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The Charmed Producers Respond to the Backlash From the Original Cast

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion

Kaitlin Thomas

If you were hoping the cast and creators of The CW's Charmed reboot would be throwing down with the original show's cast in a wild audition for FX's anthology series Feud, well, you're going to be disappointed.

While promoting the witchy reboot at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Monday, the women behind the new show were nothing but polite when the topic of original series star Holly Marie Combs' disapproving comments about the reboot came up.

"Of course we can empathize [with her]," said executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman in response to Combs' comments that Charmed belonged to the original series stars. "It was a huge part of her life and if [she's] watching it go in a different direction, then of course that's going to be hard. I understand that."

"We're only here because of [that show]. We were huge fans of the original, by the way," added executive producer Jessica O'Toole. "That show wrapped everything up so wonderfully -- they all got their happy endings, and there were even glimpses of their future. We felt like it told a complete story."

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Meanwhile, Madeleine Mantock, who plays one of the three witches at the center of the new series, admits it's a bit hard to know there's backlash from the original cast.

"You can't help but be a little disappointed," she said, "because I think the script is fantastic. I think it's going to be incredible. I hope maybe she can see it and like it, but on the other hand this was a [big] part of her life, and she's entitled to feel however she wants."

And because the entire thing was very civil and very tame, the producers also said they're open to inviting the original cast members to be part of the show, but that they had not yet reached out to anyone.

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