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EASTWICK: THE SERIES
Gets A Director For Its Pilot!!

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It looks like ABC’s “The Witches of Eastwick” pilot is getting a pick-up. If it doesn’t, it will end David Nutter’s streak. The last 14 pilots Nutter directed became series. Nutter’s pilots have included everything from “Roswell,” “Dark Angel,” “Millennium” and “The Mentalist” to “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Tarzan,” “Without A Trace,” “Jack & Bobby,” “Traveler,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Dr.Vegas.” For the big screen, Nutter directed the 1998 Katie Holmes-James Marsden thriller “Disturbing Behavior.” Maggie Friedman, a veteran of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Wasteland,” “Once & Again,” “Jack & Bobby” and “Related,” wrote the pilot and will oversee the series, based on John Updike’s novel about a trio of young women seduced by Satan. 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 TV's second crack at an "Eastwick" pilot. In 1992, writer-producers Carlton Cuse and Jeffrey Boam mounted an NBC version starred Catherine Mary Stewart, Julia Campbell, Ally Walker and Michael Siberri. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Feb. 9, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    First...hahaahahaha

    by ERIS

    Has to comment, just to be first. I really liked that movie.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    It's Desperate Housewives... with spells

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Isn't it?

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Let

    by Phil Connors

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Let's see...

    by Phil Connors

    Sela Ward, Jane Seymour, and, ah....Tricia Helfer (the youngest), all fall for...ME! AHAHHHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Underappreciated Movie

    by Liberty Valance

    Jack's got some classic monologues -- most notably his anti-woman rant in the church -- and the three broads were all at the pinnacle of their hotness. Don't really care about a possible series though...

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    No series plz

    by Doc_Hudson

    ABC,...DISNEY?!....come the fuck on. There goes all the edginess from the movie and novel.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Cherry vomit?

    by Dingbatty

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Is that Juliette from Lost on the cover?

    by tangcameo

    Will she make a guest appearance on the show? Or was this just a favour to the publisher or what?

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    I wuz thinkin the same damn thing, tangcameo!

    by Cheif Brody

    Sure looks like Juliette to me!

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 6 a.m. CST

    Yeah it looks just like Elizabeth Mitchell

    by photoboy

    I was racking my brains, at first I thought maybe I was thinking of Kelly Rutherford. But she doesn't have a smile as smug as Mitchell's.

  • Lori Loughlin, Marcia Cross and Kelly Rutherford were the ladies, and Chris Evans played one of their sons.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST

    also, Updike just died.

    by HypeEndsHere

    i like how on the cover it says, "author of The Widows of Eastwick." it's like the Superman DVD that says, "From the people that brought you Superman 2"

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Charmed redux

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Granted, the show came after the movie and the novel.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Well at least it isn't

    by skimn

    Eastwick!:The Musical<p>The movie is an overlooked gem in George Miller's resume. I like the scene where the townsfolk are trying to remember Van Horne's name, the pearls causing the doomed Veronica Cartwright to fall, and one of John Williams best overlooked scores. You can hear hints of it in his Harry Potter scores.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    MrMonkey... damn you!

    by beastie

    I was kinda excited about this 'cause I like the movie. Then you had to go and point out what ABC will probably do with the show. Now, I just don't care.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Skimn, its not overlooked, it was a MASSIVE hit

    by Stormwatcher

    The Witches of Eastwick was montrously huge in its day. Everyone saw it and talked about it. Sure its not loved to this day the way Road Warrior is but I think its safe to say it was a bigger hit (comparatively) then Happy Feet (adjusting for inflation).

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Yeah it was a big hit.

    by Lashlarue

    Movie didn't age well, though. The Road Warrior is timeless. Even Mel Gibson's dumb ass can't ruin that movie for me.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Hope they get it right this time

    by CZ

    The trouble with the old pilot was that it shoved the ladies into the background and - and the whole point of the book and the film was that it was about the women. Not the sons. Not the Devil. Desperate Housewives with supernatural powers is exactly what it *should* be. Not more WB/CW teeny-bopper crud.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    At the time jack Nicholson...

    by emeraldboy

    was in full facial tick and charmer mode. Eastwick the musical that re-introduced Ian McShane to american audiences. He has never looked back.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    that scene with Cher and..

    by emeraldboy

    nicholson is a classic. Where she slaps him down by telling he stinks.

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