BURBANK, Calif. — Comparisons are unavoidable when a televised adaptation of the 80s film “The Witches of Eastwick” debuts this season. But if you’re expecting some carbon copy of the original film, you may be disappointed. While making our way through the Warner Bros. lot, touring through the different sets, it was easy to see how much the landscape and little details will play to the strength of the series.
Walking around the center of the town Eastwick may set off a series of deja -vu moments as the setting was once the famous Stars Hollow of “Gilmore Girls.” Yet, the little details that made Stars Hollow comfy and safe are the same elements that give Eastwick the small town feel necessary before all hell breaks loose.
The plot revolves around three women who become friends after a fated meeting at a wishing fountain. As each woman finds their desires being fulfilled, something wicked this way comes in the form of the mysterious stranger. Lindsay Price plays the slightly introverted Joanna Frankel (Susan Sarandon’s character type from the film), Jaime Ray Newman is the exhausted mother (Michelle Pfeiffer’s type), and Rebecca Romijn sets things off as the feisty Roxanne Torcoletti (Cher’s character type). Adding the finishing touch to the series is Paul Gross who plays the devilish character of Darryl van Horne (Jack Nicholson’s type).
Each main character on the show has fine detailed elements which accent their style. Joanna’s home is cozy with little touches of dragonfly motifs. It’s cozy, neat, and tidy.Jaime’s home clearly shows the signs of a family from clutter of toys along the stairs to photos on the fridge.
Then there’s the earthy design of Roxanne’s home where there are exotic accents which gives you the impression the girl has travelled to a lot of places; it’s very bohemian chic.
Finally there is Darryl van Horne’s demure home which seems like something out of a gothic novel with its dimly lit room and dark ambiance.
The magic on the series isn’t just in its triad of strong female leads. The landscape for the show does a great job in giving viewers somewhere fun to escape to each week.
“Eastwick” airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC.