THE NEW HUNK ON CHARMED
good opportunity at the right time." That's how Eric Dane
sums up his four-episode stint on Charmed. The 30-year-old
Gideon's Crossing alum joins the cast on Sunday as Jason
Dean, the new owner of the Bay Mirror newspaper and,
more importantly, a love interest for Phoebe.
have somewhat of a combative start," Dane explains to TV
Guide Online, "but there's chemistry and it develops
into a relationship. It's all fun and games until someone gets
hurt, and then I leave. They're not killing me though - the
door is left open, just in case."
for UK viewers follow
fans no doubt realise, this relationship is a big step for Phoebe,
who has been out of the dating loop since Cole met his end in
the show's 100th episode. Being the new guy in town is never
easy, but Dane claims he hasn't been feeling any pressure. "That's
probably because I had no idea about [McMahon]," he laughs.
"Nobody told me I was replacing anyone."
his supernatural predecessor, Jason is exactly what he appears
to be. "He's mortal, so I didn't have to learn any weird
dialogue," notes the actor. "I did walk into Phoebe's
house once, and I had these nymphs dancing around my head. But
that was as surreal as it got for me."
his character may not have any cool powers, Dane did get to
enjoy the magical experience of smooching Alyssa Milano. "It's
really great to kiss somebody who you geniunely get along with,"
he raves. "I think she's a really good person and she's
ridiculously attractive. What's it like? It's like it's not
that bad to show up at the office."
BACK FOR SEASON 6
to a post from Holly Marie Combs herself on the Safesearching
boards Charmed has received an official pickup for
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been counting will know that the twelfth episode of season five
is Charmed's 100th. Appropriately titled Centennial
Charmed it airs on The WB on 19 January 2003.
mark the occasion, The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment
industry's premier trade publication publishing a special issue
devoted to behind-the-scenes looks at Charmed.
date is 16 January, but you can order a copy here
($5.50 in the US, $10 outside).
to Krishanti Wahla for the pic on the right. BACK
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ADDED: 11.07.02. SOURCE: ST-LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
a TV series, turning 4 years old is not just a milestone, it's
vast majority of shows don't make it through four seasons. Most,
in fact, don't even last the first year. Of the 30 network series
that made debuts in the fall of 1998 (remember Holding the
Baby and Maggie Winters?) and thus mark their 4th
birthdays this fall, only four are still around.
couldn't be more different from one another, but the four have
something in common. They're well on the way to becoming profitable
for their makers.
completing four seasons and getting ready to enter the fifth,
a show has typically amassed 88 episodes, the minimum needed
for syndication. In syndication, studios sell reruns of the
show directly to TV stations, cable networks or abroad, bringing
in big bucks - as much as $2 million an episode for a hit comedy.
fall's multimillion-dollar syndication baby is NBC's Will
& Grace, the most popular of the four shows about to
turn 4. The two other sitcoms on the list, CBS' King of Queens
and Fox's That 70s Show, will wait another season before
jumping onto the syndication gravy train in fall 2003; the only
drama turning 4, the WB's Charmed, is already airing
in repeats on TNT cable.
unless you're a studio, profit-and-loss ledgers aren't particularly
interesting. For viewers, a series' 4th birthday marks a different
milestone, the make-or-break kind.
the fifth season, some shows seem to run out of steam, exhausting
all possible story lines. Consider Ally McBeal, which
turned 4 last fall still going fairly strong on Fox but self-destructed
during a fifth season that had Ally do every desperate thing
but run away to join the circus. Felicity, too, crashed
and burned in its fifth season, winding up its run so short
of plots that some actually had to be recycled. (Those two shows,
cancelled this spring, were the only two survivors of the 31
new entries in the fall of 1997.)
contrast, a series that makes it through the fifth season might
well run indefinitely. Think Frasier, ER and NYPD
4th-birthday milestone, then, is a good time to look back at
the four shows entering their fifth seasons this fall and see
how they pass the test of time.
article then proceeds to take a look at the four series, here's
what it has to say about Charmed:
(7pm Sundays on Channel 11)
Oct. 7, 1998
Three sisters learn that they are witches who can fight evil
if they work together (i.e. "The Power of Three").
Shannen Doherty (now departed), Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs,
Rose McGowan (new in fall 2001).
for 2001-02 season: no. 129.
number of viewers: Just under 3 million
it's still on: Ratings mean less on the WB, which isn't seen
in the entire country. And Charmed (with 47 Internet
fan sites) brings in good buzz and viewership that fits the
network's target: young women.
said then: "Well done and remarkably involving. Grade:
say now: The complex plot thread isn't easy to untangle these
days. But Charmed has survived the transition among sisters,
losing none of its spunk in the process.
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FHM POLL RESULTS
three of Charmed's leads were placed in the US edition
of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll:
ROSE McGOWNA (last year: 57)
uninhibited Rose remains well aware of her shadowy reputation,
admitting, "Had I lived back in Salem, I would have been
burned at the stake." Her role on The WB's Charmed
reminds us how sublimely sexy the dark side can be.
HOLLY MARIE COMBS (new entry)
was a time not long ago when the job titles "best boy",
"gaffer" and "key grip" provided unintentional
comedy during movie credits. Now being a "key grip"
- particularly on the set of The WB's Charmed - apparently
gets you dates with dashing Holly Marie.
ALYSSA MILANO (last year: 4)
execs must have sniffed a lot of Sharpies before hiring Carrot
Top as the spokesman for 1-800-CALL-ATT. Pitting him against
1-800-COLLECT's Eva Savalot created a marketing mismatch. He
can't pull off the skin-tight leather dress the way Alyssa does.
UK POLL DETAILS / BACK
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NIGHT FOR SEASON 5
Charmed will be on the move again when The WB unveil's
its 2002-03 schedule tomorrow, with a switch to Sunday nights
switch will allow The WB to launch a night of comedies on Thursdays,
and will see the series sandwiched between repeats of the first
two seasons of Gilmore Girls (7.00/6.00c) and Angel
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05.11.01 - No,
not another on-set argument, but TV Guide's You Sexy
Thing feature has put Rose McGowan head-to-head with Alyssa
So, to check
out the pics and vote for one of the girls (Alyssa is winning
by about 5:1 at the time of writing), click here.
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18.09.01 - In
the light of last week's tragic events in New York and Washington,
The WB has announced some changes to the roll-out of its new
Season four of
Charmed will now debut on Thursday 4 October at 8pm ET,
with a two-hour episode. BACK
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STIRS FLAP OVER CPMS
02.09.01 - Are
viewers who watched Charmed on The WB more valuable to
advertisers than the viewers who will watch it this fall on
It is a watershed
question to be addressed as The WB tries to strike deals with
advertisers to run the same national commercials in Charmed
on The WB as when it's repurposed later in the week on TNT.
Not only is The
WB asking advertisers to pay the same cost per thousand for
the show on both The WB and TNT, it also wants to cume the ratings
of both runs. That would allow The WB to meet the rating
guarantees it has promised for Charmed by counting viewers
who tune into the show on TNT later in the week as well.
This fall, each
new episode of Charmed will air first at 9pm on Thursdays
on The WB. Five days later, the same episode will air
at 10pm on TNT. "As of now, that's all it's going
to be," said Jed Petrick, president and chief operating
officer, The WB.
believe a major agency will buy into this," said one senior
negotiator at a major buying agency who has been approached
about the plan. "CPMs on cable, on average, are about
half that of broadcast network. Why in the world do they
think that in one fell swoop we'd all of a sudden give cable
parity? It just won't happen."
is prime time," Mr. Petrick said, summarising the argument
The WB is making. He also said the 18 to 34 demographic,
to which Charmed appeals, is tough to reach. "There
is demand against a short-supply demographic," he said.
have specific flighting requirements," Mr. Petrick said.
"So we would take the Tuesday [TNT] airing, which is Episode
1, and the Thursday, [which] would be the first run on The WB,
which is Episode 2, and the ratings for those two shows would
be cumed. And one advertiser's commercials would run both
nights. If it's in position 1-A on Tuesday night in Episode
1, which is the broadcast...it would also run in position 1-A
the following Thursday night, which is Episode 2."
say there is a difference in the nature of the cable and broadcast
audiences, broadly speaking, and it is because of that difference
that The WB proposal is a "nonstarter," as one senior
buyer put it. Like the other senior agency buyers contacted
for this story, this buyer would speak only on the condition
no given us a proposal on how they are going to adjust their
pricing," said a second senior buyer, who was approached
with The WB's general proposition. "But I will tell
you that they are going to have a very difficult time getting
buyers to pay for the TNT impressions at The WB CPMs."
Said a third
senior buyer, "One of the reasons network costs more than
cable is because it's giving you broad immediate reach, whereas
cable builds its reach differently. Cable is more of a
frequency medium than a reach medium."
This buyer, who
was familiar with the proposal but had not been approached about
it, "wouldn't accept it," but speculated that The
WB would "get somewhere" with other agencies, though
not to CPM parity for the two runs. "Some people
may say OK to it, but I'd be hard-pressed to say why they would."
This buyer observed
that sellers often "just want to look at the eyeballs,
but...there's likely to be some duplication between the two
audiences, and for some brands that's OK, and for some that
isn't. It's not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing."
Informed of this
contention, Mr. Petrick said the duplication between the two
audiences is "almost nonexistent...about a 1 percent duplication,"
according to his network's research.
Mr. Petrick agreed
that if the agencies accepted The WB's Charmed proposal
the business would change in a number of ways, and he pointed
to the fact that the broadcast networks themselves are now delivered
to the vast majority of their viewers by cable. "I
don't know what's going to happen with Charmed,"
he said. "We'll find out."
is a young-demo-friendly series about three hip young witches
in present-day San Francisco. This fall, actress Rose
McGowan joins Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, replacing
Shannen Doherty in the series, which is from executive producers
Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. SOURCE:ELECTRONIC
MEDIA ONLINE. BACK TO THE
VAUGHAN ARRESTED FOR DRINK-DRIVING
01.09.01 - Another
Charmed actor has been arrested for drink driving.
Last year, Shannen Doherty was the guilty party, this time it's
Greg Vaughan, who played the Halliwells' neighbour Dan Gordon
in season 2.
actor was stopped on Thursday morning in Hollywood after being
pulled over for speeding. "He was speeding and straddling
the lane," police spokeswoman Victoria Diaz said.
A breath test
showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal threshold
for making an arrest, she said. He was booked for investigation
of drunken driving and released pending a court appearance.
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4 START DATE
08.08.01 - The
WB has confirmed the start dates for its fall schedule.
Season 4 of Charmed, featuring the new lineup of Holly
Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan, will premiere at
9pm on Thursday 27 September with a 2-hour episode. BACK
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WB ADDRESSES CHARMED
19.07.01 - While
answering questions at the Television Critics Association gathering
in Los Angeles, a number of The WB's own addressed what happened
regarding Shannen Doherty's exit.
Jordan Levin spoke of the matter, saying, "We knew last
year that there were some decisions that probably had to be
made in the best interest of Aaron Spelling and his company,
our company and Shannen. And everybody came to the decision
that they felt was mutually beneficial for all parties involved."
When asked if
the season three finale was crafted in order to set up the entrance
of a replacement for Doherty, Levin says, "We had an idea
that we wanted to give ourselves some flexibility."
regarding the addition of Rose McGowan to the cast, Levin adds,
"There's a history within the mythology that there could
be another sister because of the [White] Lighter. We're
still sort of hammering that out, and we haven't heard the full
pitch yet and how that's going to work. But we're looking
to bring in someone who could provide some conflict within the
group and someone who could bring a younger audience into the
show. We feel like Rose does that for us." SOURCE:
CINESCAPE ONLINE. BACK TO THE
01.07.01 - Rose
McGowan replaces Shannen Doherty on The WB's Charmed;
world braces for untold impact.
Aside from "Is
Buffy dead?" (No, Vampire Slayer is just moving
to UPN, which is nearly the same thing) and "Where the
hell is Nyk Fry's Fluid Television?" (The brain
trust at KUTV 2 cancelled it - more on this in a future Tube
Town), is there a more pressing question on the minds of TV
viewers than "Who's gonna replace Shannen Doherty on Charmed?"
Not on your couch-potato life.
Charmed - about three good-witch sisters who, despite
spending most of their time vanquishing evil demons and casting
spells, still manage to look fabu and maintain a comfy lifestyle
in San Francisco - has been one of The WB's top-rated shows
for three years now. Prue (Doherty) is a photographer,
Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) is a college student and Piper (Holly
Marie Combs) runs a nightclub...yeah, whenever there's a lull
in the plot. How these busty brunettes afford their clotheshorse
habits (brassieres are the sisters' only poke-your-eye-out-obvious
budget cutbacks) can only be chalked up to the supernatural.
Or undead producer Aaron Spelling, same diff.
Late this past
season, rumours of heated Doherty-Milano catfights began leaking
from the Charmed set. Hardly surprising to anyone
who recalls Doherty's mucho-publicised psycho-bitch blowups
from her Beverly Hills, 90210 days. But it was
actually "sweet" Milano who stuck a her-or-me ultimatum
Post-It to Spelling's coffin during the filming of the Doherty-directed
season finale. When he arose shortly after sunset and
read it, Spelling quickly consulted The WB's website message
boards (at TheWB.com, highly entertaining) to determine which
of the battling babes was more popular amongst viewers.
A few clicks later, Doherty was driving away from the Paramount
lot with a pink slip and possibly a 2.5 blood-alcohol level.
The show's "Power of Three" storyline was now seriously
out of whack.
Just as with
90210, it was only a matter of time before Spelling coughed
up a replacement for Doherty, among other things. Ironically,
90210's Tiffani-Amber Theissen was approached, as were
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five) and Denise Richards
(Wild Things). None of them wanted the gig, fortunately.
Theissen's big ol' chipmunk face crowds the TV screen, and nebulous
talents Hewitt and Richards couldn't act their way out of a
soft-core faux-lesbian thriller, as evidenced in Wild Things...What?
It was Hewitt's PO5 costar Neve Campbell "emoting"
with Richards in that movie? It's not like I've watched
it several dozen timies with the VCR's freeze-frame button jammed
Focus, back on
topic: The Only TV Column That MattersTM is suspicious
yet mildly relieved to report that the new Charmed sister
is none other than film starlet Rose McGowan, last seen by hundreds
of people in the box-office bomb Monkeybone, her follow-up
to Ready to Rumble and Jawbreaker, seen by even
fewer. Unless you count a role in the first Scream
movie. The WB isn't going to be a huge step back for her
Still not ringing
any bells? McGowan's moment of infamy came when she showed
up at the 1998 MTV Awards on the scrawny arm of then-fiancé
Marilyn Manson, wearing little more than a black basketball
net and heels. These were the pre-Lil' Kim and J-Lo days,
mind you - McGowan was a trailblazer for award-show overexposure.
Too bad she's
still only really known for that and her recurring typecast
as a smoldering hell-skank, because she showed some serious
acting chops in the obscure indie-flicks The Last Stop, Southie
and Lewis & Clark & George. All three are
readily available at your local video shop alongside her two
(!) Pauly Shore movies (Encino Man and Bio-Dome),
as well as two of the absolute worst indie-craploads ever produced
(overrated Gregg Araki's Doom Generation and Nowhere).
McGowan's may be a textbook "uneven film career",
but it's still no match for Milano's or Combs' (Embrace of
the Vampire and Dr. Giggles, anyone?)
Black hair, check.
Pouty, lips, check. Aversion to bras, check. Firm
belief that Aaron Spelling won't crumble to dust upon their
first handshake, well, she'll work on it. McGowan will
join Charmed as the younger sister no one knew existed
(kinda like Buffy's Dawn - yes, I know waaay too much
WB information) after the untimely death of Prue, according
to completely unverifiable Internet news sources. Once
in print here, however, it's gospel.
With the Power
of Three restored, I'd like the first order of business to be
the cosmic annihilation of the evil force known as Gregg Araki.
If I can't get my movie money back, I'd at least like him plunged
back into the depths of hell, cool? SOURCE:
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY, 21 June. BACK
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"PREFERRED McGOWAN OVER RICHARDS"
27.06.01 - A
couple of snippets on the casting of the fourth sister (now
confirmed as Paige Halliwell) from this week's Wanda column
on E! Online.
Asked what Alyssa
and Holly's feelings towards new cast member Rose McGowan, Wanda
had nothing specific to say, although she did reveal that "pretty
much the whole cast wanted Rose over Denise Richards."
On the subject
of why Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down the role, Wanda says
that it's most likely a combination of a desire to focus on
films and not getting "a good vibe about the working conditions.
(Believe you me, the on-set bitchiness isn't entirely gone just
because S.D.'s off the show.)" BACK
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ON THEIR WAY?
19.06.01 - Charmed
videos and DVDs look like they could be on their way!
e-mailed Kult-TV to ask whether they had the rights to Charmed
and Lexx, and the word on the former is they "did
try and get Charmed, but someone beat us to it!" which
implies that someone has snapped up the rights. Although
there's no word at present on exactly who, CIC (who release
Star Trek) must be a strong contender, but let's just
hope whoever have the rights follow Fox's Buffy and Angel
boxed sets rather than the old two-episodes-per-tape Star
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McGOWAN FEELING CHARMED
- Rose McGowan (right) has been officially confirmed as "the
long-lost sister" that Piper and Pheobe never knew they
Born in Florence,
and raised in a commune for the weirdo Children of God sex cult,
27-year-old McGowan is best known for her roles in the likes
of Scream and Jawbreaker, as well as previously
dating Marilyn Manson (who's a million times scarier than anything
she'll meet on Charmed).
truly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Rose McGowan
and believe she will bring a new and different dynamic to Charmed,"
said WB co-president Jordan Levin on Thursday, who must be counting
on the show retaining its popularity now that Buffy has
moved to UPN.
The actress replaces
Shannen Doherty, who reportedly quit Charmed because
of difficulties with co-star Alyssa Milano. Even though
she directed the season three finale, Doherty and Milano reportedly
didn't speak to each other unless it was absolutely necessary.
previously quit the Aaron Spelling-produced Beverly Hills,
90210 after a stormy tenure, initially said she left because,
"I feel that I have accomplished everything I set out to
do when I returned to series television."
Then in an interview
with TV Guide, Doherty said, "I just didn't want
to be a part of it...I don't want to work with people who bitch
about their job and complain about it and say that they hate
it or anything else."
in an interview with Movieline, she claimed that she
had given "the most brutally honest performances"
of her career but that this work was being wasted on a show
has said that the season three cliffhanger will be re-edited
to write out Doherty's Prue. Talking with Entertainment
Weekly about the new character, Spelling said: "she's
going to be the long-lost little sister Alyssa and Holly never
knew they had. And wait until you see what we came up
with to explain why she's been lost: Nobody ever knew she existed."
hasn't been named yet, but she seems to be well-suited to the
role, having previously been quoted as saying, "I think
if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the
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SAID "NO" TO CHARMED
10.06.01 - The
latest name to be ruled out as Shannen Doherty's replacement
on Charmed is her replacement on Beverly Hills, 90210,
Tiffani "don't call me Amber" Thiessen.
was our first choice to take over for Shannen - even before
we asked Jennifer [Love Hewitt]," Aaron Spelling told Entertainment
Weekly. "But Tiffani told us she wants to do
a half-hour comedy" (NBC didn't pick up her sitcom pilot).
Since his big-name
choices have passed, Spelling says the show is leaning towards
a fresh face to play a younger witch in the Halliwell household,
presumably ruling out the New York Post's rumours about
Rose McGowan and Denise Richards and latest fan suggestion Carly
to be the long-lost sister Alyssa and Holly never knew that
had. And wait until you see what we came up with to explain
why she's been lost: Nobody ever knew she even existed."
Hmmm...that idea sounds suspiciously familiar...
says that the season three finale will be recut to explain the
sudden disappearance of Prue. BACK
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OR RICHARDS MAY BE CHARMED
- The latest names to emerge as Shannen Doherty's replacement are Rose
McGowan and Denise Richards.
According to The New
York Post, the actresses are being eyes as Piper and Phoebe's relative
when season four airs later this year.
Richards, 29, is best known
as the girl in the wet T-shirt in Wild Things.
Her other films include Starship Troopers, Drop Dead Gorgeous,
The World is Not Enough and Valentine. McGowan,
27, has appeared in The Doom Generation, Scream, Jawbreaker
and Monkeybone. The pair also worked together in
the 1997 independent feature Nowhere. BACK
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WB'S FACES 2001
- The WB's website has a section dedicated to their Faces 2001 campaign,
where you can download the accompanying video, which is accompanied by a
dire cover of The Who's My Generation.
Holly and Alyssa are both
featured, but only the later is in new footage. Other
WB's stars featured include members of the casts of Angel,
Felicity and Dawson's Creek, although there too
much new footage on show - probably because The WB didn't know
what shows they'd have next season, and in Charmed's
case, who'll be starring in it! You can view the video
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FHM SEXIEST WOMEN POLL RESULTS
- Holly was the only one of the three original leads not to feature in US FHM's
Sexiest Women Poll, which, like the UK equivalent, was again won by
Jennifer Lopez, with Alyssa now US TV's no. 1 sci-fi/fantasy babe.
86. Shannen Doherty
Hockey players will
rejoice upon reading Shannen's following comment: "I don't care for
chiseled features. Scars are good." The mercurial
30-year-old is part of the spellbinding threesome that makes up the cast
of witches on The WB's Charmed.
4. Alyssa Milano
Removed from her years on
Who's The Boss, 28-year-old Alyssa is now loveable witch Phoebe
Halliwell on TV's Charmed. Most impressive: the animated
character Ariel from The Little Mermaid was created based on a
photo of then 17-year-old Alyssa.
Several actresses whose
names have been mentioned as Shannen's replacement also featured:
Vanessa Marcil was 50th, Susan Ward 47th, Jennifer Love Hewitt
13th and Tiffani Thiessen just one place behind Alyssa in fifth.
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ON JLH "NO"
- As an addition to Jennifer Love Hewitt turning down Charmed (see
previous below), sources close to the show told the New York Post
that the former Party of Five actress was approached to replace
Although no reason was
given as to why, zap2it.com suggests that she didn't feel it was time to
return to TV, having recently starred with Sigourney Weaver in Heartbreakers
and playing the devil opposite Alec Baldwin in the in limbo The Devil
and Daniel Webster.
which is rumoured to have been prompted over a feud with Alyssa Milano,
may be a sign of trouble behind the show's scenes. In addition,
Holly Marie Combs has reportedly asked for and received a big per-episode
raise, which allows her to pull in more money than Alyssa, the show's
whose names have been floated around for the role of the fourth
Halliwell include Tiffani Thiessen (hopefully not), Soleil Moon
Frye, Vanessa Marcil, Susan Ward and Irene Molloy. The
latter would be an especially interesting choice since she played
the Doherty-like star of a Beverly Hills, 90210-esque
teen soap on the WB's cancelled Grosse Pointe. Thanks
to Richard Morgan. BACK
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TURNS DOWN THE POWER OF THREE
28.05.01 - According
to a post by Alyssa's mom Lin Milano on the Safesearching posting
boards, Jennifer Love Hewitt "has passed on being on Charmed.
She would like very much to just do films for right now."
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- As expected, US cable network TNT is getting Charmed, acquiring
the rerun rights for up to eight seasons of the show for $600,000 per
episode. In addition, TNT will pay $150,000 per episode for rights
to a second-run window.
also bought the rights to air an immediate rerun of the series within a
week of its original airing on The WB, beginning in September. The
cable network plans to screen Charmed reruns on weekdays, beginning
in fall 2002. Meanwhile, Paramount, the show's producers, will put
the show into weekend syndication simultaneously.
Variety, Charmed appealed to TNT partially because
it is self-contained and not serialised, as well as helping
to attract younger women to the network. BACK
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- A few snippets from E! Online on Monday.
in the final running as Shannen's replacement are Jennifer Love Hewitt and
Tiffani [nee Tiffani-Amber] Thiessen. Wanda suggests that Grosse
Points Irene Molloy should be a shoo-in.
rumour currently flying around is that the Charmed producers taped
an extra episode or two with Shannen (possibly as an insurance against a
strike), but this appears to be slim. The likely storyline has Piper
and Phoebe realising that there's another Halliwell offspring, either a
sister or a cousin, who completes the Power of Three.
Chris B suggested
that the new sister should be Piper's doppelgänger, which would
allow Holly Marie Combs to play both roles. Sounds ideal
to me... BACK
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RUN ON TNT?
- US viewers may get an extra chance to catch Charmed next season,
with the news that it and other WB shows such as Gilmore Girls
could end up on the network's sister cable channel TNT this fall.
According to Variety, The WB and TNT are currently in talks to
share the two shows, as well as Felicity and rubbish sounding new
the deal goes through, TNT would air each show within seven days of its
original broadcast on The WB. TNT would air the shows at 10pm, so as
not to compete with The WB, which airs news during that timeslot.
say that The WB's new Charmed deals allows it to create a dual
window for the show on a cable network such as TNT.
assuming control of both outlets earlier this year, Turner Broadcasting
CEO Jamie Kellner has made it a priority to share programming between The
WB and the Turner networks. The dual window will allow The WB to
cover a show's license fee quicker, especiallyfor dramas, which don't
usually repeat well.
also say that Gilmore Girls and Charmed were chosen partly
because the shows are self-contained and not serialised like Dawson's
Should the deal
go ahead, it won't be the first time a network has shared programming
with a cable channel. ABC and Lifetime signed a deal last
year to share Once and Again and NBC and USA share a
split run of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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- The penultimate episode of season three, Look Who's Barking, is
bookended by The Coors. The show opens with Give Me a Reason
and ends with Breathless, a song that's been popping up all over TV
The WB website's introduction for those who've been living on the moon
Only the best thing to come out of Ireland since U2! The sexy Celtic
sibs that call themselves The Corrs (their last name is Corr, go figure)
have finally made a splash in the US with their third studio album, In
Pop music with a cool Celtic twist. Think Riverdance meets Dido done
by three hot chicks and their cute bro. Most of the songs on In
Blue are pretty much straight pop with some violin in the background,
but they really get down to their roots for a few songs including the
final track, Rebel Heart.
More: The Corrs will be touring Asia and Australia in the
fall, but that probably won't do those of us in America and
Europe any good. If you can't jet off to a foreign country
to see them, you'll just have to be content with playing their
CDs over and over again and checking their website
for info on when you'll be able to see them in your town.
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- The WB's press release for Charmed's fourth season contains a
spoiler for the season three finale, but if you already know that
Shannen's out then it's nothing major:
One Hour Drama
three spellbinding years, the Charmed Ones - Prue, Piper, and Phoebe -
have used their witchcraft and the Book of Shadows to keep themselvese
alive as they save innocent souls and fight the darkest evil. Now,
this season, the unthinkable will happen. The power of three will be
begins a new chapter in the Charmed saga as the surviving sisters
search for a way to stay alive and strengthen their fragile bond while
they continue to vanquish the diabolical. The sisters find renewed
faith in the form of an unexpected revelation: there may be yet another
Halliwell offspring they never knew about - one who could reunite the
power of three and return these virtuous witches to their former
glory. They'll find that fighting the good fight is a deadly
occupation, but one they were born to do.
executive producers Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Connie Burge and Brad
Kern, with Spelling Entertainment.
The cast members
listed for next season on The WB's website are Alyssa, Holly,
Brian Krause and Julian McMahon. The WB's description
of a possible fourth sister would seem to rule out the rumour
that Soleil Moon Frye is to replace Shannen as Prue, although
she could conceive play a new character. BACK
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