Ever since "
Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel and starring such heavy hitters as Emmy-winning Julia Ormond and Oscar-nominee
In the idyllic seaside town of
Especially since the man Freya is marrying, Dash Gardiner (
More important, Joanna is being stalked by a shape-shifter so malevolent that her sister Wendy (
Or at least, not quite. Every generation they discover their magic and then die. Which is why Joanna decided to keep their heritage secret.
If this sounds silly, it is and it isn't. Throughout both literature and history witchcraft served as a powerful, and often fatal, metaphor for female awakening, sexual and otherwise, and so it is used here. Ormond, with her mournful wise-woman eyes, gives Joanna's curse a physical veracity, a weary determination that reaches beyond the confines of her supernatural circumstance to the concerns shared by mothers in every time and place.
Indeed, while all the characters have boilerplate for bones — the brainy one, the pretty one, the smart aleck, the tortured hunk — crisp writing and buoyant performances keep the story from trending too trite or too "Twilight."
By contrast the
Things have changed in the Big Easy and not just because of Katrina or increased film production. Klaus' protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has the witches and mortals under his thumb and he's not happy to see his hybrid creator sniffing around. Klaus' brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) shows up, hoping the family can be saved and a witch/vamp peace brokered.
New Orleans saturates "The Originals" with a weightiness it may not deserve — it all started here with
As Marcel boasts, in his town no one is trying to pass, which makes "The Originals" less of a ghost story than a political drama. It's
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
'Witches of East End'
When: 10 p.m. Sunday
Rating: TV-14-LSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language, sex and violence)