Fans Rally to Save Witches of EastEnd

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Witches of East End. Photo by James Dittiger Copyright 2014
Jenna Dewan Tatum in Witches of East End. Photo by James Dittiger  Copyright 2014

We’ve all been there and we’ve all suffered the loss of a beloved television show, cancelled before it’s time.  More times that not, campaigns to save our shows fall on deaf ears and other times, it feels as though the gods have heard us and our cries have been heard.

Right now, Lifetime’s The Witches of East End has fans crying out, wanting to be heard after the network announced they were cancelling the bewitching show.

Writer Fiona Bentfield, who recently wrote about her love of The Witches of East End is back and writing about why this show should be renewed.

When news broke at the beginning of November that Lifetime had cancelled Witches of East End, I was crushed. I love this show. I’ve written about why I love this show as much as I do.And I’ll repeat myself and say, yet again, Witches of East End is a basic-cable show where the action is entirely led by four women who don’t bicker but support each other, who all have flaws which enrich their fictional characters. This is why this show matters. This is why this show should be central to Lifetime Television’s brand identity.This is why this show deserves a further season. There are so many more positive, female-driven stories left to tell, so much more bad CGI to put into the frame. Witches of East End manages to be simultaneously positive, bleak, eloquent and camp. It has all the potential to become a cult show, the one people binge-watch while down a Netflix rabbit hole on a rainy Sunday, the one somebody gives to a friend and says, “Watch this. It always makes me feel better.”

There are equally many reasons why I want to see Mädchen Amick, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan Tatum back on my TV come next year. These four together, when the family unites, they are my jam. The scenes between Joanna and Wendy are perfection.

I want the #RenewWitchesofEastEnd campaign to succeed, not purely so we can all enjoy further episodes of our beloved TV series and that it at least receives the ending it deserves, but because there is something utterly remarkable about so many strangers rallying behind this little show. At present count, over 80,000 people from around the world have put their name on a petition saying that it deserves a second chance. But then, perhaps, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. Witches of East End is about four women who have each other’s backs no matter what, after all…

So, dear WitchEEs, as you continue to make me proud to say I am a fan of this trashy little show about witches… “May you be protected on your journey and find the one you seek.”

This essay was written by 'Fiona Bentfield' and originally posted at Another Electric Picture Hall. Original post can be found here. Many thanks to Fiona for allowing me to re-post.

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