The first new drama series from Lifetime‘s most recent batch of pilots has emerged. The cable network has given a series order to drama Witches Of East End, starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick. The 10-episode series, produced by Fox 21, will premiere later this year. The Witches Of East End was one of four hourlong pilots Lifetime ordered last summer. Of the other three, two have been completed, the Renee Zellweger-produced Cinnamon Girl, whose fate is still up in the air, and The Secret Lives Of Wives, which Lifetime passed on earlier this month. The fourth, HR, is still casting.
Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches Of East End centers on the adventures of Joanna Beauchamp (Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston) — both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches. Amick stars as Joanna’s mischievous witch sister Wendy. “This is one of the most exciting ensemble casts we’ve seen and the whole show is fresh, original and just right for Lifetime,” Lifetime’s EVP Rob Sharenow said. Maggie Friedman (Eastwick) wrote the pilot, which was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), and will executive produce Witches Of East End with Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) of 3 Arts Entertainment.
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