in deeper detail during an interview with Parade to promote her Netflix series Insatiable:
“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. Time after time, I’ve heard story after story about how that show meant so much to people, because it was a show that they found while they were battling cancer, or it was a show that they watched with their father, and that was the only thing they could connect with. It really resonated with people in a profound way, and if a new generation can find that, then I think that’s really beautiful.
I think that there is a certain amount of expectation from the fans of the original Charmed that goes along with that, and I think that that is going to be tough for the reboot, but I think all of that should be celebrated and embraced. They shouldn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but really take what was so great about the original and find a way to make it their own.
And I also have to tell you, I’m just glad that it’s here finally, because we’ve been hearing about this reboot for however many years, what has it been, maybe four years now? And 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.”