From 1998 to 2006, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs were magic together on Charmed. The fantasy drama brought them a legion of new fans worldwide. Now, the two beloved actresses will reunite for a special episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Together Again After 13 Years
On the hit ABC show, Milano and Combs will once again play sisters. Their characters will have to make the tough choice of keeping their braindead sister alive. This episode will also reunite the actresses with former Charmed writers Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser. Vernoff and Reaser are executive producers on Grey’s Anatomy. The episode, which is titled “Reunited,” will air on October 10.
Their episode is part of ABC’s Cast from the Past week. The week, which kicks off on October 7, will have reunions from the worlds of TV and film. Cheers stars Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, and John Ratzenberger will reunite on The Goldbergs. Dan Aykroyd will also reunite with his Blues Brothers 2000 co-star John Goodman on The Conners.
Charming Families Everywhere
Charmed gained Milano and Combs high praise throughout the show’s run. Milano earned Teen Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards nominations for her work as Phoebe Halliwell. In 2003, Combs won a RATTY Award for Best Science Fiction Lead Actress.
The show brought families closer together because it was relatable. “It’s that family aspect. I have had three sisters come into the convention centers and say, ‘We never got along, but we always sat down as a family to watch the show,’ which is amazing,” Combs told Tulsa World. “It brought families together that couldn’t agree on anything else, but they could agree that they wanted to watch the show, which is kind of something that doesn’t happen in this day and age because kids can watch it on their phones or other devices, and their families don’t really get together around the TV anymore. It makes me feel old to hear that, but it’s amazing to hear that. It was a bonding moment for families.”
During the first season, the network was concerned about how well the show would do in the ratings. “They didn’t anticipate that. We were kind of on their back burner, for sure. But that was kind of the typical publicity style of the WB back then. They would pick their one go-to show and promote it and then see whatever else made it through the gauntlet,” Combs also told Tulsa World. The series premiere “Something Wicca This Way Comes” was watched by 7.7 million viewers. This became The WB’s highest-rated debut episode ever. Throughout the seasons, the ratings remained steady at around 5 million viewers an episode.
Still In The Business
Since Charmed ended, Combs and Milano have been keeping busy in their careers. Combs was recently seen on Pretty Little Liars as Aria Montgomery’s mother Ella. In 2015, she starred in the reality series Off the Map with Shannen & Holly with Charmed co-star Shannen Doherty. “It was the easiest, fastest way to go off on an adventure. It was my idea originally. I want to do something fun, and I want to do it with Holly. I want Anthony Bourdain’s job. So, I called her and said, ‘Hey, let’s go do a travel show.’ She said, ‘Well, did you sell it yet?’ I said, ‘Well, I will.’ So, she said ‘Just let me know when you sell it,'” Doherty told Fox News. Earlier this month, Combs got married to restaurateur Mike Ryan.
Since 2013, Milano has been the host of Project Runway All Stars. She can also be seen on Netflix’s black comedy Insatiable. Created by Lauren Gussis, the show’s second season will arrive on October 11. Outside of acting, Milano is a co-chair for the Health Care Voter campaign.
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