‘Charmed’ star criticises ‘offensive’ reboot

Shannon Doherty is not happy with how the show's comeback is being billed

Shannon Doherty has criticised a reboot of ’90s hit TV show Charmed, calling it “offensive”.

The revival was announced last week by US network The CW, with the channel billing it as a “feminist reboot”.

Doherty, who played Prue Halliwell in the programme, tweeted after the announcement: “Charmed was a wonderful empowering show for women.” Later, when responding to fans, she said: “[The CW’s] wording is terrible and a bit offensive.

“But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in the future.”

When one follower asked her, “And to say that the remake is feminist then what was your version?” she replied: “Yes I addressed this… very ignorant stupid comment. Perhaps made by a millennial that never watched the show and just read a synopsis on it.”

The official synopsis for the reboot reads: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centres on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

The original incarnation of Charmed ran from 1998 to 2006. So far, only a pilot of the new series has been ordered, and there is no air date as yet.