It's Halloween today, and for many people out in the universe the holiday is synonymous with revisiting the 1993 classic Hocus Pocus. In a perfect tie-in to the popular holiday, Hallmark's popular TV series Good Witch has added a Hocus Pocus actress to its roster. Kathy Najimy will be joining the series during the upcoming fifth season of the family show.
Kathy Najimy will be joining Good Witch for a guest stint during Season 5. The actress is set to appear as "an old friend" from Cassie's past. (Cassie's old friends do pop up quit often in this series.) Willow will be a teacher at Wellesley College specializing in holistic medicine. As Good Witch is not normally set at Wellesley College, the episode will feature Grace looking to attend the college as part of her college tour. Cassie will also be on campus for a different reason: to be honored for her work in Middleton.
Grace has previously spoken out on the show about preferring to stay in Middleton rather than embarking on world travels like her mother Cassie did. If she chose to go to Wellesley College, that would be kind of out of character for her, since the liberal arts college is all the way in Massachusetts and Middleton is in the Midwest, near Chicago. But a girl can look at however many schools she wants and perhaps she will even change her mind!
Per ET, Kathy Najimy has already been spotted on the set of Good Witch to film her new gig. The Hallmark series was renewed by the network for Season 5 back in July. In general, Good Witch does a Halloween special in the fall and airs a new season in the spring, and while there hasn't been an official announcement about Season 5, we can assume new episodes will air in 2019.
Recent program Good Witch: Tale of Two Hearts ran on October 21 and did 2.4 million total viewers. Meanwhile, Disney has been embarking on a Hocus Pocus remake for a while, but not with Kathy Najimy or her co-stars Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, who are less pumped about the idea of the popular family movie getting remade without its original cast.
On the bright side, at least Kathy Najimy seems to be sticking with "witches" of a sort. Good Witch Season 5 is also expected to star Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison, James Denton, Rhys Matthew Bond, and Catherine Disher as Mayor Martha Tinsdale. The Hallmark TV series is a continuation of a series of popular Good Witch movies that first began airing on the cable network back in 2008.
To see what else is heading to television in the coming months, take a look at our full TV schedule for your new and returning favorites.
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