Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs Defend Charmed After Writer Revealed Why She Quit
2 out of 4 Charmed Ones have actually spoken out in defense of the initial supernatural series, which ran for 8 seasons from 1998 to 2006.
In a vast interview with The Hollywood Reporter released on April 1, a previous writer and manufacturer of the CW series discussed stopping Charmed around season five after network executives apparently began promoting more ways to get stars Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan “naked” each week. While the trio played badass sister witches Piper, Phoebe, and Page Halliwell, their costumes were in some cases … less than functional.
“I signed on because Charmed was a girl-power show, and about halfway through there was an episode where Alyssa Milano comes out in mermaid pasties and there was a huge spike in male viewership,” Krista Vernoff, the present showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, told THR. “Then every episode after, the question would originate from the network, ‘How are we getting the women naked today?”
She continued, “And they were throwing cash at me, and the number keeps going up, and there’s all this pressure, and all I can believe is, ‘I’m producing something that’s now bad for the world, and I’ve had enough bad for the world in my life.'”