ABC Not Ordering Additional Eastwick Episodes

Instead of flat-out just saying they’re canceling the series “Eastwick”, ABC is beating about the bush with reports that they’ve “decided not to order additional episodes” beyond its initial 13. Seven of them have aired with the remaining six scheduled to be shown after a two-week break for some special programming on the network.

As the LA Times put it: “Eastwick” has often [been] averaging less than 5 million viewers. The show, which stars Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Price, is based on the John Updike book. While it spawned a moderately successful movie, this is the third time an attempt to make a TV series based on the book has fallen short.

Does anyone remember the other two? If not, it’s no surprise since neither made it past the pilot stage. We did a little digging for old time’s sake. The first was in 1992 and kept the full “The Witches of Eastwick” title. It was directed by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II, Halloween: Resurrection); starred Julia Campbell, Catherine Mary Stewart, Ally Walker, and Michael Siberry; and was about three single witches living together who try to conjure up their idea of the “perfect man”.

Then came 2002’s “Eastwick” from Fox Broadcasting. It was directed by Michael M. Robin (who went on to find great success with “Nip/Tuck” and “The Closer” among others). This version had a cast that included Marcia Cross, Kelly Rutherford, Lori Loughlin, and Jason O’Mara. It continued the 1987 movie with the action taking place 15 years later through the witches’ sons.

Can someone just say “enough is enough” and move on to something else now? In the meantime, here’s one last look at the Witches circa 2009.

ABC Not Ordering Additional Eastwick Episodess

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