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TV Preview: The Secret Circle (CW)

Up All Night, H8R, and Free Agents started last night, but I wasn’t really sold on any of them. H8R is a terrible reality show (like a worse Marriage Ref), Up All Night seems to only appeal to new-parents and isn’t that funny at all, while Free Agents has promise with Hank Azaria, but has yet to wow. Tonight sees the CW premiere another new show, this time a teen drama aimed at the Vampire Diaries audience.

The Secret Circle
CW, Tuesdays, 9 ET/PT, starts September 15

Plot Summary:
“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.”

For:
The CW knows how to make teen drama: Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill are both going strong. While the Vampire Diaries has an avid fanbase. By putting this in a double-bill with TVD, the CW are immediately aiming at their core audience. Based on books by L. J. Smith (who also wrote TVD), this show should have a following already. They’ve got a good, handsome young cast too, which is bound to help.

Against:
Witches aren’t really as marketable as Vampires these days. The Craft is probably older than some of the show’s target audience! Plus, those witches in True Blood were every sort of annoying. The pilot seems like it’s trying too hard, but hopefully it will find its own flow in future episodes.

Pilot Reviews:
+ BuddyTV: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/the-secret-circle/the-secret-circle-review-somet-41815.aspx
+ Zap2It: http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/the-secret-circle-review-bewitched-bothered-and-britt-robertson.html
/ New York Times: http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/arts/television/ringer-and-the-secret-circle-on-cw-television-review.html
- San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/14/DDE21L3E9U.DTL

Trailer:

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