AMC Networks has announced that its new series, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, will debut across all five of its linear networks with BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and WEtv joining AMC and AMC+ for a world premiere event on Sunday, January 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches is the second endeavor in the “Anne Rice Immortal Universe,” debuting on the heels of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which became the number two new drama on ad-supported cable in 2022 and the number one new series launch in AMC+ history.
“Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches is a wildly entertaining series in our emerging Anne Rice Immortal Universe, with a terrific creative team and cast, led by Alexandra Daddario as an unforgettable Rowan Mayfair,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.
“We want to give this series the broadest possible launch across all five of our national networks, especially coming just a few months after the first season of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which was so well-received by viewers and critics.”
Based on Rice’s best-selling trilogy, Lives of the Mayfair Witches (buy now at Amazon), the eight-episode series focuses on an intuitive young neurosurgeon, Rowan Fielding (Alexandra Daddario), who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches.
As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations.
The series is executive produced by Mark Johnson, showrunner Esta Spalding, writer Michelle Ashford, director Michael Uppendahl, and Jeff Freilich, and is produced by AMC Studios.
The series premiere episode, written by Spalding and Ashford and directed by Uppendahl, will also stream on Shudder, Sundance Now, Acorn, and ALLBLK beginning Thursday, January 12.
AMC and AMC+ today also announced the debut of All of Them Witches, a documentary exploring the history of witches, as a companion special to the anticipated series Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches. The documentary premieres on Wednesday, December 21, the Winter Solstice, on AMC+ and on Monday, January 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET on AMC.
All of Them Witches is a one-hour documentary that will explore an alternate and authentic history told from the perspective of today’s most well-known, practicing witches, as well as scholars of history and anthropology.
The film examines the provocative history of Witch Hunts, paganism and voodoo, and challenges the myths that have become the fabric of popular culture. Select experts featured in All of Them Witches include Pam Grossman, author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, witch and entrepreneur Bri Luna, witch and author Amanda Yates Garcia and content creator and actor Curly Velasquez.
All of Them Witches was directed by Mona Panchal. The film was produced by XTR, the producers of Academy Award-nominated feature documentary Ascension, Emmy-nominated They Call Me Magic (Apple TV+) and this year’s awards favorite, The Territory.
Executive producing are Kathryn Everett, Kathleen Flood, Bryn Mooser and Justin Lacob for XTR. Additionally, the documentary is produced by Steffie van Rhee and India Wadsworth and Matthew Cherchio is co-executive producer.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.