Oct 7 2013 3:30pm

The Witching Hour: Meeting The Witches of East End

Julia Ormond in The Witches of East EndIn the first episode for The Witches of East End, we learned a few things. One is that the women of the Beauchamp family are cursed—the daughters to die over and over again for centuries because of their magic, and the mother to watch her daughters die, only to give birth again to them immediately after the last daughter is dead. The other is that there is an extremely hot cast, which includes Julia Ormond as the mother, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (yes, Channing Tatum’s wife) as younger daughter, Freya, and Rachel Boston as older sister Ingrid.

The show's premise might seem extremely campy, but for those who have been waiting for years for a show like Charmed to come back on the air, this might be the ticket.

Freya is engaged to the handsome Dash (Eric Winter), but has been having weird dreams where a stranger seduces her. Could it be cold feet (as Ingrid and mom Joanna suggest) or a weird psychic connection? Well, this is a show about witches, so it’s gonna be the latter. And as it turns out that weird stranger in Freya’s dreams is none other than Dash’s estranged bad-boy brother, Killian.

The ladies of The Witches of East EndBut this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Witches of East End are getting into. At the beginning of the episode, we saw Joanna killing a couple on the grounds of Dash’s family home. Joanna’s estranged sister (lots of estrangement in this series! And sibling rivalries…) has come to town to warn Joanna that a sinister force is coming after her and the girls. It turns out that sinister force is a shapeshifter that has taken on Joanna’s form to cause trouble in the town.

What makes this all the more unbearable for Joanna is she decided not to tell the girls about their powers this lifetime around. She blocked out their memories and suppressed their powers (as she says, it worked a little too well on skeptic-Joanna, and not quite enough on free-spirit-Freya). So not only is she left battling this evil force, but also she has to do it all and not let the girls know anything.

As in all things, the girls have to find out, especially when evil-Joanna kills Joanna’s sister and frees Freya’s former lover from a painting she had trapped him in when he got a bit too angry.

Well, now that the former lover is out, Joanna will be forced to tell the girls about their magic. One tiny problem though—she’s arrested for those murders committed by evil-Joanna. Meanwhile, Freya is off not-kissing Killian (even though she just made out with him…at her engagement party) at a bar only to be trapped into a painting by that pesky former-lover-she-doesn’t-remember because he was from one of her past lives. Also, meanwhile, Ingrid has cast a fertility spell on her best friend who was struggling to have a child, not knowing that she was actually a witch. She’s understandably freaking out and runs home to her mom as she’s being arrested. And that’s where the episode ends! Oh the horror! Oh the cliffhangers!

Freya, Killian, and DashWhat to expect next: Well, skeptic-Ingrid is going to have to swoop in and save the day. Freya is trapped in a painting with a homicidal ex-lover trying to kill her. While Joanna doesn’t want to keep seeing her daughters die, she knows if Freya dies in the painting (i.e. not in the real-world) she will never come back…ever. So first order of business will be to free Freya and hopefully kill the ex-lover. The shapeshifter/evil-Joanna is going to continue to be an issue…as is Killian. We’ll have to see how the weird love-triangle between Killian, Freya, and Dash works out. Me thinks it will not end well. I’m also hoping Joanna’s sister, who takes the form of a cat and had nine lives, did not actually use up that final life this time around and comes to Ingrid’s aid, but I won’t hold my breath on that one.

Where’s the love?: All around! Of course there’s the tension between Killian, Dash and Freya. I don’t ever root for cheating in romance, it’s one of my auto-not-buys, but the chemistry between Freya and Killian is off the charts! Are you Team Killian or Team Dash? Ingrid also has some chemistry with the detective who arrested her mom. Not a great start but he’s an old friend and recently divorced. Ingrid will have to understand his whole arresting-her-mom thing. He seemed really contrite and he was just doing his job!

Did you watch the premiere? What did you think?


Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.

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Julia Broadbooks
1. juliabroadbooks
I did not know Freya was Mrs. Tatum!! This makes it all so much better.

I was a big fan of Charmed early on and I'm hoping this will be just as much fun.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
I forgot this was on last night! I'll have to check it out at some point, because I am curious about it. Maybe it'll be fun one to binge-watch.
Lynne Connolly
3. Lynne Connolly
If it ever makes it over the Atlantic, this is soooo going to confuse the hell out of the viewing public. Don't they know that one of the two biggest soaps in the country is called "East Enders"? Or maybe they don't know it's about people shouting "Git aht o my pub!" and similar endearments.
Anyway, here's our East Enders (generally people who come from London's East End, near the docks).
Somebody totally has to do a mash-up!
4. Lizzie Dee
I didn't realize the book was being made into a show! I can't wait to see it. The book by Melissa de la Cruz is a worthwhile read and so is the follow up, Serpent's Kiss.
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
@juliabroadbooks, She totally is! I knew her originally from this really awful horror movie called Tamara, so this is a huge step up (there's a pun there...) from that. And I was a big fan of Charmed too so this fills the void a little bit!

@redline_ I think it'll be good for a binge watch too!

@Lynne Connolly, I am very familiar with East Enders. Over here at H&H we keep calling it Witches of East Wick, like the Cher/Susan Sarandon/Michelle Pfeiffer/Jack Nicholson movie. So the title is a bit problematic. It wouldn't be the first time that they changed the title of a show when it went across the pond though. But I think you'll like it when it comes over!

@Lizzie Dee, Oh my gosh! I had no idea it was a book. So cool!
6. Shadowfox
I think the books were better . . . they really entertained me. I'm wondering how much of the story from the books is going to be placed in the show. It was decent, but since I read the books I might continue to compare the two. Ah well . . . I recommend reading the books even if the show is entertaining. Anyone who reads the books should also read the Blue Bloods series as well since there is a bit of cross-over between those books.
Jennifer Proffitt
7. JenniferProffitt
@shadowfox, good to know! I'll be adding to my huge TBR pile now!
8. wsl0612
I finally got around to watching the show a couple of days ago. I really like it, LOVE AUNT WENDY the most!! But Mrs. Tatum needs acting lessons, oy!
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