‘Witches Of East End’ Series Premiere: The Beauchamps Powers Are Reborn

Sun, October 6, 2013 11:00pm EDT by 41 Comments
Witches Of East End
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Did you fall under the spell of Lifetime’s other-worldly new drama? Give us your review of the series premiere!

The witching hour… is here! Lifetime’s new series Witches of East End premiered Oct. 6, thrusting viewers into the supernatural drama of the Beauchamp family. Matriarch Joanna (Julia Ormond) intended on raising her daughters magic-free, but the arrival — or, rather, the return – of a sinister force, hellbent on taking down every last Beauchamp, threw an epic monkey wrench in that plan.

Joanna’s estranged sister, and occasional black cat, Wendy (Madchen Amick) showed up to fill the Beauchamps in on their new predicament. And this little familial shake-up couldn’t come at a less convenient time, especially for younger-daughter Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), who’s preparing to say “I do” to her perfect fiancé Dash (Eric Winter). The arrival of Dash’s brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso) also complicated things — especially when he and Freya started going at it during her engagement party!

(Side note: While I like seeing Freya with Dash, and I’m not condoning cheating, the chemistry between Freya and Killian is unreal. It’s hard to believe that actor Daniel DiTomasso did mostly modeling before landing this big role, because he’s a natural. So much more, please!)

Older-sister Ingrid (Rachel Boston) also did a little experimenting with her abilities, casting a fertility spell on a co-worker who’s been having trouble conceiving. Though she said she did it as a “joke,” noting the website she got the spell from misspelled both “fertility” and “spell,” she clearly doesn’t yet comprehend the limits of her new powers.

Now, let’s get back to that sinister force I mentioned earlier. A shape-shifter, who took on Joanna’s form, released someone from a painting in the Beauchamp house — apparently he was trapped by Freya in a past life — and he immediately went after his captor. The episode ended with Joanna being hauled off for murder, and Freya being dragged into a painting, where her life is most certainly in danger.

Can Ingrid get a grip and save her family before it’s too late? Few pilots end on this kind of a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to see how level-headed Ingrid embraces her new powers and comes to everyone’s rescue.

WATCH: ‘Witches Of East End’ Promo

HollywoodLifers, did you enjoy the series premiere? Will you be tuning in next week to see how the Beauchamps survive? Drop a comment with your review of Witches of East End below!

— Andy Swift

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BertB

Posted at 4:06 PM on January 19, 2014  

Please bring back Army Wives series.

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Britny

Posted at 11:13 AM on November 18, 2013  

I am hooked! I wasn’t sure about it at first but gave it a chance and i’m glad I did. Great story line and I’m always left wanting more. The hour goes by so fast! I was a fan of charmed and this sort of reminds me of it but more grown up and sexier. I hope there will be another season on lifetime!

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Diana Spencer

Posted at 2:17 AM on November 11, 2013  

Show has a lot of potential, but is bad and getting worse. Needs to be recast and needs new writers. The only good character/actor is Machen Amick.

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Nichole Chavis

Posted at 12:27 AM on November 7, 2013  

I love the show so far. Its supposed to be fun and light like charmed was just with a little more adult stuff. Awesome!

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byhelenjewelry

Posted at 2:37 PM on October 28, 2013  

Have you noticed this show has little or no music? I like the show but I am a fan of music in a show. It can set an atmosphere. The settings for the scenes are elaborate. I like the acting fairly well. The writing is good but, there is no atmosphere and I am getting bored. Shows like Supernatural are riddled with good music that make the stories even better. The music is backed by good writing and good acting. I don’t know how long I am gonna be watching this show.

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Connie

Posted at 2:03 PM on October 28, 2013  

Ok, so the new spinoff of Charmed has not cast a spell on me. The daughters are fine, so is the aunt….but Julia Ormond needs to brush up on her acting or have a bowel movement already. I think it would be cool if you could get Nicole Kiddman to play the part, or even Tina Fray!

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nahani

Posted at 5:04 PM on October 27, 2013  

The lead actresses British accent it’s driving me insane. The first episode she didn’t seem to have one, and now it’s getting stronger and stronger. I find it very distracting. I can’t believe that they are allowing that.

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Gregg

Posted at 6:32 PM on October 14, 2013  

Another ridiculous series. How many times is Julia’s English accent gonna come and go???? TERRIBLE ACTING. Another JOKE SERIES.?.

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lanna

Posted at 10:23 AM on October 10, 2013  

I was not a fan of charmed at all, I thought It was too weak, This show seams to have some back bone and I really thought it was great!

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Trent

Posted at 10:20 AM on October 10, 2013  

I really liked it, I went into it not expecting much but I had to give it a chance because I love Julia Ormond. That being said I, It was so good I was disappointed when it was over, I wanted to see more ! It instantly went to the top three priority on my DVR. I recommend it and hope life time keeps it !

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Yasmin Thomas (@ymomdukes)

Posted at 5:05 PM on October 8, 2013  

I think it is a bit to soon to tell. I recall making hasty decision in the past about shows. Therefore, I will wait and see. It has my interest, I loved Bewitched, and Charmed….so….guess we will need to stay tuned. The one thing I think, there was a lot going on for the first show. Perhaps, some more background information??

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kamilia

Posted at 3:24 AM on October 8, 2013  

I’m this episode I wasn’t convinced with errors. One obvious error…she starts off with a white flower in hair then later sees her dream guy, which changes colors to Red. Fast forward to her kissing the guy and during those scenes they go in and out which you see the flower and later it’s gone. Bad acting or directing?

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Yasmin Thomas (@ymomdukes)

Posted at 5:02 PM on October 8, 2013  

You missed it, it showed the flower turning red. Perhaps, from pure thoughts, to not so pure.

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byhelenjewelry

Posted at 2:20 PM on October 9, 2013  

As far as the flower being there and not being there I think that would be bad directing and bad props. The actress wears what she is given. I would say bad actress to for not keeping track.

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Danielle Pichette Cooke

Posted at 9:03 PM on October 7, 2013  

I totally enjoyed it!

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david

Posted at 9:58 AM on October 7, 2013  

i love it,too!Def. a new show witch I shall be watching.Pardon the pun.I am into Wiccan and own 20 ouija boards,pendulum boards,25 haunted spirited dolls,Wiccan Pagan use items ,.So I am a fan!Also,have 10 authentic original Voodoo dolls from Haiti!lol

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:15 AM on October 7, 2013  

20 Ouija boards? That’s intense.

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david

Posted at 10:29 AM on October 7, 2013  

Well,I have ocd!Besides these are all one of a kind ouija boards!(:
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Andrew the Wiccan

Posted at 9:11 AM on October 8, 2013  

im in to Wiccan to me and my wife are Wiccan so when we have sex i am in wiccan. you cannot be into wiccan, you can be a wiccan or not, or you can be interested in Wicca which is a religion. Dabblers don’t get far in the Craft.

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byhelenjewelry

Posted at 2:22 PM on October 9, 2013  

What are you saying? Your post is almost totally confusing. Your last sentence makes sense. What are you trying to say? I get that you and your wife practice the religion of Wicca.

 
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Heather

Posted at 9:26 AM on October 7, 2013  

LOVED IT!!! It flowed so well I didn’t even realize it was time for the episode to be over. Thank goodness it is available on Amazon since I live in China I don’t wanna miss any episodes :)!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 9:42 AM on October 7, 2013  

I almost didn’t realize it was over, either! And that’s a good thing. Few pilots end on that big of a cliffhanger.

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Aileen

Posted at 9:01 AM on October 7, 2013  

I loved it and I can’t wait for next week. I think it will get better and better and I will be right there watching.

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Angelo Angela

Posted at 7:42 AM on October 7, 2013  

I expected better acting, and that the actors were really feeling and experiencing their characters. I liked the story, but somehow it takes more than a dumb fertility spell to convince a skeptic. It also felt like rushed. I liked the “ex-lover trapped in a painting” but that’s not a new concept. I’ve seen something similar in Bewitched. The character Wendy was ok, but in some instances she was borderline Endora from Bewitched and then a few seconds later she looked like Diana from V reborn as a witch. Freya did better in the bar scenes and the dream sequence, but in some scenes it looked like overacted and not natural.
In general the show was ok, but I wasn’t left with a feeling of wanting more. I’m disappointed that the promo was much more interesting than the first episode itself. The actresses and the writers need to step it up, to top a show like Charmed, otherwise I don’t see a second season coming.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:22 AM on October 7, 2013  

I think this show will definitely grow with each episode. You’re right, though, that there was a lot to squeeze into one hour.

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Sandy

Posted at 8:26 AM on October 7, 2013  

Agree with Angelo. I was too rushed and the acting not to the level that I would have wanted. In addition,the characters didn’t overly draw me in I do was left with the feeling wanting more. I agree that the writers need to step this up considerably or there will not be a second season. I really don’t want a soap opera for the whole season. I would like to see some closure to a plot ever few episodes.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:44 AM on October 7, 2013  

I think there was just a lot to set up on the pilot, and things will get more exciting moving forward. I think the baby stuff is going to get weird, too.

 
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Ray

Posted at 12:59 PM on October 7, 2013  

Agreed, the acting by the younger set of sisters left much to be desired. Madchen Amick was great in her role as Aunt Wendy, though.

Pilots usually aren’t all that polished. I expect the series will take a few episodes to find its footing but Witches of East End did hit the ground running with a decent start. I’m hoping for the best.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 4:32 PM on October 7, 2013  

I think Madchen might be my favorite. She needs to stop dying so we don’t lose her forever.

 
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Mfeliz

Posted at 4:26 PM on October 7, 2013  

idk I kinda liked the pacing of the pilot. It got strait to the point with all the introductions and didn’t spend episodes to do it. I think it can only get more interesting and better with each episode.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 4:32 PM on October 7, 2013  

Good attitude. I also liked the pacing. The supernatural stuff started right away, even if not everyone knew WTF was happening.

 
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t

Posted at 7:29 AM on October 7, 2013  

thanks again for ruining a good book….good job…

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:45 AM on October 7, 2013  

Yikes. How do you think they ruined it?

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Mara

Posted at 7:12 AM on October 7, 2013  

I loved the show. I always loved “Charmed” and this show reminds me of it!! I always loved Julia Ormond and everyone else in the cast is just perfect!! They already share so much chemistry!! I can’t wait for the next show!! I’m hooked!!! I know it is going to get better and better!!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:23 AM on October 7, 2013  

I share your enthusiasm, Mara. Ingrid and Freya, in particular, have really fun chemistry. I loved their scenes together, and I look forward to more.

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Jennifer

Posted at 7:33 PM on October 13, 2013  

Charmed was my favorite show and there has not been another show like it since. I was excited when I saw the previews of this show. I did like the show and noticed a few thing similar to Charmed; like the house kind looks like The Manor, the fact that the sisters didn’t know they were witches and then found out and the reference to the attic made me lol…..I thought it progressed well and the characters had chemistry … I am excited and will continue to watch..

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Kristy Honeycutt

Posted at 4:24 AM on October 7, 2013  

Witches of East End was magically entertaining!

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byhelenjewelry

Posted at 2:31 AM on October 7, 2013  

I Loved It THe Acting Was Good I Liked The Writing. And The Chemistry Between The Actors Was Great.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 8:24 AM on October 7, 2013  

Agreed on all points!

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aboutnici

Posted at 11:17 PM on October 6, 2013  

Reblogged this on aboutnici.

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Moh

Posted at 5:06 PM on October 7, 2013  

The show is really amazing and has the potential to become a hit TV series. I liked the pilot and can’t wait for next episode.

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