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TCA Report: 'The Secret Circle' Explores Magic, Family and Love Triangles

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 5th 2011 9:00AM
'The Secret Circle'Executive producer Kevin Williamson and the CW might be two for two with the launch of 'The Secret Circle,' a bewitching new drama that will air Thursdays alongside 'The Vampire Diaries' this fall.

Though both series are based on novels by LJ Smith, the world of the 'Secret Circle' witches will not intersect with the established magic in 'The Vampire Diaries' -- Williamson was fast to dispel any notion of a crossover between his supernatural dramas. "We need to start at ground zero and create our own story and create our own mythology and build from there, so that we can tell just as great a story as 'The Vampire Diaries'," he pointed out.

The series focuses on Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson), a seemingly normal teenager whose world is turned upside down by the mysterious death of her mother and her subsequent relocation to Chance Harbor, Washington -- a town where everyone seems to know her name, whether she likes it or not. Magic, murder and secrets spanning generations soon come to light.

Check out highlights from the panel after the jump.

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'The Secret Circle' Cast Talks 'Vampire Diaries' Adoration, Witchcraft & Love (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 23rd 2011 10:00AM
Everybody on 'The Secret Circle' totally loves their boss, Kevin Williamson. The supernatural show's witchy trio of Jessica Parker Kennedy, Shelley Hennig and Phoebe Tonkin couldn't sing the man's praises enough at The CW's Upfronts red carpet in May. The same goes for stars Britt Robertson and Thomas Dekker.

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In fact, Robertson said she didn't even read the script before wanting to do the series. " Kevin -- ugh, he's amazing," she told AOL TV. "Before even reading the script I was like 'I want to do this project' because he's such a talented human being and has such a vision and is a really exciting presence to work with."

'TSC' has plenty in common with The CW's other Williamson show, 'The Vampire Diaries' -- namely love triangles, attractive leads, supernatural occurrences and insane cliffhangers. Oh, the cliffhangers. "What's a show without cliffhangers?" asked Kennedy.

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The CW Fall Premiere Dates: When Will 'The Vampire Diaries' Return?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 20th 2011 3:35PM
The CWSummer hasn't even officially begun yet, but The CW is already planning for fall.

The network announced the premiere dates for its fall shows today. While The CW traditionally debuts its shows earlier than the other networks, this year it's scattering the return of its original programming throughout the month of September.

Returning series include 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Nikita' and 'Supernatural,' while the channel's three new scripted series are 'Ringer,' 'The Secret Circle' and 'Hart of Dixie.' The network's reality night will see 'America's Next Top Model' paired with the new 'H8R.'

So, when will your favorite vampires and your soon-to-be favorite witches come back? Check out the schedule after the jump.

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The CW Pilots Snap Judgments: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 14th 2011 12:00PM
The CW's Ringer, The Secret Circle & Hart of DixieWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of The CW's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are only three new scripted shows (read up and watch previews here) but plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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'The Secret Circle' Trailer: Witches & the Unmistakable Kevin Williamson Touch

by Jean Bentley, posted May 25th 2011 5:00PM
The Secret CircleThe hand of Kevin Williamson is all over 'The Secret Circle,' the new teen drama scheduled to debut on The CW after 'The Vampire Diaries' this fall.

That's a good thing -- the man responsible for 'Dawson's Creek' is quite possibly the greatest working teen soap producer these days. So the fact that the extended six-minute trailer for 'Secret Circle' is so recognizably Williamson-esque -- that is to say, smartly scripted, well-paced with a touch or two of the paranormal -- should only draw viewers to the show. The fact that it's based on the books by 'The Vampire Diaries' author L.J. Smith shouldn't hurt either.

'The Secret Circle' stars Britt Robertson as an orphan who moves to her mother's hometown and discovers she's a witch, and promises to be one of the fall's most addicting new shows. Watch the promo after the jump.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Bilson and More CW Stars Preview Their New Shows (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 5:30PM
Hart of Dixie cast, CW UpfrontLong known for its soapy teen fare, The CW is taking risks with the three new dramas it's premiering in the fall. Only one of them is set in high school, and another was created with a completely different network in mind.

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."

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Charlie Sheen Lawsuit to Go Forward in Arbitration, New 'Torchwood' Season Gets U.S. Premiere Date and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 23rd 2011 6:30PM
Charlie SheenDespite Charlie Sheen's best attempts, the star's lawsuit against CBS will go forward in arbitration.

Sheen had filed an injunction to get the dispute settled in court, but according to Entertainment Weekly, a judge ruled that the case can continue in private arbitration as his contract with Warner Bros. stipulates, saving us from a very public court battle.

Instead, we'll just have to rely on inside sources and Sheen's frequent rants to inform us of the progress.

In other TV news ...

Want more Zach Galifianakis on your TV screen? You're in luck: the comedian has signed a deal with HBO and has also co-written a new show for the network. [Deadline]

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' has gotten its U.S. premiere date. The fourth season of the British series will debut on Starz Fri., July 8. [TV Line]

The 'Modern Family' cast is about to get intimate with James Lipton. The six adult leads will all appear on Bravo's 'Inside the Actor's Studio' in an episode that will tape May 16. [EW]

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