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Holly Marie Combs is not happy with CW’s reboot plan

Holly Marie Combs

Los Angeles, Jan 27 (UITV/IANS): Actress Holly Marie Combs, one of the original stars of "Charmed", is not happy with the CW's reboot plan.

Combs, who played Piper Halliwell on the WB series (1998-2006), tweeted displeasure on Friday with CW's decision to order a "Charmed" pilot set in the present day with a new cast, reports usatoday.com.

The original, which focused on three sisters who used their witchcraft powers to fight evil, also featured Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell, Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell and Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews.

After initially wishing the new project well, Combs, one of the stars of "Pretty Little Liars", took issue with various aspects of the reboot.

"Until you ask us to rewrite it like (executive producer) Brad Kern did weekly, don't even think of capitalising on our hard work," she tweeted.

"'Charmed' belongs to the four of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans."

Combs then threw shade at the CW's description of the series as a "fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series", assuming the feminist reference implied that was missing from the original.

"Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph," she tweeted.

Later, Combs, who drew supportive tweets from fans, went into more detail about why she thinks the new "Charmed" is not a true descendant of her series.

"Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title," she tweeted.

"If it's not similar than it's just another show."

Her most recent tweet dismissed a new "Charmed" in light of the brave, real-life feminism and activism displayed by castmates McGowan and Milano.

McGowan, who has accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, has a new documentary series, "Citizen Rose", that focuses on her activism against violence and on behalf of women.

Milano, a leading voice in the Me Too movement opposing sexual harassment and assault, is launching an initiative to support immigrants.

"Also the kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately...um no. Just no," Combs tweeted.