Season 8

Kern Says;
"You Can't Kill This Show"

                 ''We kind of dug ourselves a pretty interesting creative hole,'' admits executive producer Brad Kern. To be sure, there's painting yourself into a corner, and there's burning down the whole house. In the seventh season finale, the three Halliwell sisters ostensibly died and transformed into other actresses. ''We wrote a quasi–series finale, because at that time we didn't know if we were coming back.'' The series is back, and it will craftily explain the ersatz finale: Everyone else sees the clan's new aliases, but they (and we) see them as themselves, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan. It also explains the need for 8 Simple Rules' Kaley Cuoco as an apprentice witch, charged with demon-fighting in their stead. In other casting news, Dorian Gregory is gone, but Jason Lewis snags a recurring role as Dex Lawson. Speaking of ups and downs, don't count on this being Charmed's last season, either, says Kern. ''You can't kill this show.'' So we see. Source: Entertainment Weekly

Charmed  'Magically' Stays Alive
 August 20 2005 - by Kate O'Hare-  Website Zap2It.com

  Last April on the set of The WB Network's Sunday-night supernatural drama "Charmed," tempers were a bit frayed. The seventh-season finale was in production, and there was no word yet on whether the show had been renewed.

Star Holly Marie Combs, who plays Piper, the eldest of three demon-vanquishing good-witch sisters, was getting a bit cranky. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it," she said at the time. "I am not pleased. After this amount of time on a network, we deserve better."
Brian Krause, who plays Piper's husband, Leo, was more optimistic, saying, "I think they'd be silly not to bring us back."

"Whatever's going to be is what's going to be," philosophized Rose McGowan, who plays youngest sister Paige.
Alyssa Milano, who spent the better part of her 20s playing middle-sister Phoebe, worried more about the fans, saying, "I don't get ... not giving them what they deserve for hanging in for seven years, because that's going to lose more audience."

The word finally came at the 11th hour, right before the network was to announce its fall schedule to advertisers in mid-May. Apparently, The WB was not willing to toss out the show's 3.5 to 4 million weekly viewers (who would then see promos for The WB's new fall shows). The new season begins on Sunday, Sept. 25. Says network entertainment chief David Janollari (to whom executive producer Brad Kern had made an impassioned pitch for the new season), "The pickup of 'Charmed,' which has long been a terrific performer for us and held its ground really nicely in its seventh season, was a matter of saying, 'Let's continue to have an 8 o'clock show to anchor the night that we know performs and has a loyal audience."

The decision was also made to add a new, younger witch, Billie, played by Kaley Cuoco ("8 Simple Rules"). With Billie, Janollari wants to "spice things up a little bit, to bring potentially a new and somewhat younger audience into the show."

And, as hope springs eternal in the network breast, Kern points out, "Janollari has some hope, however much of a long shot, that Kaley's character, in combination with any one of the sisters, may want to come back, could keep the show going. There's always that possibility. That door is not closed."
All this happy news meant, of course, that Kern now had to dig himself out the deep dramatic hole he created for the finale.

He had allowed the sisters, collectively known as The Charmed Ones, to wipe their slates clean and start new lives with new identities (played by different actresses), while also protecting the secret of their magical abilities.
"I didn't know we were coming back," Kern says. "What was I supposed to do? It was more of a series finale than a season finale. But there were more than enough elements in there, building blocks, to help me and the writing staff dig out of it, and we have. We've got the first six scripts written as we speak."

One might wonder, with three witch sisters and another witch on the way, why Kern doesn't simply have someone cast a spell and undo everything? According to Kern, that would be cheating, and the fans would resent it.
"Magic might be a Band-Aid," he says, "but it won't be the solution. Our folks wouldn't stick with us if they saw us do, 'Oh, never mind, that didn't really happen.' We have to get out of it authentically. We have to earn it.
"That turns out to be fun for the first third of the season, watching how the girls live their lives after having feigned their deaths and realizing that maybe the identity they left behind, or some part of that identity, they want back."
Unfortunately for Kern, there won't be any magical solutions for his practical problems either. Although the sisters abandoned their old lives, budget restrictions mean Kern must retain all his standing sets, including the sisters' Victorian house in San Francisco.

"Frankly," Kern says, "our budget was cut back substantially in order to come back. That forced my hand tremendously as far as creative choices. It's funny, that was actually my biggest concern, how can I back the stories and the characters into this new, restricted budget and not have it show?"
Kern also has to find room for some new characters, starting with Billie. When original cast member Shannen Doherty left the show, her character, eldest sister Prue, was killed off, and McGowan joined the cast as long-lost half-sister Paige. Billie, though, won't be a member of the family.
"I think we've brought in enough family members over the years," Kern says. "She's just a young witch who has just come into her powers and thinks it's pretty cool to use them, thinks the world is one big video game.
"In order to preserve some semblance of a normal life, the girls are going to wind up having to recruit her to do some of the demonic heavy lifting. At the same time, they're going to have to teach her what a moral compass is."
Originally, Kern was planning to bring in Sugar Ray frontman and "Extra" host Mark McGrath as a new love interest for Phoebe. But scheduling conflicts made that impossible, so now former model Jason Lewis ("Sex and the City") will do a six-episode stint as Dex, who'll be on Phoebe's romantic radar -- and it may get serious.

"We prophesied in earlier seasons that Phoebe's character is meant to have a child," Kern explains. "That'll have a lot to do with the first six episodes. She's going to realize that if the vision's supposed to happen, she'd better get busy soon."

More Guest As We Expect

"8 Simple Rules" star Kaley Cuoco will next tackle the rules of witchcraft on the WB Network's "Charmed."

The actress is joining the cast of the veteran drama as a regular next season, playing a young witch under the tutelage of the Charmed ones (Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan).

In addition to Cuoco, the upcoming eighth season of "Charmed" will feature Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who signed on to do a multiepisode arc. Thanks to kaleycuoco.org for the info.

Adrienne Wilkinson will be filming a guest spot on the eighth season premiere. She's playing a character simply called, "The Brunette".

No Mark McGrath on Charmed. They say he can't do it with his Extra job. Jason Lewis is the replacement.

It seems that the sisters will be in disguise for at least 3 episodes and Leo for up to 5 episodes. This may be extended to more episodes

Budget Cuts
Dorian Gregory has been cut from the cast of Charmed, and Brian Krause's appearances have been reduced, due to budget cuts.

Charmed New Season Insights by Andrea of thecharmedones.com

The new season started filming this past Tuesday (July 18th). As I stated before the budget for this season of Charmed has been cut, so fans will see many changes. First is that we no longer will see Dorian Gregory (Inspector Morris) this season. Also, Brian Krause (Leo) will only appear in about 10 episodes. This was done because production wanted to get more high price guest stars, so that is why Dorian was cut and Brian's appearances reduced. Also, some production personnel has changed for this year. A new shooting schedule has been set up this year to give the girls less hours, which gives them a break from the hectic shooting schedule from last season.

Kaley Cuoco, who will be playing a witch-in-training will appear in the first five episodes of Charmed. Jason Lewis (Smith Jerrod from "Sex and the City") will have a six-episode arc on "Charmed." He's hooking up with Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). He's replacing Mark McGrath, with was previously announced as joining the cast, He's busy hosting Extra. Phoebe's love interest will be Jason Lewis.


Doherty in "The End of the World"
August 9, 2005 - Zap2it.com
"The End of the World" is coming to CBS, and it's bringing Shannen Doherty with it.
The former "Charmed" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" star, along with Gina Gershon, James Brolin, Randy Quaid, Tom Skerritt and Swoosie Kurtz, have begun filming the CBS miniseries "Category 7: The End of the World" in Canada. The four-hour mini, scheduled for November sweeps, is a sequel to last year's "Category 6."

Although the network says "Category 7" picks up where its predecessor left off -- with "the ultimate superstorm continuing] to build in size," in case you missed it -- Quaid is the only "Category 6" principal returning for the sequel. ("Category 6" also starred Brian Dennehy, Nancy McKeon and Thomas Gibson, who's currently at work on CBS' fall drama "Criminal Minds.")

The new cast includes Doherty -- dropped from the cast of UPN's fall comedy "Love, Inc." after the pilot -- as Faith Clavell, a "beautiful, discredited scientist" who teams with Quaid's storm chaser to try to figure out what's driving the massive storm, which is now wreaking havoc all over the world. Skerritt ("Picket Fences," "Top Gun") plays a pilot tracking the storm from the air.

Season 7

Super-hot star Julian McMahon will reprise his role as Cole Turner in the milestone 150th episode of the hit supernatural drama Charmed. The announcement was made today by David Janollari, President, Entertainment, TheWB.

That Aaron Spelling Production is also the producer of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Other for kids series.

The girls got a raise this season from a reportedly 80,000 to 102,000, wow that's a lot of Louis Vuitton. 

As for Wyatt's evilness many have thought that last season was a foreshadow of what's to come and those who thought that may be right. We can expect a dark season this coming season 7.

Darryl will still be angry at the sisters for what happened to him and this will be explored more this season leading to an ending of the story possibly in the traditional death. 

Finola Hughes will be appearing twice in Season 7 episodes later in the season.

Drew Fuller be the guest in one episode of the charmed season 7.

The Halliwell Manor was actually featured in the comedy film "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" as Tina - the freakishly tall woman's home.

Holly Marie Combs (Piper) herself is pregnant with her longtime boyfriend David Donoho's child! The baby is expected to arrive in April 2004, and her pregnancy will be written into the script of "Charmed". And here's the real shocker... remember Chris the supposedly-bad Whitelighter who came from the future? He is actually Piper's youngest son a.k.a. Wyatt's little brother.

Rose McGowan is only contracted to the end of the sixth season so there is no guarantee that she will return after that. She is quoted as saying: "Even if "Charmed" goes seven years, it will still only be three for me," she says. "I like the get-in, get-out thing. My attention span doesn't last that long!" An online survey shows that Rose's character (Paige) is not as popular as Shannen's (Prue). That was because Rose had a really bad start in the show. People hated her and felt that she wasn't qualified enough to replace Shannen. It was only until several episodes later when people said, "Hey! She's not that bad."

In "Charmed", Phoebe Halliwell's power was often referred to as 'premonition'. However, I find that 'psychometry' would have been more appropriate. Psychometry is the ability to gather information on people or events by touching some object that was present at the time. This would be a better description of her power in earlier seasons of "Charmed". In later seasons, she can even get visions in her sleep.

Additional Notes:           In real life the manor isn't even in San Francisco, let alone Prescott Street, the real address to the home in which the show is shot in is: 1329 Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026-5109

On The Show:

Halliwell Manor Address: 1329 Prescott Street, San Francisco

Telephone Number: 555-0198

see manor click here