Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me season one of Witches of East End (giveaway). The Lifetime series is about a family of witches (duh) who are being stalked by a killer from their past. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the show, but I did. Actually, so did my wife. We’ve been watching some of the episodes this past week. We both think this is a show worth watching. Witches of East End – The Complete First Season is available now. The DVD is a great way for fans to catch up before the show returns to Lifetime on July 6th.
The four main characters of Witches of East End are Joanna Beauchamp (mom), Wendy (sister), Freya (daughter), and Ingrid (daughter). The Beauchamps are a family of witches. Actually, the two adult daughters don’t know they are witches because the mom kept that a secret. She did that because she wanted her daughters to live a normal life. But it’s also because the family is cursed. The daughters are cursed with dying over and over again, while Joanna is cursed with giving birth to them over and over again. No matter what the mom does, both Freya and Ingrid die by the time they become young adults.
As if the curse wasn’t bad enough, someone is also up to no good. That person has the ability to shape shift into another identity and naturally the stalker picks the identity of Joanna. The shape shifter even kills someone and frames Joanna for the murder. The Beauchamp doesn’t know who is the shifter is, but they conclude the person is probably someone from their past — especially since Joanna has made a lot of enemies over the centuries.
I almost forgot about Wendy. She’s the cool aunt the girls didn’t know existed. Wendy is also a black cat with nine lives. Most of the time Wendy is human, but sometimes she turns into a cat. I’m not sure, but I think that might be her curse.
Not all the main characters are women. There are also two men in the show: Killian and Dash Gardiner. Freya is engaged to Killian, but she also finds herself attracted to Dash. He’s the black sheep of the family. While Killian is rich, Dash is not. He lives day by day and rarely stays in one place for very long. In fact, he just returned to town after being gone for a long time. The two brothers don’t really get along that well. I’ve only seen four episodes so far, but there’s a mystery about them. It wouldn’t surprise me if one or both turns out to have supernatural powers of their own.
The main characters are played by Julia Ormond (Joanna Beauchamp), Mädchen Amick (Wendy Beauchamp), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Freya Beauchamp), Rachel Boston (Ingrid Beauchamp), Daniel DiTomasso (Killian Gardiner), and Eric Winter (Dash Gardiner). I actually didn’t recognized Julia Ormond. I have not seen her in a movie since First Knight and Legends of the Fall back in the 90’s. BTW, according to my wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum is married to Channing Tatum. Witches of East End also co-stars Virginia Madsen as Penelope Gardiner (the mom of the Gardiner boys).
Witches of East End DVD Special Features
Witches of East End includes all ten episodes of the first season. In addition, the DVD includes the following special features:
- Falling Under Their Spell
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Cat Blooper Reel
More info: Witches of East End: Season 1