Let's keep it real: The CW's Charmed reboot hasn't been a popular project. Recently, original Charmed star Holly Marie Combs wrote a scathing post on the new series, which added fuel to an already raging fire. Now, Charmed reboot star Sarah Jeffery has presented the other side of the argument and asked fans to give it a chance. The actress, who was recently announced as one of the three leading ladies of the show, posted an earnest note on Saturday, May 26 which touted the good Charmed 2.0 will do for "women and youth" and explained why it deserves a fair shake. It's about time one of the reboot stars spoke out on the controversy, and her note is worth a read.
"I'M ONLY GOING TO GO HERE ONCE," Jeffery began. "I fully understand how dear the OG Charmed is to many. For very, very good reason. We are so beyond grateful to have the opportunity to bring this reboot to life and bring current, timely themes to the forefront of a show that stars not one, not two, but THREE WOC!!! We regard the foundation that was laid with great respect."
"But, when my character is challenged, when there is futile yet harmful noise about how we are either incapable or doomed, I will vociferously defend myself and my sisters," she continued. "The original Charmed will always stay very much intact and will always be widely respected. I invite you to come on this journey with us to discover more stories within the universe. I also respect your declination. But please, let’s show up for one another in favorable ways and be kind with our opinions."
"I know our show will have a positive effect on so many women, youth, and anyone who is receptive to being on the right side of history," she finished.
Jeffery's post was a stark contrast from Combs's note, which criticized the show for bringing in younger talent when Combs and her original Charmed co-stars would've been happy to reprise their roles.
"Let me say first that I appreciate the jobs and opportunities the Charmed reboot has created," Combs began. "But I will never understand what is fierce, funny or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago."
"I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy does remain," she continued. "Reboots fair better when they honor the original as opposed to taking shots at the original. Reboots also do better when they listen to a still passionate fan base which is what it's all about, isn't it? That's why we do reboots. The fans are why we all get to do what we do. So we wish them well and hope for success."
Both actors expressed themselves powerfully, but Combs had a compelling point about ageism in Hollywood. In my mind, there's still no good reason the show's original actors weren't approached for a revival. I also question why the new series would be marketed as "feminist" as if it's a fresh take. After all, the original WB series was the longest-running show ever to feature an all-female group of lead actors, and that's something to honor.
If you haven't already, check out the trailer for the reboot below: