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October 8, 2013

Spellbound by Witches of East End? Not Quite


I was holding off on my Fall channel surfing experience til maybe December but I have to make a small exception for Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END. For those of you who aren't familiar, the series is based on Melissa de la Cruz's The Beauchamp Family series. It's about a family of witches who are Norse gods with complications thrown here and there to update the myth and root it to historical events like the Salem Witch Trials. I'm a fan of Melissa's Blue Bloods Series (YA, Vamps & Fallen Angels) and I love how she mixes up her mythologies. I liked WITCHES OF EAST END the book but I'm a little iffy on its TV Adaptation.


First, Lifetime isn't really known for its amazing shows, they have a handful of hits but it's mostly B+ at best. So when I heard that the series is being adapted by Lifetime, I have my doubts but as I love Melissa, I watched it to support and celebrate her success. I'm a good fan like that. As for the cast, they're not crown favorites but they're great character actors to lend an air of credibility to the series. M├Ądchen Amick, Virginia Madsen and Julia Ormond anchors the show while Rachel Boston and Eric Winter gives it an air of familiarity for the younger demographic. 

Jenna Dewan-Tatum is the sore thumb in this line-up. I don't care if you're married to the sexiest man alive. Girl, you need to enroll yourself to more actor's workshop or do intense method acting to hone your skills, you're not plump to take on lead roles. Better yet, stick to dancing for now. This girl is HORRIBLE as Freya! Ugh! Her acting is the reason why I chose to write this piece specific to the show instead of a general one I initially intended. I can't help but gripe and share my disappointment about the casting choice!

A good actor is someone who can sell their characters well like for example, Anna Paquin. She becomes Sookie Stackhouse when you see her in True Blood. She ceases to be Anna Paquin and you identify her as Sookie as if Sookie is a real person and not just someone she's playing on screen. It transcends the story and gives the viewers suspended disbelief. Unfortunately my disbelief in this case is how the heck did Mrs. Tatum pass the audition?! Is it because of her last name?! Because her acting chops sure wasn't it! 

Jenna Dewan-Tatum is play acting. It's exaggerated and she's trying too hard to give us a version Freya that's more HS play than minor league TV. She didn't study Freya and has a distorted adaptation of the character. Her portrayal isn't convincing, I'm sure she can be a good actor given the right role unfortunately she totally tanks as the sexy, alluring, offbeat, witchy bartender. For the sake of the show and its longevity, I hope the network invests on honing her acting skills otherwise I foresee CANCELLED in glowing red letters in the horizon. 






22 comments:

  1. I actually was not a fan of this book but had high hopes that a TV adaptation would fare better. Maybe not? I wish I could see this! Ms. Tatum sounds horrible but isn't that the way? Sometimes talent is not what's required to get roles.

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  2. *whispers in a really low voice* I didn't like book one, in reminded me of another series, and well..... Too bad about the series.

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    1. Oh well I guess then both versions won't work for you :S

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  3. tv/movie adaptions are always hits or misses

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  4. I have not heard of the books or show. Too bad about the show.

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    1. LOL now you have and it ain't good ;)

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  5. Didn't realize this already started airing. I planned on watching it, but not I might not :/

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    1. Watch AHS tonight instead ;)

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    2. Lily, it's only just started this past Sunday I believe. They'll most likely do a repeat of episode one before airing the second one if you're still interested in watching it. :)

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  6. I confess I saw the movie and loved it, but I wasn't that much into the tc show and I gave up...

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    1. There's a movie? Or are you talking about the one with Cher? That's a different one, I hope it's as good though.

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    2. hmm maybe I made a mistake... I think I finally haven't seen this one. And thought of something else. sorry

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  7. I actually have this one on my DVR, still plan on watching it though since I haven't read the book. Plus my mom wants to see it. I'm a little turned off by it now simply because that hooker married my man. How rude. Any ways, thanks for your honest opinion about it. I'll let you know what I think when I see it. :)

    Oh, will you be watching American Horror Story: The Coven(?) tonight? I have to admit, the intro to the previews is what hooked me in, I've had that song in my head for weeks now, lol.

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    1. Hahahaha! Hooker meaning Jena?

      Sorry for the late reply, I do love this season's AHS, I'm crushing bad over Emma Roberts!

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  8. Dropped in for a visit ! Haven't seen this show need to check it out ! Happy Reading !

    Joelle @http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. AAAHHH BRAAAINNNEE! Okay, I actually like this show. I was gonna do a whole post about it. But I change my mind. Now I'm just gonna talk about it here with you ^_^

    So, I didn't read the book, so I didn't have any expectations. I was just looking forward to this show, solely because there are witches. This show reminds me of Charmed, just without all bubblegum flare that and witchy goodness that came with it.

    I will agree with you on one thing though. I dislike Freya. Her acting and her character as a whole just wasn't selling it for me. I don't know what's going on there, but I definitely don't like her. As for the other characters, I like them just fine. Especially the mom and the aunt.

    Great post girly <3

    Ana♥

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    1. Ana my love! Oh how I've missed you!

      Yes, Freya is so meh. But her character will turn into a vixen later on so hopefully, she can pull that off since that should be a no brainer sort of.

      I agree regarding the supporting characters, the mom & aunt are my favorites! I wish they have more scenes to minimize Freya's facetime. I really can't stand her right now.

      Thanks for stopping by, babe!

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    2. I was wondering why I didn't get an email notification when you replied >.< I forgot to hit the "notify me" box. sighhhh...

      I've missed you too <3

      ooooooh a vixen. That ought to be interesting. Definitely looking forward to see if her character evolves into something more bearable

      The mom and aunt <333. Is it just me or is the aunt like reeeeally pretty? Yeah, definitely my girl crush at the moment. xD

      NP <3 and I see you have a few more (a ton more) posts that are catching my eye. time to wander around your blog <3

      Ana♥.

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