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

Sun, October 6, 2013 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 41 Comments
Witches Of East End
Courtesy of Lifetime

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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