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The original lineup of sisters was Prudence Halliwell, Piper Halliwell & Phoebe Halliwell, played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Lori Rom respectively. Lori Rom only played Phoebe Halliwell in the original series pilot, but left the show due to personal reasons. Alyssa Milano took on the role of Phoebe Halliwell and portions of the pilot were reshot to incorporate Milano into the episode. The original pilot was never aired, but can be found circulating around the Internet.
Due to disagreements between Doherty and Milano, Shannen left Charmed at the end of the third season. So Prue was killed and a previously unknown fourth half-sister called Paige Matthews was written in (played by Rose McGowan.)
The series, which has been running since 1998, is shown on the WB television network in the United States and on CTV in Canada. The show has been licensed to other networks, such as the Turner Network Television channel, to show reruns. In addition, Charmed can also be seen on satellite and cable channel Living TV and Five (Ch 5) on normal British terrestrial television in the United Kingdom, and on TV3 (Ireland) in Ireland.
The theme song for the show is a cover version of How Soon Is Now?, originally by The Smiths, but covered by Love Spit Love. Since its inception, Charmed has also featured musical guests on a regular basis, including Pat Benatar, Dave Navarro, Barenaked Ladies, The Corrs, The Cranberries, Dishwalla, The Goo Goo Dolls,Orgy, Steadman, and many more.
Season 1 of Charmed was released on DVD in February 2005.
The Charmed Ones
Prue was the eldest sister character in seasons one to three. She was romantically involved with Andy Trudeau in season 1, but at the end of season 1 he died saving her life. Prue had trouble finding the right balance of work and play right up until her death at the end of season 3. She worked at Bucklands Auction House until halfway through season 2, when she quit to become a photographer. Prue spent a lot of time and energy becoming a more powerful witch, referred to sometimes as the 'superwitch' of the family.
- Piper Halliwell: Holly Marie Combs - credited 'and Holly Marie Combs as "Piper"' beginning season four.
Piper, from the first episode always had an "unlucky in love" storyline, and featured as the central player in the main love storyline of seasons one to three between her and Leo. In season 4 she took over from Prue as the eldest sister character of the TV show, continuing a new line of Halliwells, with the most offensive power and is known for desiring a normal life. Piper worked as a chef and then manager of a restaurant 'Quake' until the end of Season 1, when she quit and started her own nightclub, called P3.
Her love with Cole Turner was a main focus of the show in seasons three through four, to the extent where she went to the dark side. In season 5, however, Pheobe left Cole, and eventually vanquished him. She was also seriously involved with her boss, Jason Dean. In season 1, Phoebe tried many jobs, but they usually didn't last past one episode. In season 2, she went back to college, and at the end of season 4, found a long-term job as advice columnist 'Ask Phoebe' for the San Francisco newspaper 'The Bay Mirror.'
The replacement for Prue, possessing her power to orb as a half-Whitelighter. She has been seriously romantically involved with fellow witch Richard Montana and the late Agent Kyle Broady. She was a social worker in season 4, took a year off to catch up on being a witch in season 5, worked with a temp agency in season 6, and became headmistress of Magic School in season 7.
- Leo Wyatt: Brian Krause (1998-present)
- Cole Turner: Julian McMahon (2000-2003)
- Andy Trudeau : T W King (1998-1999)
- Dan Gordon : Greg Vaughan (1999-2000)
- Chris Perry: Drew Fuller (2003-2004)
- Darryl Morris: Dorian Gregory (1998-present)
- Jenny Gordon : Karis Paige Bryant (1999)
Recurring Guest Stars
- Victor Bennet
- Patricia Halliwell
- Penelope Halliwell/"Grams"
- Source of All Evil
- Barbas the Demon of Fear
- The Seer I
- Sheila Morris
- Elise Rothman
- Wyatt Matthew Halliwell
- Gideon the Elder
- Agent Kyle Brody
- Seer II
- Jack Sheridan
- Inspector Sheridan
- Jason Dean
- Leslie St. Claire
- Drake Dèmon
- Rex Buckland
- Hannah Webster
Charmed begins when the three Halliwell sisters come together after the death of their grandmother. Upon moving into the old family manor in San Francisco, the youngest sister, Phoebe, discovers an old book in the attic. Reading an incantation from the Book of Shadows, she sets in motion events that fulfill an ancient prophecy. The sisters discover that they actually are descended from a long line of witches. The first witch in the line, Melinda Warren, prophesied that from her line would come the Charmed Ones. A force of good, they would be three sisters gifted with powers to battle the forces of evil. Prue Halliwell, the oldest sister, has the power of telekinesis and astral projection. Piper, the second-oldest, has the power of molecular combustion to change the speed of molecules in objects and people (effectively blowing them up) and creating the effect of freezing time (only for the frozen object), called temporal stasis. Phoebe, the third sister, has premonitions and the power to levitate; in addition, she is an empath.
After Prue was killed, it is revealed that there is a fourth sister, Paige Matthews, their mother's illegitimate child. She has the power to "orb" in and out from place to place like teleportation, and to orb objects to herself or another place. She has the same mother, Patty Halliwell, as the other three, but her father was their mom's whitelighter Sam. Patty and her Whitelighter lover gave Paige up for adoption, with the sole condition being that the adoptive parents give her a first name beginning with "P".
The sisters become romantically involved at different points in their lives. However, their magical skills and the need to keep them secret from the rest of the world puts them in a difficult position with respect to their lovers. Prue falls in love with Andy, a police investigator looking into unsolved and occult murders. Piper falls in love with Leo Wyatt, a Whitelighter, but their affair is frustrated by Leo's bosses, the Elders. It takes some heavy persuading before Leo and Piper can get married. They split up for awhile when Leo became an Elder, but that was hardly the end for Piper and Leo. Phoebe falls in love with Cole Turner, the human half of the demon Balthazor who conspires to kill the Charmed Ones. Their relationship is intense but ultimately doomed.
- WB website
- Paramount.com, the official studio's Charmed site
- The Charmed Ones
- TheProphecy.net - excellent Charmed board
- Charmed By Charmed
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