Lifetime's New Drama 'Witches of East End' to Premiere October 6

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July 26th, 2013

Witches of East End

via press release:










Oscar® and Golden Globe® Nominee VIRGINIA MADSEN also Star

in Series Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s Best-Selling Novel


LOS ANGELES, CA (July 26, 2013) – The witching hour is coming…get ready to meet the Beauchamps, the Witches of East End


Lifetime’s newest drama, Witches of East End, featuring an all-star-cast headlined by Emmy Award-winner Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men), Mädchen Amick (Mad Men, Damages), Jenna Dewan Tatum (American Horror Story) and Rachel Boston (In Plain Sight) as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven, will cast its spell beginning Sunday, October 6, at 10:00pm ET/PT.  Also set to star are Eric Winter (The Mentalist), Daniel DiTomasso (CSI), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Anna Nicole).


Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright.  Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest in her life.  Meanwhile, Joanna’s long-estranged sister Wendy (Amick) shows up with a warning that could change the Beauchamps’ fate forever, forcing Joanna to reveal to her daughters they are, indeed, immortal witches who possess great untapped powers.  With their idyllic small town life now turned upside down, and a formidable and ancient enemy intent on ending the Beauchamp family line, will Freya and Ingrid be able to accept their true potential before it is too late?


Produced by Fox 21 (Homeland, Sons of Anarchy), 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).  Kaplan will also serve as the producing director on the series.  The pilot was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and written by Friedman.


Witches of East End will be Lifetime’s second scripted drama to premiere this year.


Fox 21 is a production company housed within Twentieth Century Fox Television devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted series for the cable television market, as well as unscripted shows for both cable and broadcast networks. Fox 21 currently produces the Emmy and Golden Globe winning Homeland starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, the critically acclaimed smash hit Sons of Anarchy (with FX Productions), and the breakout animated comedy Brickleberry from Daniel Tosh. The studio also produces the upcoming Tyrant from Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright, Open from Ryan Murphy, Salem from Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, Legends from Howard Gordon and Jonathan Levin and Those Who Kill form Glen Morgan and Imagine TV.



Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies.  In 2012, as a result of its aggressive programming strategy that doubled the hours of original programming, Lifetime posted its strongest year-on-year growth among the key demographics in 10+ years, while also reaching its youngest median age in 16 years.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.




  • TV#1

    I generally enjoy supernatural shows, so I would like to give this a try. I hope it is good.

  • Joe

    Oh great, More Porn on Cable.

  • 3xplicit

    cant wait i loved charmed

  • betty

    i am glad that all lifetime dramas(devious maids,the client list,drop dead diva,army wives)are doing well.witches of east end is also likely to be a hit.that is great.finally a cable channel with all hit shows and no cancellations.a dream come true.i love lifetime.i love female dramas.Devious Maids is great.Also abc’s Mistresses is great.
    @Joe,FYI there is no porn on lifetime.

  • Gavin

    This is the news I’ve been waiting to hear for ages. I am looking forward to this and hope it does well. I miss shows like Charmed and Eastwick so this is a must-needed show.

  • m

    Is this similar to Eastwick

  • Martin

    I have a weird feeling it will be a mix between Gossip Girl and The Secret Circle, hopefully not though.

  • david

    I really like Charmed so i am looking forward to this new show about a family of witches. I really hope it does well for lifetime.

  • Charmed

    I can’t wait for this! I loved Charmed (duh)

    @Joe You’re thinking of HBO.

  • Melissa

    I also love supernatural shows . Lifetime has good movies and is my favorite Chanel. You don’t have to worry about them canceling good shows like the secret circle or witches of east wick. I really enjoyed both of those. Yay for lifetime.

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