Every Witch Way
|Every Witch Way|
|Opening theme||"Every Witch Way"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original run||January 1, 2014– present|
The first season was part of Nickelodeon's "One Month Event", which means that the episodes aired from January 1 to January 30, for a total of 20 episodes. On March 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that they had commissioned a second and third season of Every Witch Way, that aired from July 7 to August 8. On July 31, 2014, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a third season.
14-year-old Emma Alonso moves with her father Francisco to the suburbs of Miami, Florida, where she learns that she is the "Chosen One", a witch who is said to have great powers and abilities. Emma barely makes it through the school year with the help of Lily, the school nurse/Emma's guardian; Andi Cruz, her best friend; Daniel Miller, a mutual crush, and the rest of the Sharks, Iridium High's swim team. There are obstacles along the way, too: Maddie Van Pelt, the leader of the Panthers, a trio of the school's most popular girls, who is a newly profound witch and Daniel's ex-girlfriend, and the principal, Miss Torres: she is a witch, too, but she's malicious. During the upcoming eclipse, she plans on taking Emma's powers, but fails after Maddie and Emma join forces, despite their differences, and destroy her with the help of the Hexoren Book of Spells that Emma inherited from her late mother. In the end, Daniel and Emma become a couple; also, while defeating the principal, both witches think they lose their powers, but, in reality, Emma still has them.
It's a new year at Iridium High. The Witches' Council, the head of the magic world, has come to tell Emma that she cannot date Daniel, for the only way she can is to give up her powers and become human, as her mother did. But because of her title as the "Chosen One," she cannot do that, but at the same time she refuses to go in the other direction. Maddie refuses to accept that she doesn't have her powers anymore: Sophie and Katie, the other Panthers, try to make her believe that she still has her powers with the help of Diego, a Churi Kanay (someone who has powers over the four elements). The only reason Diego does this is in hopes that she will notice him more. The truth is that Maddie's mother, Ursula, received the powers and is using them in attempt to make Francisco fall in love with her.
Jax Novoa, an exchange student from Sydney, Australia, is the school's newest heartthrob. Francisco has been promoted to principal and assigns his daughter to help show Jax around. While doing so, she has no suspicions that he is a wizard, but she learns it soon after. Andi and Daniel are suspicious of him, but Jax, who has a mysterious past, shuts everyone out and starts to have feelings for Emma. While almost everyone is blinded by his bad side, Emma sees his vulnerable side, too, and she slowly starts to fall for him. Then there's the Fool Moon, a moon that occurs every twenty years and causes a witch or wizard's powers to act oddly. The Fool Moon affects Desdemona, one member of the Witches' Council, who becomes evil and plans to take Emma's powers.
On July 31, 2014, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a third season. So far, Nickelodeon showed a sneak peek of Season 3 on November 26, 2014. It showed Emma, Daniel, and the rest of the gang at The Beachside Seven. As further more in the sneak peek, Emma realizes that she froze time and tries to figure out what just happened. As Emma leaves, a girl sitting at a table wasn't frozen and said these exact words: 'Taking down the chosen one is going to be much easier than I thought.' This girl's name is Mia, the new girl who also has a crush on Daniel. Emma gets jealous. Jax still has feeling for Emma and wants her back. Mia is Daniel's new partner at Beachside Seven. She is trying to break up Emma and Daniel so she can date him herself. Mia and Emma will verse each other at the end of the season.
Cast and characters
- Emma Alonso (Paola Andino)
A new student at Iridium High, Emma is a nice witch who wants to use her powers to help people. She's the Chosen One, the most powerful witch, and her guardian is Lily, the school nurse. She is in love with Daniel, but also has an interest in Jax.
- Daniel Miller (Nick Merico)
A popular student at Iridium High and member of the Sharks. At the beginning he has had a constant on-and-off relationship with Maddie despite holding an interest in Emma. Eventually he fully breaks up with Maddie and begins to date Emma. He has a rivalry with Jax.
- Maddie Van Pelt (Paris Smith)
A 'mean' witch who is the school's most popular student, the leader of the Panthers, and Daniel's ex-girlfriend. In season two she holds a romantic interest in Diego.
- Andi Cruz (Daniela Nieves)
Emma's best friend, a tomboy who is a member of the Sharks. She wants to become Emma's full-time guardian.
- Jax Novoa (Rahart Adams)
A new student introduced in season two who is a member of the Sharks and is impulsive with his powers, using them for his own interests. He is the heartthrob of the school. Has an interest in Emma. Later in the season, it is also revealed that he had to follow the orders of his father and destroy the magic realm. Although Jax was a bit of a trouble-maker he ended up being a good guy after all. He has a rivalry with Daniel.
- Mia Velez (Elizabeth Elias)
Meets Jax at a boot camp and has a crush on Daniel. She also has powers and wants to "take down the chosen one".
- Diego Rueda (Tyler Alvarez)
Brother of Gigi and Sharks member. The last of the Churi Kanay (meaning "Son of Fire") who can control elements, he has in interest in Maddie. But Maddie's mother does not approve, so he tries to impress Maddie in every way that he can.
- Katie Rice (Denisea Wilson)
Member of the Panthers and Maddie's friend, she wants to be the lead Panther.
- Sophie Johnson (Autumn Wendel)
Member of the Panthers and Maddie's friend. She is a little dimwitted.
- Francisco Alonso (Rene Lavan)
Emma's father; he becomes Iridium High's principal in season 2 due to former Principal Torres's defeat in the second season. He doesn't like Daniel.
- Ursula Van Pelt (Katie Barberi)
Maddie's mother who holds feelings for Francisco despite them not being returned. She doesn't approve Maddie and Diego dating. She wants to prove herself as a hero to the council.
- Agamemnon (Todd Allen Durkin)
Leader of the Witches' Council.
- Desdemona (Mia Matthews)
Desdemona is Emma's new guardian while Lily is in training. The Fool Moon turns her into a bad witch bent on destroying the magic world. She wants Emma to lose her powers. She is changed back to normal by the last light and doesn't remember anything that happened to her.
- Lily (Melissa Carcache)
School's nurse and Emma's guardian witch, she is powerless and depends on a magic kit. She becomes a member of the witch's council in season two.
- Gigi Rueda (Zoey Burger)
Sister of Diego, school news reporter known as "Miss Information". In season 2, Gigi becomes Desdemona's minion, but is freed by Jax and E.
- Christine Miller (Whitney Goin)
Mother of Daniel.
- Rick Miller (Jimmie Bernal)
- Tommy Miller (Jason Drucker)
Daniel's brother. Youngest of the Terrible 3.
- Melanie Miller (Jackie Frazey)
Daniel's sister. The middle child of the Terrible 3.
- Robbie Miller (Louis Tomeo)
Daniel's brother. Oldest of the Terrible 3.
- Ramona (Lisa Corraro)
Third member of the Witches' Council, she is held in limbo by Desdemona until the end of the second season, when she is freed by Maddie and Diego.
- Sebastian (Demetrius Daniels)
Gigi's main camera man.
- Oscar (TBA)
A new character and member of H2O, a new group similar to the Terrible 3.
- Hector (TBA)
Oscar's brother and member of H2O.
- Tony Myers (Kendall Ryan Sanders)
A mathlete, amateur magician, and member of the Sharks, had a crush on Emma. Did not return for the second season because the character is attending a "magic academy".
- Mac Davis (Mavrick Moreno)
Member of the Sharks and Diego's best friend. Did not return for the second season due to the character moving to Texas.
- Principal Torres (Michele Verdi)
The principal of Iridium High in season 1 and main antagonist who wanted the Chosen One's powers, but was dispatched in that season's finale.
- Coach Julio (Rafael de La Fuente)
Adopted son of Miss Torres and the coach of the Sharks, who is revealed to a be a frog turned into a human.
- E (Paola Andino)
Emma's clone who represents Emma's evil side. She is named E by Jax. She plans to destroy the magic realm and be the last witch standing, but "E" is destroyed by the real Emma.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||21||January 1, 2014||January 30, 2014|
|2||25||July 7, 2014||November 26, 2014|
|3||TBA||January 5, 2015||TBA|
After a few episodes, Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show 2 stars, saying that Every Witch Way "devotes too much time and energy to Maddie's superficiality and spite to be considered a likable choice for this impressionable age group. And since none of Maddie's actions ever land her in hot water she can't work a spell to escape, kids never see her learn a lesson." She also notes it "suffers from some subpar acting and a low-budget look and feel, and the absence of even a laugh track", leaving it "unusually flat for a tween sitcom. And without the bells and whistles kids tend to like in their entertainment, there's nothing to distract them from the excessive superficiality and pettiness that plague many of the central characters". The season one finale on January 30, 2014 had 2.6 million viewers, while the first season had a total average of 2.166 million viewers, and a top rating for the 4-11 demographic.
The season 2 episodes drew numerous viewers, however, its eighth episode, drew 3.4 million viewers, which, until season 3, makes it #1 in audience for the 18-49 demographic. The Spellbound special, which premiered on November 26, 2014 had 1.58 million viewers, making it the least watched episode on Every Witch Way.
Every Witch Way premiered on January 1, 2014 on Nickelodeon in the United States, Nickelodeon Netherlands aired the show, titled Verhekst! on May 14, 2014, marking the worldwide series launch. It premiered on July 7, 2014 on YTV in Canada and on July 14, 2014 on Nickelodeon in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||June 13, 2014||TBA||TBA|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Imagen Awards||Best Children's Programming||Nominated|
|Best Young Actress/Television||Paola Andino||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Best International Program||Won|
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- Official website
- (Spanish) Nickelodeon Latin America page
- Every Witch Way at the Internet Movie Database
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