After cancelling Drop Dead Divas following its fourth season, US cable network Lifetime was in the market for a new original drama.
Lucky then that the channel had previouly ordered two scripted pilots. The first of those, The Secret Lives of Wives, based on the book by Iris Krasnow, was put on the shelf last month.
However, the second pilot, Witches of East End, has been given the green light for a ten-episode season and is due to debut this summer.
Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches of East End tells the story of a woman and her two adult daughters, both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches.
Maggie Friedman (Dawson’s Creek) wrote the pilot, which was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls). Friedman will executive produce the series with with Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) of 3 Arts Entertainment. It is produced by Fox 21 (Homeland).
Witches of East End will join Lifetime’s other scripted series including Army Wives and The Client List. Army Wives returns for its seventh season in March, the same month as the second season premiere of The Client List.
A+E Networks-owned Lifetime is also prepping the launch of Devious Maids, which piloted with network ABC last year and was given a full season at Lifetime.