Rose McGowan Is Keen For A 'Charmed' Revival

The power of three will set them free.

During a visit to the Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show, artist and activist Rose McGowan talked to Charmed fans and answered the inevitable question concerning a potential revival of the series, in which she played Paige Matthews, Piper, Phoebe and Prue's half-sister, from Season 4 to Season 8.

"That's a really hard one. I think I would if it was a limited series on maybe Netflix or Amazon. Eight episodes, that'd be amazing, and I would hope that Shannen Doherty would be in it too."

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That seems like a pretty clear declaration of intentions to us! You'll remember that Shannen Doherty played Prue Halliwell, one of the original three "Charmed Ones" alongside Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) from Seasons 1 to 3. Her character was killed off in Episode 22 of Season 3, when the actress got tired of the series and decided to quit. It's also rumored that she wasn't getting along with Alyssa Milano at the time.

It was at this time that Rose McGowan obtained the role of Paige, to recreate the witchy trio. In recent years, Shannen Doherty has made something of a comeback: she appeared in the delightfully meta revival of Beverly Hills, BH90210, and will also be in the season premiere of Season 4 of Riverdale.

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In her autobiography, Brave, released in February 2018 (just after the #MeToo movement began in October 2017, launched in part by Alyssa Milano), Rose McGowan spoke out about her time on Charmed, and particularly about the fact that the show wasn't as feminist as it might have seemed from the story it told. 

Given her desire to participate in a Charmed revival with her former colleagues, it seems that the actress and director might be looking back on that time in her life a bit more positively. Or perhaps she'd like to see a truly feminist version of Charmed. It's true that many women would probably like that idea too, given the cult status of the original series. There's just one problem: The CW launched a rather successful reboot in 2018, with three new, younger and more woke sisters, with a very 2019 vibe reflecting the post-#MeToo society we live in. Will the two projects be able to cohabit our screens peacefully? Only the power of three will tell. 

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Marion Olité, published on 09/10/2019

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