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Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 07/20/05 11:30
by SpicyAlejandra
Holly Marie Combs was asked a few questions concerning season eight, which may not even be the last season! Charmed is willing to continue as long as the fans of the show back it up.

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NNO: So Charmed has been renewed for an eighth season. How do you
feel about that?


Holly: I knew we would all along. Seriously, I had no intention of
leaving. If they had cancelled us I would have said, "Yep, ok, but
we're not stopping" and we would have soldiered on. There is no way
the fans would have accepted anything less.

NNO: Season eight hasn't been written yet, but what do you think
we'll see?


Holly: Honestly? I have no idea. And I don't just mean that in
the 'it's not written so how could I know?' sense. I mean that we
have very gifted writers who could all have a different idea of
where to take the season. I can tell you that I will have some
input, though, so when I know maybe (if I am allowed to) I'll leak
some spoilers...sorry, Brad, only joking...

NNO: Brian [Krause] has come up with some story ideas and has co-
written a few episodes. Any chance we'll see you doing the same?


Holly: Well, it's possible. I have had my days where we'll finish
filming an episode and I'm like, "Oh, now the next episode should go
like this!" but I've never actually really pitched my ideas. Maybe I
should start...

NNO: Fans are dying to know if eight will be the last for 'Charmed'.
Any comments?


Holly: Well, here's what I'll say - we'll go until we're ready to
end the show. Networks can be worked around if you pay them enough!
Only joking again, Brad! No but seriously, it's our show and we do
have some say, contrary to what others believe, so we'll end it when
we're ready. That's my non-committal response. But I will say that I
can't see myself being ready to end any time soon...

NNO: I don't think the fans can either.

Holly: (laughs) Well, it's a show for the fans. Everything we do is
for the fans and it makes me jump for joy when I see how much they
love it.

NNO: We heard the WB got quite the number of candles, pentagrams,
and letters concerning the season eight renewal. Your doing?


Holly: Absolutely, and proud of it!

NNO: What is your number one message for the fans right now?

Holly: Stay Charmed! Your faith keeps us going!

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 07/28/05 11:53
by SpicyAlejandra
Kaley Cuoco talks about her new gig on 'Charmed' By DAVE MASON July 26, 2005

Kaley Cuoco didn't have to cast a spell to become the newest witch on "Charmed." She didn't even have to audition. The WB was already enchanted with her work on "8 Simple Rules." With magical timing, the producers and The WB offered Cuoco a new starring role after cancellation of the ABC sitcom.

Cuoco will join stars Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan, who play witches Phoebe, Piper and Paige, respectively. "Charmed" begins its eighth season Sept. 25 and will continue to air at 8 p.m. EDT Sundays.

"I had never seen an episode," Cuoco said. That might help her in portraying the newest character for the Aaron Spelling drama. "She can come into it without any preconceptions," said WB entertainment president David Janollari. "I play Billie, a new witch the girls take in. They help her to learn the ropes. She has no idea what's she doing," said Cuoco, 19.

"We were looking to cast this young witch who is about her age," said Janollari. "She was on the list of available actors. We loved her work on '8 Simple Rules.' She was interested. It was that simple. She's young and spunky and sassy, and she will give the show another voice."

Adding characters has boosted ratings for "Charmed," Janollari said. Besides Cuoco, Jason Lewis of "Sex and the City" will join the show in a six-episode role as Dex, a romantic possibility for Phoebe.

Cuoco also continues to work her magic in movies and animated shows. She said she's the voice of an evil twin on Fox's new cartoon, "Bratz," based on the dolls. And she continues to voice Brandy, a young girl on the Disney Channel cartoon, "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers" (Mr. Whiskers is a rabbit.).

Cuoco talked about the cancellation of "Rules," in which she played oldest daughter Bridget Hennessy, after three seasons.

"When John (Ritter) passed away, it was hard to keep the show going," Cuoco said, but added that "(new cast members) David Spade and James Garner did a great job.

"You do a job; your show gets canceled. You get used to it," Cuoco said. Before "Rules," she appeared for one season on the low-rated CBS sitcom "Ladies' Man."

Cuoco, who started her acting career at 6, also appears regularly on talk shows, and her movie appearances include "The Hollow," "Lucky 13," "Picture Perfect" and "Virtuosity."

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 07/28/05 11:57
by SpicyAlejandra
Executive producer Brad Kern believes Charmed's eighth season will most likely be its last, although he isn't ruling out a charmed spin-off.

In an exclusive interview with Charmed Magazine's Ian Spelling, Kern revealed that although it was still early, he felt that season eight would be the show's final year, at least with the current cast.

“I don't think the girls will want to come back for another year of Charmed, and I'm going to treat the season accordingly,” explained Kern. “I don't think they should want to come back. Eight years is an amazing amount of time, especially when you talk about the ages that they were at when the show began and where they're at now. Their twenties have been devoted to Charmed and now it's probably time for them to be looking at other avenues both personally and professionally. I can't imagine that they would want to, nor should they be expected to, add any more years to their contract.”

That said, Kern was also keen to stress that when it comes to Charmed you can never say never.

“I'm going to embark on this season as though it will be the last, so that I can do what I said I'd wanted to do, which was to have several episodes leading up to the ultimate finale. That said, the first half of the season, I won't be doing that. I'm not going to spend 22 episodes building up to a finale. The first half of the season will have its own life. Should the show take off, should some of the new characters we'll be bringing in take off, should the ratings improve and the network decide they need us more, then I guess we'll start talking about whether there's any possibility of carrying the show on beyond the eighth season. I've told you in the past that there's spin-off potential with Charmed, and the spin-off could be built into this last season. But we'll see. It's too early to really talk about Charmed ending or going another year, or about a spin-off.”

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 08/12/05 09:31
by SpicyAlejandra
Adrienne Wilkinson will be filming a guest spot on the eighth season premiere of the WB television series, Charmed. The episode is entitled, "Still Charmed and Kicking" and she's playing a character simply called, "The Brunette."

The season premiere of Charmed will air on Sunday, September 25 at 8 pm ET. As always, be sure to check your local listings for the correct time and channel.

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 08/16/05 13:45
by SpicyAlejandra
Go here -

www.charmed-net.de/trailer/801_4.zip

You have to save and unzip it, but... it's worth it! 30 whole seconds of previews for the eighth season, yay

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 01/19/06 23:19
by SpicyAlejandra
"Charmed Everlasting" - a commentary and insight by Jordan Jacobs. Read what this industry insider thinks of season eight of Charmed so far, and how the actors measure up.

Read Here [click me]

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Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 04/03/06 13:43
by destinyros2005
Charmed Cast Blasts WB

Now that they're wrapping up the eighth and final season of The WB's Charmed, the show's cast and crew blasted the network's handling of the long-running supernatural series in interviews with SCI FI Wire. "We were never treated that well," star Holly Marie Combs, who plays Piper and became producer after the fourth season, said in an interview on the show's set in Los Angeles. "We were never promoted properly by the network. The only way we ever got a billboard on Sunset Boulevard was when Shannen [Doherty] called up and insisted." (Doherty, who played Prue Halliwell, left the show after three seasons.)

"Then, the network dishonors us by saying we were canceled, axed, cut," star Rose McGowan said. She replaced Doherty and stayed on for five seasons as Paige. "They asked me if I wanted to be a producer, too, and I asked if there was more money attached to that, and they said, 'No,' and I said, 'Forget it.' ... This last thing about being canceled seems like the last annoying pissing match going on with the show. It was extremely rude."

Both Combs and McGowan said that their contracts run out after the eighth season, and none of them had planned on returning anyway. "There was nothing to cancel," McGowan said. "They didn't have us. ... Instead, we continue to get treated like the ugly stepchild of the network. Anyway, I'm proud of what we accomplished."

Charmed made history as the longest-running TV series featuring multiple female leads, surpassing Laverne & Shirley by half a season. "No one expected us to last more than three episodes, and here we had ratings that were higher than Buffy [the Vampire Slayer] at times," executive producer Brad Kern said. "We had no lead-in show. We were moved around a lot, and it still lasted as long as it did."

Brian Krause, whose character, Leo, was cut last season due to budgetary concerns, will return for the finale. "I can't guess what Paramount and The WB were doing, whether it was money or whether they brought other characters in or whatever," Krause said. "I don't know if they were trying to groom talent to go on to something else. I don't know. For me, honestly, it turned out to be a blessing, really, to go out and work on my short movie and work on a couple of other projects. So they kind of did me a favor by being able to get out there and get into pilot season."

The final two-part episode will be shot through April 17 and will air on May 21. —Mike Szymanski

Charmed Spinoffs Possible?

Cast and crew of The WB's Charmed, which ends its eight-season run this spring, told SCI FI Wire that various ideas for spinoff series were tossed around, but most think the prospects are unlikely. Producers pitched the idea of a spinoff series centered on Brian Krause's character, Leo Wyatt. "I'd love to do it," Krause said in an interview during a visit to the show's set at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles this week. "I'd jump at the chance. ...The greatest thing about the character that I play is that my character has integrity, and ... I think that my character brought up the idea and emotions of right and wrong."

Series executive producer Brad Kern said The WB network wanted the eight-year series to end with the possibility of characters going off on their own series. "We started this season with a mandate to come up with a way to keep the show going or have some spinoff characters. That's the way that The WB picked up the show," Kern said. "But I have to say ... the show has had an amazing run, and we don't want to end the show a year too late, a year after when it should've been canceled, and there is always that possibility. We feel good about the way that we're ending, and again, you don't get that opportunity in television to end the show on your own terms."

One of the most likely spinoffs would center on the new character of Billie, played by Kaley Cuoco (ABC's 8 Simple Rules). But Cuoco said it's not going to happen. "No," she said. "There is not going to be a spinoff, not for me, not for my character. I think I want to go back to a sitcom."

Don't count on Charmed stars Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs or Rose McGowan to recreate their Halliwell sister characters in another series anytime soon. Milano and Combs have been on the show for eight years, and McGowan joined after five. "There won't be a spinoff with us or our characters," said Combs, who is also a producer. "That's for sure." The Charmed finale airs May 21. —Mike Szymanski

Doherty Didn't Charm Kern


Brad Kern, executive producer of The WB's Charmed, told SCI FI Wire that he didn't ask original cast member Shannen Doherty to join a host of returning actors for the series' upcoming finale and added that he had his reasons. Doherty's character, Prue Halliwell, was killed off in 2001; though the series' magical storylines would have allowed the return of the character, Kern said: "There are a lot of issues, mostly internal and financial, as to why we didn't ask Shannen back." He added in an interview on the show's set on March 28: "Prue's memory will be kept [alive] and be honored, but we didn't ask Shannen to come back. ... The show is more about the sisters who are here, not the one who's not." Indeed, the character of Paige (played by Rose McGowan starting in 2001) has been on the series longer than Doherty's Prue.

Kern added that another high-profile cast member won't return: Julian McMahon, whose character, Cole Turner, lasted until 2003. "He did return for the 150th episode, and that was very cool," said cast member Holly Marie Combs, who plays Piper Halliwell and is also one of the show's producers. "We all enjoyed it." She added that McMahon, who went on to play Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four movie and to star in the F/X TV series Nip/Tuck, is quite busy. "He told us that he would love to come back for the 200th episode, but we never quite got there." As far as Doherty, Combs rolled her eyes and said: "Well, that's a whole other show."

Kern said during the set visit that many of the fans' favorite characters from the past will be returning. The three sisters' grandmother and mom (Penny and Patty), the "future Chris" and others will be joining the end of the show for the wedding of Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). "In one scene we will have 12 characters," Kern said. "The director is going crazy trying to figure out how to shoot it." Kern wrote the final episode only two weeks ago, but has been planning elements of the end of the series for five years.

Brian Krause, who plays Leo, is also returning after budget cuts forced his role to be scaled back last season. "I don't really understand the reasoning about cutting my character, when they put other characters in that cost just as much or more, but I'm glad to be here for the end," Krause said.

The last episode will be completed in mid-April. "I get teary-eyed just talking about it," Milano said. "We're all pretty emotional. It's been such a big part of our lives." Kern said the actresses have all played a part in writing how their characters will end up in the finale.

Kern said that he doesn't plan a spinoff show and added that he hopes fans will be satisfied that many of the loose ends will be tied up. "It's a valentine to the fans that we will get all of the favorite characters we could afford to come back for the last episode," Kern said. "It will include family from the past and also future generations to show that the life of Charmed will go on, even if it's not on TV." —Mike Szymanski

From: SciFi Wire

Charmed News (update 4/3/06)

Posted: 04/05/06 15:56
by destinyros2005
Charmed: The Final Chapter Coming In May
Third soundtrack to hit show will serve as a sonic conclusion to the series.


On May 9th, 2006, Artist's Addiction Records will release the third soundtrack tie-in to the popular WB show Charmed.

Entitled Charmed: The Final Chapter, the soundtrack will feature tracks culled from songs that have been used in episodes throughout the show's eight seasons. Among the marquee artists included on the soundtrack are Sarah McLachlan, Collective Soul, Liz Phair, and Crystal Method.

"Charmed is an amazing show which showcases some of the hottest and cutting edge music," says Jonathan Platt, the producer of the soundtrack. "It gives us a great opportunity to release a soundtrack to a long running successful show."

"Spelling did an amazing job over the years choosing songs from known and up and coming artists," adds Jonathan Miller, President of Artist's Addictions Records.

And Kevin Day, co-owner of Adreneline Records, who will market and distribute Charmed: The Final Chapter says "The album is an outstanding representation of musical moments in the show's long history, and a compelling piece for any fan of the Charmed series."

Charmed: The Final Chapter Track Listing

1. "Baby Got Going" Liz Phair
2. "Pinch Me" - Barenaked Ladies
3. "Needs" - Collective Soul
4. "Good Enough" Sarah McLachlan
5. "Weight Of The World" Chantal Kreviazuk
6. "Tears From The Moon" - Conjure One feat. Sinead O'Connor
"Superfabulous" BT
"Weave" Rusted Root
"Goodbye" Natalie Imbruglia
"Stolen Car" Beth Orton
"Bell, Book & Candle" Eddi Reader
"Name Of The Game" The Crystal Method

From: IGN