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Athena Karkanis Joins Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’; Steven Berkoff In ‘Witches Of East End’

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 1:30pm PDT

Low Winter Sun alumna Athena Karkanisathena karkanis1 has been cast in Lifetime‘s conspiracy thriller The Lottery. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Karkanis, repped by Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta & Noble Talent in Canada, will play Vanessa (fka Tori) who has earned her job and risen through the political ranks all the way to chief of staff to the POTUS. Tim Sexton wrote the pilot and will executive produce the series with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.
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Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Witches Of East EndLifetime is going two for two with its freshman scripted series. As expected, the cable network has given a second season pickup to drama Witches Of East End, starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The series has received a 13-episode order for a 2014 premiere. “With its great story telling and amazing cast, Witches Of East End is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP and General Manager of Lifetime. Witches Of East End joins Lifetime’s freshman Devious Maids, which also has been renewed for a second season. One of Lifetime’s youngest skewing scripted series ever, with a median age of 46, Witches Of East End, from Fox 21, is averaging 3.0 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers on a Live+7 basis through five weeks. Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Debuts Solid, Showtime’s ‘Masters Of Sex’ Rises

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 4:24pm PDT

Looks like a bit of a spell was cast by Lifetime’s newest drama last night. With 1.9 million total viewers watching, the supernatural series Witches Of East End debuted Sunday. It was just down a touch from 2 million who tuned in for the June 23 premiere of Lifetime’s last soap Devious Maids. However, the Fox 21 series starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick was up in the key demos over the Marc Cherry-created Maids’ Sunday night summer debut. Witches drew 905,000 viewers among adults 18-49, 916,000 among adults 25-54, 718,000 among women 25-54 and 686,000 viewers among women 18-49. That’s up 10% over Maids in 18-49, 6% over 25-54 and 8% in women 18-49 25-54. The one-hour Witches is set to run for 10 episodes this fall. Like Devious Maids, Witches was down from the 2.8 million that watched the debut of Lifetime’s previous scripted premiere, The Client List, in April 2012. Read More »

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TCA: Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Debuts Oct. 6

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 5:02pm PDT

Lifetime’s newest drama Witches Of East End will debut October 6, the network’s EVP Programming Rob Sharenow announced at the start of that show’s Q&A session at TCA this afternoon. TV critics with suspicious minds wanted to discuss the fact that the name of Lifetime’s witch show sounds suspiciously like that of the John Updike novel made into a hit flick made into an ABC drama series that came and went in the blink of an eye. Witches Of East End exec producer Maggie Freidman, whose patience we hope we inherit in our next life, explained sweetly that her show is based on Melissa de la Cruz’s very popular novel of same name, and the idea is to attract the many fans of the book to the TV series, making all suggestions of a name change, however well-intended, pure horseradish. Besides, Friedman noted, the tone of her show is very different from that of the Updike-inspired ABC one. This one’s about Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond), whose particular curse is that she keeps giving birth to the same two daughters, over and over again — a sort of OBGYN Groundhog Day. The daughters keep dying, which causes her to get preggers again, and so on. Friedman says it’s a metaphor for motherhood, making motherhood sound like a perfect hell. Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 3:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Nicholas Gonzalez Nabs Series Regular Role On Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Pilot; Brooke Lyons To Do Arc On ‘Psych’

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 4:00pm PDT

Nicholas Gonzalez has booked a series regular role in the Lifetime pilot Witches Of East End, which stars Julia Ormond as a mom who has been concealing a shocking secret from her daughters Ingrid and Freya — namely that they are witches. Gonzales will play Matthew, a good-natured local cop who is dating a ditzy co-worker of Ingrid’s (Rachel Boston) but is very much interested in Ingrid. He soon becomes very busy at work when a series of murders and strange deaths bedevil his previously placid township. Gonzalez, repped by Pakula/King and KLWGN, next appears in the Lifetime/Sony movie Left To Die opposite Rachael Leigh Cook.

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Julia Ormond To Star In Lifetime Pilot ‘Witches Of East End’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular role, Emmy winner Julia Ormond is set to star in the hourlong Lifetime pilot Witches Of East End. 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. Joanna is a sexy, warm, artistic, tough, ethereal beauty who has been concealing a shocking secret from her daughters — namely, that they are witches born and bred. Having put her magical past and powers on hold, Joanna is now living a quiet life as a small town art teacher, but in the face of a grave and immediate danger, it seems the only way out is for the trio to rediscover their skills. Maggie Friedman, who shepherded ABC’s witch-themed Eastwick, wrote and will executive produce Witches Of East End with Erwin Stoff for Fox 21 and 3 Arts.

On TV, Ormond has done arcs on such series as Mad Men, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nurse Jackie as well as TV movies, including HBO’s Temple Grandin, which earned her an Emmy Award. She is again nominated this year for her guest stint on AMC’s Mad Men. Witches Of East End reunites Ormond, repped by Gersh and Creative Partners, with Lifetime where she toplined the 2010 LMN original movie The Wronged Man, produced by Gale Anne Hurd.

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Lifetime Orders ‘The Secret Lives Of Wives’, ‘Witches Of East End’ Pilots

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 5:59pm PDT

Los Angeles, Ca (July 19, 2012) – Lifetime has ordered the drama pilots The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) and Witches of East End for 2013, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

Inspired by the book by Iris Krasnow, The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) will explore the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women, breaking down the creative ways each close friend nurtures, maintains and endures what many see as an impossible convention of modern life. With a relatable and provocative approach, the pilot will provide an honest portrayal of the ultimate challenge every relationship faces – emotional and sexual longevity. Jill Gordon (Five), who wrote the pilot, will also executive produce with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars); Krasnow will serve as a producer. The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) will be produced by Lin Pictures in association with Warner Horizon Television.

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