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Embrace the darkness rising on 'Witches of East End'

The Witches of East End are back, darker and more powerful (and beautiful) than ever!

The series returns to Lifetime this Sunday, July 6, at 9/8C for its second season. To prepare, here’s a little to catch you up and whet your appetite for the magic that’s coming your way.

Let’s be honest, being a witch would be cool. We’ve probably all wished that we could conjure up a good time, a beautiful man or change our future with a magical spell. Ingrid (Rachel Boston) and Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) learned they really were powerful witches in season 1 of Witches of East End.

Set in the fictional seaside town of East End, the series focuses on the Beauchamp family. Matriarch and carefree artist Joanna (Julia Ormond) sheltered her two daughters, Ingrid and Freya, from their destiny with the hope that she could give them the full lives they deserved. See what you missed in this clip (and a hint of what’s to come):

Freya got engaged to the man of her dreams, Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but when his enigmatic brother, Killian (Daniel Di Tomasso) showed up in town after a long absence, Freya found herself inexplicably drawn to him in powerful and disturbing ways. Admittedly, he’s extremely hot, so the inexplicable part might be a stretch or wishful thinking on her part given that she was soooo in love with Dash. In any event, Freya also started noticing bizarre and unexpected disturbances around her that she couldn’t explain.

When Joanna’s long-estranged and ridiculously cool sister Wendy (Mädchen Amick) appeared in East End with a frightening warning about vengeance against the family, Joanna realized she had no choice but to share the truth with her daughters—they are powerful and immortal witches.

Joanna and Wendy worked together to introduce Freya and Ingrid to their birthright and adjust them to the mystical world around them while protecting their secret from the town and those they love. Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it sets out to be, is it?

Discovering you’re a witch can throw your moral compass into complete disarray. The sisters soon found themselves doing things they might have never imagined and not just because it was fantasy. For example, Ingrid learned that when you’re unlucky in love and lose your lover to a freak accident, you can bring him back to life—for a while, anyway. The bad news was that it’s rather imperative that she and Freya learned to control their emotional desires to use magic, because they never lived long enough to really enjoy everything it had to offer during their previous lives.

Joanna kept witchcraft a secret from the girls because they died young in every other life they lived. For the Beauchamps, being immortal doesn’t mean you don’t die; it means you’re reborn again and again and Joanna had to lose her girls many times over. That’s reason enough to hide the truth from them, don’t you think?

Throughout season 1 the Ingrid and Freya learned new lessons about who they were and how they could survive; even Joanna and Wendy were able to benefit from the sisters’ successes and failures. Everything culminated with the death of Dash and Killian’s mother, Penelope, a powerful witch in her own right. Long before, Joanna killed Penelope’s crazy father and Penelope sought revenge ever after. Dash and Killian also possessed great powers, which Penelope stole during childhood to give her what she needed to destroy Joanna.

Joanna got rid of Penelope’s father to keep him from returning to Asgard, a magical realm from where the families came. After a war in which the Beauchamps came out on the losing side, they were banished and Joanna left behind a son, Frederick (Christian Cooke), never knowing if he understood she had no choice, but still loved him desperately. After the many wicked and enlightening events of season 1, Ingrid was forced by the son of a historian to open the portal to Asgard, and that’s where we begin season 2.

The death of Penelope returned their warlock powers to Dash and Killian and the opened portal returns Frederick to Joanna. How will the Gardiner brothers envelop their newfound mystical strength? Will Frederick return with love in his heart or rage at being left behind? We’ll have to watch and see. Power, magic and sex will rain down as darkness rises over East End.

Behold the following clip for an even darker look at what’s ahead and check back here on Sunday for a full recap of Witches of East End after it airs. See you then!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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