|Based on||Lives of the Mayfair Witches|
by Anne Rice
|Country of origin||United States|
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.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Rowan Fielding learns she is the heiress to a dynasty of powerful witches haunted by a sinister spirit.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Teleplay by ||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|1||TBA||TBA||Michelle Ashford & Esta Spalding||January 8, 2023||TBD|
|2||TBA||TBA||Michael Goldbach||January 15, 2023||TBD|
|3||TBA||TBA||Sarah Cornwell||January 22, 2023||TBD|
|4||TBA||TBA||Lindsey Villarreal||January 29, 2023||TBD|
|5||TBA||TBA||Sean Reycraft||February 5, 2023||TBD|
|6||TBA||TBA||Mary Angelica Molina||February 12, 2023||TBD|
|7||TBA||TBA||Sarah Cornwell & Esta Spalding||February 19, 2023||TBD|
|8||TBA||TBA||Esta Spalding||February 26, 2023||TBD|
Michael Uppendahl and Axelle Carolyn are set to direct episodes of the series.
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. 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. 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. 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."
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. 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." 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."
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". Harry Hamlin joined the cast that same month as patriarch Cortland Mayfair. 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. 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."
As of May 2022, filming for Mayfair Witches was under way in New Orleans. Showrunner Esta Spalding announced that filming for the first season had wrapped at the beginning of September 2022.
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, and then on January 5, 2023. The series is scheduled to premiere on AMC and AMC+ on January 8, 2023.