Melissa de le Cruz’s bestselling novel “Witches of East End” is headed to the small screen, launching as a Lifetime original series later this year. Today, EW has a first look at the show and series star Julia Ormond as Joanna Beauchamp.
Madchen Amick, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Nicholas Gonzalez, Glenne Headly, Patrick Heusinger and Eric Winter also star with Mark Waters (Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles) directing.
First published in 2011, “Witches of East End” is officially described as follows:
It’s the beginning of summer in North Hampton, and beautiful Freya Beauchamp is celebrating her engagement to wealthy Bran Gardiner, the heir to Fair Haven and Gardiners Island. But Freya is drawn to Bran’s gorgeous but unreliable brother Killian, and sparks fly when the two decide to play a dangerous game, following an ancient story of love, betrayal and tragedy that harks back to the days of Valhalla.
Witches of East End follows the Beauchamp family—the formidable matriarch Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid. Freya, a sexy bartender, has a potion to cure every kind of heartache, while Ingrid, the local librarian, solves complicated domestic problems with her ability to tie magical knots. Joanna is the witch to see when modern medicine has no more answers; her powers can wake the dead. Everything seems to be going smoothly until a young girl, Molly Lancaster, goes missing after taking one of Freya’s irresistible cocktails. As more of the town’s residents begin disappearing, everyone seems to have the same suspects in mind: the Beauchamp women.