The Good Witch
|The Good Witch|
|Directed by||Craig Pryce|
|Produced by||Orly Adelson
|Written by||Rod Spence|
|Editing by||George Roulston|
|Original channel||Hallmark Channel|
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Followed by||The Good Witch's Garden|
The Good Witch is a television film that aired on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2008. It starred Catherine Bell as Cassandra Nightingale and Chris Potter as Sheriff Jake Russell. Although set in "Middleton, USA" it was filmed in Hamilton and Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. The film has spawned six sequels and an upcoming television series. In the sequel The Good Witch's Charm, the map on the wall in the police station shows Middleton south and west of Chicago. You can clearly see the names of the suburbs and interstates that are part of the northeast corner of Illinois.
A mysterious, darkly beautiful woman named Cassandra Nightingale moves into an old, abandoned house which is reputed to be haunted by its original owner, "The Grey Lady." The small community is divided in their opinion of her: Some want her to stay (especially widowed police chief Jake Russell and his two children), while others want her to leave. Through the course of the story, seemingly magical things happen, and the community attributes these occurrences to her. Everyone begins to wonder if she is really a witch.
- Catherine Bell as Cassandra Nightingale
- Chris Potter as Sheriff Jake Russell
- Matthew Knight as Brandon Russell
- Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Lori Russell
- Nathan McLeod as Michael
- Jesse Bostick as Kyle
- Paula Boudrea as Nancy
- Noah Cappe as Deputy Derek Sanders
- Catherine Disher as Martha Tinsdale
- Peter MacNeill as George
On January 15, 2008, Hallmark Channel and Limbo, the mobile entertainment community, teamed up to create and launch the cable network’s first-ever mobile interactive initiative. The campaign "enhanced viewers’ experience of the premiere of the network’s original movie..through ‘Limbo Unique’ – a game played via cell phone or online." The grand prize was $2,000 and a portrait of the “Grey Lady,” that was featured in the actual movie.
The movie had great success on Hallmark Channel on the night of its premiere, making it the second-highest-rated original movie to that date. It premiered with a 3.8 HH (household) rating and was in nearly 3.2 million homes. It also was #1 in its time period, propelling the channel to the #4 spot in weekly ranking.
The Good Witch (Region 1) DVD was released on January 5, 2010, The Good Witch's Garden (Region 1) DVD was released on April 22, 2014, The Good Witch's Gift (Region 1) DVD was released June 17, 2014
On February 7, 2009, the Hallmark Channel aired the sequel, The Good Witch's Garden. The second sequel, The Good Witch's Gift, aired on November 13, 2010 on Hallmark. The fourth installment, The Good Witch's Family, aired on October 29, 2011. The Good Witch's Charm premiered on October 27, 2012. The Good Witch's Destiny premiered on October 26, 2013. A seventh installment, The Good Witch's Wonder, is scheduled to air October 25, 2014.
In February 2014, the Hallmark Channel announced that The Good Witch has been green-lighted for a ten-episode series, starring Catherine Bell, to premiere in early 2015. Production for the first season will begin in fall 2014 with Dan Petrie, Jr. as showrunner. Bailee Madison will also star.
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