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Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV, and this one has the most laughs.
I've split our chat into five insightful videos -- best new comedy, best new drama, worst new show and star we're happiest to see on TV (watch all four below), and returning show we're most excited for (posting Friday) -- so check back tomorrow for the last installment.
For now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to find out which stars we're most excited to see on TV.
And watch until the very end for a hilarious (to us, at least) crabby outtake ... anyone else ever sat through 'Simply Irresistible'?
"I realized it was the first time in a really long time that I had been surprised [by something I'd read]," Gellar said of the drama-thriller, in which she plays twin sisters with double the secrets.
We caught up with the cast -- including Gellar, Nestor Carbonell (who plays a cop), Ioan Gruffud (who plays the husband of one of the sisters) and Kristoffer Polaha (a man with a romantic interest in that same sister) -- before their panel to hear more about the show.
Check out our video interviews to hear more about their characters (including Carbonnel comparing his 'Ringer' character to 'Lost''s Richard Alpert), suspending disbelief, playing things two ways, and the possibilities and plausibility of 'Ringer.'
But the three leading men also got squeals from the crowd as the sizzle reel played before the panel started. Nestor Carbonell ('Lost' fans in the house!), Kris Polaha and Ioan Gruffud are not too shabby themselves.
When the cast took the stage, along with Eric Carmello and Nicole Snyder, the show's executive producers who jumped from 'Supernatural,' and fellow EP Pam Veasay, it was Gellar -- looking gorgeous -- who the crowd went nuts for.
Before the series premieres this fall (Tues., Sept. 13, 9PM ET on the CW), check out a few teases, straight from their Comic-Con panel.
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In other TV news ...
It's sort of like all the popular kids from high school went off to college, where they majored in things like the comedy-horror movie, highly publicized relationships and dubious art house films, and now they're back -- a little older, a little wiser and with way better hair. Welcome home, kids.
Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Ringer,' The CW
Plot Summary: Gellar plays twins -- one a washed-up recovering alcoholic, the other a high-society wife. When wifey disappears under mysterious circumstances, Miss Intervention takes her place, only to discover her sister's life is way more messed up than her own.
The 'Buffy' veteran stars as estranged twin sisters, Bridget and Siobhan, who both just so happen to be in hot water with some pretty powerful people. Bridget has led a troubled life, but she's picking up the pieces. On the other hand, Siobhan has a seemingly perfect life -- seemingly being the key word.
After a series of events -- including Siobhan's "death" at sea -- Bridget takes on Siobhan's identity and that's when things start to go really sour. The trailer introduces viewers to the lives of both sisters, including Siobhan's affairs, strained marriage and deep ties to crime. Plus, there's quite a bit of SMG wielding a gun.
Watch a three-minute preview of the new series below.
AOL TV was excited to learn more about 'Ringer,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle' from the stars themselves as they walked the red carpet at The CW's upfront presentation this morning.
'Ringer,' the new CW-by-way-of-CBS mystery series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in a dual role, is much more serious and suspenseful than any show the network's aired in the past. Just don't expect any 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'-style ass-kicking. "Let me tell you something -- I'm not 18 anymore," joked Gellar.
Former 'The O.C.' star Rachel Bilson is also making her triumphant TV return in 'Hart of Dixie' as a big city doctor who inherits a small-town medical practice in the South. "There's a lot of twists in it, and there's humor ... and there's Scott Porter, which doesn't hurt."
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.
The 'Buffy' veteran's new series, 'Ringer' has landed on Tuesdays at 9PM following '90210,' which has moved to Tuesdays at 8PM. Coincidentally -- or maybe not such a coincidence -- 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' aired on Tuesdays.
Mondays will be a Josh Schwartz block, with Rachel Bilson in 'Hart of Dixie' at 9PM following 'Gossip Girl' at 8PM.
Similarly, Thursdays are a Kevin Williamson block: 'The Vampire Diaries' at 8PM and 'Secret Circle' at 9PM.
Meanwhile, new reality series 'H8R' starts Wednesdays off at 8PM with 'Top Model' at 9PM. 'Nikita' moves to Fridays at 8PM with 'Supernatural' at 9PM.
'One Tree Hill' will return midseason -- for a final season -- along with reality shows 'The Frame' and 'Re-Modeled.'
"We're thrilled to present the most exciting primetime schedule The CW has ever had, comprised of shows that feature bold concepts, proven TV stars and up-and-coming, breakout talent," Dawn Ostroff, the outgoing CW president, said in a statement. "In just five years, we've built an instantly recognizable brand that resonates with both viewers and advertisers and is known for being smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic and a leader in digital and social media. This upcoming season will continue to establish The CW as a premier destination for our viewers, especially women."
Full schedule after the jump.
The network has picked up three new series, 'The Secret Circle,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Ringer,' all starring leading ladies we've seen on network TV before.
'The Ringer' marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to the small screen in a dual role as a rich woman running from the mob and her troubled twin sister. The actress formerly known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared on The WB from 1997 to 2001 and UPN from 2001 to 2003, coincidentally those two networks merged to become The CW in 2006. The new pilot was originally commissioned by CBS, but in an interesting twist ended up getting picked up by its sister network.
According to Deadline, The CW, which is a sister network to CBS, has picked up 'The Ringer' after CBS passed.
The series stars 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' veteran Gellar as a set of twins, Bridget and Siobhan, who grew apart after a tragedy and couldn't be more different. Bridget, who has had a troubled life, takes over her sisters identity when she goes on the run from the mob. It turns out Siobhan has died in an accident, but she also has a hit out on her.
Gellar is joined by 'Life Unexpected' star Kristoffer Polaha and 'Fantastic Four' actor Ioan Gruffudd.
The series was on track to join CBS's lineup of new fall shows, but in an unexpected twist has landed on The CW. Deadline attributes the move to new CW boss Mark Pedowitz.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter Traugott dished on details of the pilot and explained how they manged to talk Gellar into returning to a network TV series.
'The Ringer,' says Traugott, is "an edgy thriller about redemption and about revenge. There's a point of view of two twin sisters [Bridget and Siobhan] who grew apart over a tragedy in their past. And one seeks redemption and the other one seeks revenge."
Great news for Sarah Michelle Gellar fans: After a long time away it's been announced that she's heading back to broadcast series TV with a pilot for CBS.
According to deadline.com CBS has greenlighted 'Ringer,' a series about a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister. Until, that is, she learns her sibling's life has a bounty on it as well.
Gellar will star in the show, which is the creation of former 'Supernatural' writers and story editors Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
And now a Kennedy cable project is on its way that will give Katie Holmes, the teen queen-turned-Mrs. Cruise, the greatest challenge of her career.
Holmes takes on the former First Lady in 'The Kennedys,' an already much-discussed upcoming miniseries for the History Channel. The project, which co-stars Greg Kinnear as President Kennedy, will cover the family's history during the 1960s.
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