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'The Secret Circle' Premiere: Intriguing Mysteries, Cliché Characters (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 16th 2011 1:52AM
'The Secret Circle' - 'Pilot'['The Secret Circle' Season 1, Episode 1 - 'Pilot']

When looking for a companion series for 'The Vampire Diaries' on Thursday nights, The CW didn't have to go very far. They simply looked at the bibliography of books by 'VD' book series author L.J. Smith. There they found 'The Secret Circle' (Thu., 9PM ET on The CW), a trilogy of books featuring the same teen romance, only this time with witches.

Britt Robertson was transplanted from the just-cancelled 'Life Unexpected,' taking the lead as Cassie Blake. In typical fashion for these types of young adult stories, she finds herself an orphan at the beginning of the series when her mother dies in a house fire.

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Review: 'The Secret Circle' Casts an Efficient Spell

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 14th 2011 12:30PM
'The Secret Circle' (9PM Thursday, the CW) does exactly what you expect it to do, yet that efficiency ends up being refreshing rather than maddening.

Slightly refreshing, mind you. 'The Secret Circle' will not redefine your idea of what a supernatural drama can be, what a CW show can be or what a program about witches and warlocks can be. All the pieces laid out here eventually end up in the exact places that you expect them to occupy.

Young woman discovering previously untapped abilities? Check. Dreamy guy to whom she is strangely drawn? Check. Bad girl determined to stir up trouble? Check. Layers of conspiracy and secrets in a small town with a dangerous history? Check. (Don't forget the poppy-yet-emo-ish soundtrack, which is also present and accounted for.)

Yet from its opening scenes, 'The Secret Circle' demonstrates an admirable confidence in its pace and destination, and it also has the excellent Britt Robertson ('Life Unexpected') giving the journey of Cassie Blake an emotional grounding that is likely to make the whole affair satisfying to genre fans and 'Vampire Diaries' devotees.

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Lux Confronts Cate on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:21AM
Life UnexpectedThings got even more complicated on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW), when Lux confronted Cate about giving her up for adoption.

And her words cut deep: "Now doesn't count," said Lux. "I'm sorry, I don't forgive you, Cate. I don't know when I'll ever be able to forgive you."

Well, she'll have to get in line because Cate said she won't be able to forgive herself either. Let's hope someone forgives someone on this show eventually.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Lux Gets a Sex Talk on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 2:03AM
Life Unexpected, Sex TalkIt's your worst nightmare. You're about to, having, or just had sex with your boyfriend, and your parents come over to give you the sex talk.

Poor Lux on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW). Poor Lux's parents. Poor Lux's boyfriend, hiding behind the bed while the sex talk is taking place.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Life Unexpected's' Britt Robertson on Prom, Corey Haim and Her 20th Birthday

by Patricia Chui, posted Mar 15th 2010 12:15PM
Britt RobertsonThese days, it seems as if practically every teenage character on TV is wealthy, witty and dressed like a fashion plate -- basically, a mini-adult for whom parents and school are just an inconvenient distraction.

That's why Lux, the character Britt Robertson plays on the CW's 'Life Unexpected,' is such a breath of fresh air on the teen drama landscape. Having grown up in foster care, 16-year-old Lux tracks down her birth parents so that she can be legally emancipated, only to find herself stuck with them (and vice versa). Her birth mom, Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby), is a radio host who's romantically involved with co-host Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith); her dad is bar owner Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), a lifelong slacker who's forced to grow up right along with Lux.

As Lux, Robertson -- at 19 already a showbiz veteran, with credits that include 'Dan in Real Life' and 'Swingtown' -- gives a charming, unpretentious, totally relatable performance, which is one of the many reasons 'Life Unexpected' (which has been compared to family dramas like 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Everwood') is one of the best midseason shows of 2010. We spoke with Robertson from her home in L.A. about where both she and Lux are headed in the future.

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'Life Unexpected' - 'Crisis Unaverted' Recap

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Mar 2nd 2010 11:20AM
Life Unexpected (S01E07) Perhaps this episode should have been called 'Comeuppance Received'? Tensions between Cate, Ryan and Baze boiled over and for once, Cate is the one who messed up royally. I've said before that it's been hard for me to connect with Cate and see past her grating Type-A exterior. But even I winced at the epic dumping she got from Eric. It was deserved, but brutal.

And Cate's early attempt to whitewash her whole affair looked even more petty in wake of the serious drama Lux was going through with Tasha. The kid had a tough time this episode, and sadly, only Baze was really there for her in the end.

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Review: 'Life Unexpected' - 'Bong Intercepted'

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:15AM
Life Unexpected (S01E04) I am so excited for the return of the infamous bong lamp, but wow, does it cause some major trouble. Last week, we saw Lux sell Baze's pride and joy to help cover his bar rent. Two weeks ago, the offending lamp was also one of the reasons Baze was denied full custody of Lux. This week, it's the reason she gets suspended from her fancy-pants public school. Stupid lamp, can't do anything right.

We're ratcheting up the drama here this week. Lux's illusions of family life crumble a bit more as she and Cate, in the grand traditions of mothers and daughters everywhere, clash something awful.

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