Shannen Doherty previously played an Alpha Bitch in Heathers. Phoebe gets turned into a mermaid in season 5, in a plot that heavily references The Little Mermaid. Alyssa Milano was the visual model for Ariel when she was sixteen. A season 5 episode has Paige attempting to color-code the Book of Shadows, Piper getting annoyed with her for 'defacing' it.
When Rose McGowan first joined the show, she would sometimes write her lines or doodle in the prop Book of Shadows between takes - not realizing how much sentimental value it had to the cast and crew. In the series finale, Patty says to Victor "how do I look?
Charisma Carpenter 's character Kyra can best be described as an alternate version of her Buffyverse character Cordelia Chase who was born a demonic seer. To make this a Casting Gag Cordelia was a human who willingly became part-demon. Kyra is a demon who wants to become human.
Paige's romance with Richard was partially the idea of Rose McGowan. She also contributed most of Paige's wardrobe in Season 4.
At the beginning of the series, Phoebe moves back to California from New York. Alyssa Milano was originally from New York and had to move to California when she became an actress. This makes Piper's line "you've been spending too much time in New York" rather amusing. The opening credits only credited the actors who appeared in the episode, different versions of each season's credits accommodating the missing cast members.
The Season 2 episode "Morality Bites" is the only episode of the series where the sisters are the only main cast members credited. Although after Shannen Doherty 's departure, Alyssa Milano took first billing in the credits, when she had been billed with the And Starring title.
Holly Marie Combs had been second-billed and she was given the And Starring afterwards. Plenty of fanmade credits usually bill Holly first, due to Piper being the eldest sister. Was part of one for Alyssa Milano. After becoming a child star on Who's the Boss? Melrose Place got the ball rolling, but this put her back into the spotlight. With it came plenty of magazine covers and cosmetic endorsements.
The show runners were annoyed by the network constantly using Sex Sells to promote the series, feeling they were misrepresenting it. Most of the skimpy outfits the sisters had to wear when transformed into various magical creatures. Alyssa Milano got the worst of it and said she hated dressing up in them. The exception is the genie outfit which she used a picture of for her official website. Holly Marie Combs had this about the famous "Coyote Piper" dance on the bar before she'd even shot it.
She claims she had to be drunk while filming the dance. The main reason being that she disliked having to film these raunchy scenes with actors she had literally just met. Kaley Cuoco hated the black leather outfit and wig Billie wore in her introduction episodes. She also burst into tears when she saw the costume Billie would wear in "Battle of the Hexes", refusing to wear a cape as part of it. Brad Kern regrets not including a photo of Prue in the finale.
Alastair the chameleon demon, played by Alastair Duncan. Shannen Doherty directed three episodes: With Buffy the Vampire Slayer - both supernatural dramas about Extraordinarily Empowered Girl heroines fighting demons.
Buffy tended to be more comedic and high school-oriented at first anyway , while Charmed was more melodrama. The two shows shared many guest stars, Charisma Carpenter being the most notable. None other than a pre-fame Amy Adams guest starred on both as well.
Phoebe and Paige changed their hair colors a lot on the show. Phoebe went blonde in season 3, went three different shades of brown in season 4 and eventually went black.
Paige was black in season 4, red in season 5, blonde in season 6 and then brown for the rest of the show. Dyeing for Your Art: Executive Meddling The creator, Constance M. Burge, left the show in Season 3 due to creative differences; she wanted to focus on the sisters and their relationship, whereas the producers and executives were more interested in doing more stories about their boyfriends , which is why the Cole storyline stretched on as long as it did. After the heavily serialized Season 4, the network asked production to make Season 5 to be more stand-alone.
This was a particularly odd request as the ratings were strong and final episodes of Season 4 were highly rated. Tellingly, after Season 5, the series returned to more season-long arcs. Network executives kept requesting for "more skin". This is notable in the change from Season 2 to Season 3 - the latter featuring much more form-flattering outfits for the actresses. In Seasons 5 and 6 this went Up to Eleven , and the three lead actresses protested about this before Season 8 went into production.
One of the stipulations for an eighth season was an inclusion of a younger character who could potentially star in a spinoff. The budget was also cut in half, resulting in Brian Krause having to be written out of the show temporarily and Dorian Gregory getting Put on a Bus completely. An interesting one for the eighth season - they demanded that demons look more Brad Kern says that pictures of Prue vanished because he was told by the executives that they would have to pay Shannen Doherty's per-episode fee to feature them.
He however suspects that they could have been lying so they wouldn't still be promoting her. Finola Hughes Patty is British. Alastair Duncan, the chameleon demon, is British too. Mark Sheppard Arnon is British as well. Of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Though there were instances where the reverse happened - the Wham Shot was used a year earlier in Charmed to show Piper being shot before it was done in Buffy. Word of God is that the show was heavily inspired by The Craft. Hey, It's That Place! Glen and Paige-disguised-as-Jessica have their wedding in the same church in Heathers - where Heather Chandler's funeral is held.
Holly Marie Combs became pregnant halfway through Season 6 and, while it was eventually written in, they had to resort to plenty of tricks to hide it. Notably in the headless horseman episode, Piper is the first to be decapitated. And once the pregnancy was written in, the next episode skipped ahead six months to accommodate it. Holly was pregnant again in Season 8 but this one wasn't written in. She just wore a lot of black and looser clothes. Hostility on the Set: Tensions between Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano resulted in Doherty's departure from the show after the third season.
She has alleged in interviews that the clashes came from both of them being promised the lead role on the show. Earlier in the first season, it was rumoured that the reason TW King was written out was because he and Shannen didn't get along either.
Irony as She Is Cast: The mermaid storyline in Season 5? Alyssa Milano is terrified of water. She says she skimmed through the script and okayed it without realising she would have to get in the water. Ironically, she later listed it as her favourite episode of the show.
He claims that he was always intended to be Piper's son - which is kind of obvious given that he was already a whitelighter. Other writers have said that the arc was planned beforehand, and called Holly's pregnancy "convenient timing". He also denies that Billie was brought in to create a spin-off.
He says it was talked about casually but it wasn't the reason she was brought in see Reality Subtext below. Prue, due to a conflict with the actresses and several people working on the show, Alyssa Milano in particular.
Notably, Doherty directed the episode in which Prue was killed off. Granted, the writers no doubt had options to bring Prue back, but by the point of filming, it was quite likely she wasn't coming back for Season 4. She never appeared on the show again except for a clip of her from behind and one from when she was turned into a dog. Mean Character, Nice Actor: Her actress Alyssa Milano is known for being very friendly and bubbly in interviews, and very kind to fans.
On the first DVD of Season 6 the episode titled "Love's a Witch" was listed on the DVD menu but not actually present in the DVD collection of videos, a recall was issued shortly afterward in which you could trade in your 'bad' copy and get a 'real' copy. Rose McGowan Paige was always eager to point out that she just liked having a steady paycheck. But she later said that most of her issues stemmed from the long shooting hours and how little personal time she got as a result.
She did say she'd be open to a reunion, so it seems she has some affection for the show. The showrunners are deeply ashamed of Season 1's "The Wedding From Hell", which is regarded as one of the show's worst episodes. Victor Bennett was played by Tony Denison for his first appearance, and James Read in all subsequent ones.
They also played him rather differently - Denison's Victor was more confident, while Read tended to play Victor as someone in over his head in magical matters.
It did its job to get the show picked up, so it was re-shot to pad it out and with Alyssa Milano and T. King in their respective roles. There is a twelve year age difference between Finola Hughes and Jennifer Rhodes, who played Patty and Penny respectively.
Semi justified since Rhodes initially appeared as Penny in the present well the 90s anyway - and other episodes had her play the character in flashbacks.