Witches of East End (Lifetime) Advance Series Premiere Review

Witches of East EndLifetime’s latest Sunday night drama, Witches of East End, debuts Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. ET. Based on a novel by the same name by Melissa de la Cruz, Witches of East End centers around a female family of witches, headed by matriarch Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond). Her two daughters, Freya Beauchamp (the always stunning Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid Beauchamp (Rachel Boston), however, are unware of their magical background. That does not last long.

Witches of East End begins on the night of Freya’s engagement party. On a night that is supposed to highlight the girls’ perfect life, all hell breaks loose, perhaps even literally. Strangers, both good and bad appear, family members come bearing gloom and doom, people are murdered and someone disappears. Kind of. Quite a lot of characters and plot lines are jammed into this first episode, yet it manages not to seem crammed.

I admit that I have not really been into the witch scene since Charmed. Witches of East End is definitely no Charmed. Despite the evil characters and situations the girls on Charmed encountered on a daily basis, the show still seemed rather light and, well, charming. Witches of East End is more dark and mysterious and yet it works. Julia Ormond bounces between elderly matriacrch (how old is she really?) and the illusion of a carefree mother with ease. Jenna Dewan-Tatum plays the perfect somewhat flighty, but very passionate, daughter and is a good counter balance to Rachel Boston’s more straight laced and serious librarian. I enjoyed watching the two sisters play off of each other the most. I also enjoyed the special effects that did not seem to make any sense, but were gorgeous just the same.

Witches of East End was refreshing in both its storyline and its pace. It did not pull any punches or spend too much time on background, thereby leaving more questions than answers, but actually making me want to tune in next week to find out what is really going on. I think Lifetime has a hit with this new show.

Will you be tuning into Witches of East End? If so, come back here and tell me what you think. Is this one a keeper? Will you be watching the rest of the season. I would love to hear what you think below!