New Zealand TV3 Alert - The magical Halliwell sisters return

[ News on when Charmed returns to New Zealand screens ... ]

Protecting the innocent, vanquishing evil and generally righting wrongs are not exactly on the agenda of every 20-something on the fast track to discovering what life is all about.

But for the Halliwell sisters, this has become their destiny.

Find out what the 'Charmed Ones' are up to now in a brand new series of Charmed, coming to TV3 on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30pm.

The popular drama series explores the relationship between three siblings, Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Paige (Rose McGowan), who after discovering that they possess supernatural powers, are reluctantly thrown into a world of doing good as they discover supernatural evils.

This series sees oldest sister Piper and her husband Leo (Brian Krause), the siblings' whitelighter guardian angel, announce that they are expecting the pitter- patter of tiny feet. However, dealing with a normal pregnancy is hard enough, let alone dealing with the fact that this child is going to have some very special powers of its own.

Meanwhile, middle sister Phoebe continues her love/hate relationship with her part demon/part human husband Cole (Julian McMahon), while trying to settle down in her new job as a gossip columnist at the local newspaper.

Youngest sister Paige, who only discovered her sisters and her powers after the death of the oldest Halliwell sister Prue (Shannen Doherty), is finally settling down into her role as the one-third of the 'Power of Three', but her control of her skills often causes more problems than it solves.

McGowan, who joined the show at the start of last series, replacing Doherty who was killed off due to 'irreconcilable differences' with other cast members, says that her transition into the established show was made easier by her fellow cast members.

"Alyssa and Holly have been great," she says. "We really are great pals. Everyone asks if we hang out after work, but there really isn't an after work. There's an hour and a half to pretty much go home, learn your lines and then come back, but I probably spend more time with them than I do with my real sisters."

McGowan says she is happy with the way her character has developed over the last series and is looking forward to the challenges that await her in the new.

"Charmed is back stronger and better than ever this year," she says. "There are some really exciting storylines that appear. I think Paige really starts to find her feet and makes a genuine contribution to the Power of Three."

The series, which recently celebrated its 100th episode, has surprised even its executive producer, Aaron Spelling with its continuing success.

"I have been trying to figure what it is about this show that makes it so popular," he says. "To be honest, in the beginning I didn't think it would last five episodes, let alone five series. But in the end, I think the show is successful because it has a bit of everything, independent, beautiful women, magic, excitement, action and of course, romance."

Don't miss the magical new series of Charmed, coming to TV3, Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30pm.

Season 5 will follow straight after the conclusion of season 4.