The facility of three will set us free … from the whole lot however drama.
Charmed, which premiered on The WB in 1998, made headlines from the beginning as Aaron Spelling employed Shannen Doherty to play one of many three Halliwell sisters, 4 years after she was infamously let go from Spelling Tv’s Beverly Hills, 90210.
“[Aaron] was extraordinarily supportive of the thought of casting Shannen Doherty as Prue,” creator Constance M. Burge recalled toin 2018, noting that the actress’ chemistry with Holly Marie Combs was one of many causes the producers wished her for the function. “Holly on the time had been on Picket Fences, and he or she was additionally expensive buddies with Shannen, so they’d terrific chemistry with one another.”
With Doherty and Combs taking over the roles of Prue and Piper, respectively, Lori Rom was set to finish the trio as youngest sister Phoebe. After they shot the pilot, Rom was recast with Alyssa Milano.
“My understanding is that [Lori’s] want to go away was for private causes. She was accommodated and after that we simply obtained so lucky with Alyssa,” Burge defined. “It was horrid and unhappy for her to go, however we had been lucky that all of it labored out with Alyssa. I believe that Alyssa undoubtedly introduced … a sexiness to the half. They each did good job, and thank God Alyssa determined to remain. It will have been horrible to have misplaced her, too. At that time the present would have been about two sisters.”
Whereas the chemistry between the Halliwell sisters labored onscreen, behind-the-scenes tensions had been excessive and historical past repeated itself when Doherty exited after three seasons.
“We’ve got had an extended and affluent relationship with Shannen and we didn’t wish to maintain her again from what she wished to do,” Spelling Tv stated in a press release in 2001. “We want her all the very best and much-continued success.”
The Heathers star later spoke out amid reviews that she and Milano didn’t get alongside.
“There was an excessive amount of drama on the set and never sufficient ardour for the work,” Doherty informed Leisure Tonight on the time. “You already know, I’m 30 years outdated and I don’t have time for drama in my life anymore. To me it’s type of no matter. I’ll miss Holly rather a lot and that’s actually the one factor I wish to clear up.”
She continued: “She is one in all my greatest buddies and I like her dearly. And there have been by no means ever ever any issues between the 2 of us, and we are going to all the time be buddies.”
Whereas Doherty claimed on the time that Combs wasn’t positive if she wished to remain on the collection with out her then-bestie, Charmed went on for 5 extra seasons with Combs, Milano and Rose McGowan, who performed their long-lost sister Paige.
The fantasy drama subsequently made historical past because the longest operating hour-long collection with all feminine leads earlier than the 2006 finale. (Determined Housewives took over the honour in 2012). For some followers, nonetheless, the legacy has been overshadowed by claims from McGowan that backup Doherty’s previous accusations in regards to the on-set drama. Scroll by means of for an entire timeline: