‘Charmed’: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tiffani Thiessen Were Both Offered Roles to Replace Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs

The energy of three turned the ability of two when Shannen Doherty’s Charmed character, Prue Halliwell, obtained killed off the present within the finale episode of season 3. Fans had been gutted to be taught they wouldn’t get to see any extra adventures from the trio of very highly effective good witches, Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Prue, as they lived in San Francisco, Calif., and fought evil. 

Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs
Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs | Hulton Archive

Prue Halliwell’s future had been undecided

Prue’s destiny hadn’t been made clear on the finish of the third season and followers had been left questioning what occurred to the oldest Halliwell sister. Aaron Spelling, the producer of the sequence, hadn’t been positive concerning the character’s destiny both, in accordance with Screenrant.

Doherty left Charmed amidst reported drama between her and Milano and it hadn’t been decided whether or not or not her character of Prue would get replaced by one other actress or if she’d be killed off. 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tiffani Amber Thiessen had been supplied position of Prue Halliwell

When Spelling had been considering changing Doherty’s position of Prue with one other actress, he supplied the half to Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tiffani Amber Thiessen. Given the present’s fantastical setting, Charmed writers might’ve simply had Prue come again in a special physique performed by both actress. 

Ultimately, each Hewitt and Thiessen stated no to Spelling’s provide which led to Prue being killed off the present. Thiessen, who had beforehand stepped in to switch Doherty on Beverly Hills, 90210, reportedly advised Spelling she needed to strive her hand at community comedy. 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tiffani Amber Thiessen | Jerod Harris/WireImage

Thiessen did simply that when she landed an element as Amy Watson in three episodes of the comedy, Just Shoot Me!, in accordance with her appearing credit. As for Hewitt, she went on to star in music movies, TV films, and have movies earlier than being solid because the star of Ghost Whisperer in 2005. 

Rose McGowan joined the solid of ‘Charmed’ 

While Prue had been killed off the sequence following Doherty’s exit, the character did finally get a substitute. Rose McGowan joined the solid of Charmed as Paige Matthews, a long-lost fourth Halliwell sister. She made her first look in Charmed Season 4 Episode 1: “Charmed Again: Part 1” and stayed on the present till the sequence finale in 2006, in accordance with IMDb.

In her 2018 memoir, Brave, McGowan opened up about her time on Charmed saying she didn’t take pleasure in it. According to her, the present’s male-dominated crew had been disrespectful which left her “tired and defeated.” 

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Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan, and Alyssa Milano | SGranitz/WireImage

In addition to the environment on set, McGowan didn’t like her character’s storylines. “I didn’t fully understand the dynamics of what was happening,” she wrote. “My character was too busy talking to leprechauns to have the time.”

‘Charmed’ obtained a reboot in 2018

Fans of the unique sequence have been asking for Charmed to return virtually because the day it went off the air. They form of obtained their want when a reboot debuted on The CW in 2018. It didn’t characteristic any of the unique solid however as an alternative centered on a brand new trio of witches adapting to their newfound magical powers.

Watch all eight seasons of the unique Charmed on Netflix and catch the reboot on The CW.

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