Charmed Phoebe gets married and pregnant. Prue dies and is replaced by her half-sister, Paige. With Shannen Doherty gone, not even Rose McGowan can maintain the power of three.
Charmed? We're not so sure: Are Brian Krause's days numbered on WB's Charmed? That's certainly what it'll look like in the final minutes of the show's two-hour season finale on May 11. "No comment," says exec producer Brad Kern. And we all know that that means.
Charmed: Shark bait: Shannen Doherty leaves the show.
Shark Alert: Whenever a featured cast member quits, a show should have its radar on. No other blond could ever replace Suzanne Somers on Three's Company. Cheryl Ladd did a good job when Farrah Fawcett exited Charlie's Angels, but Tanya Roberts and Shelley Hack were anything but stellar. And remember what heppened when Doherty left her Beverly Hills zip code? Facing equally high-profile exits, The X-Files, and NYPD Blue might also need to buya a bigger boat.
Starts: September 27
Where we left off: Having attempted to thwart the demon Shax, sisters Prue (Shanned Doherty) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) were left for dead, while Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) was trapped in the Underworld with baddie boyfriend Cole (Julian McMahon).
What's New: After a highly publicized exit, Doherty is Charmed no more. The season begins with Prue's funeral. "God knows everyone gets 'killed' every third or fourth week [on this show]," says executive producer Brad Kern, "but the fact that one of the deaths actually sticks is going to sober the girls."
Who's In: Rose McGowan joins as Paige, who turns out to be the half sister Piper and Phoebe never knew.
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Looks like the Halliwell witches will get an apprentice. But not until February sweeps, when writers plant to magically reveal that Piper, like Combs, is in a delicate condition.