The Women of ‘Charmed’

by W. Andrew Powell
Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan

They’re a bit wicked, they fight the evil of the supernatural world, and yes, they’re witches. That’s the premise of Charmed, a Spelling Television production that features Alyssa Milano as Phoebe, Holly Marie Combs as Piper, and Rose McGowan as Paige, a trio of sisters who must keep their identity as “The Charmed Ones” secret from the world. The series is currently in its fifth season and often combines the sexy imagery of its slick gothic style with Buffy: The Vampire Slayer type action and drama.

Milano, who’s starred in a variety of TV shows, including the classic Who’s The Boss?, has also been a much-admired film star in quite a few steamy roles that have helped give her an almost epic fan-base. Two of the more popular titles include Poison Ivy II and Embrace of the Vampire.

Likewise, McGowan, who only recently joined the show to replace Shannen Doherty‘s Prudence character, is an experienced actress. Before joining the cast, she had roles in quite a few decent (Scream), and not so decent (Encino Man) films and was also briefly engaged to Marilyn Manson.

Combs, on the other hand, has a bit of a smaller resume, which doesn’t seem to matter to her fans. Recently she recently appeared as herself in the film Ocean’s Eleven, but mostly has been dedicated to the show since it started. Before that however, she starred in the TV movies Daughters and Love’s Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder, and made an appearance alongside Linda Fiorentino, Elias Koteas, and Malcolm McDowell in the feature film, Chain of Desire.

Catch Charmed on The WB & CTV (in Canada).

Photos Courtesy CTV.

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