Freeform Mermaid Pilot

Warrior Witches Fight for the U.S. Army in New Freeform Pilot

Modern-day witches trained at Fort Salem will lead U.S. military forces into battle in Motherland, a new pilot in development at Freeform.

From Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions and penned by Eliot Laurence (The Big Gay Sketch Show, TNT’s Claws pilot), Motherland is set in an alternate America where witches long ago ended their persecution by cutting a deal with the government, our sister site Deadline reports.

The project follows three young women who, per the arrangement, conscript at age 18 and train in combat magic at Fort Salem. With gender roles reversed, it is the witches who lead the battle against terrorist threats, wielding supernatural weapons.

Is it me or does this wackiness sound… promising, borderline cool? But can we ditch the Showtime-sounding title and just go with a straight-forward Fort Salem?