Mayfair Witches
Genre
Created by
Based onLives of the Mayfair Witches
by Anne Rice
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
DistributorAMC Networks
Release
Original network

Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches, or simply Mayfair Witches, is an upcoming American supernatural horror drama television series created by Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, based on the novel trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice. The series stars Alexandra Daddario as Dr. Rowan Fielding, Harry Hamlin as Cortland Mayfair, Tongayi Chirisa as Ciprien Grieve and Jack Huston as Lasher. It is set to premiere on AMC and AMC+ on January 8, 2023, and will be the second television series in Rice's Immortal Universe.

Premise

Neurosurgeon Dr. Rowan Fielding learns she is the heiress to a dynasty of powerful witches haunted by a sinister spirit.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byTeleplay by [2]Original air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1TBATBAMichelle Ashford & Esta SpaldingJanuary 8, 2023 (2023-01-08)TBD
2TBATBAMichael GoldbachJanuary 15, 2023 (2023-01-15)TBD
3TBATBASarah CornwellJanuary 22, 2023 (2023-01-22)TBD
4TBATBALindsey VillarrealJanuary 29, 2023 (2023-01-29)TBD
5TBATBASean ReycraftFebruary 5, 2023 (2023-02-05)TBD
6TBATBAMary Angelica MolinaFebruary 12, 2023 (2023-02-12)TBD
7TBATBASarah Cornwell & Esta SpaldingFebruary 19, 2023 (2023-02-19)TBD
8TBATBAEsta SpaldingFebruary 26, 2023 (2023-02-26)TBD

Michael Uppendahl and Axelle Carolyn are set to direct episodes of the series.[4][5]

Production

Development

Development rights to Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches book series were still held by Warner Bros in December 2019, when Rice began shopping a package combining film and TV rights to both The Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches.[6] Rice was reportedly asking around $30 to $40 million, plus a $2.5 million buyout of Warner Bros.' rights, and the new owner would hold the rights in perpetuity, not just as an option.[6] In May 2020, it was announced that AMC had acquired the rights to The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches for developing film and television projects.[7] Anne and Christopher Rice would serve as executive producers on any projects developed. Rice said, "It's always been my dream to see the worlds of my two biggest series united under a single roof so that filmmakers could explore the expansive and interconnected universe of my vampires and witches. That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career."[7]

In December 2021, Deadline Hollywood reported that Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches had been given an eight-episode series order by AMC, with another Rice series, Interview with the Vampire, already in production at the network. Mayfair Witches will be written and executive produced by Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, and executive produced by Mark Johnson.[8][9] Spalding and Ashford said, "The world of witches has fascinated and terrified for centuries, and yet Anne Rice's particular lens on witches explored something new altogether—women who are powerful, and often brutal, and always committed to subverting our current power structures."[9] Johnson added, "My good fortune as an executive producer of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire has now been more than doubled with what Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford are imagining with The Mayfair Witches. While both shows couldn't be more different, they nevertheless find themselves bound under the same bewitching and engaging umbrella."[9]

Casting

In March 2022, Variety reported that Alexandra Daddario had been cast in the lead role of Dr. Rowan Fielding. Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said "Alexandra is a singular talent who has lit up the screen in everything she's been in and we couldn't be happier to have her on board, leading the cast of a series that will be a centerpiece of an expanding Anne Rice universe on AMC+ and AMC. We found our Rowan and can't wait for her to meet viewers later this year".[10] Harry Hamlin joined the cast that same month as patriarch Cortland Mayfair.[11] In April 2022, AMC announced the casting of series regular Tongayi Chirisa as Ciprien Grieve, as well as Annabeth Gish as Deirdre Mayfair, Beth Grant as Carlotta Mayfair, Erica Gimpel as Ellie Mayfair and Jen Richards as Jojo, in recurring roles.[12][13] In May 2022, Jack Huston was cast as Lasher, described as one of Rice's "most mysterious and sensual characters—a powerful, shape-shifting entity who has been bound to the Mayfair witches for hundreds of years."[14][15]

Filming

As of May 2022, filming for Mayfair Witches was under way in New Orleans.[16] Showrunner Esta Spalding announced that filming for the first season had wrapped at the beginning of September 2022.[17]

Release

Like Interview with the Vampire, the series was originally set to premiere on AMC+ and the AMC linear network, with an intended release of late 2022,[8] and then on January 5, 2023.[18] The series is scheduled to premiere on AMC and AMC+ on January 8, 2023.[19]

References

  1. ^ October 06, Calie Schepp; EDT, 2022 at 08:48 PM. "'Mayfair Witches' star Harry Hamlin says he 'couldn't get through the whole' 50-hour audiobook". EW.com. Retrieved November 27, 2022.
  2. ^ "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z - Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches on amc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Tinoco, Armando (September 28, 2022). "AMC Releases First Images for Bob Odenkirk's Straight Man, Orphan Black: Echoes & Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Flook, Ray (July 6, 2022). "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches Director Confirms Eps 3 & 4 Have Wrapped". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (December 20, 2019). "Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles No Longer at Hulu; Is Being Shopped Elsewhere". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (May 13, 2020). "Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Lives of the Mayfair Witches Rights Land at AMC". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (December 1, 2021). "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches Series Ordered at AMC, to Follow Launch of Interview With the Vampire in 2022". TVLine. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2021). "Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches Gets Series Order, Joins Interview with the Vampire on AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (March 16, 2022). "Alexandra Daddario to Star in Mayfair Witches Series at AMC (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 23, 2022). "Harry Hamlin Joins AMC's Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches as Series Regular, Boards Paramount & Endeavor Content's Tom Brady Pic 80 For Brady". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  12. ^ Rice, Lynette (April 28, 2022). "Anne Rice Projects at AMC Cast Annabeth Gish, Erica Gimpel, Jen Richards, Tongayi Chirisa & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  13. ^ Swift, Andy (August 10, 2022). "Mayfair Witches: Alexandra Daddario, Harry Hamlin and More Bring Anne Rice Characters to Life on AMC — First Look". TVLine. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  14. ^ Maas, Jennifer (May 6, 2022). "Jack Huston Joins AMC's Mayfair Witches as Lasher". Variety. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (May 6, 2022). "Jack Huston to Play Lasher in Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches for AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (May 6, 2022). "Jack Huston Boards AMC's Mayfair Witches". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  17. ^ Esta Spalding Instagram September 1, 2022
  18. ^ Swift, Andy (October 6, 2022). "Mayfair Witches Series Sets AMC+ Premiere Date — Watch Trailer". TVLine. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  19. ^ Mendelsohn, Jon (October 22, 2022). "New Mayfair Witches Trailer Reveals New Release Date". Collider. Retrieved October 24, 2022.