Top-10 Disturbing Moments On The Set of Charmed

The original “Charmed” has been in our lives for years, and when the reboot came, many people loved it, and many other people hated it. Maybe because it was not the “real thing” we have grown so used to. However, even though the audience has their opinions set, what do the cast members think about it? Let’s see what went on behind the scenes of the show, and what people had to say about it!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hulton Archive | Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell, Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell and Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hulton Archive | Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell, Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell and Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell.


10. SERIOUS BUDGET CUTS

Since the very first episode of “Charmed”, most of its budget was spent on costumes, makeup, and special effects. By the 8th season, it had just gotten worse, because the actresses' salaries only went up. And also, the main actors had gotten sort of tired by then.

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So it's no surprise that the showrunners decided to introduce new characters, Billie and Christie, in order to take some of the burdens off of the others. They even agreed to remove one of the most favored characters, Darryl Morris. As a result, the actor Dorian Gregory was written out of the final season. 


HOW DID IT AFFECT THE SEASON FINALE?

Brian Krause, who portrayed Leo, was also cut out of a few episodes, but at least he made his appearance in the final two. However, it’s good that “Charmed”'s final season was nothing like that of “Scrubs”, where most cast members were relegated to recurring or guest positions to make way for new characters. 


9. WB IS NOT THE BEST EMPLOYER

After the show ended, the actresses gave a lot of interviews and they did not shy away from expressing their opinions about the series and on-set issues. For instance, Holly Marie Combs, who starred in all the episodes, had made quite a controversial remark about her bosses. 

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Combs revealed that "The WB never treated us well, so we didn't expect a lot of farewell wishes and flowers or cards." Despite the fact that the show had a cult following, the press barely mentions it in connection with the WB TV channel, which is now called The CW. 

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WHAT DID OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

Holly complained about all that back in 2006: "When the press mentions The WB, they mention Buffy, Felicity, and Gilmore Girls, and yet one show that has been on longer than all of them is never mentioned." Combs is not the only one who's confessed that the environment on the set was not the best one. 

In Rose McGowan's autobiography “Brave”, she described her time working on the series "soul-crushing." Read further to learn other unexpected things Rose wrote about in her memoirs! And don't even get us started on Shannen Doherty, who quit the show after season 3, leaving all the fans and her on-screen sisters completely heartbroken.


8. THE SCANDALOUS DEPARTURE OF SHANNEN DOHERTY

Inviting Doherty to play the main part in the show was not the best idea in the first place, as she'd already had a controversial history with the show's producer Aaron Spelling. Prior to “Charmed”, they worked together on “Beverly Hills, 90210”, a show from which Doherty was written off due to her on-set conflicts with cast and crew members. 

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As Shannen explained to “People” in 1993, "I'm not saying I don't have my moments of [rudeness], because everybody has them, but it's never for no reason. I've always been a ballsy kid. I know it pisses some people off, but isn't the end result much better?" But, how bad are these moments?


HOW HER PERSONALITY IMPACTED HER CAREER

After a few years of on-set fighting with the cast members and the crew, Doherty was officially booted out of “Beverly Hills” in the 4th season. So yes, Aaron Spelling knew who he had to deal with. But Charmed creator Connie M. Burge told InTouch that Spelling was "extremely supportive of the idea of casting Shannen Doherty as Prue." 

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So she became a part of the project. One of the important factors was the fact that Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs were good friends since the times of “Picket Fences”. "She was also dear friends with Shannen," Burge said, "so they had terrific chemistry with each other." However, it was the other sister who Doherty had problems with.


WHO WAS THE PERSON SHE HAD PROBLEMS WITH?

Alyssa Milano, who portrayed Phoebe. It was all cool at the beginning, and Doherty and Combs were even bridesmaids at Milano's wedding with musician Cinjuna Tate in 1999. But everything had changed by season 3, and Alyssa and Shannen started fighting and things got so bad that the two only communicated regarding work matters. 

The producers thought that it couldn't keep going like that, and one of the actresses had to go. So, Shannen Doherty left and later revealed: "There was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. You know, I'm 30 years old and I don't have time for drama in my life anymore."


7. WHY WAS SHANNEN DOHERTY REMOVED FROM THE PHOTOS?

Have you ever wondered why Prue just vanished? She was there at the end of season 3 and then just completely disappeared. No flashbacks, no photos, no memories. There is a reason for that. In an interview with TV Line, executive producer Brad Kern had something to say about.

“I tried like crazy to get her in flashbacks and to have photographs of her on the walls, but what I was told [...] by the studio that we would have to pay her per-episode fee, which we couldn't afford, if we were even just going to use a photo of her."


6. SHANNEN AND HOLLY’S FRIENDSHIP

The friendship between these two actresses was so firm that the producers were seriously afraid that Holly Marie Combs would also leave the show. That's why they would have preferred Alyssa Milano's departure during the scandal. Milano later revealed she felt uncomfortable because of her colleagues' close-knit friendship. 

As she told Huffington Post, “Holly [Marie Combs] and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started so it was very much sort of like high school. I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn't feel like that anymore…” In fact, Holly started rethinking her involvement in “Charmed” as soon as Shannen left. 


WHAT WAS HOLLY THINKING?

In one of the interviews, Shannen revealed that “She doesn't even know if she's going back to the show because she doesn't want to be there without me." Money solved the problem, as when the producers decided to raise Holly's salary to $60,000 per episode, she stayed. It's clear they had no money to leave Prue in the pictures!


5. BACK TO SEASON 8

The last season of a series often gets criticized, and “Charmed” is no exception to that. The main reason for the disappointment was the appearance of the new character, Billy. And even though everyone now loves Kaley Cuoco as Penny, her character was also seriously criticized. 

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Kern admitted the character was created to lighten the load of Alyssa, Holly, and Rose. "We needed to give someone else some of the work; our stars were dog tired after seven years. Just as Rose was brought in after Prue died to infuse fresh energy, Kaley's character was supposed to try to bring new blood to an aging show."


HOW DID THE FANS REACT?

Well, the fans suspect the producers just wanted to make a spin-off and introduced a character who could lead it. Judging by The CW's multiple spin-offs of different shows, no one would be surprised. We guess we will never know the real intentions behind it.


4. ONE MORE SCANDAL?

After Doherty's departure, Rose McGowan joined the show as her replacement. Back then she was mostly known for being Marilyn Manson's wife. Yes, we all remember her famous dress, if that thing can even be called a dress… Well, whatever, Rose got the opportunity to portray the youngest sister, Page. 

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McGowan has never been shy about speaking her mind, and that’s especially true when it comes to her “Charmed” experience. In her memoir, “Brave”, the actress revealed that she wasn’t on the best terms with her co-stars. She wrote: “I opted out of infighting. I refused to play games that were beneath me.”

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MCGOWAN’S OPINION

She continued, “but it didn't stop the constant watching of our set. I cannot tell you how many times I was asked if we the Charmed Ones hung out after work. The answer was no.” McGowan also slammed Milano over her involvement in the #MeToo movement. 

In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, she said "I don't like her. Because I think she's a lie." Does this mean that one more sister hated Alissa? It's a good thing that this ordeal didn't end in a scandal - because the show wouldn't have survived one more change of actress.


3. THE SHOW ABOUT WOMEN WAS CREATED BY MEN

Despite the fact that “Charmed” was always focused on women and their problems, its directors were mostly men. It's surprising how the most feminist show of the time was made from a male perspective. Again, in her memoirs, Rose McGowan wrote that she only saw one female director during all her time on the show.