Question: I read in the USA Today that Charmed is a shoo-in for renewal. Is this true? — Ellen

Ausiello: Far from it. Not sure who USA Today got their information from, but the Charmed Ones are far from guaranteed a job next season. In fact, just last night exec producer Brad Kern dropped me an e-mail with this plea to fans: "The network loves Charmed creatively and have been especially happy with it this season, but whether we come back or not still all boils down to ratings — which means it's up to the fans. If they all tune in and watch the last couple of episodes, I believe that'll raise our numbers enough to push us over the edge and force the WB to pick us up for an 8th season." Translation: The 3.2 million who turned out for last Sunday's fresh episode ain't cuttin' it.