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“Dawson’s Creek” alumna Maggie Friedman is writing a pilot based on John Updike’s novel “The Witches of Eastwick” for ABC. The same book, of course, formed the basis of a 1987 George Miller movie starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher. This is not the first time a pilot based on “Witches” has been developed. Per Tuesday's Variety:
Warner Bros. TV has been looking to create a smallscreen version of the franchise for years. In 1992, scribes Carlton Cuse and Jeffrey Boam were behind a "Witches of Eastwick" pilot for NBC. That version starred Catherine Mary Stewart, Julia Campbell, Ally Walker and Michael Siberri.
Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    How is this not going to be Charmed?

    by Kneprock

    3 witches right?

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    im firstys



  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST




  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by RokurGepta


  • Aug. 11, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Great John Williams score

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Just sayin'.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    The movie nailed it; in fact, it improved on the novel

    by Zeke25:17

    Charmed was always an Eastwick-kiddie version; there is no conceivable way that a TV series on regular cable could work (FX or HBO could MAYBE have done something worthwhile with it, but certainly not ABC). The vast majority of the folks who tune in will be fans of the film--the remaining few will be devotees of the novel. Both groups will be vastly disappointed in the results--leaving the ladies out of it for the minute, how the hell do you top Nicholson as the horny little Devil himself? Nope: stupid idea. George Miller directed and Michael Cristofer adapted the hell out of that book...and yes, Williams' score was perfect; one of his most playful ever. The series has Depserate Bewitched Housewives written all over it.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Depserate: the new "pned" and "teh"

    by Zeke25:17

    Brought to you by the Anal Retentive Department of Typo Corrections.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, midnight CST


    by VictorVonDoom

    DOOM prefers The Witches of Breastwick on Skinamax!

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Desperate Magical Whores!

    by fiester

    That ought to be the title.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Two words: The Witching..

    by wowsah156

    DC Vertigo done a limited series a couple of years ago called The Witching. It was about three tattooed punk teen girls using the Magick of Aleister Crowley to fight UFO's and insane technologies from the US government. That would be a better pitch that this middle aged sanitary towel pitch of a boring series.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    This could actually be good.

    by Holeman

    As long as they follow the film and not stupid as monkeyshit book.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Desperate Housewives + Satan = ?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    The end of the world as we know it?

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST

    The movie ws great - and also 21 years old

    by Yeti

    Why not develop something original? Oh right. Creatively bankrupt.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Witches of Breastwick: The Series

    by chrth

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    "Charmed" for middle-aged women

    by VAwitch

    "TWoE" was a decent movie. But nowhere near enough real material to support a series. And frankly, as a Wiccan - methinks "Charmed" has been there, done that - with a much better premise - and truthfully, that ain't saying much.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Been there, done that (and sung that)

    by akirakid

    WB tried "Eastwick", following the sons of Satan, as a pilot a few years back. It was kind of a male "Charmed". It didn't get picked up either and that had Marcia Cross. So I wouldn't worry. Although you should check out the soundtrack to the awesome musical version on TWoE that was produced by Cameron MacIntosh in London a few years ago. Really awesome and I wish they would bring it here.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Don't need WOE series.

    by radio1_mike

    I got married at the church in the movie.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Do they all get fucked by the Devil?

    by cookylamoo

    Like in the movie. It should happen once each episode, especially to the Cellist. For the Devil part, I recommend Jon Lovitz.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    The FIlm was shot in my town

    by Unlabled

    always had a soft spot for it.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Chick on the cover...

    by blckmgk13

    ...looks like Juliet from Lost.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    So who's that Cuse loser who did the '92 pilot?

    by StanGrossman

    See, that's funny because now he's the showrunner for Lost, which is a successful show, and...ah damn it, I'll be here all week. Be sure to try the veal.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    "The Widows of Eastwick"?

    by tonagan

    (From the book cover.) Is that a sequel of some sort?

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Is Fidel gonna be in it?

    by Liberty Valance

    "Women love him, they're crazy about him. He has a big *shlong.* Huge!" Great over-the-top performance by Jack. Anyone who takes up the mantle of Darryl Van Horne is sure to be unfavorably received. This is doomed to failure.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Widows of Eastwick

    by jccalhoun

    Widows is a sequel coming out in October

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    more like Desperate Witchwives

    by oisin5199

    This will never see the light of day. Sandra Bullock tried to produce a Practical Magic series and that didn't fly either. Can't wait for the Wiccan outcry if this ever gets aired. I wish they would do a series on real characters who actually have a witchcraft-oriented worldview and don't conjure up Satan and make things levitate and all that bullshit.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    @ Tonagan - re: Widows

    by Larry of Arabia

    It's a yet to be published sequel.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ugh...I hate Witches of Breastwick.

    by WickedMonster

    Those women ain't hot... and are so fake. But then, what can you expect from late night cable TV.. :( <p>I seriously need to get laid this weekend. ;) </p>

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there one with Chris Evans and Marcia Cross too?

    by Drath

    Or was that imdb bullshit? I can't remember, I thought there were some big names in the unaired pilot (and it was more recent than 92 also), but it didn't happen because it was horribly written like the attempted Lost in Space relaunch. Honestly, I don't see this movie lending itself over to a series. Miller's Eastwick was all about the atmosphere, the actors, and that music. Without all those, you've only got the myster of Daryl Van Horne, and we KNOW how that turns out. And if he's not still the Devil, it's not really Witches of Eastwick. That'd be like making a series out of Psycho, but the killer isn't Norman.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Also, where's John Milius produced Conan series on HBO?

    by Drath

    So long as Hollywood can't make anything original, where's something really cool like a Conan the Barbarian series with the production values of HBO's Rome? I'd take two seasons of that in a heartbeat.