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Series premiere: Eastwick with Paul Gross and Rebecca Romijn

In television on 09/23/2009 at 7:31 am

Series name
Eastwick

Debuts
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC

Premise
Three women in cutest small town make a wish at the cutest town fountain and suddenly experience new confidence and each a special power. Then Paul Gross comes to town talking a lot like Jack Nicholson, but with a more dated hairstyle. Based, of course, on the novel and film The Witches of Eastwick, which is where the Nicholson stuff comes from, I guess.

Primary cast and crew
Jaime Ray Newman (Mental, Eureka) is Kat Gardener, a nurse and mother of five with some weather issues.
Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle) is Joanna Frankel, newspaper writer who is suddenly very influential.
Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty) is Roxie Tercoletti, mother, artist, dreamer.
Sara Rue (The Big Bang Theory, Less Than Perfect) is Penny, who feels a little threatened that she’s lost her former BFF Joanna to her witchy new friends and the strange new Nicholsonesque character in town.
Paul Gross (Due South) is Darryl Van Horne, aka Nicholsoneque character who has just bought… everything in town.
Veronica Cartwright (The Nine) is Bun Waverly, head of the local historical society. Not a big fan of ants. Or Darryl.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen the pilot …
I thought I would like this more, but although Romijn is pretty solid as the central character, and there seems to be some intrigue coming up, it’s … flat. Gross is particularly flat, or is written flat. (And is it just me or is he suppressing his natural charm by doing Nicholson?) Maybe things will loosen up in the next few episodes?

Other reviews
The Hollywood Reporter agrees, saying “the spell is weak but there’s a chance for wicked good times.”

Variety, however, loves it.

Official website
I’m having computer issues, but the video crashed my browser twice so I’m giving it a pass.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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