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Naked News, billing itself as "the program with nothing to hide", is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast prepared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show.
Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Part of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's early days was because the entire newscast could be viewed for free, though subscribers got access to a higher bandwidth feed and other extras. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website.
A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers (at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show now openly promotes itself as news from a gay perspective.
Its offshoot Naked News TV aired as a late-night television series on the Toronto television station Citytv, and (until February 2005) on British satellite channel Get Lucky TV. The show is or has been available on pay-per-view or by subscription in various markets in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even France (dubbed into French).
Opinions of Naked News
Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability.
Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Critics charge that the nudity is little more than a gimmick that trivializes important news events, while proponents argue that such gimmicks exist on most television news already; nudity is just a particularly successful one. Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. She did not undress when she read the news of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, nor for the September 11, 2001 program (which was not aired). The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. This too has proven to be controversial as observers have complained that stories that warranted "fully-clothed" coverage were, in fact, Western or "Eurocentric" tragedies, while disasters happening elsewhere in the world were deemed "less important." In actuality, the producers of Naked News have instituted a basic rule in this area: No disrobing during any news coverage of a major tragedy anywhere in the world. It was said that events like the 2005 Indian Ocean Earthquake were reported in the nude, while news of the London bombings as well as all follow-up reports and interviews done in the following days, were done fully clothed both in studio and in London.
Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. The female announcers have been featured in almost every media including television (CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jesse Raphaël, and numerous appearances on Entertainment Tonight and ET Insider) newspapers and magazines, (TV Guide, Playboy) and as guests on multiple radio shows including Howard Stern.
The current female anchors are:
Past female anchors are:
The current male anchors are:
Past male anchors are:
The initial success of the show's concept spawned several imitators, mostly on the websites, but also including "The Daily Flash", a news program on Playboy TV.
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The current male anchors are:. A subject of much dissapointment to certain sector of fans in the show's continuity issues, with specific details or "rules" often being contradicted in following episodes. Past female anchors are:. Her mother and father, however, are perfectly normal human beings, thus witchcraft skipped a generation in her family. The current female anchors are:. Billie inherited her powers from her grandmother on her mother's side. The female announcers have been featured in almost every media including television (CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jesse Raphaël, and numerous appearances on Entertainment Tonight and ET Insider) newspapers and magazines, (TV Guide, Playboy) and as guests on multiple radio shows including Howard Stern. This power, yet to be defined in detail, projects Billie's thoughts into reality, and is triggered by strong emotions.
Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. Recently she received the power of projection. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. She is cocky in her own powers and skills, but is still bested in a fight by Paige. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. Billie has the power of telekinesis, and she can use it to amplify her acrobatic abilities. Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. Upon meeting with an Angel of Destiny, Billie was assured that her sister is alive and she will eventually find her.
It was said that events like the 2005 Indian Ocean Earthquake were reported in the nude, while news of the London bombings as well as all follow-up reports and interviews done in the following days, were done fully clothed both in studio and in London. Her main objective, as this mystery remains to be solved, is to find out who kidnapped Christy and why, and to save her if she is still alive. This too has proven to be controversial as observers have complained that stories that warranted "fully-clothed" coverage were, in fact, Western or "Eurocentric" tragedies, while disasters happening elsewhere in the world were deemed "less important." In actuality, the producers of Naked News have instituted a basic rule in this area: No disrobing during any news coverage of a major tragedy anywhere in the world. This -- along with the fact that the incident was never mentioned by her parents, leaving Billie even more confused -- was the main motivation for Billie to train and become skilled in using her powers. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. Billie's backstory involves the abduction of her sister, Christie, by mysterious demons with unknown intentions. She did not undress when she read the news of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, nor for the September 11, 2001 program (which was not aired). This, at the time when the Charmed Ones were thought to be dead, proved useful for the three sisters, as Billie could carry out smaller magic-related tasks and also to cover for them.
Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. Billie was put under the tutelage of the Charmed Ones after she asked them to teach them everything they know about witchcraft. Critics charge that the nudity is little more than a gimmick that trivializes important news events, while proponents argue that such gimmicks exist on most television news already; nudity is just a particularly successful one. Billie Jenkins was introduced, in the show's eighth season, as a young witch who pays more attention to demon fighting than to her education. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Fortunately, Chris had set in motion a new future for himself and his family that may ultimately change his own destiny for the better. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. The adult Chris was mortally wounded by Gideon while trying to protect infant Wyatt; he died in Leo's arms hours before Piper gave birth to his baby-self.
Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. He also didn't want to get emotionaly involved with his mother because she died when he turned 14, so he thought it would be too much pain to go back to a future where she was not alive, but after a talk with his grandfather Victor he decided to let it go and got close to Piper. The show is or has been available on pay-per-view or by subscription in various markets in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even France (dubbed into French). Chris resented Leo for not being there for him in the future, but eventually reconciled with his father. Its offshoot Naked News TV aired as a late-night television series on the Toronto television station Citytv, and (until February 2005) on British satellite channel Get Lucky TV. He had come back to identify and vanquish the one responsible for turning his brother Wyatt evil; he was able to achieve this with the help of his family. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers (at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show now openly promotes itself as news from a gay perspective. Eventually, everyone learned that Chris was Leo and Piper's second son, and that he was named after Leo's father.
It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. But it still took a while for Leo and the sisters to fully trust Chris since his actions were often shady and he was so focused on killing demons. A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. He eventually confessed that he was a half-witch, which explained why he couldn't be frozen and had telekinetic powers (he can also blow things up but rarely uses that power). By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. But he clearly wasn't like other whitelighters: he could orb and sense his charges, but he couldn't heal. Part of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's early days was because the entire newscast could be viewed for free, though subscribers got access to a higher bandwidth feed and other extras. Introduced as a moody and mysterious whitelighter from the future, Chris became the sisters' new whitelighter after Leo became an Elder.
This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Chris Halliwell: portrayed by Drew Fuller (2003-2004). During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. He could TK orb ever since he was a few-months-old and is the future master of Excalibur. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. Wyatt could already heal at the age of 2 years old (something his little brother Chris was still not able to do at the age of 22). Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. He conjured a Dragon from a television when he was 8 months, and scared away Piper’s potential dates with magic at the tender age of 10 months.
. He shares the last name Halliwell, with his mommy and aunts because “evil fears it and good magic respects it.” Wyatt is an extremely powerful child and orbed for the first time when he was a couple of months old. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. Wyatt was given the middle name of Matthew in honor of his “super protective aunt Paige” and his first name is Leo’s last name. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. Everyone was surprised that he was a boy since everyone assumed he was Melinda, the daughter Piper met when she went to the future, in the beginning of season 2. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. His birth was prophesied centuries before, and he was called the “twice-blessed” child, but for the entire pregnancy, the girls and Leo thought that he was going to be a girl to be named “Prudence Melinda”.
Naked News, billing itself as "the program with nothing to hide", is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast prepared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was able to heal her from the womb, as well as protect her with a force field (Which he now uses to protect himself). Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. Throughout Piper’s pregnancy, Wyatt exhibited many powers, making his mother "invincible". Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. Piper found out she was pregnant after being told by her doctor that she would have trouble conceiving due to extensive scar tissue on her uterus. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. Until the day he was born, in the middle of season 5, Wyatt was constantly surprising his parents, Piper and Leo.
Robert Milan. Wyatt Halliwell: portrayed by Jason & Kristopher Simmons (2003- ). Warren Michaels. She was then written to live with her parents again. Brock Stern. She only appeared in few episodes, and in the end, she did not serve any major purpose in any of the plotlines. Brendan Tanner. She was known to come to them for female advice when she was too embarrassed to talk to Dan.
Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. Her parents were busy re-locating to a new home for their work and asked Dan to care for her until they were settled in. Cole McQuade. Jenny is the niece of Dan Gordon and next-door neighbor, and friend, of the Halliwell Sisters. Derek Shaw. Jenny Gordon: portrayed by Karis Paige Bryant (1999). Malcolm Matisse.
Jack Lange. Dan moved away to Portland when he was offered a job there, deciding that it was time for him to get on with his life. Jeremy Chase. When his brother-in-law discovered that Leo had been a soldier in World War II and had died in the war, Dan presented the information to Leo and finally to Piper. Raoul Santos. Dan also became very suspicious of Leo and even asked his brother-in-law who worked for the state department to check Leo's army records. Lucas Tyler - The first male anchor of the show, now also producer and director, said to bear a strong resemblance to NBC newsman Matt Lauer. Piper finally broke up with Dan after she realized that despite loving Dan, she loved Leo more.
Sarah Winters. Dan felt as though he was simply "geographically desirable" and that that was the basis of the entire relationship. Kelli Graham. He also always felt threatened by Leo, because even though Piper did not see him often, he knew that they had been serious and that Piper still cared for him. Kaye Grant. However, Piper's sudden disappearances and avoidance of his questions drove Dan crazy and made him feel insecure in their relationship. Gretchen Frazier. When Piper felt attracted to Dan, she decided to date him instead of Leo because the relationship seemed much less complicated.
Allyson Jones. While Dan never discovered the sisters' secret, he noticed the oddity of the girls' lives and often suspected that they were hiding something. Erin Sherwood. He used to play third base for the Seattle Mariners baseball team until he blew out his knee sliding home, then worked in construction. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. He and his niece Jenny lived next door to the Halliwell Sisters. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. The mortal next-door neighbor who was attracted to Piper Halliwell.
Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. Dan Gordon: portrayed by Greg Vaughan (1999-2000). Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Brian Krause (the actor who plays Leo) originally auditioned to play this character. Brooke Roberts. He then risked his career to help them, ultimately sacrificing his life to protect them from the demon Rodriguez. Diane Foster. Eventually, Andy discovered that all three sisters were witches, and that they were responsible for saving so many people's lives.
Erica Stevens. He was in love with Prue, but they eventually broke up because Prue wouldn't tell Andy her secret. Samantha Page. The two of them began dating shortly thereafter. Ashley Jenning. When the Halliwell sisters reunited and moved back into the Manor after their Grams' death, Prue bumped into him at a hospital. Yukiko Kimura. He worked with Darryl Morris as his partner.
Cameron Shore. Later when they parted ways and he moved out of his childhood home, Andy worked as an Inspector for the San Francisco Police Department and was coincidentally assigned to almost every police case that involved the Halliwell sisters. Gia Gomez. As a child he was close to them all, but in high school he dated Prue for a short period. Christine Kerr. Andy Trudeau grew up next-door to the Halliwell sisters in San Francisco. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. Andy Trudeau: portrayed by Ted King (1998-1999).
Lily Kwan. Julian McMahon (the actor who played Cole) originally auditoned for the role of Inspector Andy Trudeau. Sandrine Renard. He was thought to be gone permanently, but he returned in spectral form during Season 7 to advise Piper and he also made sure that Phoebe didn't give up on love. Roxanne West. Cole wasn't invincible in that time; he was Belthazor, so the Charmed Ones were able to vanquish him once and for all. "Athena the Greek". Cole received more powers from an Avatar and tried to undo the past so that he could be with Phoebe again, but Paige figured out Cole's plan.
Athena King - a.k.a. Phoebe hated Cole after that and he went crazy and tried to kill himself, but learned that he couldn't because he was invincible. April Torres. Cole was gone, but soon came back with his new powers. 2002. Later, she kissed Cole goodbye and helped her sisters vanquish him as the Source. 2001, and returned in Nov. She turned evil, married Cole, and became the Queen of the Underworld.
Sinclair left the show in Sept. He was then possessed by the living evil spirit of the Source and became evil, but he never lost his love for Phoebe, who eventually became pregnant with the spawn of the Source. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added. He released the Hollow and put it back in its place. He then took in the power of the Hollow, an energy which consumes magic, and aided the sisters in killing the Source of all evil. After his evil half was accidentally vanquished, he became mortal, and continued helping the sisters with his knowledge of demons.
He even managed to weaken the Source significantly during a battle to save Piper's life. Cole then continued to assist the Charmed Ones, proving to be a powerful ally. However, after Cole helped prevent Prue from getting married to a warlock, and after helping Prue save Phoebe's life, he managed to convince the sisters that he had turned away from evil. Cole reappeared, initially infuriating Phoebe, who still loved him but would not allow herself to do so.
Eventually, Phoebe admitted to her sisters that she had let Cole go. Even the Underworld believed that he was dead. Phoebe lied to everyone, saying that she had vanquished Belthazor/Cole. She helped Cole fake his own death and he was able to escape.
Prue and Piper wanted to vanquish him, but Phoebe was unable to, having fallen in love with him. After a while, the Charmed Ones discovered that he was Belthazor. In doing so, he betrayed the Source and turned his back on his own kind and all evil. Back then, he had an evil half known as the infamous demon 'Belthazor.' He fell in love with Phoebe, and instead of killing the Charmed Ones, he murdered the Triad.
Cole Turner was first sent by the Triad, who worked for the Source of all evil, to kill the Charmed Ones. Cole Turner: portrayed by Julian McMahon (2000-2003).
As of Season 8, Dorian Gregory has been dropped from the cast of Charmed due to budget cuts in the series. Darryl has now stopped helping and covering for the Charmed Ones, as he had arrested Chris for stealing a car while trying to catch a demon. As Darryl was about to be executed, the Charmed Ones were able to stop Darryl from being killed, and make him believe that it was all a dream. The Cleaners had made other people believe that he killed a person on purpose, and got him sent to death row.
Darryl killed a mortal killer when he was possessed by a phantasm, but was spied on by Detective Sheridan. Recently, however, he fell out with them over the risks he takes. Since finding out the sisters' secret, he has been of great help to them by covering up unsolved cases related to demonic activity. Darryl has a wife and two sons.
A lieutenant (promoted from inspector) in the San Francisco Police Department, he was once the partner of inspector Andy Trudeau. Darryl Morris: portrayed by Dorian Gregory (1998-2005). In fact, Brian Krause's appearances in the series have been limited to the first 10 episodes of the season for budgetary reasons; the show's executive producer, Brad Kern, has stated that Leo's character will return if more money becomes available for production. In Season 8 Leo has been 'frozen' due to a mysterious turn of the Halliwell sisters' fate.
He then (in Season 7) 'fell from grace' and is now a mortal, after having to choose between being an Elder and his family. Eventually, he joined the Avatars in order to save the sisters from dying by creating a demon-free world, but this backfired. Chris sent him to Valhalla, home to the Valkyries of Norse Mythology where Piper and the sisters saved him. After a crisis in which the Elders were under attack by the Greek Titans, Leo rose to the status of Elder, increasing his power greatly, including (this was not revealed until the end of Season 6) the ability to throw lightning, which every Elder seems to possess.
Leo and Piper are the parents of Wyatt and Chris. Leo helps the sisters to kill the demons and can heal the sisters if needed. Now, he's Piper's husband and the Charmed Ones' whitelighter. When he was killed in battle, he was transformed into a whitelighter (whitelighters are like witches' guardian angels, and they have the capacity to heal their witch charges, and humans).
He was a WW II army medic when he was young and mortal. At first, Leo worked surreptitiously at The Manor as a handyman. Died: 14 November 1942. Birthday: 6 May 1924.
Leo Wyatt: portrayed by Brian Krause (1998-present); was a recurring character during season one and half of season two. Paige quit Magic School eventually, to concentrate on her Charmed duties and to help her newly-assigned Whitelighter charges. Paige became headmistress of the Magic School when the position was vacated by Gideon, an Elder who, in his attempts to get rid of what he thought was a too-powerful baby Wyatt, was responsible for nearly turning him evil. He became a whitelighter, but not Paige's.
He and an Avatar killed each other. During Season 7, the Avatars came, and the late Agent Kyle Brody fell in love with Paige while he searched for them, mistakenly believing that the Avatars had killed his parents. Richard Montana left because he went crazy with the use of magic. The job was a magical one, with a feud between two families, escalating to cause many deaths.
Paige was seriously romantically involved with fellow witch Richard Montana during her temp job in Season 6. In Season 5, she decided to take a year off to pursue her destiny of being a witch. She helped vanquish Shax, her first demon vanquished and became a Charmed One. When she first met Piper and Phoebe, she was attacked by the demon Shax who had killed Prue.
She was a social worker in Season 4, when many troubles occurred. She can also sense and "glamour," which is the ability to change one's image. She has the ability to orb and telekinetic orbing, calling for objects. Since Paige is half-witch/half-whitelighter, she is equipped with numerous powers.
She attended Prue's funeral and reunited the Charmed Ones. Piper found Paige when she cast a spell to find a "lost witch". There, Paige was given to the Matthews. However, this had to be kept secret so Sam and Patty took her to a church.
Patty, the girls' mother, had an affair with her Whitelighter, Sam and gave birth to Paige Matthews. Paige Matthews: portrayed by Rose McGowan (2001-present). After Prue died, Piper got the responsibility of playing the role of the oldest sister. With Prue's death, the power of three was temporarily destroyed, only to be restored shortly after that when Piper and Phoebe found out they had another sister.
She had trouble with the right balance of work and play right up until her death at the end of Season 3 by the hands of the wind demon Shax, The Source's chief assassin. Prue spent a lot of time and energy becoming a more powerful witch, and was referred to sometimes as the "superwitch" of the family. Prue had gained the power of astral projection in Season 2, which is the ability to project a spectral form to a distant location, although Prue's version of Astral Projection was tangible/solid and could touch things. She worked at Buckland's Auction House until halfway through Season 2, when she quit to become a photographer at 415 magazine.
During the 1st Season, she had developed the power of telekinesis, which is the ability to move objects with her mind. She was romantically involved with Andy Trudeau in Season 1, but at the end of Season 1, he died saving her life. Being the first born, she inherited the most power from the family line. She was the one who took care of Phoebe and Piper after their mother died when they were very little.
Prue was the eldest and most powerful sister character in seasons one to three. Prudence Halliwell: portrayed by Shannen Doherty (1998-2001). She then finds Dex Lawson, who believes the real Phoebe Halliwell to be dead, who is played by Sex and the City's Jason Lewis, previously was to be played by Extra host, Mark McGrath). In Season 8, Phoebe is looking for love again.
She was single as the season ended. Phoebe had fallen in love with one of the teachers, Drake, at Magic School, but finds that her love won't last since he is set to die within two weeks. Her powers were stripped for a short period of time from the end of Season 6 to the beginning of Season 7 as a punishment for using her power and spells for personal gain. They were a short-lived couple and he had to leave on account of his temporary position.
She went on sabbatical for a short time and got a ghost writer to take her place, a man named Leslie (Nick Lachey) who she fell in love with. For this reason, they briefly separated from each other. Phoebe soon became a columnist for the column, later titled 'Ask Phoebe' at the 'Bay Mirror' and became very attracted to her new boss, Jason Dean - until she was possessed by Mata Hari, where she explained all the weird occurrences were because she was a witch. The columnist decided as a token of her appreciation to give her a job.
During a magical mission, Phoebe saved a columnist from a perilous situation. Empathy is the ability to feel and hear emotions, often allowing control of others' powers. Around Season 6, she developed a power that she couldn't control very well: empathy. Cole would return in later episodes to try and revive his love with Phoebe, never successfully.
In Season 5, however, Phoebe left Cole and eventually vanquished him. She became the Queen of the Underworld for a short time and was carrying the 'Heir to the Source' or the 'Spawn of all Evil'. Her love for him featured prominently in the show through Seasons 3 and 4, to the extent that she crossed to the dark side. This love was not only harmful to her, but it also caused the death of her oldest sister, Prue.
During Season 3, Phoebe achieved the ability of levitation and came in contact with an attorney, who unbeknownst to her, was a half-demon named Cole Turner, aka Belthazor. She had been given the power of premonition or "seeing the future and past", since Prue had earlier said, 'She never looks towards the future...' In Season 2, Phoebe decided to leave unemployment to go back to college and complete her degree. The show focused a lot on her of how she developed as a character and her occupation. Phoebe Halliwell was the youngest child, until Paige was discovered and was very free-spirited in discovering her powers.
Phoebe Halliwell: portrayed by Alyssa Milano (1998-present); credited "and Alyssa Milano" from Seasons 1 to 3. Losing Leo, as is revealed by an Angel of Destiny, will be motivation for an upcoming battle which will require all of the sisters' thinking, power and experience. Piper arranged for Leo to be preserved in a magical container, a sort of cheating death. Leo, now without all his previously possessed powers, met his fate and lost his life in a car accident.
At the end of the first story arc of the eighth season, the love between Piper and Leo was tested once again. At the end of Season 7, Leo and Piper were somewhat more happy together. Leo had been influenced by the Elders, but eventually had "fallen from grace" and became mortal to live with his family. During Season 7, Leo was tested to choose his destiny - whether he wanted to be an Elder or live powerless with Piper.
During Season 6, Leo and Piper separated from each other because Leo became an Elder. In Season 6, adult Chris visited from the future to stop Wyatt turning evil. Wyatt was feared from the start to be the strongest source of magic from his birth, leading to many attacks and attempts to turn him towards the dark side. In Season 5, she gave birth to her first baby boy, Wyatt and at the end of Season 6, baby Chris was welcomed into the world as well.
Thus, in Season 4, Piper inherited the eldest sister role from Prue continuing a new (and, for a time, amateur), but eventually more powerful Power of Three with the arrival of Paige. Tragedy quickly followed her joy when her older sister, Prue was severely injured by a high-level demon during an attempt to save an innocent, which, without help arriving in time, led to her eventual death. She could not be overwhelmed with demons because her molecular combustion power is extremely powerful. She developed the power of Molecular Combustion or blowing up objects.
However, later on in the episode she changed her mind and she and Leo got married. There was some trouble during the ceremony and Piper, afraid the marriage was not meant to be, called the wedding off. In Season 3, Piper and Leo decided to get married, but Prue's astral projection form caused problems. Piper worked as a chef and then manager of a restaurant, "Quake" until the end of Season 1, when she quit and started her own nightclub in Season 2, called "P3".
Piper was blessed with the power of temporal stasis/Molecular Immobilization or freezing time. Piper, from the beginning had an "unlucky in love" storyline, as seen in the main love storyline of Seasons 1 to 3 with her and Leo. Piper Halliwell, born the middle child, had been the mediator in Prue and Phoebe's fights. Piper Halliwell: portrayed by Holly Marie Combs (1998-present); credited "and Holly Marie Combs as 'Piper'" beginning in Season 4.
His name is listed 4th in the credits from season 3 onwards, apart from in season 8 where Kaley Cuoco (Billie) takes that spot. Brian Krause, who became a main cast member halfway through the 2nd season, was in virtually every episode by the 3rd season. If one of the supporting players does not appear in a particular episode, his/her name also does not appear in the opening credits. The leads are then followed by whichever supporting players are contracted for that particular season.
From the 4th season onwards, the veteran leading actresses receive the coveted first and last billing while their new costar gets the middle spot: Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Holly Marie Combs as "Piper". In the first 3 seasons, the actresses portraying the Charmed Ones are billed according to the ages of their characters: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano. The show has been licensed to other networks, such as the Turner Network Television channel, to show reruns. The series, which has been running since 1998, is shown on the WB television network in the United States and on CTV in Canada.
It is also unknown at current time if the show will be part of the new CW Network lineup that will be created when The WB and UPN (whose current lineups should form the crux of the new network) both cease their independent operations in September 2006. However, nothing has yet been officially announced or confirmed either by the WB or by the show's producer Brad Kern about a ninth season or a possible spin-off. There have been various rumours appearing in mostly fan circles in connection with whether one or more of the main actresses would leave the show after season eight or not. As of January 2006, it surpassed Laverne & Shirley as the longest-running television series with multiple female leads.
Charmed is currently in its 8th and probably final season on WB. Demons in the early seasons were portrayed as monsterous in appearance though they sometimes could take human forms, but in later seasons, most demons appear as humans due to the ever lowering budget the show receives each year. While later seasons are often noted by a decline in make-up and special effects budget, season six is still often thought of as the year when special effects were at their best and most perfected. The eighth season, however, rose to an average of 4-4.5 million viewers, with 2005's last episode Vaya Con Leos bringing in 4.44 million viewers and it has a season average of 4.182 million viewers.
The viewers sank to around 3.5 million viewers in the seventh season. Shannen Doherty left Charmed at the end of the 3rd Season and as the 4th Season continued, Prue was killed off permanently and an episode covering the events which lead to the two sisters finding a previously unknown fourth half-sister called Paige Matthews, played by Rose McGowan was aired. However, this was never confirmed nor denied by Doherty or Milano's publicist/agents. Charmed's viewers were very stable at 6-8 million viewers a week until rumors arose about disagreements between Doherty and Milano.
None of the other The WB Network shows have been able to break this record. The broadcasted premiere for Charmed attained 7.70 Million Viewers, the highest (premiere rating) debut ever for The WB Network. The original pilot was never aired, but can be found circulating around the Internet. Alyssa Milano took on the role of Phoebe Halliwell shortly after and portions of the pilot were reshot to incorporate Milano into the episode.
Lori Rom only played Phoebe Halliwell in the original series pilot, but left the show due to personal reasons. The original lineup of sisters was Prudence Halliwell, Piper Halliwell and Phoebe Halliwell, played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Lori Rom respectively. For more in-depth summaries of the show's plot and character arcs, see Charmed Season Summaries. Belthazor, the mysterious time-traveler Chris Perry and more recently Billie Jenkins.
A few of the others who have kept the Charmed Ones' secret over the years and appeared in the opening credits are Police Inspectors Andy Trudeau and Darryl Morris, tormented half-demon Cole Turner a.k.a. He is the love of Piper's life, her husband and father of her two children; their romance is an ongoing plot thread that dates back to the first season. Leo means a great deal to the sisters both professionally and personally: he heals their wounds, advises them collectively and individually and mediates between them and the enigmatic Elders. The most important is Leo Wyatt, a whitelighter assigned by the Elders to guide and protect the sisters.
Only a few know their secret and help them on a regular basis. The burden of keeping their Charmed destinies a secret from the outside world has repeatedly created tensions in their friendships, workplaces and romantic relationships. A central theme throughout the show's run is the sisters' struggle to balance normal lives with their supernatural responsibilites. Patty and her Whitelighter lover gave Paige up for adoption, with the sole condition being that the adoptive parents give her a first name beginning with "P".
Hence how she can "orb", which is her whitelighter power, she was also trying to use the whitelighter power of healing earlier on in the series. She has the same mother, Patty Halliwell, as the other three, but her father was their mother's whitelighter Sam. She has the power to "orb" in and out from place to place like teleportation, to orb objects to herself or another place and the power to glamour, which allows her to change her appearance. After Prue was killed, it was revealed that there is a secret fourth sister, Paige Matthews, their mother's illegitimate child.
She is not expected to get her other powers back due to budget problems. Phoebe, the third sister, had the original power of premonitions and later obtained the power to levitate; in addition, her original power grew and she became an empath. Piper, the second-oldest, was given two powers regulating the speed of molecules in objects and people, first gaining the ability to slow them down to the point where they are frozen and later gaining the ability to accelerate them so much as to cause explosions. Prue Halliwell, the oldest sister, developed the power of telekinesis, later gaining the power of astral projection.
A force of good, they would be three sisters gifted with powers to battle the forces of evil. The first powerful witch in the line, Melinda Warren, prophesied that from her line would come the Charmed Ones. The sisters discovered that they actually are descended from a long line of witches. Strange and frightening occurrences began which eventually led the sisters to realize that they are witches.
Reading an incantation from the Book of Shadows, she set in motion events that fulfilled an ancient prophecy. After moving into the old family manor in San Francisco, the youngest sister, Phoebe, discovered an old book in the attic. Charmed began with the three Halliwell sisters Prue, Piper and Phoebe coming together six months after the death of their grandmother, Penny Halliwell. .
Author Meg Cabot refers to Charmed in two of her young adult book series; The Princess Diaries and All-American Girl. Rachel, not knowing what Bree was talking about asked her what "The O.C." was, only to get the reply "It's only the best show since Charmed!". More recently in 2005, Bree Timmins and the rather out-of-touch Rachel Kinski were discussing television. Upon the comment that Alyssa Milano uses magic, Boyd replies "Yeah, but she's hot!".
In a later episode when Summer Hoyland was using a spell book, her brother Boyd (Kyal Marsh) claimed she was lame. They both liked Paige but didn't know what she saw in Marilyn Manson. On her first day at school Serena Bishop (Lara Sacher) hit it off with popular girl Erin with a conversation about whether they prefer Paige or Prue. In Australian soap opera Neighbours, constant references have been made to the show.
One of these BCNMs is called "Charming Trio" and puts you in fight with three monsters: Prune, Pepper and Phoedme. In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, there is something called "Burning Circle Notorious Monster" (often just abbreviated "BCNM"), an arena you can enter in order to fight specific creatures. Jason & Kristopher Simmons - Wyatt Halliwell (seasons 5 - 8). James Read - Victor Bennett.
Finola Hughes - Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. Jennifer Rhodes - Penelope "Penny" Halliwell. Kaley Cuoco - Billie Jenkins (season 8). Drew Fuller - Chris Perry (season 6) recurring otherwise.
Karis Paige Bryant - Jenny Gordon (season 2). Greg Vaughan - Dan Gordon (season 2). Ted King - Andy Trudeau (season 1). Julian McMahon - Cole Turner (seasons 3 - 5) recurring otherwise.
Dorian Gregory - Darryl Morris (seasons 1 - 7) recurring otherwise. Brian Krause - Leo Wyatt (seasons 2 - 8) recurring previously. Rose McGowan - Paige Matthews (seasons 4 - 8). Shannen Doherty - Prudence "Prue" Halliwell (seasons 1 - 3).
Alyssa Milano - Phoebe Halliwell. Holly Marie Combs - Piper Halliwell. In Germany, seasons 1 through 7 have been aired on Pro 7. Season 6 is broadcasted everyday.
In Turkey, Charmed is aired on Dizimax channel. Hungary bought the show in 2003 and has broadcasted the series up to season 8 on TV2, with Season 8 most probably to be translated and aired in 2006. Τhe Greek "Star Channel" TV channel is currently showing (2005-06) season 7 every Sunday at 16:30. In Belgium, Charmed reruns and new seasons always air on Kanaal 2.
In the Netherlands, season 8 is being aired every Friday night 8.30 one hour before ABC's hit series Lost and Season 7 is in rerun everyday at 7PM, both new episodes and reruns are on NET 5. It is already showing Season 8 every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. It is also aired on Star World, a cable channel. In the Philippines, it airs on Studio 23 every Monday since March 1999, all year long with a complete repeat of the current season every year until the new season airs, which is usually end of March or early April.
Sweden is currently showing Season 7 on Tv3sweden, no details yet when season 8 will be aired. In Australia, Charmed is primarily shown on Channel 10 which shows the newest episodes, currently in Season 7 and on TV1 on Austar and Foxtel which shows older seasons, currently Season 4. Charmed can also be seen on satellite and cable channel Living TV and terrestrial channel Five on normal British terrestrial television in the United Kingdom and on TV3 (Ireland) in Ireland.