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Word has come down regarding the CW's freshman dramas Hart of Dixie, Ringer and The Secret Circle. It's good news for one of the series and bad for the other two. It's also been reported that the network has picked up five new drama series to add to their line-up next season.
For weeks now The Secret Circle has been attempting to get the magic of its premiere back. However, through weak story and character development, as well as a lack of focus on some of the more important aspects of the show as it attempted to go for the romantic side of things to draw viewers in, the show finally has an episode that does not disappoint, just in time for its break for the rest of the year. Characters have depth, sides are (slightly) chosen, and one big reveal has viewers begging for more.
With one episode left before the midseason finale of The Secret Circle, the group (minus Melissa) finds itself dealing with a jealous Faye while stuck at her grandfather’s house. Sexual tension hangs like a fog inside the house, and unfortunately this causes the other important storylines to lose focus as the slow progression towards mysteries being answered moves forward by a fraction of an inch.
While the fall season has yet to wrap up, the CW is already looking toward Midseason. The network released the premiere schedule for Winter 2012, which includes the premiere date for the final season of One Tree Hill, as well as the series premiere of their unscripted series Remodeled.
Only a few short weeks after signing a four year streaming deal with Netflix, the CW has signed another major streaming agreement, this time over at Hulu. Those of us who have forgone the cable bill in favor of a life of streaming programming breathe a little sigh of relief every time a new deal ensure we won’t have to go crawling back to cable to catch our favorite shows. If you’re among the cable-less and are hooked on CW programming, there’s good news.
Halloween has always been a favorite holiday in the television world, creating some of the most memorable episodes in many cases. Community had its zombie episode last season, season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer had its living haunted house, and now The Secret Circle has its first opportunity to join in the fun. Though it isn’t as great as those previously mentioned, it is a step up within the episodes of this show so far as it delves further into a story involving the witch hunters that have come to town.
Following an episode that killed off a circle member last week, this week’s episode of The Secret Circle looks forward to where this show is going, devoting less time on past events. Like a few previous episodes, “Wake” draws more inspiration from the horror genre for its story, bringing in more characters who want the circle dead. People die, relationships change, and for a show about witches, the magic remains scarce.
As last week’s episode of The Secret Circle felt like it paid tribute to the Scream series just in time for the DVD release of the fourth installment with its elements of horror, this week’s episode seems to be taking hints from The Thing (opening in theaters this weekend) with hints of paranoia, a few possessions, and one big death before all is said and done, reminding us that this show actually has stakes.
Netflix just gave fans of The CW’s programming a reason to stick with their streaming video service. It was announced today that a deal has been struck between Netflix and The CW which will put a number of The CW’s popular dramas on Netflix’s list of available streaming content to their U.S. subscribers.
This week, The Secret Circle takes on the classic “creepy stranger stalks the kids through the halls of the high school” episode storyline as we continue to wait for an episode that matches the pilot in entertainment value. Until then, we are stuck with a lot of the same old same old with “Loner,” the third episode of the show.
After a pilot episode last week that had my face aching from a smile only brought about by high school supernatural shows, AKA my guilty pleasures (a list that includes Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries), The Secret Circle does not quite cast a spell over me this week as the first episode did. Don’t worry, for the rest of this write up I will refrain from such cheesiness as that last sentence. I can almost 87.4% guarantee it.
Last year, my first official Comic-Con experience was the Preview Night screening of the series premiere of The CW’s Nikita. This year, SDCC topped itself by offering not one, but three series pilots, along with a look at a Japanese animated take on a popular U.S. TV series. While Alcatraz, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural: The Anime Series were all entertaining, CBS’ upcoming procedural Person of Interest won the night.
While we’re still waiting for some big summer shows to premiere, The CW is prepared for the Fall season and has already locked down the schedule for their new and returning original programming. The CW’s fall season will begin on September 13th with the return of 90210 for it’s fourth season, followed by the series premiere of Ringer, which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar.
With the major network upfronts wrapped up, it’s time to step back and look at what ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW have to offer us in terms of new programming. From men being men to fish out of water and trips through space and time, there are definitely some trends worth noting in the upcoming Fall 2011-2012 TV line-up.
Witches are on the rise on TV these days. Word is, True Blood’s set to explore these supernatural people when Season 4 picks up, and now The CW has a witchy new drama series ready to go this fall. Based on a book series, The Secret Circle follows a teen girl who learns she’s the descendent of witches.