THE SECRET CIRCLE
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery Drama
Premise: After her mother dies in a hellish home fire, teenager Cassie Blake heads to small town Chance Harbor, Washington to live with her grandmother, and is quickly recruited to join the "secret circle" by fellow high schoolers who practice witchcraft and conjure magic. It's not just the "circle" that's secret here.
Behind The Scenes: Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawson's Creek) is an executive producer. Based on the books by L.J. Smith (same author as The Vampire Diaries).
The Good: The pre-credits opener is stylish and creepy. The production quality is high. The main girl playing Cassie (Britt Robertson) has a nice screen presence and proves engaging. The adult actors (including Species' Natasha Henstridge as the school principal, decidedly less naked in this) contribute quality acting. Combines bitchy high school girl fights (a la Gossip Girl) with the more fantastical element. At least it deals with witches and not vampires, though those Washington woods are awfully reminiscent of Twilight.
The Bad: Too many secrets! Every character has a secret. The whole pilot revolves around Cassie uncovering secrets. Too predictable - you can see every twist coming and by pilot's end, you'll know exactly where this show is headed and how long it will take to get there. The dialogue leaves a lot to be desired - sample line: "She's unpredictable. You never know what she's going to do next." A tad redundant, yes? Too serious - some levity and a little humor would be welcome.
Will It Last?: It's the CW, so yeah, probably. I bet this develops a nice little following. By the way, this show could only air on The CW. It'd stick out like a sore thumb on any other network.
Add a Season Pass?: Not for me. Thursdays are really competitive this year, but if you enjoy The Vampire Diaries, you'll probably want to stick with this one as well.