Witchblade (TV series)
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|Created by||Ralph Hemecker|
Will Yun Lee
|Theme music composer||Joel Goldsmith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||23 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dan Halsted
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||June 12, 2001– August 26, 2002|
|Preceded by||Witchblade (2000 film)|
|Related shows||Witchblade (anime)|
Witchblade is an American television series that aired on TNT from 2001 to 2002. The series is based on the Witchblade comic book series, and followed a pilot film which debuted in August 2000. Some of the episodes were written by Ralph Hemecker, Marc Silvestri (who also wrote the comic book) and J.D. Zeik.
Yancy Butler starred as Sara Pezzini, Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons, David Chokachi as Jake McCartey, Eric Etebari as Ian Nottingham, Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo, Conrad Dunn as Tommy Gallo, Kenneth Welsh as Joe Siri, and John Hensley as Gabriel Bowman, among others. Although critically acclaimed and popular with audiences, the show was canceled in September 2002; there was speculation that the cancellation was connected to Butler's entering rehab for alcoholism.
The series ran for two seasons on TNT, for a total of 24 episodes (including pilot). The first episode aired June 12, 2001; the last episode aired August 26, 2002. In spite of its cancellation, Witchblade was ranked seventh in the Top 10 Basic Cable Dramas for 2002 (Multichannel News, February 24, 2003).
According to Top Cow editor Matt Hawkins, the Witchblade TV series was cancelled because the lead actress Yancy Butler went into rehab and he claims it was and remains the highest rated TV series to be cancelled.
Cast and characters
- Yancy Butler as Det. Sara "Pez" Pezzini
- David Chokachi as Det. Jake McCartey
- Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons
- Will Yun Lee as Det. Danny Woo
- John Hensley as Gabriel Bowman
- Eric Etebari as Ian Nottingham
- Lazar Rockwood as Lazar
- Kathryn Winslow as Vicky Po
- Nestor Serrano as Captain Bruno Dante
- Bill Mcdonald as Jerry Orlinsky
- Kim De Lury as Conchobar
- Johnie Chase as Det. "Jumbo"
- Dov Tiefenbach as Jagger
- Noah Danby as Det. Burgess
In 2004, a compilation album, Witchblade the Music, was released on the Edge Artists record label featuring music from/inspired by the Top Cow comic book and the Witchblade TV series. It was compiled and produced by G Tom Mac and Eddie Kislinger.
On April 1, 2008, Warner Home Video announced a DVD release. Witchblade: The Complete Series — a seven-disc collectors set including the original made-for-TV movie, all 24 episodes of the series, and special features — was released on July 29, 2008. For the DVD release the music was altered in many episodes in comparison to the original aired episodes.
- Josh, Grossberg (September 5, 2002). ""Witchblade" Sliced by TNT". E! Online. Retrieved February 23, 2010.[dead link]
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- Joel Goldsmith. "Official Site of Joel Goldsmith". FreeClyde. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Witchblade: The Complete Series (2001)". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- Official website from Warner Bros.
- Official website from TNT
- Witchblade (2000) at the Internet Movie Database
- Witchblade (2001–2002) at the Internet Movie Database
- Witchblade at TV.com
- Interview with Yancy Butler
- Jump The Shark - Witchblade
- E! on cancellation