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10 Pretty Little Fitness Facts with Holly Marie Combs

Who isn’t obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. Back in its fourth season, the shows twists and turns and all-star cast makes it easy to keep coming back to Rosewood for more.

Holly Marie Combs (who plays smart and sexy mom Ella Montgomery to Lucy Hale’s Aria) is one of the many reasons we keep tuning in. “You definitely start to get an idea as to who the good guys and the bad guys really are this season. It’s exciting and as surprising as ever,” she says. “We are sworn to secrecy. Contractually. But I can tell you I am A. Just kidding….”

Though she can’t spill secrets from the show, she can spill her own. We caught up with the star to find out her own workout obsessions, celebrity body crush, and more.

1. She and her boyfriend hike every morning.

“We live in the mountains with hiking trails so we have no excuse not to,” says Combs. “I don’t count miles. I feel I’ve gone far enough if every muscle in my body feels awake with circulation but not to the point where I feel I have worn myself out.

2. She doesn’t push herself through workouts like she used to.

“At this point in life I have realized that the next forty years need to be about maintaining my muscles, joints, and posture. I don’t push my body through workouts as I’ve done in last 39 years like to ‘ask’ my body to do things now instead of ‘telling’ or forcing my body to do something now.”

3. She’s a big fan of Pilates.

“In between my first and second child Pilates helped my body a lot. In between my second and third I had to amp it up a bit with kickboxing training, which I did until I was six months pregnant with Kelley,” she says.

4. She’s super impressed with how healthy the PLL’s are on set.


”All the girls (Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, and Troian Bellisario) are so great when it comes to taking care of themselves. My generation was, um, different. We (not naming any names) would play pool, shoot darts, and drink beer then roll in at 5:30 am with a Venti something, order from In-N-Out for lunch and do it all again the next day,” Combs jokes. “The PLL’s roll in with green tea and coconut waters, vegan lunches and juice cleanses. Best of all they are strong, not just skinny. They are fit and devoted to their own health. They are impressive individually and as a group. Lucy keeps trying to keep me up early to try her favorite spinning place. I’m scared! Our set is amazingly healthy. They have really healthy snacks at all times. Lucy and Troian are vegetarians. There really is never any junk food around, thankfully.”

5. She gets sweaty to Metallica.

On her playlist? “I’ve got Matt Kearney, Radical Something, and a little Metallica thrown in for good measure,” she says.

6. She loves all things sushi.

“I’m definitely a sushi person. I know I can eat a lot and still be fairly healthy,” Combs says. “I was a vegetarian through many of my teen years and easily revert back to that occasionally, but my immune system is usually happier with a bit of real meat. I would love to learn when I locate some spare time. It would be nice to buy my own fish. To know exactly how fresh it is and precisely where it comes from.

7. She doesn’t love beets but will never give up potato chips.

8. She admires Gwen Stefani’s physique

“Gwen Stefani is my celebrity body crush,” she says. “She is a mom of two boys and she somehow finds a will and a way to be physically fit, write, tour, perform, and have a healthy marriage. All the while staying true to herself. Impressive.”

9. She loves her own body most because it allowed her to have children.

“It has carried me this far in life with fairly little trouble,” she says. “And it allowed me to have my three sons.”

10. She wishes she had no concept of time.

” I watch the clock like a hawk, painfully aware of every passing minute,” Combs admits.

Catch Holly Marie Combs starring in Pretty Little Liars Tuesdays on ABC Family at 8/7c.

  • By Kristen Aldridge
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  • Actress Holly Marie Combs has revealed that she has got married.

    The former Charmed actress, who played Piper Halliwell in the original version of the hit series, took to her Instagram account to share the happy news with her fans, revealing snippets of information about the big day bit by bit.

    The 45-year-old, who tied the knot with long-time partner Mike Ryan last week, first shared a photo of a pile of wedding invitations reading ‘let there be cake and bubbles’.

    She then shared a series of snaps from her wedding day, including a close-up shot of her bridal bouquet, a photo of now-husband Mike holding her hand while she is just out of shot, and an adorable picture of the pair embracing each other.

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    A little fairy sprite had to remind me that this was the first day of the rest of my life when I got, perhaps, a little misty eyed. And she is right. Here is to new beginnings….🥂#mrandmrs #hollysmagicmike

    A post shared by Holly Combs (@thehmc) on Sep 10, 2019 at 5:39pm PDT

    The Pretty Little Liars star, who played Ella Montgomery in the teen show, went for ambiguous captions on each of her posts, writing: ‘No rain, no flowers…… and oh, but the flowers …[email protected]_and_daughters you made magic and I cannot thank you enough. #hollysmagicmike’ and ‘I said, hey whatcha doing for the rest of your life? #hollysmagicmike’.

    Her final post was captioned: ‘A little fairy sprite had to remind me that this was the first day of the rest of my life when I got, perhaps, a little misty eyed. And she is right. Here is to new beginnings….🥂#mrandmrs #hollysmagicmike’.

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    A post shared by Holly Combs (@thehmc) on Sep 1, 2019 at 2:29pm PDT

    Fans and followers rushed to congratulate the pair, with comments including: ‘Congratulations, beautiful! You two are such a nice couple ❤️💜’, ‘You look so beautiful and so happy!’ and ‘Stunning!!!! 😘 Congratulations 🍾Wishing you both all the best on your future together!!! Xxoo’.

    Many of the actress’s co-stars also commented, with fellow Pretty Little Liars stars Lucy Hale, who played her on-screen daughter Aria Montgomery and Chad Lowe, who played on-screen husband Byron, congratulated her, writing: ‘Congrats you two!!!! ❤️’ and ‘So clearly you got married! 😜Congratulations!!!❤️❤️’.

    The CW’s newest show this fall is a reboot of the popular series Charmed which ran from 1998-2006. We couldn’t be more excited to see the Halliwell witches on screen again – but what has the original cast been up to since the show ended all those years ago?

    Holly Marie Combs

    The woman behind Piper Halliwell has stayed busy on the screen since her debut on Charmed. One year after it ended, she starred in Lifetime’s television film Point of Entry. It didn’t take long before she returned to television as the mother of Aria Montgomery (played by Lucy Hale) on Pretty Little Liars.

    In 2015, Combs reunited with Charmed costar Shannen Doherty for a road trip reality series called Off the Map with Shannen and Holly. Viewers could vote on activities for the pair to partake in as they traveled through multiple states. In 2016, Combs starred in a Hallmark movie called Love’s Complicated. Her last television appearance was during the Pretty Little Liars finale in 2017.

    She has been married twice before, with actor Bryan Smith from 1993-1997, and Charmed Key-grip David Donoho from 2004-2011. She shares three sons with the latter. In 2017 she announced her engagement with her boyfriend Mike (whose last name hasn’t been publically released) on Instagram.

    She currently resides in Burbank, California.

    Alyssa Milano

    From acting and singing in plays to starring as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter in Commando, Milano already had a successful career in the spotlight before Charmed.

    She appeared in 179 episodes as Phoebe Halliwell and even was a coproducer starting in the fourth season. Immediately after her departure from the show she guest-starred in ten episodes of My Name is Earl. As a fan of major league baseball, she began writing her own blog and even was part of TBS’s Hot Corner during the 2007 baseball playoffs. Her love for baseball led her to begin a new clothing line, “Touch,” which is team apparel marketed for women.

    In 2011 Milano appeared in the movies Hall Pass and New Year’s Eve. She began a reoccurring role on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later in 2017.

    As a longtime activist, she’s worked with companies such as UNICEF and PETA on topics ranging from AIDS to the Syrian war conflict. Milano was vocal in the #MeToo movement which raised awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault.

    She has one son and daughter with her husband David Bugliari, who she married in 2008. She currently resides in Bell Canyon, California.

    Brian Krause

    What many don’t know is that Brian Krause originally auditioned for the role of Andy Trudeau (played by Dorian Gregory) before he was cast as Piper’s love interest Leo Wyatt. After starring in over 154 episodes in Charmed, he went on to appear in multiple roles on straight-to-television movies and shows such as Mad Men. He has even voiced video game characters for L.A. Noire and CSI: Miami. Krause divorced his ex-wife Beth Bruce in 2000 and shares one child with her.

    In 2018 he fell victim to a Facebook hoax that spread news of his death, but his agent was quick to dispel rumors. Krause is also an advocate for homelessness and is working on a film of the epidemic. He is very active on Twitter and has a wide fan base.

    Rose McGowan

    Of all the actors from Charmed, Rose McGowan has perhaps stayed in headlines the most. Since she replaced Shannen Doherty as lead all those years ago, her career as an actress, activist, model, singer and author has been extensive.

    After the series ended McGowan headlined the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie Grindhouse. She’s continued acting in multiple television series and movies, such as Nip/Tuck, Fifty Dead Men Walking, and Once Upon a Time.

    McGowan has also been a notable activist for misogyny in Hollywood and LGBTQ rights. She made headlines last year for being one of the eight women who had reached settlements with Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault. This led her to be quite vocal in the #MeToo movement. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has had multiple relationships – her most recent ended in divorce from artist Davey Detail. You can read everything about her life in her memoir, Brave, which she released in January of 2018.

    Dorian Gregory

    The man behind police office Darryl Morris has had quite the run as a host and personality since he starred in Charmed. Dorian Gregory hosted multiple Soul Train Awards, a BET Anniversary & Achievement show and even a black woman stunt competition. He also did a plethora of smaller parts on shows ranging from NCIS to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. most recently.

    In his free time, he is actively involved with the Jeopardy program sponsored by the Los Angeles police department. Gregory also serves as the spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. With a knack for music, he formed a group with his sister called “MD says” where he writes music and keeps himself busy.

    Shannen Doherty

    Doherty played the oldest of the three sisters, Prue Halliwell. What you may not have known was that she also directed a few of the episodes during the second and third seasons. For reasons that are still unknown, Doherty decided to leave Charmed which resulted in her characters death in the third season.

    She went on to host the series Scare Tactics, star in her own reality TV show Breaking up with Shannen Doherty, and even returned to the CW in Beverly Hills, 90210. She married her third husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, while in Malibu in 2011. In 2015, Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer and had multiple treatments until she went into remission in 2017. She was working on a new television adaption of Heathers until it was pulled by paramount network in March of 2018.

    Julian McMahon

    Known for his good looks and skills as an assassin, Cole Turner tiptoed the line between good and evil throughout the series. Many fans remember him especially for the relationship he shared with Phoebe Halliwell.

    Although he was quite famous for in Australia for the soap opera Home and away, Charmed help launch McMahon’s acting career in the United States. After departing the series, he became a series regular on the award winning show Nip/Tuck from 2003-2010. You may also recognize him from movies such as Fantastic Four, Premonition, and Red.

    In 2014, McMahon married for his third time to his girlfriend of 11 years, Kelly Paniagua. He has one daughter from his second marriage. He still acts and is currently starring as Jonah in the Hulu web series Runaways.

    Charmed airs Sundays at 9 p.m. PST on CW11 Seattle!

    Holly Marie Combs in Bikini Magazine

    She may not be Charmed’s biggest star, but Holly Marie
    Combs just might be its best.
    I’m the least ‘babe’ of the babes,” Holly says of her
    status alongside her Charmed co-stars, Shannen Doherty
    and Alyssa Milano. ”I’m not like vavoom! Walk down
    the hall and everybody turns their head. I don’t need
    to be in the skimpy outfits with the push-up bras all
    the time.”

    Push up bras? ”Oh yeah, the push-up bras became the big issue. Next
    to Shannen and Alyssa I look positively deprived, so
    they had me in one of those. I wore it for a while,
    but then finally I was like, this is ridiculous.”

    Holly Marie Combs is dressed in sandals, sweatpants
    and a t-shirt. She has just lit a cigarette, something
    she only does when she’s nervous and she’s nervous
    about how she’ll come off in print. She should save
    it; she’s a charmer. She has this cute-as-your-buddy’s-
    kid-sister look that’s immediately apparent. Then, as
    you sit with her, there are glimpses of something
    smoldering under the surface.

    Maybe it’s because her mother was only 15 when she had
    Holly Marie. They lived near the beach in San Diego,
    but moved to New York when the future actress was
    eight.

    ”We lived in a little box of an apartment,” Holly
    recalls, ”me, my mom, my stepfather, and a huge
    Siberian Husky. I was the angriest little person
    imaginable. I woke up with a frown every morning. I
    barely talked, wore black all the time, and had some
    serious teenage rebellion years.”

    Five years of emotionally charged acting – beginning
    with a part on Picket Fences that was rewritten for
    her – and a short-lived marriage cooled much of
    Holly’s fire, though. On this day, she’s enjoying the
    temporary unemployment of the Charmed hiatus. She has
    just come from horseback riding, is looking forward to
    reuniting with the puppy Alyssa Milano’s mother just
    gave her, and is recently engaged to a second-grade
    teacher from Venice Beach.

    As Combs watches the smoke coil off her cigarette, she
    looks positively languid. Until, that is, our
    conversation drifts to Reason To Believe, a little-
    known independent feature with a brief love scene that
    turned her into an Internet pin-up girl.

    ”Lauren Holly asked me to do a
    part in it with her husband Danny Quinn,” Holly
    explains. ”I hadn’t read the script, but I flew to
    Ohio during a break from Picket Fences. All I went off
    was what Lauren had told me. She was like, ‘It’s a
    great monologue, but I’m just a little nervous because
    you might have to kiss Danny.’

    ”I never thought that this one shot of me taking my
    shirt off could be free-framed into 15 different
    pictures. All you had to do was search for my name and
    the first thing that came up was ‘Holly Marie gets
    naked.”’

    Fortunately for Holly, Milano’s mother had some
    experience in getting porn off the Internet and by
    threatening a law suit, got the photos removed.

    ”I guess that’s the good part of being an under-
    rated, under-valued…” Underdog?
    ”Yeah, an underdog. I like that.”

    Celebrity Mom Interview: Holly Marie Combs

    For some time, Charmed’s Holly Marie Combs wasn’t a mother, but she played one on TV. Yet on-air pregnancy, delivery, and child-rearing didn’t really prepare the WB’s good witch for her first nonfiction baby adventures.

    On Playing Mom

    “Faking it was much easier. I got to give the baby back to its rightful owner and go home for a good night’s sleep. Before you have a baby, friends tell you ‘sleep now,’ and you laugh because you don’t think that all those stories could be true. But they are.”

    Real-Life Monsters

    “I was worried — I wasn’t sure I had the maternal instinct. But the minute my son came out, he was my favorite person on earth. I was crazily in tune with him, and I knew we were going to be fine.”

    On Conception

    “I had a few fibroids removed, and they left me with a Grand Canyon of scar tissue in my uterus. The doctors weren’t sure I’d be able to reproduce. I was prepared for a rough road, and then out of nowhere we conceived.”

    The Pregnant Body

    “The extra weight was a shocker. I’m only 5’2″ and gained 40 pounds. And unfortunately, I was photographed the entire time.”

    Finding Out the Sex

    “I can’t understand people who don’t find out the minute they can. Both my husband and I wanted a boy. I wasn’t sure what I’d do with a daughter. What if she asked for a Barbie? I would have been like, ‘Honey, we don’t support Barbie because she isn’t an accurate depiction of a woman’s body.”

    Choosing the Name

    “I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw ‘Finley’ on the list. I really liked it but didn’t want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea.”

    • Discover the meanings and origins of your favorite baby names

    The Big Day

    “Because of my earlier surgery, I had a scheduled c-section. The day before, I read that only 10 percent of women’s waters break at home. I thought it was interesting because water breaking is always what you see in movies — we’d even done it on my show. Then I swear I stood up and my water was all over the floor. I panicked.”

    What She Wishes She Had Known

    “I was unprepared for the c-section. I was asleep for fibroid surgery, but you have to be awake for a c-section, and the doctors were silent through a lot of it. I also experienced horrible shakes. The more I tried to stop, the worse it got, and that freaked Dave out. Friends who had c-sections told me it was a piece of cake. They were lying! The end result was worth it, but it was painful and tiring.”

    Sanity Savers

    “Swaddling blankets. Dr. Brown’s bottles. And the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Swing, which rocks from side to side, knocks Finley out almost instantly. Rose got me a Graco Pack ‘N Play, and Finley easily spent the first three months in it — it was the only place we could get him to sleep.”

    Sleep — or Lack Thereof

    “I think letting babies cry it out is barbaric. Why would parenting stop when it’s dark outside? You can’t expect a baby to know that he’s supposed to sleep just because we want to go to bed.”

    Advice for New Moms

    “You need to be emotionally ready for a baby, and the best way to do that is to clean skeletons from your own closest. Deal with the baggage of your childhood or you’ll just pass it on to your kid. Also, there’s nothing like a baby to point out the differences between you and your husband, so discuss big issues beforehand, like breastfeeding, discipline, religion, and school. It helps you become a united front. And, oh yeah, sleep now.”

    Carrie Bell is an entertainment writer and reporter in Los Angeles.

    Originally published in American Baby magazine, April 2005.

    • By Carrie Bell

    American Baby

    Is this another alternate reality storyline like Centennial Charmed? (If you know you know.)

    The power of two are coming to Grey’s Anatomy.

    Former Charmed stars, icons and legends Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs are reuniting on-screen for the first time since the show’s conclusion on the long-running medical drama – and once again, they’re playing sisters!

    They will play the sisters of a patient who becomes braindead after an accident at a construction site; unfortunately, Leo won’t be on standby to heal their sibling, so they’ll have to decide if they want to keep her on life support.

    The stars reunited with Charmed’s former executive producers Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser on the series. They will make their Grey’s Anatomy on the third episode of the show’s upcoming 16th season, which will air 10 October.

    “This is going to be fun!” said Milano while Combs tweeted: “#castfromthepast with all the feels and I mean ALLLL.”

    #castfromthepast with all the feels and I mean ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. https://t.co/W3qNg3QnGv

    — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) September 16, 2019

    Airing for eight seasons, Charmed focused on the most powerful witches in the world who use their combined “Power of Three” to vanquish demons, warlocks, all evil-dwellers, etc, all while maintaining their personal and professional lives.

    Milano and Combs starred as Phoebe and Piper Halliwell for its entire run.

    It also starred Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell, the third and oldest sister who was controversially killed in the season three finale. She was replaced with Rose McGowan’s character Paige Matthews, who later completed the Power of Three.

    At 178 episodes, the show became the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads (until it was surpassed by Desperate Housewives in 2012) and the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB network.

    The show developed a cult following, and is often described by critics as one of the most influential television shows of all time.

    Because of its critical acclaim (and because it was the second most streamed show of 2012, six years after the finale), Charmed received a reboot by The CW, which aired its first episode on 14 October 2018.

    Related: The 15 best episodes of Charmed ranked.

    KeepReading…

    Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs made “Charmed” fans’ dreams come true when they guest starred as two sisters on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” earlier this month. The special “Cast From the Past Week” installment of the popular ABC medical drama reignited the reunion conversation among those viewers longing for the Power of Three to set them free.

    And Milano isn’t shooting down the possibility.

    “I mean, Holly and I talk about ‘Charmed’ movies a lot, you know,” the “Insatiable” star told Access Daily hosts Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover. “Because they have the new ‘Charmed,’ which is on The CW, and it’s a very different storyline…”

    Also Read: ‘Insatiable’ Creator on Patty and Bob’s Killer Season 2 Finale Revelations, Plans for Season 3

    Here’s where Hoover interjects to say The CW’s reboot, which is currently in its second season and produced by CBS TV Studios (the studio with the rights to “Charmed”), is “not the same” and Milano agrees: “It’s a different show and it felt like they were trying to capitalize off the name but not continuing on the storyline or the legacy. So it was tough.”

    “But we have been talking about maybe doing some films for Netflix,” she added. “And so I think that would be really fun and I think it’s a great way to celebrate our fans that have stuck with us for such a long time but still give it new blood.”

    Representatives for Netflix and CBS TV Studios did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

    Also Read: 29 Most Iconic TV Witches, From Samantha Stephens to Sabrina Spellman (Photos)

    Alyssa says that when she reunited with Holly for the “Grey’s” episode they “did not miss a beat.”

    “It was like we were at work yesterday doing ‘Charmed,’” she said.

    In reality, it’s been 12 years since we said goodbye to the series, which ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006 on The WB and later The CW. Milano and Combs starred on the magical drama as sisters Phoebe and Piper Halliwell, with Shannen Doherty playing their eldest sister, Prue, on Seasons 1-3 and Rose McGowan taking over as the third lead in Season 4, cast in the role of Paige, their half-sister.

    Also Read: ABC’s ‘Cast From the Past Week’ to Reunite Stars of ‘Cheers,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘The Drew Carey Show’

    “We had so much fun,” Milano says, looking back on “Charmed.” “I mean, you don’t take yourself too seriously on that show because we were battling demons every day in ridiculous costumes, you know what I mean?”

    Watch the interview above.

    29 Most Iconic TV Witches, From Samantha Stephens to Sabrina Spellman (Photos)

    • Today is Halloween, which means now is the time to once again celebrate pop culture’s witchy women in all their pointy hatted glory. While films like “Hocus Pocus” and “Practical Magic” are packed with wicked ladies, in our opinion, TV witches still reign supreme. Check out TheWrap’s gallery to find the small screen’s 29 most iconic female spell-casters. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a great idea for this year’s last-minute costume from this list of magical ladies.

      Also Read: Fall TV 2019: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

      ABC/CBS TV Studios/Netflix

    • Samantha Stephens, “Bewitched” – Is there a more legendary TV witch than Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery)? Not according to her husband Darrin, who says she’s “one witch in a million.”

      ABC

    • Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell and Paige Matthews, “Charmed” – The Charmed Ones charmed viewers with their sisterly love while fighting the forces of evil for eight seasons, three with eldest sister Prue (Shannen Doherty) and five with half-sister Paige (Rose McGowan), who reunited with her siblings after Prue’s death.

      CBS TV Studios

    • Willow Rosenberg, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” – Best friend to Buffy Summers, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) developed her magical abilities over several seasons, eventually becoming so powerful she almost ended the world once.

      20th Century Fox

    • Bonnie Bennett, “The Vampire Diaries” – Bonnie (Kat Graham) was a truly powerful witch who spent a ton of her time sacrificing her own happiness to help her friends. But by the end of the series, her full potential had been realized, as she managed to save, well, the world.

      Warner Bros

    • Alex Russo, “Wizards of Waverly Place” – By far the best of the Russo siblings, Alex (Selena Gomez) was a fun, confident teenage girl who was the shining star in her family of wizards.

      Disney Channel

    • Sabrina Spellman, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” – The original teenage witch, Melissa Joan Hart’s version of the Archie Comics character is a staple of ’90s culture.

      ABC

    • Sabrina Spellman, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” – Last year, Kiernan Shipka took up the role of Sabrina for Netflix’s darker take on the character and put her own spin on the spunky, half-mortal witch.

      Netflix

    • Prudence Night, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” – Keeping it in the “Sabrina” universe, the leader of The Weird Sisters and the daughter of Father Blackwood, Prudence (Tati Gabrielle) is a force to be reckoned with in the Church of Night.

      Netflix

    • Melisandre, “Game of Thrones” – The Red Woman’s (Carice van Houten) prophecies weren’t always right, causing more than a few problems for our heroes. But she did bring Jon Snow back from the dead and helped Arya kill the Night King, so she made up for all that in the end.

      HBO

    • Regina/The Evil Queen, “Once Upon a Time” – Regina (Lana Parrilla) was a wicked witch, but by the time the ABC fantasy series came to a close, she had more than redeemed herself for all her previous wrongdoings and got to enjoy a happy ending. Plus, no one said being evil would prevent you from making this list. In fact, some of our favorite TV witches were bad.

      ABC

    • Rita Repulsa, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” – Speaking of baddies, Rita Repulsa (Machiko Soga) was a major thorn in the side of the Power Rangers and probably appeared in the nightmares of many ’90s children. Seriously, that cackle is seared into our brains.

      Saban Entertainment

    • Witchiepoo, “H.R. Pufnstuf” – Another kids’ show with another wicked witch who managed to steal our hearts with her goofy antics.

      NBC

    • Margo Hanson, “The Magicians” – A high-spirited magician, Margo (Summer Bishil) is known for her gossiping, competitive nature and drama, drama, drama.

      Syfy

    • Morticia Addams, “The Addams Family” – Before Anjelica Huston took on the role for the big screen, Carolyn Jones portrayed the character in the 1960s TV series, giving us a Gothic goddess to aspire to.

      ABC

    • Fiona Goode, “American Horror Story: Coven” – Possibly Jessica Lange’s greatest role of all time and definitely her best “American Horror Story” character due to her fierce wardrobe and even fiercer attitude toward keeping her title as the coven’s Supreme Witch. Too bad she was damned to hell in the end.

      FX

    • Marie Laveau, “American Horror Story” – While we’re in the “AHS,” fam Angela Bassett’s voodoo queen was a fan-favorite character from “Coven” (Season 3) who made a badass return on last year’s crossover installment, “Apocalypse.”

      FX

    • Tabitha Lenox, “Passions” – Tabitha (Juliet Mills) never got her revenge on all of Harmony, but we still remember her as the greatest character on the weirdest soap opera there ever was.

      NBC

    • Angelique Collins, “Dark Shadows” – One of the darkest characters on “Dark Shadows,” Angelique’s (Lara Parker) love-hate relationship with Barnabas Collins fueled the majority of the show’s wild plot.

      ABC

    • Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma Bouvier, “The Simpsons,” “Treehouse Of Horror VIII” – Of all “The Simpsons” Halloween specials, this one is our favorite, since it gave us a green Marge and her wicked sisters.

      Fox

    • Queenie, “American Horror Story” – A human voodoo doll, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) had one of the most unique powers in her coven.

      FX

    • Rowena, “Supernatural” – Even though Rowena (Ruth Connell) has screwed Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) over more times than they’ve died (long story) they forgive her, and we forgive her, over and over because she’s just so fun. And helpful, too — sometimes.

      The CW

    • Adalind Schade, “Grimm” – Claire Coffee’s Hexenbiest had a haunting face and a killer personality.

      NBC

    • Elizabeth Woodville, “The White Queen” – It was rumored that Elizabeth Woodville practiced witchcraft and Rebecca Ferguson’s portrayal of the White Queen on the BBC One/Starz series certainly upped our suspicions about the royal’s magical abilities.

      BBC One/Starz

    • Fiji Cavanaugh, “Midnight, Texas” – One of the most memorable characters from the short-lived NBC drama, Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is a fun, free spirit if ever there was one.

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    Today is Halloween, which means now is the time to once again celebrate pop culture’s witchy women in all their pointy hatted glory. While films like “Hocus Pocus” and “Practical Magic” are packed with wicked ladies, in our opinion, TV witches still reign supreme. Check out TheWrap’s gallery to find the small screen’s 29 most iconic female spell-casters. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a great idea for this year’s last-minute costume from this list of magical ladies.

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    Holly Marie Combs Is Not a Fan of the Charmed Reboot

    Holly Marie Combs did not mince words when it came to her thoughts on Charmed returning to TV with a new spin.

    The Charmed alum, who starred on the show with Shannen Doherty, Rose McGowan, and Alyssa Milano, sounded off after the reboot landed a pilot order with the CW and details of the show came to light.

    “Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work,” the actress, who was also a producer on the show, tweeted Thursday. “Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.”

    Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.

    — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018

    While the original fan favorite focused on the three sisters who also happened to be powerful witches, the CW revealed the reboot will be “fierce, funny, and feminist,” and “center on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches,” According to Entertainment Weekly. “Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

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    Following Combs’s tweet, fans quickly replied, showing their support and also saying they would boycott it.

    We will boycott it, don’t worry!! ❤️

    — Vanessa (@Hollyna93) January 26, 2018

    We will do our best Holly
    💗💗💗
    Charmed will have to come back with the orignal casts

    — ☆Holly Fan Yajna♡ (@HMC241114) January 26, 2018

    The show will be set in present day, which could’ve opened up the possibility of cameos by the original cast members, but given Combs’s tweet … it’s doubtful that will go down.

    Alyssa Milano Won’t Appear On The ‘Charmed’ Reboot, And There Goes Its Chance To Redeem Itself

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    Phoebe Halliwell is not in the building.

    During the Los Angeles premiere of her new Netflix series, Insatiable, Alyssa Milano made it clear she’s not involved with The CW’s Charmed reboot in any capacity. As a matter of fact, she seemed just as disinterested as we are.

    “I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning,” Milano told Entertainment Tonight. “But having said that, I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation.”

    The outlet went on to ask Milano if there was a surprise Halliwell cameo in the works, to which she responded, “I don’t think so. I think that ship has sailed for me.”

    Milano isn’t the first member of the original Charmed cast to speak out. Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper, has been an outspoken detractor of the new series on social media.

    “Here’s the thing,” she wrote when news of the reboot broke. “Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.”

    Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.

    — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018

    “While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now let me just say I understand it perfectly,” she shared. “Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately…um no. Just No”

    While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now let me just say I understand it perfectly. Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately…um no. Just No https://t.co/Vp2htLtdbR

    — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018

    “And another thing,” she followed up. “Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title. If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title.”

    And another thing. Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title. If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title.

    — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018

    Likewise, Shannen Doherty, who played Prue Halliwell, had a lot to say when one fan pointed out The CW’s “terrible approach” that “belittl everything that Charmed brought to the table.”

    “Yep. You nailed it,” she wrote. “Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future.”

    Yep. You nailed it. Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future.

    — Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) January 27, 2018

    Rose McGowan, who played Paige Matthews, simply wrote, “They have really run out of ideas in Hollywood. Lame lame lame lamertons.”

    They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood.

    — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 25, 2013

    lame lame lame lamertons

    — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 25, 2013

    The issue with this reboot — as the cast pointed out — is that calling it “feminist, fierce, and funny” insults the original series. It discredits the legacy of one of the longest running female-facing TV series in Hollywood. The network chose to end Charmed after Season 8 (not necessarily due to ratings) and turned down the cast’s offer to reprise their roles for a reboot of sorts, be it a movie or a fresh season.

    The CW’s choice to belittle the original in order to prop up its “reimagining” is disappointing, and it looks like the original cast shares that sentiment.

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    Unfortunately for Milano, Insatiable is also facing backlash. The show follows a teen, Patty, who loses weight after a crazy accident and decides she wants revenge on everyone who bullied her when she was overweight. However, the show’s use of a fat suit, its so-called dark humor, and certain problematic story lines have critics wondering how it even made it on the streaming site.

    I still can’t believe Insatiable is real and not a show within The Amanda Show

    — Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) August 11, 2018

    An actual quote from #insatiable :
    “Bisexuals are like demons or aliens, they don’t exist”
    ‘I totally agree, bi is just a stop on the train to gay-ville’.
    I am a 100% straight female and this offended ME.
    Urgh

    — Ambe̶r ||-// (@ambersinsane) August 11, 2018

    Ladies! If you were thinking about bingeing #Insatiable this weekend, might I suggest these activities instead…
    – Give yourself a paper cut and/or stub your toe
    – Wear a strapless bra that’s two sizes too small for 9 hours
    – Endure an offensive mansplaining lecture
    Trust me.

    — Leanne Aguilera (@leanneaguilera) August 11, 2018

    i love that everyone’s defense of ~insatiable~ was “don’t judge it by its trailer! wait until it comes out!” and now that it’s out we can see that it’s actually somehow *worse* than the trailer led us to believe lmao

    — Riley J. Dennis (@RileyJayDennis) August 11, 2018

    If you believe, as I do, that fat people deserve more nuanced stories that present us as full beings, do yourself a favor and skip Insatiable. Watch Dietland or My Mad Fat Diary or Loosely Exactly Nicole instead. Let Netflix know we want and demand better.

    — Evette Dionne 🤷🏾‍♀️ (@freeblackgirl) August 10, 2018

    In response to naysayers, Milano has pointed out Insatiable is satirical and should be regarded as such.

    “I won’t apologise for doing this show,” Milano told People. “I think it’s important and I think art at its best is a conversation instigator and I definitely think this show is going to be that.”

    “The irony of people judging the show — which is a 12-hour piece of work — from a one minute and 28 second trailer was interesting because really what the show is about is how looks can be deceiving,” she continued.

    In times like these we like to ask ourselves: WWPHD?

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    Cheers cast reunites on The Goldbergs; ABC Posted on September 16, 2019 by ABC News

    (LOS ANGELES) — Some of your favorite former cast members are reuniting on new episodes of ABC shows for an event called “Cast from the Past Week,” kicking off Monday, October 7.

    The reunions will be taking place on shows including The Conners, The Goldbergs, Single Parents, Grey’s Anatomy, Fresh Off the Boat, The Rookie, American Housewife, The Good Doctor, Bless This Mess, Black-ish and A Million Little Things.

    Here are some of the notable “Cast from the Past” match-ups:

    John Goodman and Dan Aykroyd, who previously starred together in Blues Brothers 2000, will appear as poker buddies on The Conners for its October 8 episode.

    Stars of the iconic ‘80s comedy Cheers — Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt – will reunite on the ‘80s-set The Goldbergs on October 9.

    On the October 9 episode of Single Parents, Leighton Meester will be joined by her real-life husband and former co-star Adam Brody.

    Grey’s Anatomy’s October 10 episode will feature Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs as guest star. They’re reuniting not only with each other, but with Grey’s producers Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser, who were writers on Charmed.

    American Housewife will stage a Drew Carey Show reunion when Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles and Kathy Kinney guest-star alongside Diedrich Bader in the show’s October 11 episode.

    And as previously reported, Tracee Ellis Ross will be reuniting with her Girlfriends co-stars Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White on an episode of Black-ish on October 8.

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