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#1 Spellbound

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:08 PM

Saw a trailer for this new TV show that looks pretty good. I believe it premieres on April 20th, on WGN. I live in North Carolina, but I'm pretty sure WGN is a national network. Here's a synopsis I found, and if you want to watch the trailer, I found that by googling: new tv show salem. I don't want to break any rules by posting a link here, but it's worth looking at.
Salem (2014– )
Plot Summary (1)
Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

Looks interesting. I always like to watch witchy/witchcraft shows and movies. Although, based on the trailer somehow I doubt this show will be very historically accurate.


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

You're right, Wexler, it's definitely not accurate. In the few articles I've read about it, they're very careful to call it a "scripted drama", or a "reexamining" of history. It would be cool if it was accurate, but I at least like the dark look of it, and the costumes. Also read that there are male witch characters. Hope this post makes sense, I'm in bed with the flu, and a little out of it.
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:58 PM

They rarely are. I've been meaning to watch that Vikings show but it's apparently way of historically as well. I'm pretty sure it's on the history channel, so that's kind of sad but the history channel had been going down hill for a while now so not really surprising.

I'm loving all the witchy shows lately, it's definitely turning into a fad like the whole vampire thing. So that's exciting. Hopefully this will be good. I was really disappointed when they canceled The Secret Circle & honestly Witches of East End just isn't doing it for me. Not that I hate it but that one girls acting, voice, just everything annoys the crap out a me. American Horror Story: Coven is pretty good but of course that's only one season since they change the theme up every season. (Pretty disappointed with that as well, I would love to see them stay with the witchy theme). So hopefully this show actually had good acting and a good story line.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:13 AM

I'm loving all the witchy shows lately, it's definitely turning into a fad like the whole vampire thing. So that's exciting.

 

I'm less excited - I keep getting asked "Being a witch sounds coooool, how can I become one?" If I had a pound for every time I've been asked that I'd be able to retire right now and write books on amorous Vikings and sexy Pirates....


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

I'm loving all the witchy shows lately, it's definitely turning into a fad like the whole vampire thing. So that's exciting. Hopefully this will be good. 

 

 

 

I enjoy watching the occasional witchy show, I do NOT enjoy witchcraft turning into a fad.  GAWD does anyone remember all the charmed wannabees flooding all internet witchcraft forums in the late 90's and early 00's wanting instructions on how to contact their white lighter and quoting the 'rules' from the show like it was a freakin repository of all witchcraft knowledge?  Fucking hell.  Also, the fad thing causes me to be looked at like an ignorant fan girl if new acquaintances stumble onto witchery books in my library.  Blarg  Fad status makes me want to go 100% underground.     :vomit:


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:09 PM

You're right, Wexler, it's definitely not accurate. In the few articles I've read about it, they're very careful to call it a "scripted drama", or a "reexamining" of history. It would be cool if it was accurate, but I at least like the dark look of it, and the costumes. Also read that there are male witch characters. Hope this post makes sense, I'm in bed with the flu, and a little out of it.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:14 PM

Hm, good points. I wasn't really thinking about it like that. I'm just excited that there are more shows of the fantasy genre (which is what I like to watch) & of witches (which I find fun to watch). I've never actually known anyone that's taken a fantasy show so seriously like you've mentioned with the whole Charmed thing. Then again, I was born in The 90s so maybe I was too late for that whole thing. People are strange, I just don't get how anyone would actually think that Charmed was at all what real witches do. What, we all go out and fight demons with our guardian angels looking out for us, lmao... That's just sad if people really believed that shit.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:32 PM

Hm, good points. I wasn't really thinking about it like that. I'm just excited that there are more shows of the fantasy genre (which is what I like to watch) & of witches (which I find fun to watch). I've never actually known anyone that's taken a fantasy show so seriously like you've mentioned with the whole Charmed thing. Then again, I was born in The 90s so maybe I was too late for that whole thing. People are strange, I just don't get how anyone would actually think that Charmed was at all what real witches do. What, we all go out and fight demons with are guardian angels looking out for us, lmao... That's just sad if people really believed that shit.

I was also born in the 90s and missed that fad. But I can indeed see how people - especially teenagers - can easily get swept up in Hollywood witchcraft. Many young people are starved for spirituality and personal power. They feel defenseless and totally lacking control. They want to feel like they are a part of something greater and special. Many people, especially those raised in religious homes, already believe in the power of witchcraft. When they watch a television show with a plausible magical reality - especially one where witches wake up one morning with incredible powers - that may end up being extremely alluring for a lot of young people looking for a place to fit in.

 

I agree that it is really sad. If anything, witchcraft in pop culture may only serve as a smoke screen to further blur the line between real and play witchcraft (I recall that when The Craft came out in 1996, their made-up god started appearing on Internet lists of ancient pagan gods). Which is unfortunate for people who actually want to find their path. And probably irritating for a lot of witches who aren't playing and now have to deal with a flood of faux-neophytes.

 

If anything, though, it'll probably be the wiccans who have to deal with the brunt of it. So I guess there's that?


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:26 PM


Mmm.... boys :twisted_witch:[/quote]

Haha! Wexler, we think alike;) You're right about the Wiccans being the ones to have to deal with most of it. If someone got the idea from one of those shows to become a witch, I think most of what they'd come across on the internet is Wiccan. If they looked up witchcraft in my area, they'd find several groups, meetings, and even classes that are Wiccan. On another note, I also heard that they're making an updated version of Charmed.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:36 PM

I enjoy watching the occasional witchy show, I do NOT enjoy witchcraft turning into a fad.  GAWD does anyone remember all the charmed wannabees flooding all internet witchcraft forums in the late 90's and early 00's wanting instructions on how to contact their white lighter and quoting the 'rules' from the show like it was a freakin repository of all witchcraft knowledge?  Fucking hell.  Also, the fad thing causes me to be looked at like an ignorant fan girl if new acquaintances stumble onto witchery books in my library.  Blarg  Fad status makes me want to go 100% underground.     :vomit:

 

I got a good giggle out of this. Thanks I needed that this morning....er afternoon. :D


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:12 PM

I can enjoy the occasional witch show. I absolutely ABHORRED Charmed though. The first few episodes of season one were tolerable, but after that...just no. 

And while  I watch American Horror Story: Coven it is a horrible let down after the fantastic season 2 of that show. The witches and voodoo practitioners in AHS:coven are laughable.

 

Now I will say I absolutely love Withes of East End. They at least show the witch using spells, and potions, and not just using telekinesis, etc. to be witches. Plus I can be a sucker for a good soapy soapy soapy soap opera (which Witches of East End  is full of). And I love the campy overacting of some of the cast.  

 

With all that said, Salem looks like it could be okay. Obviously not historically accurate, as its never been proven that there was anyone burned in Salem for any crime much less a witch. And the witch being dunked has perfect waterproof make-up so she looks stunning while being drowned lol. But it looks like a fun fantasy show. 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:32 PM

I don't watch much TV, besides Law and Order, so I've never seen Charmed, or any of those other shows. Another thing I noticed about the trailer for Salem is that it looks like the "evil temptress" is the one with red hair. Of course. 😒
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:36 PM

I can enjoy the occasional witch show. I absolutely ABHORRED Charmed though. The first few episodes of season one were tolerable, but after that...just no. 

 

 

 

Odd, we tend to agree on most things but I liked Charmed.  Had much more to do with lusting after Phoebe (and Cole, individually or together I'm not picky LOL) than the plot though I think. ;) 


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:45 PM

Lol i sometimes hate watched the show. The first tree seasons were tolerable but after that it was just ridiculous. I also didn't find many of they actors very attractive. Cole had his moments, but nt enough to make me stay with the show lol
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

I hated charmed until they got Rose McGowan. I mean the show still sucked after she joined but I adore her. I prefer her with a machine gun leg personally.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:56 PM

I hated charmed until they got Rose McGowan. I mean the show still sucked after she joined but I adore her. I prefer her with a machine gun leg personally.

 

I love Rose McGowan, and tried to watch Charmed because of her, but just couldn't. I did love her in Jawbreaker, The Doom Generation, and everything else she has done. 


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:22 PM

I liked charmed, but mostly the beginning and middle.  The last couple of seasons were shit with the addition of Billy and Kristy who ruined it. As for eye candy, I liked Piper's son Chris. 


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:35 PM

Witches of Eastwick is ok, Charmed was bleh for me... mindless enterainment at best.. As for Coven, I watch it but am still disappointed .. As RF said, last season was excellent. What is up with the bland white decor? I mean really? Rather enjoyed the Marie Laveau Hair Salon tho.. 

 

I am also from NC but I think WGN is actually out of Chicago so pretty sure it will be available across the country..


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:52 PM

Witches of East is ok, Charmed was bleh for me... mindless enterainment at best.. As for Coven, I watch it but am still disappointed .. As RF said, last season was excellent. What is up with the bland white decor? I mean really? Rather enjoyed the Marie Laveau Hair Salon tho.. 

 

I am also from NC but I think WGN is actually out of Chicago so pretty sure it will be available across the country..

One thing that made me crack up during Coven was when Marie Laveau was sitting on her ornate throne-type chair surrounded by mystical stuff, playing solitaire on her iPad. I thought that was a good touch.


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