Writers for the charmed reboot didn’t hold back after an alleged insult from someone who worked on the original series.
Curtis Kheel, who first wrote charmed The series that premiered on The WB in 1998 and ran for eight seasons took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to a news story about the reboot’s series finale, which aired on The CW the day before. The episode ended with the main characters entering a portal that took them to Halliwell Manor, which was featured in the original show with Shannen Doherty (Prue Halliwell), Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe Halliwell), and Rose McGowan (Paige Halliwell).
“As an original #Charmed writer, I can tell you what happened next: Piper, Phoebe & Paige defeated the 3 impostors right after they invaded Halliwell Manor,” says Kheel. tweeted† “Then @H_Combs blew up the gate to that other universe and joked, ‘We wish them the best.’ #seriesfinal #CharmedReunionMovie.”
This tweet was seen by many Twitter users as an insult to the reboot, which was recently discontinued after four seasons. Kheel’s post alluded to the fact that Combs clearly didn’t appreciate the existence of a reboot and shortly afterwards responded that it was picked up by series in 2018 by tweet“We wish them the best.”
The reboot’s team certainly took the post as a dig, as the rebooted’s verified Twitter account for the reboot’s writing staff replied“Unlike the OG version of the franchise, we had a strict ‘no assholes’ hiring policy in the writer’s room. We especially feel sorry for these people because unlike them, we really like each other and have the BEST time had. Forward….”
A sequel tweet of the new show’s writers added: “And for the record, we love both versions, which is why we wanted to create a cohesive universe. In our minds, there is no competition in a long line of strong young witches tasked with repeatedly saving the world. -FIN.”
The next morning, Kheel posted a series of tweets expanding on his feelings about the reboot. “My problem with the #Charmedreboot is that from day one it pretended the original #Charmed didn’t exist, but still borrowed a lot of ideas from it,” he says. wrote, partially. “We’ve worked really hard on the OG series for years and to ignore that is offensive and disrespectful to the US and our fans.”
The last season of the charmed reboot starred Melonie Diaz (Mel), Sarah Jeffery (Maggie), and Lucy Barrett (Michaela).
Representatives of the reboot declined to comment. A representative from CBS TV Studios did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
June 12, 11:10 am Updated with Kheel’s follow-up post.