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Witches have reemerged in pop culture. This year we had a couple tastes of this genre thanks to FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" and Lifetime's "Witches of East End." The latter series is based on the bestselling novel from Melissa de La Cruz and focuses on two young witches -- Freya and Ingrid -- who are unaware of their powers. After a mysterious figure threatens their family, they have to uncover the mystery behind their own abilities, but at the same time Freya has to deal with a bigger problem: her heart. The man who she chooses will either destroy her or make her stronger. If a show that is going to entertain you and make you linger for more is enough, here are 5 more reasons why to watch ...
The New Witches
For years, witches have been associated with the devil and with evil. This time we have a new perspective. »
TV shows about witches have had mixed success. Some have been ratings hits and have run for years while others have been cancelled after one season. How will Witches of East End perform for Lifetime? We'll have to wait and see.
Witches of East End revolves around the Beauchamps, a family of female witches in a seaside town. The cast includes Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Eric Winter, Daniel Di Tomasso, Mädchen Amick, Virginia Madsen, Tom Lenk, and Jason George.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually on Tuesdays.
Update: The show has been renewed for a second season.
Final season averages: 0.6 rating in »
The ‘Witches’ ended their first season with two — possibly three — big deaths, and an even bigger arrival.
Freya’s (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) wedding day finally arrived on the Dec. 15 season finale of Lifetime’s Witches of East End, and the ceremony went off without a hitch! No, seriously, no one got hitched. Of course, Freya and Dash’s (Eric Winter) aborted nuptials were hardly the most surprising twist of the hour.
During one of Penelope’s (Virginia Madsen) classic kidnap-and-torture sessions, she revealed her true identity to Joanna (Julia Ormond), as well as the truth about Dash and Killian (Daniel di Tomasso). It turns out they had powers, but Penelope — excuse me, Athena – borrowed them when they were babies.
Freya also received a heartbreaking little surprise about Killian, when Victor (Joel Gretsch) told her that she had loved him once before. Possibly several times, actually. He believes Killian, just like Freya, »
- Andy Swift
While there is some debate as to where and when he was actually born, the actor accepted August 2, 1932 as his official birth date. The son of Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish football player and metal plater, and Constance Jane Eliot (née Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, O'Toole grew up in Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
After leaving school, he had a brief stint as a trainee journalist and photographer for the Yorkshire Evening Post and a signaller for the Royal Navy, before attending the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) in 1952. Upon leaving the school in 1954, O'Toole became a theatre fixture, starring in several plays at the Old Vic with the English Stage Company before transitioning into television and film. »
On the penultimate episode, Joanna (Julia Ormond) destroyed the key to Asgard, the world from which she and her family of witches came. But when a mysterious — and very curious — man named Mike (Enver Gjokaj) showed up to Ingrid's (Rachel Boston) library, he revealed that not only is there a second key located in Fair Haven, but that the key is Ingrid herself. Will Mike use Ingrid to get to the other side? Will Penelope (Virginia Madsen) destroy her son's wedding to Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) so that she can return home to Asgard and reunite with Archibald (Matthew Del Negro)? And will the Beauchamp girls work with their newly discovered father to save everyone? We checked in with both Boston and executive producer Maggie Friedman who answered our burning questions heading into finale.
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- Robyn Ross
Watch our exclusive preview of the ‘Witches’ finale, then drop a comment with your theories: What’s to become of the Beauchamps?
Freya’s (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) wedding day finally arrives on the season finale of Lifetime’s Witches of East End, and “stressful” doesn’t even begin to describe the vibe at Chez Beauchamp. In this first-look clip from the Dec. 15 episode, obtained exclusively by HollywoodLife.com, Joanna (Julia Ormond) and Wendy (Mädchen Amick) devise a supernatural plan to make it through Freya’s big day in one piece. Good luck, ladies!
But seriously, can you blame them for freaking out? Not only is an unknown force plotting Freya’s death — the audience, of course, knows that it’s Penelope (Virginia Madsen) — but “Mike” is also dead-set on using Ingrid (Rachel Boston) to unlock the door to Asgard!
(Side note: I put “Mike” in quotes because I’m pretty sure »
- Andy Swift
How many signs does Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) need to call off her wedding? A lot, apparently! Witches of East End closes out its first season this Sunday on Lifetime (Don't worry, it's already been renewed for a second season!) and it's safe to say all of the elements are working against a holy union between Freya and Dash (Eric Winter). We've got an exclusive sneak peek at Ingrid (Rachel Boston), Joanna (Julia Ormond) and Wendy (Mädchen Amick) trying to prep for the wedding before receiving some seriously ominous warnings, like "harbingers of doom" for example! "Three harbingers of doom, you can't say that's a coincidence." Well, when you take »
It’s a good time to be a freshman series on Lifetime. The female-skewing network has been good to its newest programs, giving Devious Maids a second season order. Recently Lifetime followed that up by picking up Witches of East End for a second season as well. Admittedly I haven’t seen either series, but that doesn’t mean much. As I said, the network skews toward a female audience and the last time I checked I was definitely not female. I’ve enjoyed made-for-women programs before, though, so perhaps if I gave it a shot, watched more than just the occasional preview, I might like Witches of East End.
Lifetime gave Witches a 13-episode order, to be aired sometime in 2014. “With its great story telling and amazing cast, Witches of East End is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” said Rob Sharenow, Evp and General Manager of Lifetime. Is Witches really leading a witch renaissance? »
- Brody Gibson
"Witches of East End" will continue bewitching viewers, as the Lifetime drama has been picked up for a second season. The show -- which stars Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a coven of witches -- received a 13 episode order and will return sometime in 2014. Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s novel, "Witches of East End" also stars Jason George and Virginia Madsen. "Witches of East End" is currently averaging 3.0 million Total Viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers on a Live+7 basis through »
- Dave Lewis
With so many great horror TV shows on the air right now, we've had to cut back on what we cover in depth, and one of the victims of our time constraints is Lifetime's "Witches of East End." But if you're watching and enjoying it, you'll be happy to hear this latest news...
The cable network has picked up the supernatural drama for a second season, following its solid ratings and steady growth. The renewal is for 13 episodes slated to premiere in 2014. The current season runs through December 15th.
"With its great storytelling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown witch renaissance," said Lifetime Executive VP/Gm Rob Sharenow. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime, and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season."
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- Debi Moore
Lifetime has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new drama "Witches of East End," starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The series will return in 2014. The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime. "With its great story telling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown witch renaissance," said Sharenow. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season." Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, »
Lifetime has renewed Witches of East End for a second season. The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes for 2014.
Witches of East End stars Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches who live in a small seaside town. It's based on the best-selling book of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz.
The first season of Witches wrapped earlier this month and averaged 1.99 million total viewers.
Lifetime recently cancelled The Client List after two seasons and Army Wives after seven. The cable channel previously renewed Devious Maids for a second season and picked up Drop Dead Diva for season six.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Witches of East End has been renewed or, do you think it should have been cancelled instead? »
The bewitching Beauchamp women will continue to cast their spell on viewers as Lifetime announces its order for a second season of new drama "Witches of East End."
"With its great story telling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown with renaissance," Lifetime's Rob Sharenow said while announcing the 13-episode order for 2014. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season."
The supernatural series, starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston, is one of Lifetime's youngest skewing series ever, with a median age of 46. The first season will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Are you looking forward to a second season of the Beauchamp brood? »
Something’s a brewing at Lifetime.
The cabbler has renewed its fantasy drama “Witches of East End” for a second season with a 13-episode order for 2014, it announced today.
The series, which focuses on a family of witches made up of characters played by Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston, is adapted from Melissa de la Cruz’s popular young adult novels. Produced by Fox 21, it is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims. Kaplan is also the series’ producing director.
“With its great story telling and amazing cast, ‘Witches of East End’ is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime, said in a statement. “The show’s perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we’re very excited to »
- Whitney Friedlander
Lifetime is going two for two with its freshman scripted series. As expected, the cable network has given a second season pickup to drama Witches Of East End, starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The series has received a 13-episode order for a 2014 premiere. “With its great story telling and amazing cast, Witches Of East End is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” said Rob Sharenow, Evp and General Manager of Lifetime. Witches Of East End joins Lifetime’s freshman Devious Maids, which also has been renewed for a second season. One of Lifetime’s youngest skewing scripted series ever, with a median age of 46, Witches Of East End, from Fox 21, is averaging 3.0 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
With only three episodes left this season, relive Wendy’s funniest, fiercest and cattiest moments!
Between Freya’s (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) love triangle, Ingrid’s (Rachel Boston) past-life drama and Joanna’s (Julia Ormond) shifter enemy, things can get pretty dramatic on Witches of East End. Thankfully, we’ll always have Aunt Wendy to lighten the mood, which is why Lifetime put together this reel of Mädchen Amick‘s best moments — and HollywoodLife.com has your exclusive first look.
From her first revival (“We are so monumentally screwed!”) to her back-seat banter (“It is colder than a witch’s teat back here”) to her endless threats (“Tell that bitch to back off, ’cause I’ve got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them”), Lifetime has truly amassed some of Wendy’s finest one-liners.
Of course, now that she’s down to her final life, Wendy might want to think »
- Andy Swift
Plus, Freya’s worst fear is realized and Athena puts a plan into action.
The truth about Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Killian’s (Daniel di Tomasso) engagement-party kiss finally came out on Witches of East End‘s Nov. 17 episode, and honestly, I didn’t even feel badly when Dash (Eric Winter) ditched Freya for London. Weird magical destiny or not, she did him wrong and deserves to face the consequences. Besides, if Freya went to London with Dash, they’d have to change the title to Witches of West End – and that’d just be crazy.
A late-night tarot card session with Joanna (Julia Ormond) further complicated Freya’s love life, revealing that she’s fated to fall for both brothers — but while one is her soulmate, the other is her “destroyer!” Naturally, the bad brother has the ability to make himself appear good, so it could be either of them. »
- Andy Swift
The past and present collided — as they often do — putting Freya’s marriage, and life, in jeopardy.
I’ve always figured there was more to Freya’s (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) future monster-in-law Penelope (Virginia Madsen) than meets the eye, and on the Nov. 10 episode of Witches of East End, we finally learned what that is — even if the Beauchamps have absolutely no idea. It turns out Dash (Eric Winter) and Killian’s (Daniel di Tomasso) mom has close ties to Freya’s family, and if her stink-eye at the end of the hour was any indication, she’s got something nasty cooking. Not that’s Penelope’s not always in a constant state of stink-eye, because she definitely is.
But to really understand where Penelope may or may not be coming from, we’ll need to take a trip down memory lane, which Ingrid (Rachel Boston) did this week with a »
- Andy Swift
The show - which focuses on a family of witches - premieres in the UK tonight but if you can't wait until then, Digital Spy has a clip of Dewan-Tatum's character Freya discovering that she has more power over her future mother-in-law than she thought...
Watch a clip from the premiere of Witches of East End below:
As if Freya's new power over her boyfriend's snide relatives wasn't enough, a handsome young man enters the room - and she's already met him in her dreams!
Witches of East End premieres in the UK tonight (November 5) at 10pm on Lifetime. »
Sneak Peek new footage and images from Lifetime's "The Witches Of East End" episode "Poetentia Noctis", starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick, airing November 10, 2013.
"Witches of East End" is based on the novel of the same name by author Melissa de la Cruz, starring Ormond as l'Joanna Beauchamp', a witch and mother of 'Freya Beauchamp' and 'Ingrid Beauchamp', who are part of the next generation of witches.
Joanna's mischievous witch sister 'Wendy' torments 'Freya' and 'Ingrid' who are unaware of their magical powers or heritage:
"...in 'Potentia Noctis', 'Freya' makes a discovery at 'Fair Haven'.
"Then 'Ingrid' has flashbacks of one of her past lives..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Witches Of East End: Potentia Noctis"...
- Michael Stevens
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