• Publication date: July 2, 2011

From Housewives to Hexes Wishful Thinking Transforms 3 Women into Witches

In 1987 �The Witches of Eastwick� was released, depicting the lives of three women who discover their supernatural strengths through a character depicted by Jack Nicholson. Aside from Nicholson it featured some of the era�s biggest actresses, including Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

In 1987 �The Witches of Eastwick� was released, depicting the lives of three women who discover their supernatural strengths through a character depicted by Jack Nicholson. Aside from Nicholson it featured some of the era�s biggest actresses, including Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film, based upon a novel written by renowned author John Updike was a resounding success, garnering more than $63 million at the box office.

Fast-forward more than 20 years later and the famed work has transformed into its own television series. Like its predecessors, �Eastwick� (2009-2010) follows the lives of three witches, bound together in the same town, under the tutelage of a bad boy warlock of sorts, Darryl Van Horne (Nicholson in the film, Paul Gross in the television series).

Unlike its predecessors the film places less emphasis on the supernatural and instead focuses on female empowerment. The series begins when three would be witches: Roxanne Torcoletti (Rebecca Romijn), Joanna Frankel (Lindsay Price), and Kat Gardener (Jaime Ray Newman) coincidently meet at a wishing well. Each woman has their own respective gripe with the town, and each, unbeknownst to the other, wishes some kind of ill upon its residents.

Their wishes magically reach the mind of local occultist, Darryl, who befriends the gals, invites them to his home, and soon schools them in the black arts. Roxanne, analogous to the film�s Alexandra, is an unconventional widow with a knack for predicting the future and reading minds. Joanna, reminiscent of 1987�s Jane, works for the local rag as a reporter. Her claim to journalistic fame includes an expose on a neighborhood clergyman with a fancy for prostitutes; her supernatural gift is hypnosis. Lastly, Kat (Sukie in the film) is a married mother of five currently in a spat with Raymond Gardener (Jon Bernthal), a deadbeat dad and drunk. Kat�s powers include creating natural disasters, healing, and the inability to drown � all while working as a nurse at the local hospital.

If the program�s scenery looks familiar you are not experiencing d�j� vu: �Eastwick� was filmed on the same set as the dramedy �Gilmore Girls� (2000-2007). Veronica Cartwright, who depicted Felicia Alden in the movie, portrays Bun Waverly, a local witch who appears to have a prior relationship with Darryl.