Shannen Doherty Leaves 'Charmed'

ByABC News
May 14, 2001, 1:51 PM

May 10 -- Shannen Doherty is retiring her magical spells.

The actress is leaving the WB series Charmed after three seasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Producers are encouraging the brunette to pursue other interests.

"We have had a long and prosperous relationship with Shannen and we didn't want to hold her back from what she wanted to do," Spelling TV said in a statement.

Recently, Doherty's off-screen life landed her in trouble; she pleaded no contest to DWI charges last month in California.

Doherty also packed up early from her last Aaron Spelling series. She walked out of Beverly Hills 90210 after four seasons on the teen show.

NBC Adds Links

With the May sweeps nearly over, the TV networks are gearing up to announce their fall lineups.

NBC, which is releasing its fall schedule today, is expected to double up on The Weakest Link, with the game show airing twice a week. According to, the network famed for its Thursday night sitcoms is adding more dramas than comedies to the fall slate.

Among the new offerings, former Law & Order legal eagle Jill Hennessy will play a coroner on Crossing Jordan and famed chef Emeril Lagasse gets a sitcom.

Scorsese's Five-Year Plan

Martin Scorsese has some short-term job security.

The Raging Bull director has entered a five-year deal with Miramax to develop films for the Disney-owned studio. (Disney also owns ABCNEWS.)

He's already collaborating with the studio for the recently completed Gangs of New York, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz.  

ABCNEWS Radio and's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.