Why Shannen left Charmed.

topic posted Tue, April 11, 2006 - 5:11 AM by  georgi@ne
Shannen left Charmed at the end of its third season in May 2001. Her character was actually killed off. Which seem to indicate that the plan was that she would never return. As we have seen the dead do return on the show but as ghosts and whitelighters. Ghosts can only ever come back temporarily as seen with Grams. Whitelighters are able to come back in a long term capacity but the individual who is chosen is usually an altruistic person which I am not sure could have been said about her character. Well, it seems that the person who would have been in charge of the decision on how to kill of Prue Halliwell would have been producer Brad Kern. Searches of the reason why SD left the show range from Alyssa and Holly threatened to leave if Shannen didn't to Shannen and Brad clashed. There are many rumours out there. The recent articles posted here point out that she wasn't even asked back for the finale. This again seems to indicate that either Kern, the producer, or one of the stars did not want her back. Kern states internal and financial issues as to why they didn't ask her back. Combs rolls her eyes and says that is a whole other show. Even though in some articles, HMC and SD are reported to be good friends. In other articles, AM states that she isn't po'd with SD. So, then if all that old feud is water under the bridge, why she not asked back. It seems that maybe those old wounds still haven't healed.
So, here are a few rumours and reports about SD's departure from the show.


"The BIG news -- The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Shannen Dougherty is leaving the show! It has been no secret that there have been major problems on the set of Charmed. Both Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs have been threatening to leave the show unless Dougherty left. Better to replace one witch than two, huh?

The witches are finally exposed! Prue and Piper are caught on film vanquishing a demon. The clip airs on every news program in the area, thus exposing the secret the "Charmed Ones" to the world. The witches realize they must try to travel back in time to prevent this event from happening.

Phoebe is on a mission -- a mission to strip Cole of his evil side. This mission could very well prove to be the deadliest yet for Phoebe. Will she live to enjoy a real relationship with Cole? We're going to have to wait until next season to find out the truth.

Rumor has it that next season will be very, very dark. New powers and new relationships will abound and all will not be well at the Halliwell Manor. No definites yet as to whether or not Cole Turner will return next season, so stay tuned.

The Charmed season finale will air on May 17, 2001."


"Rumors Behind Doherty's Exit from 'Charmed'

Monday, May 14, 2001

10:00 PM PT

Did Shannen Doherty leave "Charmed" over a feud with her costar Alyssa Milano? That's what an insider told MSNBC's gossip column "The Scoop," adding that the two actresses "couldn't stand to be on the set together."

"Shannen gave The WB an ultimatum: 'her or me.' Initially the thinking was that Alyssa was going to go. They were both under contract and had lawyers hashing it out until the last minute, but Shannen overplayed her hand and The WB went with Alyssa instead. She's much better liked by the cast and staff anyway," says the insider.

In addition, a rumored romance between Milano and her co-star Brian Krause, reportedly further angered Doherty, according to the gossip columnist Ted Casablanca.

Doherty also ran into trouble on her former gig (and fellow Aaron Spelling-produced series) "Beverly Hills, 90210." Doherty was let go from a leading role on "90210" after four seasons on the show.

Officials from The WB were not available for comment. The network officially unvieled its new fall season today, and executives said they had no doubt Spelling would find a suitable replacement for Doherty."


"Doherty Exits 'Charmed'

Friday, May 11, 2001

10:00 PM PT
"Charmed" is coming back for another season on The WB but don't expect Shannen Doherty to be there. The star of the three-year old program has left the series, according the The Hollywood Reporter.

Spelling TV, the production company behind "Charmed," confirmed the departure Friday, but no reason was given. The show, which revolves around three sisters who are witches, is left without one of its central characters. There was a casting change made once before in the series, which originally had Lori Rom cast as sister Phoebe in its pilot. However, Alyssa Milano was brought in when the series went to production. Holly Marie Combs also stars.

Doherty was known for her attitude and temper on her previous series, "Beverly Hills, 90210," and was fired after four seasons. The character of Hunter Fallow in The WB's recent comedy "Grosse Pointe" was loosely based on Doherty, who did have a recent run-in with the law when she was arrested for drunk driving last year. She pleaded no contest to the charges earlier this month. "|1|,00.html


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  • Re: Why Shannen left Charmed. because of Alyssa?

    Tue, April 11, 2006 - 5:12 AM
    From the August 25 th TV Guide:


    Shannen Doherty may be long gone, but she hasn't been exorcised.
    It's mid July, two months after the 30-year-old actress abruptly announced her departure from WB's Charmed, yet a giant poster featuring her still hangs in executive producer Brad Kern's office. The wayward with stands front and center between her original costars on the sisters-in-sorcery hit, Holly Marie Combs and Lori Rom. Rom, now on Sci Fi Channel's The Chronicle, was cast as youngest sib Phoebe in the pilot before producer Aaron Spelling replaced her—poof!—with his Melrose Place tenant Alyssa Milano. It's a striking image, impossible to miss, and Milano takes note of it the moment she arrives.
    "Maybe witch No. 5 will be our lucky charm," she jokes, referring to Rose McGowan, 25, Doherty's replacement of sorts, who joins the comely coven this fall (Thursdays, 9 P.M./ET) as spirited half sister Paige. Milano settles onto a black leather couch and tries to keep the mood as bright as the lemon-colored lace-up top she's paired with snug low-rise jeans.
    "You know, I have a dentist appointment this afternoon," she says. "I really wouldn't mind missing it, so feel free to keep me here as long as you'd like." But one look at the way Milano, 28, is perched tensely on the edge of her seat, drinking coffee from a jumbo mug, and you'd think she'd rather have a root canal than enduring an interview.
    And not without reason: When Doherty left her Charmed role as eldest sister Prue last spring after three seasons, it was amid rumors of a bitter rivalry with Milano, something Doherty has not denied. The tabloid magnet's hasty exit seemed like déjà vu—after all, it was the second time in a decade she had bid adieu to a Spelling show after reports of friction with costars. (The first was in 1994, when the producer dismissed her from Beverly Hills, 90210.) Her departure has left the future success of Charmed—which returns with a two-hour premiere September 27—in question at a time when WB is counting on it to continue enchanting viewers now that crown jewel Buffy the Vampire Slayer has pulled up stakes and moved to rival UPN.
    Charmed hardly seemed jinxed when it debuted in the fall of 1998. The publicity surrounding Doherty's reunion with former boss Spelling helped the supernatural soap conjure up the highest-rated series debut in WB's history, while its modern mix of glamour and girl power warded off Dawson's Creek and Buffy, making it the network's second most popular show (after 7th Heaven, also produced by Spelling).
    By all accounts, things were down right sisterly off-screen as well. "This is the best job I've ever had because we bonded immediately," Milano gushed about her costars in a February 1999 interview. "We have so much in common." For one, all three had grown up bewitching audiences on TV: Doherty on the short-lived spin-off Little House: A New Beginning, then on 90210; Milano on the hit comedy Who's the Boss?; and Combs on David E. Kelly's quirky Picket Fences. When Milano married rocker Cinjun Tate in January 1999, Doherty and Combs even served as bridesmaids. (Milano and Tate have since split.)
    "We were very close for the first couple of years," says Combs, 27, who plays middle sister Piper. "It's not like we just worked together and went home."
    But trouble was undeniably brewing between Doherty and Milano by the time production started on the third season last summer. The fawning quotes to the press had stopped, as had the costars' time together away from the set. As Milano puts it, "I wasn't going to call [Shannen] on the weekend to go hang out." Rumors quickly swirled that Doherty was resentful of Milano's growing popularity, which translated into several endorsement deals, including one with MCI. But those close to the situation claim it was more complicated than that. "There were no angels," Combs says. "We all had our bad days. We all [got] stressed out."
    That's hardly surprising, says executive producer Kern. "People on a TV set work together 12 to 14 hours a day, five days a week. Rarely have I seen cast members stay or even become best friends."
    Adding to the friction, says Combs, was the stars' growing frustration with the show's direction. "We were in [a] rut, where we felt like we were doing the same episodes over and over again," she says. Doherty, in particular, "wanted to make the show bigger and better and stretch her boundaries," says Combs, who has been friends with the actress for eight years, and still speaks frequently with her. "I'd see her in the morning and she'd be like, 'OK, how are we going to fix this scene?' She was really dedicated and she didn't have a lot of patience for anyone [she felt] wasn't."
    Whatever broke the spell, "we definitely didn't get along," admits Milano. "Shannen and I are very different people, and I think it's almost like a roommate. If you spend that much time with someone and there are differences anyway, you're not always going to get along."
    Both Milano and Combs deny tabloid reports that Doherty would only speak to them when the cameras were rolling. But Milano acknowledges that she and her former costar could get downright witchy: "There were times when I'd come in and say, 'Good morning, Shannen,' and she didn't say anything to me. And there were times when she'd come in and say, 'Good morning, Alyssa,' and I wouldn't say anything to her."
    In an attempt to defuse the situation, Paramount, the studio that produces Charmed, eventually sent a mediator to the set, something Combs said made things worse. "First of all, it was none of his business," she says. "And we certainly didn't want him reporting our girlie problems back to Paramount."
    "The problems we had weren't things some big company mediator could fix," Combs adds quietly. "They needed to be fixed between us [by] going into [each other's] trailers and saying, 'All right, I don't like it when you do this.' Or, 'I didn't like it when you said this.'"
    That apparently never happened. Doherty has contended that Milano eventually got fed up and issued producers an ultimatum—either Doherty walked or she would—but Milano insists that it isn't true. "I never even thought about doing that," she says. "I couldn't sleep knowing I backed out of something I'd committed to."
    Instead, according to several sources, it was Doherty who approached Paramount executives last December and asked to be released from her contract. "[She] was like, 'This is getting too problematic. Just let me go,'" says Combs. "She didn't want all the bad oress again. She wanted to exit gracefully." But the studio wouldn't have it. Continues Combs: "They stamped their feet and said, 'No, you cannot leave. We will sue you,'" (Both Paramount and Spelling declined to comment.)
    Doherty's eventual dismissal, then, came as a surprise. And the form Combs says it took—a phone call to Doherty's lawyer after the embattled actress had flown to Winnipeg, Canada, to start shooting Another Day, USA's upcoming Francis Ford Coppola TV-movie—still clearly angers her. "How do you go from directing the season finale to being [given] a pink slip over the phone, when [you're] in another country, at eight at night?" Combs says. "It was really a tacky way to go about it."
    "I'm sure I'm going to get many phone calls about this," she adds, "but you know what? I don't care. [The producers] know I was not happy with how it was handled. You just don't do that to a person, [especially] a person who has basically created two hit shows for you."
    While no one's officially saying why Doherty was ultimately cut loose, a series insider says, "It eventually became clear that [either Doherty or Milano] had to go." And Doherty may have been the safer choice, according to Stacey Lynn Koerner, an industry analyst with Initiative Media: "Alyssa is just as popular, is not more so, than Shannen. And when Shannen left 90210, the series did just fine."
    Whether Charmed can still work its magic without Doherty remains to be seen. But WB and Kern are putting on a brave face. "If we'd lost two girls, then I'd be nrevous," he says. "But nobody would've been OK with making the change if they were [worried]. That's why I keep that poster [with the pilot's original threesome]. I believe the show has become bigger than any one of us."
    Adds WB entertainment president Jordan Levin: "We've got two really great stars in Alyssa and Holly. Adding Rose to the cast brings a whole new dynamic that's edgy and compelling." McGowan pops up in the season premiere, which includes a funeral for Doherty's Prue, who was left for dead after battling a demon in last spring's finale. Another plot twist: Julian McMahon, who plays Milano's baddie boyfriend Cole, has recently begun dating Doherty. But he shrugs off any awkwardness with Milano: "To be honest, I'm usually pretty oblivious to that stuff."
    Milano, too, claims she's put her issues with Doherty to rest. "I have a lot of respect for her," says Milano of her former costar, with whom she has not spoken since their last day on the set. "I think she's incredibly smart and talented, and I wish her happiness, love, success."
    But closure hasn't come as easily to Combs. While she says she still has a good relationship with Milano, she felt "a definite sense of loss" when she returned to the set in July. "In a way," Combs says, "I have to treat this as a brand-new job, a totally different show I'm doing, because if I [don't], it's going to be a really hard year." •
    • Re: Why Shannen left Charmed. because of Alyssa?

      Tue, April 11, 2006 - 5:21 AM
      From the May 15th New York Daily News:

      News and Views | Daily Dish |
      Tuesday, May 15, 2001


      Backstage Witchcraft Spelled
      Doherty's Exit From 'Charmed'

      Charmed? Perhaps not.
      The reason Shannen Doherty is no longer associated with the WB series "Charmed" can be summed up in two words: Alyssa Milano.
      While a story this week in the Hollywood trade papers suggests that Doherty's departure after three seasons resulted from "a mutual decision" between the 30-year-old actress and the producers at Aaron Spelling TV, the real saga is uglier.
      Milano, Doherty and the show's other co-star, Holly Marie Combs, were all friends when the supernatural drama began in 1998. Milano even gushed about Doherty and Combs in a February 1999 interview, saying: "This is the best job I ever had because we bonded immediately. It's because we have so much in common."
      The three were so close that Doherty and Combs were bridesmaids when Milano married musician Cinjun Tate at a Louisiana bed-and-breakfast on New Year's Day in 1999. Milano and Tate have since split.
      But as often happens with a threesome, two of the friends sometimes become closer. In this case, Doherty's relationship with the other two — especially Milano — deteriorated to where Doherty wouldn't speak to her two co-stars unless the words came out of their characters' mouths.
      Sources tell me that Milano went to the producers weeks ago and gave them an ultimatum:
      Either Doherty goes or she would. Doherty apparently found out about the meeting and, even though she directed the season's final episode, which airs Thursday, she thought her own interests would be better served if she bailed.
      Naturally, the show's rep admits to none of this. "Shannon (sic) wanted to go," said Nan Sumski, "and we didn't want to stop her."


      Doherty No Longer "Charmed"

      by Mark Armstrong
      May 13, 2001, 4:45 PM PT

      It's déjà vu all over again for Aaron Spelling and Shannen Doherty.

      Seven years after she was fired from Beverly Hills, 90210, Spelling Television has confirmed that Doherty is gone again--this time leaving the WB's witchy hit Charmed after three seasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

      "We have had a long and prosperous relationship with Shannen and we didn't want to hold her back from what she wanted to do," Spelling Television said. "We wish her all the best and much continued success."

      Charmed, starring Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs as supernatural sisters working together to fight evil, remains the Frog network's second highest-rated show, averaging 4.8 million viewers in its Thursday-night time slot.

      But this season, the series has been plagued by rumors of on-set tensions, specifically between Milano and Doherty. The news comes after the 30-year-old actress just finished directing the show's season finale. (Ironically, Doherty and Combs acted as bridesmaids at Milano's 1998 wedding to rocker Cinjun Tate. The couple have since divorced.)

      Said Doherty in a statement: "I have certainly enjoyed my time with Charmed, in particular the dedicated cast, crew and staff. I had the opportunity to create a character, learn and perform my own stunt work and direct three episodes of the show. At this time, I feel that I have accomplished everything I set out to do when I returned to series television.

      "Thus, after three years and 66 successful episodes, the people at Spelling Entertainment and the WB were gracious enough to give me the chance to move on and pursue other endeavors," she said.

      The WB is expected to have Charmed on its fall lineup when it's announced this week in New York. But Doherty's departure certainly throws a wrench into things story-wise: The show's founding premise, "The Power of Three," requires that all three sisters must come together to fight the bad guys.

      This, however, should all sound oddly familiar. It was on-set tensions that allegedly led Doherty to part ways with Spelling the first time, from Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1994. The erstwhile Brenda Walsh cited "creative differences" with Spelling when she left Fox's hit show after four seasons, but others claimed it was diva-like behavior that led her costars to demand she be fired.

      Spelling eventually welcomed her back with open arms, casting her in Charmed as Prue Halliwell, one of three sisters armed with magical powers.

      It's already been a tough year for Doherty. Last month, the actress pleaded no contest to drunken-driving charges stemming from a December arrest in which her truck was pulled over for allegedly weaving across a Southern California highway.

      She's due back in a Ventura County, California, courtroom June 12 for sentencing.

      (updated 5/14/01 at 10:00 a.m. PT)
      • Re: Why Shannen left Charmed... too much drama

        Tue, April 11, 2006 - 5:41 AM
        On Entertainment Tonight,
        Shannen speaks openly of walking out

        SD," ...too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work...

        ...I am 30 years old and I don't have time for drama in my life any more... me its sort of, whatever...

        ...never ever ever any problems between the two of us(Holly) and she doesn't even know if she will go back to the show because she doesn't want to be there without me...

        ...I want to work with actors who really really care...

        ...I don't want to work with people that bitch about their job...

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