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It was probably the right decision to cancel Eastwick.
I feel bad about saying that, because the acting in the series is downright incredible, but there's just something lame about the show. I don't know what it is — the plot? or the lack thereof? — but despite the laugh-out-loud moments, I found myself cringing too.
But don't ignore the show just because it's finished. In fact, with all the other programs going into winter hiatus, and ABC burning off episodes, now is a great time to catch an episode or two.
Eastwick, the series, is much different from that film. Plot and character were taking too long to evolve, I suspect.
I'm not joking when I say that some of the best »
Susan Sarandon, the star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pretty Baby, Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Client, and one of the leads in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Lovely Bones, was honored with the 2009 Stockholm Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sarandon, who won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking, was in Stockholm to receive her special Bronze Horse. Photo: Johan Gunnarsson Among Sarandon’s other screen credits are The Other Side of Midnight, Loving Couples, The Hunger, The Buddy System, The Witches of Eastwick, Bull Durham, Twilight (not the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart vampire tale), Elizabethtown, The Greatest, In the Valley of Elah, Enchanted, Speed Racer, and the upcoming Peacock and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Sarandon [...] »
- Joan Lister
For the days when a walk down Wisteria Lane seems far too much like hard work, there is now the delightful New England town of Eastwick. This new comedy-drama from ABC (showing on the Sci Fi channel from tonight) makes Desperate Housewives look like the German epic Heimat. But as the pulverising madness that is Christmas, end-of-year tax returns, and more Christmas descends, I find myself grateful rather than dismayed that something of such sweet simplicity is to be found anywhere.
Doubtless you know the story, from either John Irving's original book or the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. Three bored, frustrated and/or lonely women (in the small-screen version, they're nurse and mother-of-five Kat; artist Roxie; and pathologically shy reporter Joanna) befriend each other. Then, »
- Lucy Mangan
The cats at Film Experience got to chatting with director Amy Heckerling ( Fast Times at Ridgemont High ) who recently announced she'll be helming the blooodsucker comedy Vamps with star Krysten Ritter. Heckerling offered the site during their breezy conversation, "I hope I get [Michelle] Pfeiffer for it." Which could imply that she's courting the actress for a role. The director previously worked with Pfeiffer on I Could Never Be Your Woman . Principal photography is set to begin in March 2010 for Parlay Films. It'd be great to see Pfeiffer - who has starred in Wolf , Batman Returns and The Witches of Eastwick - don a pair of fangs. »
The Beautiful Life (TV) was given half a second before it was nixed while fan favorite Southland (TV) didn't have a chance to get out from the starting gate before NBC cut it. Times are tough these days, not only are banks closing at rapid paces, many promising network shows are getting the boot due to poor viewership. A slew of new shows have been handed their walking papers and some might be surprised to see who won't be returning to your television. Dollhouse Joss Whedon's Dollhouse (TV) was Fox's prized possession last year and much of that had to do with lead actress Eliza Dushku. It was announced this week by Fox that Dollhouse (TV) will not continue past the thirteen episodes already slated to air. Eliza Dushku has much respect for her fans and wanted them to hear the news from her first before the media whirlwind had its turn. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Colleen Joyce)
According to the La Times, ABC will not be ordering more episodes of Eastwick. Based on the same novel by John Updike that was the source for the feature film The Witches Of Eastwick, the series is apparently drawing in less than 5 million viewers per episode, dismal numbers. Even the attractive Rebecca Romjin, one of the star's three witches, doesn't seem to be drawing in viewers.
Read the rest of the story here.
--Phil Fasso »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has decided against ordering additional episodes of Wednesday's drama Eastwick , the show starring Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, Jaime Ray Newman and Paul Gross. Based upon the John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick , which also spawned the 1987 feature starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, ABC will finish production on the 13 episodes and air all 13. »
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. »
- The Woman In Black
In the television series airing on ABC (in Canada it broadcasts on A), we're five episodes in and Van Horne hasn't slept with anyone yet. But that's not for his lack of trying.
It makes sense that the television show, plotted over at least a season and maybe longer, would be paced differently. But that means we get much deeper into the lives of the three women: artist Roxie Torcoletti (Rebecca Romijn), journalist Joanna Frankel (Lindsay Price) and nurse Kat Gardener (Jaime Ray Newman).
These names are different than those of the characters from the film or the book, and that's because in the mythology of this series, the arrival of Darryl Van Horne is not the first time a strange, charismatic man »
Darryl Van Horne seems to have it in for Bun Waverly on Eastwick.
But why? What has the Head of the Eastwick Historical Society done to deserve this?
On Bun: We find out she’s actually a witch, which she doesn’t know at this point; she lost her memory of it. As we go along, more and more things will be revealed, like Eleanor Rougemont, another witch and Bun were the Roxy, Joanna and Kat of their generation. Now the cycle is starting over again, so it gets really interesting.
On the introduction of the third witch: I don’t want to reveal everything, but, yes, the third witch [will be] made known.
On Roxy, Joanna and Kat: »
- email@example.com (M.L. House)
I haven't had time for a lot of TV. I'm still woefully behind on films. But I did manage to catch something that made me very happy.
The biggest delight of the new fall season has been Eastwick, the ABC TV show based on The Witches of Eastwick, a novel by John Updike and a film by George Miller. It's the story of three women who are unhappy in their lives brought together by a wish to fulfill their most secret desires. Their wishes begin to come true with the arrival of the mysterious and wealthy Darryl Van Horn, someone who may not be of this Earth.
The series brings the talented and gorgeous Paul Gross back to American TV. Like many women and some men, I fell madly in love with him as Constable Benton Fraser in due South. Gross managed to be very charming and sexy playing a wide-eyes innocent, »
Set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick, ABC's new series follows three women on the cusp of discovering that they're more powerful than they ever dreamed. Their quirky acts of persuasion, premonition and, let's just say, tapping into Mother Earth, bring the mysterious Darryl to town.
Video: Meet the Cast of Eastwick
How will Darryl seduce the lovely ladies of Eastwick?
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- Natalie Abrams
London -- NBC Universal's Sci Fi channel has acquired first run U.K. rights to premiere the remake of 18x60 alien lizard drama "V" as part of a package of new shows from Warner Brothers International Television, after outbidding a slew of terrestrial networks, it was announced Tuesday.
The package also includes a TV version of "The Witches of Eastwick," to air on NBC's U.K. version of Hallmark Channel and upcoming drama "Human Target," as well as "Smallville" to air on Sci Fi U.K.
"This deal is significant not only because we are licensing three of our new shows to one client, but also because it [Nbcu] is a basic multichannel operator that has stepped up to outbid all of the free terrestrial networks to acquire the first-window rights to these three high-profile programs," said Wbidt president Jeffrey Schlesinger.
Laurence Dawkin-Jones, managing director of NBC Universal Global Networks, said »
- By Mimi Turner
Rebecca Romijn has revealed that she is enjoying playing a witch on new ABC series Eastwick. The actress portrays Roxie Torcoletti on the show, an adaptation of John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick and its 1987 film update which starred Cher and Jack Nicholson. "We're having a fantastic time, the show's great. The material is so fun and challenging, I can't wait to get to work every day," she told The Tonight (more) »
- By Adam Silverstein
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell have no intention of becoming the next Brangelina. The two have already decided that their 8-month-old twins, Dolly and Charlie, are enough kids for them. "I'm pretty sure that this is it," Romijn told me yesterday. "We feel like the world was made for pairs. Four feels like the perfect number." "Also, we're not interested in overpopulating this world," she added. "So we feel like we don't want to leave more than we are when we leave this planet." Romijn is hard at work on Eastwick, her new ABC drama-fantasy series based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick. Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray »
Sure, we all know about Satan. Ruler of hell, punisher of sinners, pitchforks, fire, and general all around big meanie. But Satan seems to have a soft spot when it comes to making babies. He is always trying to populate the world with little snot nosed brats of pure evil. As Fangoria salutes Father’s Day and horror film fathers, we give a nod to the most evil dad of them all.
Skip the love, forget the marriage, here comes Satan with a baby carriage…
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Al Pacino (Satan) takes Keanu Reeves under his wing at a demonic law firm. Oh, big shock, the devil is a lawyer, and in a Star Wars-like twist he also turns out to Reeves’s daddy. Al Pacino: I’m your father and the devil. Who-hah! Keanu Reeves: You’re my father and the devil? Whoa!
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
A woman in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Bekah McKendry)
Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed that she secured her role in Scarface by making Al Pacino bleed during a screen test. The Witches Of Eastwick actress made the admission on David Letterman’s chatshow that she “sliced and diced” the actor, The Huffington Post reports. While promoting her new movie Cheri, the 51-year-old also said that originally Pacino did not want her for the character of Elvira Hancock in the 1983 picture. However, the pair shot a screen test (more) »
- By Tim Parks
Graceful, classic and radiant, Deepika Padukone is the new face of Indian cinema. The Indian super model turned actress has carved a niche for herself not only within Indian cinema, but is also creating a sensation internationally. According to renowned Hollywood director Rob Cohen, whose credit includes The Witches Of Eastwick and The Fast And The Furious, ''Deepika Padukone is gorgeous and is more beautiful than Angelina Jolie.'' The director has also indicated his interest »
The potential TV series Eastwick could have an entirely musical episode. ABC ordered a pilot for a small screen version of 1987 film The Witches Of Eastwick, which starred Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michele Pfeiffer, for the upcoming autumn season. According to WENN, producers of the drama would like to turn an upcoming episode into a musical. Star Lindsay Price said that bosses have already hinted that she and co-stars Rebecca Romijn and Jaime Ray Newman will have to sing in at least one episode. "What most (more) »
- By Tim Parks
The TV Pilot based on the John Updike novel, The Witches Of Eastwick has gained two witches. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle) would be joining the previously announced Jaime Ray Newman (Supernatural).
"The Warner Bros.-produced "Eastwick" follows three young witches who come into their powers. Wma-repped Price will play one of them, Joanna, a hardworking, shy reporter for the local newspaper." This is actually the second time that the Witches have tried for the small screen, as a 1992 pilot greenlit after the success of the 1987 big-screen version, went unsold.
Creator John Updike passed away in January after fighting a battle with lung cancer.
More Witches Of Eastwick news as it develops.
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