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Cable TV Witches: Will ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Spark a Network Witch Hunt?

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American Horror Story: Coven is certainly casting a spell on viewers with its twisted cable TV witches, and it’s not the only show using a strange brew of sex and magic to bewitch audiences—Lifetime’s Witches of East End is also seducing viewers with its own take on the world of witchcraft. It’s starting to look like the season of the witch is going to be extended indefinitely.

According to Deadline, AHS: Coven is on pace to set a record as the highest-rated adults 18-34 program in FX history. The show was already renewed for a fourth season, and creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that next season won’t be about witches. However, he is talking with FX about the possibility of doing a Coven spinoff. He could set the spinoff in another school for “exceptional ladies” where twisted stuff goes down, and the school could get a few new students every year. It would be a bit like Glee with more sex and gore and less singing. However, a dark magic musical shouldn’t be completely off the table since Jessica Lange’s performance of “The Name Game” during American Horror Story: Asylum was the stuff that dreams are made of.

Ryan Murphy isn’t the only one contemplating the idea of bringing more black magic to TV. According to Deadline, sexy soap Witches of East End had a solid debut, and the success of the Lifetime show might lead to a reboot of the very similar Charmed TV series starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan. CBS has already ordered a pilot script for the reboot of the show about sisters who use their magical abilities to fight evil.

A Charmed reboot might not be the best idea—audiences also loved the classic witch TV series Bewitched, but the movie reboot starring Nicole Kidman was a box office flop. The popular Sabrina, the Teenage Witch TV show does live on, but it has morphed into Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, an animated series on The Hub. So networks might need to look elsewhere for ideas that will cast a love spell on viewers.

There is already one non-reboot series about witches in the works that might enchant viewers.  Those who can’t wait for more witch TV have the WGN America series Salem to look forward to next spring. According to TV Line, The show will focus on the infamous Salem witch trials, but there’s a pretty major plot twist—Made in Jersey actress Janet Montgomery plays a real sorceress. Nikkita actor Shane West stars as the male lead, a war veteran named John Alden who returns to Salem during the witch hunts.

Do you think that the witch craze will get burned at the stake soon, or do you think that there aren’t enough cable TV witches? And what kind of witches would you like to see on TV?

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Treva Bowdoin is a freelance writer who loves crazy comedies and creepy shows like "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story".

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