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“Witches of East End” Canceled

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The television adaptation, “Witches of East End” has been officially cancelled by Lifetime. The series lasted two seasons and starred Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Madchen Amick, Eric Winter, Daniel DiTomasso and Christian Cooke.

“Witches of East End” is based on the novel series of the same name written by Melissa de la Cruz. It was developed by for television by Maggie Friedman while Fox 21 and 3 Arts produced the series.

Despite starting off on a high note with an average of 3 million viewers, 1.7 million of them in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo, the show’s second season dropped sharply in viewership. The finale ended with barely more than 1 million in same-day ratings.

Witches of East End Renewed for Second Season

 

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Lifetime has officially renewed their supernatural drama, “Witches of East End” for a second season. The show stars Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. Season two will begin in 2014.

Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, said,

“With its great story telling and amazing cast, ‘Witches of East End’ is leading a full-blown witch renaissance. 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.”

“Witches of East End” is based on the novel of the same name written by Melissa de la Cruz. It 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 (Eric Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest. 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.

“Witches of East End” also stars Jason George and Virginia Madsen. The series’ first season will conclude on Sunday, December 15th, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Produced by Fox 21, “Witches of East End” is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims. Kaplan also serves as the producing director on the series.

New Posters Revealed For Lifetime’s Witches of East End

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Entertainment Weekly recently unveiled the character posters for the upcoming series, “Witches of East End” from Lifetime. The posters feature Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston. “Be careful what you witch for.” That is a terrible tagline but these poster are kind of awesome.  Continue reading

Silence of the Lambs Character, Clarice Starling, Gets Own Series

With the series “Hannibal” greenlit already, it seems fitting that FBI Agent Clarice Starling would get her own series as well. Only this time it comes from Lifetime rather than NBC with its sister series, or should I say its rival series?

Lifetime has confirmed that it is in the early stages of developing a new drama series called, “Clarice,” based on the character from the Thomas Harris novel, Silence of the Lambs, and famously portrayed by Jodie Foster in the film adaptation.

According to Lifetime, the show would follow the life and actions of the young agent soon after she graduations from the FBI Academy.

As originally created by Harris, Clarice grew up in West Virginia until she was 10, when her father, a police officer, was shot and killed. She moves to her uncle’s farm in Montana, but later runs away and winds up in an orphanage. After college, she applies to the FBI academy. This is where the series will pick up.

The Silence of the Lambs was published in 1988, and the movie adaptation hit theaters in 1991. Ten years later, Foster declined to reprise the role in 2001’s Hannibal. Instead, Julianne Moore took over as the character.

While this show comes on the heels of the NBC series, it is important to note that Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” will not be featuring the character of Clarice and rather will focus on the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and the titular character.

MGM is producing “Clarice.” Lifetime boss Nancy Dubuc has recently been focusing on creating more original series programming that feature small female leads which has already including the hit series, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Client List. Dubuc is definitely trying to overhaul the channel away from the similar original movies that has been their focus in previous years.