TV News: Witches, Billy, Mentalist, Arrow

Witches of East End
Lifetime has decided not to renew its supernatural drama “Witches of East End” for a third season, effectively cancelling the show. Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Madchen Amick starred in the series loosely based on Melissa de la Cruz’s novels about a family of witches.

The first season averaged three million viewers an episode with more than half of them in the key demo. By the end of its second season run though, viewers had essentially abandoned the show with the October 3rd finale pulling in just over one million viewers in Live+Same Day ratings. [Source: THR]

Billy & Billie
Adam Brody (“The O.C.”) and Lisa Joyce (“A Master Builder”) will play stepsiblings who fall in love in Neil LaBute’s ten-episode drama series “Billy and Billie” which just received a direct to series order from DirecTV.

LaBute penned and will direct and produce the project in which the pair face the usual anxieties that come at the beginning of a new relationship, complicated by the fact that they’re stepbrother and sister and how others react to that situation. [Source: The Live Feed]

Mid-Season Premiere Dates
Some of the first mid-season premiere dates have been announced by the networks:

CBS will premiere the thirteen episode, seventh and final season of “The Mentalist” on November 30th. The show will run on Sundays at 9:30pm for five weeks before shifting to 8pm Wednesdays in early January and wrapping its run on February 18th.

The CW has announced a 9pm Friday on January 9th premiere for the fourth season of “Hart of Dixie”. Though not officially confirmed, it’s expected this ten episode season will be the show’s last.

Also returning on Friday January 9th, Cinemax have announced a 10pm premiere time for the third season of its cult action hit “Banshee”. All the cast regulars are back for the ten-episode season which will run on the cable network throughout the first quarter of 2015.

The CW’s “Arrow” is currently in the midst of shooting its eleventh episode for the season, and actor Brandon Routh has posted a photo of himself in the make-up chair under a face mold. This would indicate something big is about to happen, quite possibly his character of Ray Palmer suiting up as ‘The Atom’ in the series.

Since Routh’s casting in the role, many have been wondering when the big reveal would take place, from the looks of it we’ll likely get to see for ourselves very early in the new year.