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Sneak Previews: The CW Fall Shows

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 2:20PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerOne of the new TV season's most intriguing series will air on an unlikely network come fall -- the Sarah Michelle Gellar comeback vehicle 'Ringer' is nothing like The CW has ever shown before. And that's a good thing.

Originally produced for CBS, the mystery/drama looks much more serious and adult than any other CW series -- it'll be interesting to watch if the network's traditionally younger viewers will tune in.

Also intriguing is the Kevin Williamson-produced 'Secret Circle,' about a teen girl who moves to a new town and discovers she's a witch. Though it doesn't take place in the 'Vampire Diaries' world, it's the perfect companion show for Williamson's other hit on Thursday nights.

'Hart of Dixie,' from 'Gossip Girl' producer Josh Schwartz, is a more fun, heartwarming addition to the schedule on Monday nights. Watch clips from all three new dramas, plus a few of The CW's new reality series, after the jump.

'Hart of Dixie'
What The CW says: "Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out -- after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will. She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn't always so hospitable -- the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe's only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker -- who just happens to be Lemon's fiance. Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe's decision to stay in Bluebell for a while, discovering small-town life and a side of herself she hadn't known was there."

What The CW says: "Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister -- only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life -- a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister's identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan's best friend, Gemma, and Gemma's husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister's penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself."

'The Secret Circle'
What The CW says: "Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl - until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington -- the town her mother left so many years before -- where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they've been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them -- until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it's not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother's childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don't yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana's father and Faye's mother -- and that Cassie's mother's death might not have been an accident."

What The CW says: "Celebrities go head-to-head with civilians who hate them to win their 'haters' over. Mario Lopez hosts."

What The CW says: "Modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher is planning to bring together hundreds of small agencies around the world in a new venture called The Network. The Network will give Paul the leverage to change the industry from the inside out. He has two missions: to make sure agents in small towns no longer get screwed, and to empower models to take control of their careers and lead healthier lives."

'The Frame'
What The CW says: "What happens when your whole life is reduced to one Frame? There's only one rule: if you're out of the Frame, you're out of the game. Ten teams of two, chosen for their dynamic personalities and their existing deep-rooted relationships, are selected to compete in this wild social experiment. These teams will each live in one Frame -- a stripped down version of their home living space -- for up to 8 weeks, with the entire world watching their inter-personal soap operas play out atop a highly formatted game. Couples cannot physically see one another, but each "frame" is rigged with plasma screens & communication devices that allow for visual and verbal interaction. The teams will face outrageous challenges, punishments, head-to-head competitions, and eliminations, all while isolated from the outside world. With 24/7 web cams streaming content live, and a bi-weekly television show, audiences will vote for -- and have control over -- many elements of the show, from rewards to punishments to eliminations. The last couple standing will be America's favorite pair, and walk away with a cash prize."

Read more about the full CW schedule here.

Tell us: Which new show are you most excited for? (Or, like us, are you psyched for all of them?)

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I am excited about all the new shows, but seriously waiting for Vampire Diary .......Great show

July 03 2011 at 6:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Finally, a series that Sara Gellar can sink her teeth into (sorry, couldn't resist!!) that has nothing to do with vampires. She has an incredible range in her acting, and this story line sounds very intriguing and will give a great number of possibilities for her to show the many sides of her acting skills (dramatic, action, serious real life situations, etc.). We Sara fans cannot wait til fall!!

June 19 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Personally, i would love to see Gellar in a Hollywood rehash of Lars Von Trier's, "Antichrist." (Call it, "Day At The Beach," or something.) Where in Gellar gets to run around the woods, (or the beach) tearing her clothes off, screaming and ranting about her Hollywood producer husband, who keeps casting her in one flea circus after another...Or something. Now that I would watch! (hahahaha)

May 22 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

"Ringer" looks dead in the water before it gets out of the (double identity) gates. First of all, you are asking Gellar to act, which is most unfortunate for the viewers. Let's see: Gellar acting as a newly sober addict impersonating her socialite sister who is actually into a lot of hanky panky...are you kidding me. No way Gellar, the producers, the writers are going to be able to suspend my disbelief on this one. Try Gellar as a socialite by day, assassin/ hitwoman by night...or something. Sheesh. go easy on her, fellas. Keep her clothing off as much as possible, and don't give her a lot of speaking lines...no, it still won't work. Good luck!

May 21 2011 at 5:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe CW is piling on more of the same old " Reality Crap" that is responsible for the dumbing down of america. As far as entertainment goes this fall on CW, we are all azz out. No wonder the internet is kicking their butts as far as veiwing.

May 20 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laurien van den Berg

The previews don't play/work, is that because I am from the Netherlands instead of USA?

May 20 2011 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lucie Chin

They don't work for me either and I'm in New York.

May 20 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tara Geeting

Except in the Secret circle books Cassie's mom was not killed, and it was her mom that moved them to live with and be near the grandmother. And Cassie was not depressed.

May 19 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey, i like the idea of rachel bilson moving to "blueballs", alabama (LOL), as i have often felt that she is exactly the kinda girl i would be more than willing to make 'em blue for...."...Dixie" looks like a dog with fleas, which is too bad as she deserves far better, and i have missed seeing her since the demise of the OC...unless, of course, this turns out to be an eccentric romcom...nonetheless, I will emasculate myself for at least one episode and see. (afterall, it worked for, "Glee!")

May 19 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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