Lifetime Gives Witches of East End a Series Order
Witches are hotter than ever right now, and Lifetime is jumping on the bandwagon by giving a series order to “Witches of East End,” starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, and Madchen Amick.
Per Deadline, the ten-episode series, produced by Fox 21, will premiere later this year. “Witches of East End” was one of four hourlong pilots Lifetime ordered last summer. Patrick Heusinger and Daniel Ditomasso play brothers Dash and Killian Gardiner.
Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, “Witches of East End” centers on the adventures of Joanna Beauchamp (Ormond) and her two adult daughters, Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston), both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches. Amick stars as Joanna’s mischievous witch sister, Wendy. “This is one of the most exciting ensemble casts we’ve seen, and the whole show is fresh, original, and just right for Lifetime,” Lifetime’s EVP Rob Sharenow said.
Maggie Friedman (“Eastwick”) wrote the pilot, which was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), and will executive produce “Witches of East End” with Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) of 3 Arts Entertainment.
The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
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