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Last-modified: August 24th, 2003
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Copyright: (c) 2003 Colin A. McGregor
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alt.tv.charmed Frequently Asked Questions

by Colin A. McGregor

For this FAQ, questions are welcome, as well as better answers to the 
questions listed below.

| - Indicates that the question is new, or has been significantly revised. 

Introduction

The music:

1. What is the name of the opening theme song and who sings it? 

The actresses, actors, producers:

2. How do I contact the show's actresses/actors/producers? 
3. What are the home addresses of the show's actresses/actors/producers? 
4. How can I find out what other series/films the 
actresses/actors/producers have appeared in/worked on? 
5. What are the actresses/actors/producers birthdays? 

Stuff:

6. Where can I get Charmed merchandise? 
7. What about Charmed books and other publications? 
| 8. Where can I get Charmed videotapes and/or DVDs? 
9. What is the three-pointed symbol we see hanging from the cat's collar 
and on the Book of Shadows? 

This News group:

10. Are commercial postings tolerated in alt.tv.charmed? 
11. Are binaries welcome in alt.tv.charmed? 

The show:

12. What about the show pilot? 
13. Will there be a season 5? 
14. Where/when can I catch Charmed (in & outside the U.S.)? 
15. What is the show plot? 
16. Where can I find an episode guide/plot summary? 
17. How many episodes are there? 
18. Can I get "Charmed" episodes over the Internet? 
19. Where is Charmed filmed? 

Glossary and misc. info.: 

20. What about a Charmed Bestiary? 
21. Could I have a list of interesting Charmed related websites? 
22. Could I have a list of other Charmed related newsgroups? 

Disclaimer / Notices

Introduction
This FAQ is to support the newsgroup alt.tv.charmed. alt.tv.charmed was 
created to support the TV show "Charmed", which is shown on the WB network 
in the U.S. (with other networks that it is shown on listed below...). 
This FAQ started because I got very annoyed at the umpteenth request being 
posted in this newsgroup for information about the opening theme music 
(the FAQ hasn't stopped the question from coming up but I think/hope it 
helps...).

The music:

1. What is the name of the opening theme song and who sings it?
The opening song is "How Soon is Now" performed by the band "Love Spit 
Love". This song is an edited version of the song "Love Spit Love" did for 
the soundtrack of the film "The Craft" ("The Craft" soundtrack is 
available on CD from, or can be ordered via most record stores (from: 
Sony/Columbia; ASIN: B000002BKB)). The first band to perform this song was 
"The Smiths", and a large number of other bands (besides "Love Spit Love") 
have since performed this song. To the best of my knowledge the song as 
edited for "Charmed" is not yet available on CD and/or tape.

The actresses, actors, producers:

2. How do I contact the show's actresses/actors/producers?
The show's address is Charmed, c/o WB Television Network, 4000 Warner 
Blvd., Building 4-R, Burbank, CA, 91522, U.S.A.. Shannen Doherty and 
Alyssa Milano can be reached c/o United Talent Agency, 9560 Whilshire 
Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212, U.S.A.. The addresses for 
other agents/PR people of other cast members would be appreciated.

3. What are the home addresses of the show's actresses/actors/producers?
As there have been too many cases of fans getting a little too crazy 
regarding celebrities, I will not include this information in this FAQ. I 
personally do not have this information and am NOT interested in getting 
it. If you have a genuine need for this information, try contacting the 
person your interested in via one of the above addresses.

4. How can I find out what other series/films the 
actresses/actors/producers have appeared in/worked on?
The best spot I have found so far for gathering this sort of information 
is the Internet Movie Database, http://us.imdb.com/. They do have entries 
for all of the show regulars, as well as what appears to be a very 
respectable number of the show's guest stars.

5. What are the actresses/actors/producers birthdays?
Unless otherwise stated, the person in question has appeared in, or worked 
on at least one episode of first, second, third and fourth seasons. Also 
note that in the case of Brian Krause, he started as a recurring guest 
star before becoming a main character. 

Main Characters:

Bryant, Karis Paige (Jenny) c.1985 - ? (Second season) 
Combs, Holly Marie (Piper Halliwell) - 3 December 1973 - San Diego, 
California 
Doherty, Shannen Maria (Prue Halliwell) - 12 April 1971 - Memphis, 
Tennessee (Pilot through third season) 
Gregory, Dorian - (Daryl Morris) 26 January 1971 - Washington, DC
King, T. W. (Andy Trudeau) - 1 October 1965 - Hollywood, California (First 
season) 
Krause, Brian (Leo Wyatt) 1 February 1972 - El Toro, California 
McGowan, Rose (Paige Matthews) 5 September 1973, Florence, Italy (Fourth 
and fifth season)
McMahon, Julian (Cole Turner) - 27 July 1968 - Sydney, New South Wales, 
Australia (Third and Fourth season) 
Milano, Alyssa Jayne - (Phoebe Halliwell) 19 December 1972 - Brooklyn, New 
York 
Vaughan, Greg (Dan Gordon) - 15 June 1973, Dallas, Texas (Second season)

Some notable recurring guest stars:
Baker, Leigh Allyn (Hannah Webster) ? - ? (First season) 
Hughes, Finola (Patty Halliwell) 29 October 1960 - London, England 
Rhodes, Jennifer (Penny "Grams" Halliwell) ? - ? 
Roberts (II), Neil (Rex Buckland) ? - ? (First season) 

Producers:
Burge, Constance M. (Executive Producer) - ? - ? 
Kern, Brad (Executive Producer) - ? - ?
Spelling, Aaron (Producer) - 22 April 1928 - Dallas, Texas 

Stuff:

6. Where can I get Charmed merchandise?
TV Merchandise (www.tvmerch.com), Creation Entertainment 
(www.creationent.com), and eMerchandise (www.emerchandise.com) all carry 
some Charmed related merchandise. Visit their websites for details. 
Inkworks has released a series of Charmed trading cards based on the first 
season of Charmed (see www.inkworkscards.com for details). Information on 
other vendors handling Charmed related items would be appreciated.

7. What about Charmed books and publications?
I am aware of the following Charmed related publications:

Non-fiction:
Charmed: A Sixteen-Month 2000 Calendar, Landmark Calendars; ISBN: 
0768816912 
The Unofficial Charmed Internet Guide, by Angela C.N. Hyatt, Pride & 
Imprints; ISBN: 1883573432 
The Book of Shadows the Unofficial Guide to Charmed: The Unofficial 
'Charmed' Companion, by Ngaire E. Genge, Three Rivers Press; ISBN: 
0609806521 
Charmed 2002 Calendar, 365 Calendars

Fiction:
The Power of Three, by Eliza Willard, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0671041622 
Kiss of Darkness, by Constance M. Burge, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0671041630 
The Crimson Spell, by Cameron Dokey, & Constance M. Burge, Pocket Books; 
ISBN: 0671041649 
Charmed: Whispers From The Past, by Constance M. Burge, Pocket Books; 
ISBN: 0671041657 
Haunted by Desire, by Constance M. Burge, Cameron Dokey, Pocket Books; 
ISBN: 0671041673 
Charmed: Voodoo Moon, by Wendy Corsi Staub, Constance M. Burge, Pocket 
Books; ISBN: 0671041665 
Charmed: The Legacy of Merlin, by Constance M. Burge, Eloise Flood; Pocket 
Books; ISBN: 0743412362 
Charmed: The Gypsy Enchantment, by Constance M. Burge, Carla Jablonski, 
Pocket Books; ISBN: 0743412354 
Charmed: Soul of the Bride, by Constance M. Burge, Elizabeth Lenhard, 
Pocket Books; ISBN: 0743412370
Charmed: Beware What You Wish, by Constance M. Burge (Creator), Diana G. 
Gallagher, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0743412389
Charmed Again, by Elizabeth Lenhard, Constance M. Burge, Pocket Books; 
ISBN: 0743442644
Charmed: Spirit of the Wolf, by Diana G. Gallagher, Pocket Books; ISBN: 
0743442555
Garden of Evil, by Emma Harrison, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0689850778
Date With Death, by Elizabeth Lenhard, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0689850786
Dark Vengeance: by Diana G. Gallagher, Pocket Books; ISBN: 0689850794 
(November 2002) 

| 8. Where can I get Charmed videotapes and/or DVDs?
The First season of Charmed has been released on DVD. For details have a 
look at: http://dvd-archives.com/. Note that I gather this site is NOT 
offering DVDs sanctioned by the studio, so those who are concerned about 
the legalities should probably stay away. As well, there have been some 
reports of this firm not shipping the DVDs as promised, so be careful. 

9. What is the three-pointed symbol we see hanging from the cat's collar 
and on the Book of Shadows?
It's a Triquetra or "Trinity Knot". In pre-Christian times the Celts used 
this symbol to represent the triple goddess (Maiden, Mother and Crone). 
Early Celtic Christians used the symbol to represent the trinity of God 
the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

This newsgroup:

10. Are commercial postings tolerated in alt.tv.charmed?
Depends. If the commercial message is for things that are CLEARLY related 
to the TV show Charmed (ie: Charmed T-Shirts) then yes, brief ads in very 
small numbers are tolerated, even somewhat welcome. If on the other hand 
the message is for something like yet another make-money-fast scheme, then 
the message would be most unwelcome.

11. Are binaries welcome in alt.tv.charmed?
No. Binaries are NOT welcome in alt.tv.charmed, please post them to web 
pages, or into newsgroups that welcome binaries. However once you have 
posted your Charmed related binary elsewhere, please feel free to make a 
brief note about what you have done in alt.tv.charmed. 

Keep in mind two things, first many of the people reading this newsgroup 
do so via dial-up internet in nations where all calls (even "local" calls) 
are charged on an x amount of money per minute basis, and thus don't 
appreciate unexpected masses of non-text messages. Second, many system 
administrators because of storage issues will delete any binary messages 
they find outside a *.binaries.* newsgroup.

The show:

12. What about the show pilot?
There was a pilot shot for the show, but to the best of my knowledge the 
pilot was never broadcast and to the best of my knowledge is not available 
for sale on video. For the pilot Lori Rom was cast as Phoebe Halliwell, 
and another actor was cast as Andy Trudeau with the other cast members 
being largely as we knew them in first season. Copies of the pilot were 
sent out to some members of the press, so anyone who is determined to see 
this should with some effort be able to track down a copy (start with the 
likes of eBay).

13. Will there be a season 6?
Yes, it has been announced that there will be a season 6.

14. Where/when can I catch Charmed?
Below are the normal broadcast times for Charmed in a number of places. Do 
keep in mind that the broadcast times shown are the normal times, and can 
be subject to change due to special events, sporting events running into 
overtime, etc., etc., so do check your local TV listings to confirm times. 
Thanks to MIB, Brian Condron, John Fletcher, Will Harris, Reggie van 
Leeuwen, Jonas S. Madsen, Vico, Nae, Noel Carroll, Carl, Sogs, Steve 
Pullan, Jurriaan van Doornik, Per Goetterup, Michael Wimmer, S.J. 
Grootscholten (Netherlands), Dalaughterman (Ireland), Kender Forever 
(Netherlands) Martin Sack (Germany), Joerg Plate (Germany), Patricia Rareg 
(France) Domerico (Italy), Trevor Ashman (New Zealand), Glenn Phillips 
(New Zealand), Cardman (U.K.) and Ina Kristine Berg (Norway) for their 
notes about Charmed in their parts of the world. With the exception of the 
Canadian and U.S. listings (that I can check via my local TV listings), 
the following are based on reports that have been e-mailed to me or posted 
in alt.tv.charmed, so notes about errors/updates are very much 
appreciated.

Nation: Network: Time: Comments: 
Australia Channel 10 8:30 PM Tuesday  
Belgium   M6 20:50 Saturday - Showing season 2 
Canada    CTV - 8:00 PM Sunday - Showing season 5
Denmark   TV3 10:00 PM Thursday Repeat Friday midnight 
France    M6 20:50 Saturday Showing season 3 
Germany   PRO7 20:15 Wednesday (repeats at 1:30 Thursday) Showing season 4
          Season 5 starts October 8th, 2003
Italy     RaiDue 21:00 Wednesday Showing season 3  
Ireland   TV3 8:00 PM Friday  
Netherlands Not currently being shown.
New Zealand Not currently being shown.
Norway    TV3   20:30   Tuesday & Wednesday - Showing season 4
          TV3   15:35   Monday to Friday - Showing season 3
          ZTV   20:00   Sunday - Showing season 3
Philippines Studio 23 9:00 PM Monday 
Sweden    TV3 Wednesday 
Switzerland TSR 5:20 PM Sunday French & English 
U.K.		Channel 5 6:55 PM on Saturday.
Living: 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Saturday, then at 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 
8:00 PM on Sunday.
U.S.A.    WB 8 PM Eastern Sunday
             7 PM Central time Showing season 5
          TNT Monday to Friday 9 AM & 6 PM Eastern seasons 1-4
              Tuesday 10 PM Eastern season 5

15. What is the show plot?
In the first episode we meet the three adult Halliwell sisters (Prue, 
Piper and Phoebe) reunited at the old family home in San Francisco six 
months after the death of their grandmother. Grandmother raised the 
sisters after their mother died when Phoebe (the youngest) was very young. 
Just after being reunited, the door to the attic in the home previously 
always locked, unlocks. Inside the attic the sisters find a book titled 
"The Book of Shadows", written by several generations of their ancestors 
with various magic spells, and notes about various evil beings. The 
sisters discover that they are the Charmed ones, good witches with the job 
of defending the innocent and stopping various sorts of evil. In all of 
this the sisters discover each of them now has magic powers. Prue has 
telekinesis (the ability to move things by though), Piper has the ability 
to appear to stop time in an area for everyone except good witches, and 
Phoebe has the ability to see the future. In addition shortly into the 
first season the three sisters discover they can all see and talk to 
ghosts. The sisters are limited in that they can not use their powers for 
their own personal gain (for example, no picking winning lottery numbers, 
as Phoebe finds out the hard way).

This is not a static show, the characters do change, the sister's powers 
do (very slowly) increase both in ability and scope. We also discover that 
some of the powers are a little more complex than they first appear (like 
Piper's seeming time stopping ability). Good and evil characters will show 
up for a number of episodes and then leave.

In first season we see police inspector Andy Trudeau (and his assistant 
Daryl Morris) become increasingly suspicious about how his sometimes 
girlfriend Prue Halliwell seems to have a connection with many of his odd 
cases which makes for a regular subplot. In season 2 there is a shift 
caused by the death of Andy Trudeau and the presence of new neighbors Dan 
and Jenny. In season 3 a further shift with the departure of Dan (and 
Jenny) plus the presence of Assistant District Attorney Cole Turner. With 
season 4 we have the death of Prue and a new (half) sister.

16. Where can I find an episode guide/plot summary?
There are several good guides out there, the following however appears to 
be a good starting point: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Vault/4144/ 
charmed.html

17. How many episodes are there?
There was one pilot episode filmed (which has not been shown on broadcast 
TV), and then 22 episodes each in season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (giving us 110 
broadcast episodes or 111 total episodes). As of this writing season 6 is 
going into production, and baring disaster we will see a total of 22 
season 6 episodes.

18. Can I get "Charmed" episodes over the Internet?
Sort of and no. There are sites that do offer downloads of Charmed 
episodes over the Internet (for which you will want some sort of high 
speed internet connection, be it xDSL, cable modem, T1, OC3, or 
whatever…). When it comes to Charmed downloads be warned that in most (if 
not all) nations this sort of activity is illegal, and if legalities 
concern you then stay away. As for watching "live" broadcasts of Charmed 
via the Internet answer appears to be no. "JumpTV" 
(http://www.jumptv.com/) does offer live streaming video feeds from some 
TV stations. However, while I have not checked out all of the non-English 
language stations that "JumpTV" carries, it would appear that at least in 
English, Charmed is not available.

19. Where is Charmed filmed?
With the exception of some "stock" shots of San Francisco streets and 
skyline, the show is filmed in and around Los Angeles.

Glossary and misc. information:

20. What about a Charmed Bestiary?
Here is a list of some of the beings that are seen in the show.

Book of Shadows Put together by many generations of Halliwell witches this 
is a manual describing both a wide range of magic spells, magic potions, 
plus previously encountered types of nasty creatures. 

Dark Lighter See White Lighter. 

Ghosts Spirits of the (normally) recently deceased. 

Warlocks: One of the most common types of nasty in the Charmed universe. 
Evil beings that kill witches in order to steal their powers. Warlocks are 
answerable to other nastier powers. 

White Lighters: Guardians of new good witches. A very small number of 
humans are at death given the option of becoming a White Lighter. Are 
supposed not get involved with, or be known as White Lighters to the 
witch(es) they are keeping an eye on (though over the course of the show 
we will see an exception to this). White Lighters do have magic powers 
themselves (but how extensive their powers are is a question left 
unanswered). There are also Dark Lighters who wish to see witches used for 
evil. 

Witches: Normally good practitioners of magic. Being a witch is passed 
from generation to generation via the female line, but witches are not 
necessarily female (in season one we do meet one good male witch). The 
appearance of magical abilities is normally seen when a person is quite 
young, but can be suppressed until later in life. 

21. Could I have a list of interesting Charmed related websites?

Charmed Merchandise: http://www.creationent.com/ 
                     http://www.emerchandise.com/ 
                     http://www.inkworkscards.com/ 
                     http://www.tvmerch.com/ 
 
Books/publications: http://www.amazon.com/ 
                    http://www.chapters.ca/ 
 
TV feeds: http://www.jumptv.com/ 
 
Cast/staff info.: http://us.imdb.com/ 
 
Episode list: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Vault/4144/charmed.html 
 
Alyssa Milano official website: http://www.alyssa.com/ 
 
Selected fan sites: http://charmed.tktv.net/ 
                    http://members.aol.com/rexfelis3/ 

22. Could I have a list of other Charmed related newsgroups?
Try the following:

alt.binaries.pictures.alyssa-milano
alt.fan.alyssa-milano
alt.fan.shannen-doherty 

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