Fans of The Vampire Diaries, Life Unexpected, L.J.Smith and all things supernatural and witchy have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of The CW network’s new addition to its entourage of fantasy dramas, “The Secret Circle” and they will not be disappointed. The show, another Kevin Williamson masterpiece to follow up it’s sister show “The Vampire Diaries” is based on a series of novels by TVD author L.J. Smith and already adorned cast of gorgeous broody boys and a few names we already recognize.
After the network failed to pick up family drama “Life Unexpected” for another season they held on to Brittany Robertson who leads the Secret Circle cast as Cassie Blake, a newly orphaned and extra broody, leather jacket sporting new comer to Chance Harbor. She has just moved into the extra small town to live with her grandmother after her mother’s death in a tragic “accidental” fire. However when she arrives she is welcomed by an abundance of not so familiar faces who seem to know exactly who she is, including resident bad girl, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) and knight in plaid armor, Adam (Thomas Dekker.)
Also carrying a following of her own to the show, Shelley Hennig joins the cast fresh from NBC’s daytime drama-fest “Days of Our Lives” as lady-in-charge Diana Meade who welcomes Cassie to Chance Harbor. She gives Cassie a bit of the low-down on the town and eventually leads the group in telling Cassie that they are all part of a secret circle of witches dating back centuries and generations that their parents were all once a part of and that now all of their power is magnified because Cassie has arrived.
Cassie is less than receptive to the idea of being a witch but the more time she spends in Chance Harbor the more secrets and questions she realizes she has about her family, the town, and herself. Even the other kids in the circle are realizing they have questions of their own as they realize the hand that fate plays in their lives, and the immensity of the power they have yet to discover which promises a wide range of conflict and discovery to come throughout the show’s freshmen season; Faye’s curiosity and untamed spirit give her the bad girl edge that counteracts Diana’s desire to bring everyone together and control their powers. The show packs obvious eye-catching teen chemistry, a handful of mysteries, a creepy score, and magic all into one, very messy, CW style package that promises drama intrigue and the kind of bad ass witches that everyone has been hoping it would.
Be sure to tune in for the premiere of “The Secret Circle” Thursday, September 15 at 9pm after the season premiere of ‘The Vampire Diares on The CW