Witches are back on TV in a big way thanks to shows like "The Witches of East End" and "American Horror Story." But while we're digging Jenna Dewan-Tatum's sexy cursed character and Jessica Lange's school full of witches behaving badly, we kind of miss some of the bewitching women from now-defunct TV shows. Here's a look at what some of our favorite TV witches are up to now:
Melissa Joan Hart
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" was one of the T.G.I.F. shows that made Friday nights magical, and Melissa Joan Hart recently reminded us just how long it's been since she played a teenage witch by tweeting about going pumpkin picking with her three boys. Time flies like a broomstick, doesn't it?
After starring in a few TV movies, Melissa gave her nostalgic fans a real treat by teaming up with another '90s star, "Blossom" actor Joey Lawrence, for the ABC Family series "Melissa & Joey." Melissa's TV shows might be family-friendly, but it sounds like her new memoir isn't. In "Melissa Explains It All," she writes about taking drugs like mescaline and ecstasy and making out with Nick Carter and Jerry O'Connell. And we thought Sabrina was a troublemaker!
Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan, and Shannen Doherty
Remember all that sisterly bickering that took place in between battles with demons and warlocks on "Charmed?" Apparently the actresses playing witch sisters Phoebe, Piper, and Prue experienced similar spats when the cameras weren't rolling. According to Us Weekly, Alyssa told "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen that she "never really found out what happened" to make Shannen Doherty walk away from "Charmed" in 2001. "I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days," she said during her July interview. "Holly and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started, so it was very much sort of like high school."
Alyssa might still be scarred from her days of dealing with evil spirits and mean girls, but she's moved on to other things. She stars on the sexy ABC series "Mistresses," and she's hosting the upcoming season of "Project Runway All Stars." This job is definitely fitting since the "Charmed" witches always looked so trendy.
As for Alyssa's TV sisters, Holly Marie Combs stars on another show suffering from an estrogen overload, the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars." Rose McGowan went on to play a character with a machine gun leg in the horror movie "Grindhouse," and she got to use a little dark magic as the younger version of sorceress Cora on the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." Shannen Doherty also revisited her witchy roots by playing one in the silly Syfy movie "Witchslayer Gretl," and she revived her "90210" character Brenda for the CW reboot of the show. Now if only "Charmed" could make a similar comeback.
Alyson's popular "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" character Willow was a pretty powerful witch, so she probably could have cast a spell that would have compelled "How I Met Your Mother" character Ted to finish his super-long story a long time ago. However, we are lucky that we got to see so much of lovable Lily after Alyson left the Scooby Gang to join "the gang." Alyson has done a great job of choosing TV characters to play that become fan favorites, so hopefully she finds another quirky character to play once "HIMYM" comes to an end -- she just has to survive the longest wedding weekend ever first. Well, she did already make it through her wild "American Wedding."
Britt Robertson and Phoebe Tonkin
Witch-centric show "The Secret Circle" is one of the few supernatural CW series that didn't survive for very long, but don't feel too sorry for its stars. Phoebe went on to pay a different supernatural being -- she got cast as a werewolf on "The Vampire Diaries" and its spin-off series, "The Originals." Britt went on to get cast on the popular CBS series "Under the Dome," a show with a premise that's way wilder than the idea of witches being real. Her lucky character got trapped under a giant dome and locked up in a fallout shelter before suffering from strange seizures.
Here's a fun fact about "Under the Dome" that connects it to another witch TV series: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" star Beth Broderick played diner owner Rose. Isn't it a shame that the two witches couldn't have just used their combined powers to get rid of that darn dome?
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- Melissa Joan Hart
- Shannen Doherty
- Holly Marie Combs
- Alyssa Milano
- Rose McGowan