Original cast of Charmed break their silence working together
Asked what really went down when Doherty left the show in 2001 after playing witchy sister Prue Halliwell for three seasons, Alyssa Milano said even she wasn't sure. "We never really found out what happened. I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days."
"Holly and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started, so it was very much sort of like high school," she explained. "I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn't be like that anymore."
Holly Marie Combs, now starring on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, apparently disagreed with Milano's assessment of the experience. "Working on Charmed was nothing like high school," she tweeted. "I went to high school. It was a very important job to me and always will be."
"Yeah, agreed, considering it helped me support my family and pay for my dad's medical issues, but everyone has their opinion and views," Shannen Doherty chimed in. She later added, however, that she wasn't mad and thought Milano "did a great job" on WWHL. "That show can be tricky," she tweeted to a fan.
"OK, gang, there's no drama," she clarified. "Let's not feed into it!!"
Milano, for her part, later tried to smooth things over with her former costars. In response to Combs' tweet, she wrote, "You're lovely...My best to the family! Mwah! And my parents send their love to you!"
Combs didn't respond, but she and Milano can at least agree on one thing: Charmed was important to both of them. "It was the best job I've ever had in my life," Milano said on WWHL. "Certainly a learning experience."
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[quote]Yes, I was SHOCKED to find Shannen not there. I mean, she was there and then she wasn't there. And I loved working with her, and learned so much about psycho cunts from the devil's dirty dismal anus, thanks to my experience. Because I learned so much, and loved the experience, and loved learning so much. You know, and not not seeing her there after so much fun. You know? And I was the outsider, after all. Because, you know, I was a high school graduate.
Alyssa's comments on Shannen's departure:
"We never really found out what happened,' she said. 'I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days.'
Despite the drama, Alyssa added that working on the show was 'the best job I've ever had in my life. Certainly a learning experience."
Oh, please. I bet that set was worse than high school. I think Milano is taking the high road here.
R4 - What high school did you go to?
Holly Marie Combs = Jacklyn Smith (stayed thru the duration of the show)
Lisa Rom = Farrah Fawcett (left the show and probably regretted it later)
Shannon Doherty = Kate Jackson (hated the sexy one and got fired by Aaron Spelling. Also, the one nobody wanted to see in a bikini)
Alyssa Milano = Cheryl Ladd (the sexy one)
Rose McGowan = Shelley Hack/Tonya Roberts (the forgetable replacement)
Brian Krause (in it for the paycheck)
R6 - Shannen had a fantastic body at the time. Holly was least often in revealing clothes, like Kate Jackson.
Rose McGowan actually made that show watchable there towards the end...well, until that awful final season.
They turned Piper into a raging cunt and Phoebe an obsessed nymphomaniac.
Paige delivered the humor and camp.
The first three years (with Doherty) were better, though.
R8 - Paige/Rose was the weaker link.
I actually liked the development of Piper as she became the eldest sister. Though, you are right about the Shannen years being the best.
Cole was a wonderful addition.
they were all lucky to find work
R10 - Seriously? The original three are all quality actresses who were prominent on shows before and after Charmed.
Sort of like High School because behind the scenes Alyssa Milano was screwing Brian Krause, which led to the break-up of his marriage.
While at the same time Shannen was screwing with Julian McMahon.
Holly Marie Combs went home every night to her then husband
Maybe they just couldn't deal with Shannen's horribly unbalanced Picasso face. It's scary.
Surprisingly, never watched it. Should check it out on Netflix.
Wow, R14, you are LATE.
Holly actually has done quite her share of nudity (the films CHAIN OF DESIRE and REASON TO BELIEVE).
I thought Shannen AND Alyssa were both fucking Julian Mac. I could see how that would DEFINITELY cause a rift. There was also a rumor that Shannen was jealous that Alyssa was getting all the endorsement deals.
Holly had an alluring body, despite or perhaps because she was small in the bust and large in the hips. Even before her pregnancies, she was gaining weight during Charmed's run.
Sounds like they're all bullshitting and beating around the bush (especially Holly). I hate when people can't just be candid.
It's in their best interest to keep it quiet.
I care about this.
Who is "Lisa Rom"?
I think Lisa was the original Phoebe,
i think her name is Lori Rom
You're right R22. Here's a clip of the Charmed unaired pilot with Lori.
I guess Holly is not as fond of Alyssa as I thought.
Has Rose weighed in?
Alyssa and Holly always seemed to get along.
Rose wasn't really part of the club.
Rose & Shannen are friends.
They made a HUGE mistake not bringing Shannen back for the final episode.
They made a mistake with the final season.
Shows always get bad when Shannen leaves them. Sadly she can't stick around longer for more than 4 seasons on a show. Would love to see her on a primetime soap again.
R29 - BH90210 did well without Shannen. Tiffani was more than adequate in replacing her.
I only watched for the hot guys. Julian was a gift from the gods.
Brian started out hot, but got fat.
Brian and Holly gained a lot. Alyssa yo-yoed.
Who was the shittiest actress? Alyssa, because of her incessant mugging and acting with her tits, then Rose, because she got bored really fast and it showed.
Sure 90210 survived without her but was it as good? Nah! She has a certain spark that translates well on television.
R34 - Tiffani was more interesting than Shannen.
R33 - Rose was the worst. Holly the best. Shannen and Alyssa were in the middle.
[quote]Brian started out hot, but got fat.
But then he got thin again.
R36 - When did Brian get thin again? He was chunky in the last season.
He'd lost a considerable amount of weight later on in the series. Perhaps he picked a bit back up, but there was a time toward the end there where he no longer needed to wear big, untucked flannel shirts to cover up his bulk, because he'd trimmed down.
Holly and Brian at a panel at some convention. A fan asks how the actors prepared for changes in their relationship. Holly responds by saying that they went through those changes in real life - "I got pregnant, then you got pregnant." So, that explains Brian's weight gain.
[quote]BH90210 did well without Shannen. Tiffani was more than adequate in replacing her.
The show may have continued on without her and Tiffani may have been an adequate replacement, but when you bring up the original 90210, no one immediately thinks Tiffani. You associate Shannen with it.
R46 - That's because Shannen was there the first four seasons and people generally associate people with the show's first few seasons.
[quote]That's because Shannen was there the first four seasons and people generally associate people with the show's first few seasons.
That's part of it. However, Shannen was also good and memorable in her part. Tiffani's sort of forgettable.
[quote]Tiffani is not forgettable.
Kind of is. I forgot she was even on 90210 until someone mentioned it.
To you R52. As I said, usually people remember the early years of a show better than latter years.
Tiffani was gorgeous in 90210.
R52, in a way true, I didn't remember Thiessen was in 90210 at all, although to be fair I got bored with 90210 after couple of seasons. But I really liked her in Fastlane with Peter Facinelli and Bill Bellamy, though. That's the show that comes to mind when I think of her. Too bad it got only one season.
I didn't like Charmed, way too chick-flicky for me.
R57 - Tiffani was much more interesting on 90210 than Shannen was. I saw a couple episodes of Fastlane, but it did not appeal to me. Tiff did well on White Collar.
As for Charmed, Holly and Shannen are getting along well enough to be on Charmed panels together.
Holly and Shannen are best friends, well before Charmed.
In fact it was Shannen that recommended Holly for the show when it was being cast
Yeah, R58, I'm much more into action and spy stuff and Fastlane was all about that with comedy on top, it was great.
Doherty made her mark in 90210 and I guess anyone would've had hard time replacing her. I seriously don't remember Thiessen from a single episode even though I'm fairly certain I watched 90210 on and off until the show ended. I probably fast forwarded lot of it through, though. I mean when I think really hard about it I have a really vague feeling of some shy girl in 90210 that could've been her, but nothing more. But in Fastlane she was pure gold and I do like her a lot.
R60 - Tiffani was one of the leads on 90210, starting in the fifth season. She played Val, who was a relative of the Walshes. She was a bit of a party girl at first, but settled down. She ran a club next to the Peach Pit.