Witches of East End (TV series)

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Witches of East End
Witches of East End Logo.jpg
GenreSupernatural drama
Fantasy
Created byMelissa de la Cruz (novel)
Written byMaggie Friedman
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina (pilot)
Vancouver, Canada
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)3 Arts Entertainment
Fox 21
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Picture format720p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original airingOctober 6, 2013
External links
Official website
 
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Witches of East End
Witches of East End Logo.jpg
GenreSupernatural drama
Fantasy
Created byMelissa de la Cruz (novel)
Written byMaggie Friedman
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina (pilot)
Vancouver, Canada
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)3 Arts Entertainment
Fox 21
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Picture format720p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original airingOctober 6, 2013
External links
Official website

Witches of East End is an upcoming American fantasy drama television series loosely based on a novel of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz.[1] Lifetime announced its intention to film a television pilot of the series in autumn of 2012, with filming taking place in Macon, Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina.[2] On January 31, 2013, Lifetime confirmed that they were ordering ten episodes with the intention of airing Witches of East End later that same year.[3] The series will star Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick.[4] On July 26, 2013, Lifetime announced that the series will premiere on October 6, 2013.[5]

Overview[edit source | edit]

The series stars Julia Ormond as lead character Joanna Beauchamp, a witch and mother of Freya Beauchamp and Ingrid Beauchamp, who are part of the next generation of witches. Mädchen Amick co-stars as Joanna's mischievous witch sister Wendy. The series is loosely based on the book's plot, with one change being that Freya and Ingrid are unaware of their magical powers or heritage.[6]

Cast and characters[edit source | edit]

Main cast[edit source | edit]

Recurring cast[edit source | edit]

Production and development[edit source | edit]

Development[edit source | edit]

Julia Ormond was cast as lead character

It was revealed on July 19, 2012 that Lifetime had picked up Witches of East End as a pilot for its 2013 season, along The Secret Live of Wives. The show would be executive-produced by both Maggie Friedman (Dawson's Creek, Eastwick) and Erwin Stoff (The Matrix), and produced by Fox 21.[10]

However, on December 17, 2012, Jenna Dewan and husband Channing Tatum announced publicly that the actress was bearing their first child.[11]

On January 31, 2013, Witches of East End was picked up by the cable network Lifetime. The drama was announced to be composed of ten episodes to begin with and was scheduled to shoot and premiere in the course of 2013.[12] Of the project, Rob Sharenow, executive VP of programming for Lifetime Networks, had to say "We've been thrilled about Witches of East End and its powerful premise since the moment we bought the property, and our friends at Fox 21 helped develop it for television. This is one of the most exciting ensemble casts we've seen and the whole show is fresh, original and just right for Lifetime."[13]

Jenna Dewan and Rachel Boston was cast as Freya and Ingrid Beauchamp

Casting[edit source | edit]

On August 30, 2012, it was announced that Julia Ormond had landed a main role on the show, as Joanna Beauchamp.[14] On September 14, 2012, the role of Freya Beauchamp was officially given to Jenna Dewan.[15] A few days later, on September 17, 2012, the lead male role of Dash Gardiner was attributed to Patrick Heusinger.[16] And on September 19, 2012, Rachel Boston and model Daniel Di Tomasso were announced to have earned the two remaining main roles, respectively Ingrid Beauchamp and Killian Gardiner.[17] Finally, as announced on September 25, 2012, Nicholas Gonzalez would portray detective Matt Torcoletti.[18] On October 9, 2012, two guest star announcements were made- Mädchen Amick and Glenne Headly would join the cast of Witches of East End - the first one as Wendy (Joanna's sister) and the second as Penelope (the Gardiner borthers' mother).[19] Tom Lenk was later given the role of Hudson Rafferty, Ingrid's gay best-friend, as announced on October 16, 2012.[20]

Casting however underwent a few changes. Indeed, as revealed by Nicholas Gonzalez himself on his Twitter account,[citation needed] a few days after the pick-up announcement, the actor was dropped from the show, and on June 6, 2013, it was announced that Patrick Heusinger's role as Dash Gardiner would be recast, for creative reasons.[21] On June 26, TVLine revealed that Eric Winter would replace Patrick Heusinger as Dash Gardiner.[22] On July 9, the recurring role of the detective Adam (formerly Matt Torcoletti) was attributed to Jason George.[23] On July 12, Virginia Madsen replaced Glenne Headly for a multi-episode arc as Penelope, Dash and Killian's mother.[24] On August 12, Freddie Prinze Jr. booked a guest role on the show, as Leo Wingate, with a possibility that it could become recurring.[25] On August 14, Anthony Lemke was cast as recurring Harrison Welles.[26]

Filming[edit source | edit]

Filming the pilot episode began on October 16, 2012 in the port town of Wilmington, North Carolina, where several scenes were shot.[citation needed] On October 29, 2012, the crew moved for a week to Macon, Georgia, where they filmed the wedding scenes for the pilot at the historical Hay House.[27][dead link] On Monday 5, 2012, the crew returned to filming in North Carolina for a final day of shooting.[citation needed]

When the network Lifetime announced Witches of East End was going to be a series, it was also revealed that filming the rest of the series would happen in Vancouver, Canada, instead of continuing in Wilmington, NC.[28] Later on, the filming period was announced as going from July 16 to October 21.[citation needed] Maggie Friedman announced on twitter on June 10 that she was scouting locations for the series, trying to "find Fair Haven".[29]

Episodes[edit source | edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
110[7]October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)[5]December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08)TBATBATBA

Season 1 (2013)[edit source | edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
1"Pilot"Mark WatersMaggie FriedmanOctober 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)[5]
2October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)
3"A Few Good Talismen[30]"Fred GerberTuri Meyer & Al SeptienOctober 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lifetime TV pilot shoots at Hay House". Macon.com. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime orders 'Witches of East End'". Variety. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lifetime Gives Series Order to 'Witches of East End'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "TCA: Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Debuts Oct. 6". Deadline. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "'Buffy's' Tom Lenk Joins Lifetime's 'Witches of East End' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Witches Of East End (Lifetime)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  8. ^ Michael Ausiello (June 26, 2013). "Exclusive: Eric Winter Joins Lifetime's Witches of East End as Jenna Dewan-Tatum's New Beau". TV Line. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  9. ^ Franich, Darren. "'Witches of East End' conjures up guest spot for Freddie Prinze Jr.". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  10. ^ Lifetime Orders ‘The Secret Lives Of Wives’, ‘Witches Of East End’ Pilots from Deadline.
  11. ^ Jenna Dewan-Tatum confirms pregnacy from MTV News.
  12. ^ Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Picked Up To Series, from Deadline.
  13. ^ Lifetime Picks Up Drama 'Witches of East End', by broadcastingcable.com.
  14. ^ Julia Ormond To Star In Lifetime Pilot ‘Witches Of East End’ from Deadline.
  15. ^ Jenna Dewan Joins Cast of Lifetime's ‘Witches of East End’ from TVLine.
  16. ^ Role of Dash Gardiner Cast in Witches of East End from the Chicago Tribune.
  17. ^ American Dreams’ Rachel Boston Cast in Lifetime’s ‘Witches of East End’ from TVLine.
  18. ^ Nicholas Gonzalez Nabs Series Regular Role On Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Pilot from Deadline.
  19. ^ Madchen Amick, Glenne Headly Join Lifetime's 'Witches of East End' from The Hollywood Reporter.
  20. ^ 'Buffy's' Tom Lenk Joins Lifetime's 'Witches of East End' from The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. ^ Michael Ausiello (June 7, 2013). "Exclusive: Lifetime's Witches of East End Recasting Jenna Dewan-Tatum's On-Screen Beau". TV Line. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  22. ^ Eric Winter Joins Lifetime's Witches of East End as Jenna Dewan-Tatum's New Beau from TVLine.
  23. ^ 'Grey's Anatomy' Favorite Heads to 'Witches of East End' from Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ Virginia Madsen Joins Lifetime's ‘Witches of East End’ from TVLine.
  25. ^ 'Witches of East End' conjures up guest spot for Freddie Prinze Jr. from Inside TV, Entertainment Weekly.
  26. ^ Anthony Lemke Joins Lifetime’s 'Witches of East End' from Televixen.com
  27. ^ 'Witches of East End' pilot filming at Hay House by News Central.[dead link]
  28. ^ “Witches of East End” goes to series, but production moves to Vancouver from StarNews Online.
  29. ^ Maggie Friedman Twitter Status
  30. ^ Witches of East End Episode 103 Script

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