A New Show is Brewing in “Witches of East End”
Witches seem to be a popular theme this fall and Lifetime is joining in on the trend. “Witches of East End” will join their line-up on October 6th. Touting an all-star cast and loosely based on the best-selling book “Witches of East End” by Melissa de la Cruz. Fans of the book will notice differences between the book and the series. But the basic theme is still the same.
- Stars of the Show – The cast of “Witches of East End” is quite the accomplished crew, with distinguished actors Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Rachel Boston set to be the famous Beauchamp family. The show will also star actors Eric Winter, Daniel DiTomasso, Jason George, and Virginia Madsen. The clan includes an Emmy award winner as well as an Oscar and Golden Globe winner as well as actors on very popular shows in recent history should prove to be a solid cast for the show.
- The Story – The story is set in a quiet coastal town on the east where the Beauchamps, Joanna, the mother, and daughters Freya and Ingrid live out their immortal witch lives together. A spell has been cast on the daughters so they are unaware of their heritage or magical powers. As the daughters get older and one becomes engaged, strange things begin to happen and Joanna is faced with revealing to her daughters their true heritage. There is an old family enemy that appears that adds to the plots as this foe is determined to end the Beauchamps.
- How the Book Ties In – As Lifetime and other articles mention, the show “Witches of East End” is loosely based on the book “Witches of East End” where the main difference is that daughters, Freya and Ingrid, are unaware of their heritage and abilities in the show’s version. In the book, they, along with their mother Joanna, are bound to hide their identity of immortality and magical powers from the rest of the world.
- Production Team – Just as the cast has a formidable line up of well known and accomplished actors, the crew behind the scenes are just as accomplished. As Lifetime.com states, “Witches of East End” is executive produced by Maggie Friedman (“Eastwick”), Jonathan Kaplan (“Without a Trace,” “ER”), Erwin Stoff (“The Matrix”) and Josh Reims (“Brothers & Sisters”).” Quite the crew that should offer some interesting views for the show.
- Location – The locale for the story is a seaside town on the east and so, the production location has made it’s way to Wilmington, North Carolina for the pilot. The location did change for the rest of the filming as they moved shooting to Vancouver, Canada.
- Reviews – Only one lukewarm review has been posted as of yet courtesy of the Washington Post that claims that the show “has a sincerity about its silliness and light spookiness.” I guess we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves on October 6 if “Witches of East End” can cast a spell on the viewers.
For those that are fans of the de la Cruz books, this should prove to be a light-hearted jaunt into the witch craze that is appearing to be the fall “in” thing this year. And for non-fans or newbies to the book series, it may be a fun guilty pleasure to check out. The show will appear on the new fall Lifetime channel line-up on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10 p.m. It is slated for 10 episodes at this point with it’s season finale occurring mid-season on December 8, 2013. Set those DVRs now to checkout this new, bewitching show.