Virginia Madsen joins ‘Witches of East End’

Witches of East End has cast its spell on Virginia Madsen, tapping the Oscar-nominated Sideways actress for a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The new Lifetime drama — which received a 10-episode order in January — centers on Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (American Horror Story‘s Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (American DreamsRachel Boston), both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches.

Madsen will play Penelope Gardiner, the mother of Freya’s fiance Dash (Eric Winter).

The cast also includes Mädchen Amick as Joanna’s sister Wendy and Jason George as Ingrid’s beau. Maggie Friedman, who helmed ABC’s similarly-themed Eastwick, will serve as showrunner.

Madsen’s recent TV credits include Hell on Wheels, The Event and the ABC summer sudser Scoundrels.

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