At season's end, the Charmed Ones - Piper, Phoebe and Paige - had their slates wiped clean and were transformed into new versions of themselves (with different actresses), able to now live in anonymity without fear of their magical powers being discovered. Since all three original stars are contracted for one more year, Kern faces the challenge of restoring the sisters. Also, because of the budget, they must stay in the now-deserted Halliwell mansion. "Can't afford to rebuild," Kern says. "They will stay in the house, one way or another. I don't want to get out of this cheaply. I think the audience would be upset, and I don't blame them. I don't want to use memory dust; I don't want to use the cleaners; I don't want to cast spells. They're going to have to get out of this one authentically, and I think that'll be more rewarding for the audience." New additions this year include Sugar Ray frontman and "Extra" host Mark McGrath. Kern isn't quite sure what to do with him yet, but he hopes to make him a new love interest for Phoebe. "The challenge," Kern says, "is to make him different from any other love interest we've had for her before." Although adding McGrath was not Kern's idea, he says, "Obviously, with single women, you need single men. So when they say 'Mark McGrath,' I say 'No problem.' I'll find a way." There'll also be a new girl in town. "We're going to be meeting a new witch in the season as well," Kern says. "She will be driving the girls crazy. Who knows, maybe she'll take off, and there'll be a ninth season."
Замечательно. Они не знали, что делать с этим Марком МакГратом, и вот решили внезапно сделать его парнем Фиби. "Он не должен повторять стереотипов - бывших парней Фиби". Да уж, он-то не повторит, нужно постарасться, чтобы изобразить ТАКОЕ! Ну хоть одно радует, будет еще один новый персонаж - еще одна ведьма, и если всё пойдёт хорошо, будет и 9 сезон!