This page will cover
general season four news, such as casting, while more detailed spoilers
will be covered on a spoiler-specific page.
TURNS A NEW PAIGE
With Rose McGowan in place to join the cast of The WB's Charmed,
following the departure of Shannen Doherty, the main challenge facing
executive producer Brad Kern and his staff is explaining it all in a way
that makes sense.
Doherty's character Prue
Halliwell, the eldest of a trio of sister witches living in San Francisco,
apparently did not survive the series' cataclysmic third-season
finale. And when your series' premise rests on there being three
"Charmed Ones," that's a gap that must be filled.
Enter Paige Halliwell -
the long-lost younger half-sister of surviving siblings Piper (Holly Marie
Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Kern plans either a two-part
season premiere or a two-hour single episode, to air in late September, to
explain the new character, the secret daughter of the sisters' mother and
her illicit lover, a "White Lighter" (magical protectors that
look after good witches).
Piper herself fell for
her White Lighter, Leo (Brian Krause), but her mother's affair was
expressly forbidden, and the child that came of it had to be hidden away.
"From Paige's point
of view," says Kern, "you go to bed one night, and you think
you're a single child, and no one understands you. Then you wake up
the next morning, and you find out you've got sisters who are witches,
who've got supernatural powers, who have a destiny that you must now share
and embrace, and you must learn your new powers."
"It won't be a
coincidence that she was named with a name that starts with a 'P', like
According to Kern,
Paige's newly emerged power resembles Prue's ability to move objects with
her mind, but because her father was a White Lighter, she will have other
abilities as well.
"When we meet
her," says Kern, "she will have been searching for many years,
both for her birth parents, but also for an answer to that feeling that
she's had inside of her that there's something special, there's something
else that nobody has yet been able to understand and explain."
"We hope to tap into
that. It's also organic to the character. She brings a lot of
energy and enthusiasm to a grieving family. That's going to help us
be able to honestly deal with the death of Prue, as well as being able to
keep the fun of the show. Here comes Paige, who suddenly has all
these powers and thinks it's pretty cool."
McGowan, who has acted
primarily in independent films, was high on a short list of actresses
considered for the part.
"Our personal hope
was to find somebody that would be of Shannen's calibre," says Kern,
"that would have the sexiness, the edge and the range. That,
for the age range we were looking for, is hard to find."
"We said, 'We don't
want somebody conventional. We don't want a shrinking violet.
We don't want just another pretty face that smiles and has great
teeth. We want somebody who has an attitude."
"I think Rose
definitely has an attitude, and that's an energy that we can take
advantage of for the betterment of the show."
Kern says the changeover
has also reenergized the writing staff, which now faces a fresh set of
challenges and story opportunities.
gives us an opportunity to force (the other sisters) into their future,
rather than dwelling on the past. What could have been a concern has
turned into an opportunity."
"Luck has to play a
part in it, and I think that's why they call the show Charmed."
Thanks to Richard Morgan. Back
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McGOWAN'S LIVING A CHARMED LIFE
27.06.01 - Further to the
above story, here's what The WB itself had to say about Rose McGowan
joining the cast.
Feature film star Rose
McGowan joins the cast of Charmed
Rose McGowan, who
catapulted to stardom as a sexy victim in Scream, will join Alyssa
Milano and Holly Marie Combs as the newest bewitching sister on Charmed,
it was announced today by Jordan Levin, Co-President, Entertainment of The
"Both Alyssa and
Holly Marie have set a high bar," said Mr. Levin. "In
searching for the third member of the ensemble, we are truly fortunate to
have the opportunity to work with Rose McGowan and believe she will bring
a new and different dynamic to Charmed."
Best known for playing
vixens, McGowan left an indelible impression on audiences as a sexy scream
queen flattened by a garage door in Wes Craven's Scream. She
began her career starring in the edgy independent feature film The Doom
Generation by controversial director Gregg Araki, for which she earned
an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also starred on the
big screen in the dark high school comedy Jawbreaker, Monkeybone
and Ready to Rumble.
McGowan will play a
long-lost sister to Phoebe (Milano) and Piper (Combs), and will be
introduced when the series begins its fourth season this fall. Charmed
is a supernatural one-hour drama from Spelling Television airing on The WB
Thursdays at 9.00pm ET. The series chronicles the conflicts between
vastly different sisters as they come together against the otherworldly
backdrop of an ancient prophecy of witchcraft.
Aaron Spelling and E.
Duke Vincent (7th Heaven, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place) serve
as executive producers along with Brad Kern (Hill Street Blues, Lois
& Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, New York Undercover).
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GOES TO ENGLUND
30.08.01 - Robert Englund,
best known as the knife-fingered Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm
Street films, is making a guest appearance in the third episode of
In Size Matters,
Englund again dons prosthetic makeup - on half of his face - to play the
demon Gammill, who squares off against Piper, Phoebe and Paige.
Season four returns to
The WB on Thursday 27 September with a two-hour episode that deals with
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07.09.01 - Alyssa Milano
on how the arrival of Rose McGowan has affected the show:
will be different this year with the departure of Shannen Doherty, do you
think Charmed will go in a different direction this year?
I think Charmed
will have to go in a different direction this year because the dynamics
have shifted. Phoebe is no longer the youngest she has become the
Rose McGowan will
certainly bring new energy to Charmed but how will Phoebe react to
having a new sister?
I think at first Phoebe
is hesitant but then realises it is the only way to reconstitute the
"Charmed Ones". She considers it a challenge to teach
Paige all the different aspects of being a good witch and eventually
accepts her as a sister and a sister witch.
What can the fan
expect Rose to bring to the series?
I think Rose will bring
an edge to the series.
Has Rose been subject
to any special hazing rituals as the new actor on the series?
Not specifically, but
doing all the greenscreen work and stunts is a whole new thing for
her. That stuff alone can be a bit torturous.
With the departure of
her older sister, how do you see Phoebe growing this year?
Well, again she is now
the middle sister. She looks at Paige and can relate to everything
that Paige is going through. Phoebe will try to guide Paige the way
Prue tried to guide Phoebe. Phoebe is forced to take on more
responsibility within the family unit.
How do you think
Phoebe will react to the loss of Prue?
I think Phoebe is deeply
affected by the loss of Prue and perhaps feels like part of her is gone
too. In the first episode Phoebe is a bit in denial and focuses on
other things to get her mind off of Prue's death. She finally does
break down and then decides that life does go on and that Prue wouldn't
want her to mourn for the rest of her life and that she must continue to
protect the innocent.
Phoebe has always been
the laid back sister, do you think the tragedy will result in her becoming
more responsible and getting a job?
In the third episode of
the season she goes for a job interview and doesn't get the job because
she can't explain why she needs flexible hours to the boss. Phoebe
can't very well tell her it's to fight demons and save innocent
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14.09.01 - Cinescape
Online has some pics
of season four opener, Charmed Again, including Alyssa showing off
her cleavage, Holly looking great as usual and new Charmed babe
Rose McGowan (right). They are mostly non-spoilerish, with only one
of Paige meeting her sisters giving anything away. Back to the top
19.09.01 - The WB
describes season four opener Charmed Again (which airs on 4
October) as follows:
Rose McGowan joins the
cast of Charmed - Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs)
struggle to come to terms with the death of their sister and the
realisation that the Power of Three no longer exists without her.
When they discover the existence of their baby half-sister, Paige (Rose
McGowan), Phoebe and Piper are hopeful that they can reconstitute the
formidable triad of witches, but The Source has a 48-hour window to turn
Paige evil forever. Brian Krause and Julian McMahon also star.
Michael Schultz directed the first hour; Mel Damski directed the second
hour. The episode was written by Brad Kern.
The WB has also released
some more promotional pics from the episode:
meets Piper and Phoebe / Paige
and Shane (Jordan Bridges) / Shane
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HATH NO FURY
26.09.01 - The WB has
released its description of the second episode of the season, due to air
on 11 October:
Hell Hath No Fury
- New to the witchy world of The Charmed Ones, Paige (Rose McGowan) is
learning to control her new telekinetic powers and steals the Book of
Shadows from Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) to use
the spells for personal gain. Meanwhile, Piper's inability to deal
with her sister's recent death makes her vulnerable to the Furies, female
demon vigilantes who lure her into their fold.
Chris Long directed the
episode with a script written by Krista Vernoff. Back to the top
THE DEMON DETAILS
01.10.01 - The WB has
released information on the 18 October episode:
Titled Enter the Demon,
the episode finds Paige making a major blunder when carelessly mixing
potions for Piper while secretly wishing she could be in Phoebe's shoes
training for combat. Her passing wish comes true when Paige ends up
actually switching bodies with Phoebe. While the two sisters try to
reverse the spell and struggle to harness each other's powers, they must
battle a Zen Master's powerful disciple who has turned evil against his
mentor and opened up a portal between two worlds.
Joel Feigenbaum directed
the episode with a script by Daniel Cerone. Back to the top
HATH NO FURY PICS
07.10.01 - The WB has
released some shots from next Thursday's episode, Hell Hath No Fury,
which you can find on the Cinescape website (click here).
With possessed Piper (again!), hopefully it'll be a big episode for PP's
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NEW SEASON PREDICTIONS
08.10.01 - Once again, Sci-Fi
Wire has given its verdict on this season's new and returning
The WB, Thursday, 9pm
Premieres Oct. 4
Talk about a
cliffhanger. As the demon Shax apparently killed Prue (Shannen
Doherty) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) looked to
be trapped for eternity in the Underworld. Of course, the real
cliffhanger was happening behind the scenes, as Doherty left the show in a
very public way. Unfortunately, they aren't the Charmed Ones without
the Power of Three, which means season four will bring a new half-sister
into the lives of Piper and Phoebe. In the two-hour season premiere,
Rose McGowan will join the cast as Paige, no doubt fixing the missing
sister problem. However, look for life to be a little more serious
for the girls, at least initially, as they attend Prue's funeral.
The Outlook: Charmed
remains one of The WB's top-rated series, so look for them to promote it
strongly and give it plenty of support. After losing Buffy,
the network doesn't want to see this show go anywhere. After all, it
isn't every show that could take on about the biggest competition possible
on the top three networks and come away a winner. The loss of
Doherty may cause a few moments of concern, especially if McGowan doesn't
jell with her costars or with the audience. Mostly likely this won't
be a problem. This supernatural series has found its audience, and
it will remain Charmed for another year. Back
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KNIGHT TO REMEMBER PICTURES
13.10.01 - The WB has
released images from the 1 November episode, A Knight To Remember,
which can be found here.
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AS COLE DETAILS
29.10.01 - The WB has
released details of the 15 November episode, Black As Cole, which
apparently features a plethora of story facets including love, marriage,
babies and demons.
In the midst of mulling
over his marriage proposal, Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) comes face-to-face with
Cole's (Julian McMahon) demonic past when a widow tracks him down seeking
vengeance for her husband's murder. Meanwhile, Paige (Rose McGowan)
encourages Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Leo (Brian Krause) to test their
readiness to become parents.
Les Landau directed the
episode. The teleplay was written by Brad Kern and Nell Scovell and
the story is by Abbey Campbell. Back
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AS COLE PICS
11.11.01 - Further to the
above, The WB has released some pics from Black as Cole.
to see the three sisters enjoying some fresh air and here
to see Leo and Phoebe encountering Cole's dark past. Back
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TO MY EARS
26.11.01 - The WB has
released details of the 13 December episode, Muse To My Ears.
Phoebe, Paige and Piper
must stop Warlocks who are enslaving the world's muses to use their divine
creative inspiration for evil. In the midst of the assault, Cole
becomes testy about Phoebe's rebuffing his marriage proposal and is
concerned that without his demonic powers he can no longer protect the
love of his life.
Joel Feigenbaum directed
the episode written by Krista Vernoff. Back
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15.01.02 - From
yesterday's Wanda chat on E! Online:
In episode 15, Cole and
Phoebe get married, but it appears that Cole is hiding a dark side from
her. A character called the Seer is a servant to Cole and mentions
that he "inherited the world's evil." The ceremony erupts
in chaos, as a demon servant of Cole's attempts to harm the girls. Back
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26.01.02 - The WB is
describing next Thursday's episode as follows:
When Paige (Rose McGowan)
discovers that a 10-year-old runaway (guest star Alex Black) is a
firestarter, she whisks him to the Manor for safekeeping. The gang
soon discovers that his foster parents are, in fact, demon bounty hunters,
so they protect him while trying to teach him how to use his powers for
good rather than evil. Meanwhile, Cole (Julian McMahon) officially
proposes to Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) using her grandmother's ring - only to
discover that the ring is cursed and turns her into the perfect 1950s
housewife. Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause also star. Noel
Nosseck directed the episode written by Nell Scovell. Back
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16.02.02 - Coolio will be
playing for the dark side when he guest stars on Charmed this
March, putting a kink in Cole and Phoebe's upcoming nuptials, reports Zap2it.com.
The rapper/actor will
play a demon called Lazarus who crashes the couple's wedding in the
episode Marry Go-Round.
The wedding is ruined
when The Source takes over the groom and sabotages the ceremony by
inviting Lazarus in order to orchestrate a demonic union that will allow
the couple's foretold son to become heir to the unworld.
The Grammy-winning singer
has guest starred on a number of shows, including Sabrina the Teenage
Witch, VIP, The Nanny and recently won the first celebrity edition of
NBC's Fear Factor. His film credits include Batman &
Robin, Tyrone, Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, Perfume
and the upcoming Exposed. Back
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