March 25th, 2006 09:09 EST
We'll be having a dry spell; Charmed ends in May
After months of speculation, the word is official-- the magic of Charmed is gone. After eight years on the now-defunct WB Network, the show won't be on the fall schedule of the new CW network.
Since its debut in 1998, Charmed had the biggest premiere in the network's history. After two episodes, it was given a full season.
For the first three years, the series follows sisters Prue (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) Halliwell who are known as the Charmed Ones. The most powerful witches ever, they fight evil and save innocent lives while seeking personal success and happiness in the real world.
But in reality, Doherty and Milano didn't get along as much as their characters did.
In 2001, at the end of season three, Doherty left Charmed (her character Prue was killed off). Rose McGowan replaced Doherty in season four as Paige Matthews, the long-lost half-sister of the Halliwell family. The result of the forbidden union between their mother Patty (Finola Hughes) and her Whitelighter Sam, Paige is half-Whitelighter and half-witch. Despite the cast change(s), Charmed continued to maintain a strong fan following.
Charmed is also known for making Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, The Fantastic Four) a household name. From 2000-2003, he portrayed the good/evil half-human, half-demon Cole Turner and returned in the 150th episode.
Now in its eighth-- and officially final -- season, the series has focused more on the sisters' personal lives while still keeping the supernatural elements that makes Charmed good.
Eight Simple Rules' Kaley Cuoco joined the cast as Billie Jenkins, a witch-in-training. Eager to go out and fight demons, Billie learns about witchcraft and fighting the good fight from the Halliwell sisters while searching for her sister Christy, which she has found-- but her long-lost sibling has a hidden agenda.
The first two seasons were standalone episodes mixed with occasional storylines. However, it wasn't until the third season that Charmed hit its stride with ongoing story arcs such as Piper's relationship with Whitelighter turned Elder turned Avatar and now human husband Leo (Brian Krause) and Phoebe's relationship with Cole.
While the latter romance reminds us a bit of the Buffy and Angel duo, Piper and Leo make the couple most are rooting for. From the day they met, we saw make up, break up, make up, and so on until they finally got married and start a family. However, it wasn't without trials because their romance was forbidden.
This season, Piper had to lose Leo in order to save him because of an upcoming battle against a powerful threat. If the Charmed Ones succeed, then Leo will return.
But relax. Leo will return in May for the final two episodes.
Following its May finale, Charmed will live on in syndication (TNT weekdays 8-10am, 5-7pm) and in DVDs (seasons 1-4 are out now; season 5 will be coming out soon).
Remember: The Power of Three will set you free.