Lifetime has announced that they are renewing their new supernatural drama Witches of East End for a 13-episode second season that will return at some point in 2014.
The series is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Melissa de la Cruz, centering on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Julia Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Rachel Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (newcomer Daniel DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest. Meanwhile, Joanna’s long-estranged sister Wendy (Madchen Amick) shows up with a warning that could change the Beauchamps’ fate forever, forcing Joanna to reveal to her daughters they are, indeed, immortal witches who possess great untapped powers. The cast also includes Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Virgnia Madsen.
The series debuted on October 6 and has been averaging 3 million viewers weekly, becoming the youngest skewing scripted series ever for the network. The series is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims.
Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, had this to say about the new series, “With its great story telling and amazing cast, ‘Witches of East End’ is leading a full-blown witch renaissance. The show’s perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we’re very excited to be bringing it back for a second season”.
The next new episode of the debut season of ‘Witches of East End’ will air on Lifetime this Sunday, November 24 at 10:01/9:01c. Fans should also mark their calendars for the final two episodes of the season, which will air on December 1 and December 15.