When Patrick Heusinger left Lifetime’s Witches of East End due to creative reasons earlier this month – I’m choosing to believe he was worried it would be discovered he actually practices witchcraft and his constant correcting of spells would’ve definitely given him away – the search for his replacement was quickly underway. While Witches might have lost out on a goldmine of information on how real witches work their magic, they ultimately won out in terms of facial attractiveness. Heusinger is, without a doubt, a good-looking man, but he has a more rugged, chiseled from stone, kind of face. His replacement, Eric Winter, on the other hand, looks like he just appeared from a bright light, already fully formed and beautiful.
Winter will be taking over the series regular role of Dash, says TVLine. Dash is described as being JFK Jr.-esque and the fiancé of Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s reluctant witch character. I’m torn on this now. I can easily admit Winter will strike at the hearts of female viewers with much greater ease, but Heusinger just looked more like the JFK Jr.-type person originally called for. Darn it! Heusinger wouldn’t have left if witches weren’t so secretive! We know you exist! You don’t have to be so shy. It’s not like we’re going to steal all your secrets and learn your spells. I’ve watched enough Supernatural to know that’s not a good idea.
Witches received a 10-episode order back in January. It follows Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Orman) and her two adult daughters Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston). The two daughters are, at first, unaware they are their family’s next generation of witches. I can imagine finding out will be quite the shock. It’s always easier to find out you’re a witch from a young age. I imagine that’s why Hogwarts students find out when they’re 11; they’re still young enough to not be totally shocked there’s magic in the world.
Mädchen Amick also stars as Joanna’s sister Wendy. Maggie Friedman will serve as showrunner.