Lindsay Price joins 'Eastwick' pilot

'Lipstick Jungle's' pickup chances looking slimmer

There's great news for fans of the movie "The Witches of Eastwick" and not-so-good news for the fans of NBC's dramedy "Lipstick Jungle": "Jungle" star Lindsay Price has been cast as one of the trio of witches in ABC's drama pilot "Eastwick," which is based on the 1987 feature.

Coincidentally, on "Eastwick" Price is in the same setup as she has been on "Jungle," which also is centered on three female leads -- not to imply anything about the powers of New York businesswomen.

The Warner Bros.-produced "Eastwick" follows three young witches who come into their powers. WMA-repped Price will play one of them, Joanna, a hardworking, shy reporter for the local newspaper. She joins Jaime Ray Newman, who was recently cast as a fellow witch.

Price's casting on "Eastwick" is formally in second position to "Jungle," which has not been canceled. The show, which wrapped its second season, has developed a passionate fan base but has lagged in the ratings.

A couple of weeks ago, Price was quoted laying out possible future scenarios for "Jungle" moving to Bravo, Lifetime or airing in a split NBC/DirecTV window similar to "Friday Night Lights."

NBC co-chair Ben Silverman and programming chief Angela Bromstad also have said that NBC and sister studio Universal Media Studios, which produces "Jungle," are looking to find a way to keep the series alive.

But the chances for a third season of the show seem to be getting increasingly slimmer.
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