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13 september • tv guide


• "they could hire someone else to play sam "

The Cosby Show's Lisa Bonet isn't the only '80s sitcom star shunning her TV roots. Alyssa Milano reveals that she has no interest in reprising her role as Tony Danza's precocious daughter Samantha for a Who's The Boss? reunion movie.

"We've talked about it, but I'm not doing it," the actress tells TV Guide Online. "It was perfect for the eight years we did it, and to relive it would...I think everyone would be disappointed. I just decided that I didn't feel comfortable doing it."

Milano insists that even if the rest of the Boss family agreed to return - and let's face it, they probably would - she still would not budge. "They could hire someone else to play Sam," she says.

Or they could lay the idea to rest - which they apparently did. "There was never an actual project going," Milano points out. "It was sort of [the producers] putting feelers out to see if they could get everyone to do it."

In other words, these days, Milano's the boss. back to the top

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9 september • tv guide


• "i have on pasties and a fin"

Here's one surefire way to ensure that Charmed's young male fans follow The WB drama to its new home on Sunday nights this fall: Dress up series star Alyssa Milano as a sexy mermaid, as producers did for the show's two-hour season premiere (22 September, 8-10pm ET).

"I have on pasties and a fin," Milano tells TV Guide Online, laughing. "I went for a wardrobe fitting and I was like, 'Where's the seashell top?' They were like, 'It doesn't look good, so we're just going to add scales and paint them on your boobies.'"

Not that it makes much difference, but why exactly will Milano's bewitching alter ego, Phoebe, be pulling a Daryl Hannah on viewers? "Why does anything happen on Charmed?" she muses, adding, "It's in order to find a sea hag...obviously."

No, that's not a subtle dig at former co-star/nemesis Shannen Doherty. But this may be: Milano says that she and Holly Marie Combs have gelled "perfectly" with new sis Rose McGowan. "We're having a great time. She's a great energy to have around."

Even The WB's decision to banish the cult fave to Sundays - historically The WB's worst night ratings-wise - hasn't dampened the trio's spirits. "Actually, I think it's going to be good for us," Milano says of the move. "Sunday night is having a bit of a rebirth with The Practice, Six Feet Under and Alias. It's becoming a good night for television."

Here's a suggestion to make it even better: Next time, outfit the actress as a half-naked wood nymph. back to the top