Eastwick

10:30pm Monday, September 13 on TV2

Based on the John Updike novel and the hit film The Witches Of Eastwick, TV2’s new comedic drama Eastwick follows three young witches whose powers are awakened when a mysterious man moves to town.

When Roxie (Rebecca Romijn, Ugly Betty), Kat (Jaime Ray Newman, Made Of Honor) and Joanna (Lindsay Price, Lipstick Jungle) all find shiny coins to toss into the Eastwick town fountain, they can’t imagine their coinciding wishes might possibly come true – that is until a mysterious man comes to town, intent on fulfilling them.

Executive producer Maggie Friedman says Eastwick takes a cotemporary position on the iconic film.

“It’s about problems that people are dealing with today. Also in this version, each of the women has a very specific power that she’s dealing with that reflects back on her life’s journey and her problems. It’s a very different world but, hopefully evocative of the same sense of fun and sex and all that good stuff.”

Rebecca Romijn plays Roxie, an independent and outspoken sculptor and single mother who longs for someone new in town to stir things up with his wealth, his sex and his appreciation for art.

“This character is probably the closest character to myself in real life that I’ve ever played,” says Romijn. “And it’s nice just to play a woman again after trannies and mutants, it’s refreshing,” she laughs.

Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) is a mother of five with a dull, out-of-work husband, who simply wishes that things were different, that someone would take care of her for a change.

Newman says she slipped into her character with ease. “It was really fun to play a character who’s in such transition – in the pilot episode, her entire life is predictable and she loves safety and security, then this guy comes along and shakes up everything.”

Joanna, a buttoned-up journalist as full of ideas as she is faux pas, wants to speak up for the things she desires, starting with a promotion she deserves and the man she has been in love with. Price says things get interesting very quickly for her character, “I get to play, there is a real sense of make-believe, Joanna is not going to be the same person she was.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Eastwick will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.