Thanks to WetPaint for this tidbit!
Let’s just get one thing straight here: You don’t cast Natasha Henstridge (most famous as a man-eating alien babe in the Species films) as a school principal without having something epic in store for her character. And thankfully, Secret Circle producer Kevin Williamson assures us that Principal Chamberlain won’t stay buttoned up for long.
“Natasha Henstridge is amazing,” he gushed at the 2011 TCA Summer Press Tour. “The second episode she blows out of the water like you would not believe.” Sure, we got bad vibes from her in the pilot, but she’s hardly the character we would’ve pegged to make waves in Chance Harbor — we’d probably leave that to her daughter, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin). “She’s the mother, and the principal in the pilot,” Kevin continued. “But in the second episode… Gale Harold (Charles Meade) ain’t got nothing on her.”
Did you hear that, Mr. Harold? Sounds like your boss is throwing down the gauntlet! We know the heights of villainy both the TSC adult leads are capable of, and we can’t wait to see just how nasty they get this season.
The “Pilot” episode of The Secret Circle garnered 3 million viewers according to EW. An encore presentation will be aired tonight on CW Network so if you missed it tune in!
The Secret Circle (3 million, 1.3) retained nearly all of its lead in from the network’s top-rated show. VD was down 13 percent from last year’s second season debut. Secret Circle was down a tenth from Nikita‘s debut in the slot last year in the adult demo, but tied Nikita in the network’s 18-34 target demo (and with its stronger lead-in, the witchcraft drama managed to pull a higher number than Ringer‘s premiere on Tuesday).
Season 1 “Pilot” Episode- Thanks to TV Show Music Music Supervisor is Liza Richardson
“Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous. Cassie bops along to music while driving.
“I Go Away” by MNDR. Cassie cries, then heads for her grandmother’s place in Chance Harbor, WA.
“A Heavy Abacus” by The Joy Formidable. Cassie arrives at The Boathouse Grill and meets Adam’s father; Adam asks Cassie how her first day of school was.
“We Won’t Run” by Sarah Blasko. Adam gives Cassie a ride home and they discuss the car fire.
“Wrong Time Wrong Planet” by Does It Offend You, Yeah? Cassie asks Adam’s father about her parents.
“DNA” by The Kills. Faye plays with her powers at the docks.
It looks like Faye is just getting started!
Tonight you can finally watch the premiere of The CW’s drama The Secret Circle, the new series based on the novels of L.J. Smith (who also wrote its lead-in, The Vampire Diaries). The witch-centric new show is from Kevin Williamson and stars CW alum Britt Robertson, and if you’re interested in checking it out tonight, make sure to read my pilot scoop below for a hint about whether it might be your new favorite show.
What it’s about: When teenager Cassie (Britt Robertson) loses her mother to a fire, she moves in with her grandmother in her mom’s hometown. A group of classmates takes an odd interest in her, and they quickly reveal why: Cassie is a witch, descended from one of the witch families in town, as are each of them. Cassie completes their coven, and they want her to join them so that they can get the full use of their powers.
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Move over vampires: It’s time for witches to shine.
Thursday marks the premiere of The Secret Circle, a fish-out-of-water tale about an orphaned girl who discovers she’s part of a secret coven of young witches who are coming into their own and discovering their powers.
For those who haven’t read the L.J. Smith novels the series is based on — and even if you have, the Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller-produced CW show will be quite different — we asked the actors portraying the six witches of the coven about what’s brewing with their characters. Let’s meet the witches:
Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson)
The new girl in Chance Harbor, Cassie was forced to return to her family’s hometown after her mother was mysteriously murdered in a fire. Thrust into the world of magic, Cassie also will be faced with a more puzzling challenge: Her future is “written in the stars” with fellow witch Adam. Whatever that means.
Good or evil: “A little bit of both,” Robertson says.
Power’s a-blazin’: “She likes to play with fire.”
Power Robertson would like in real life: “The power of flight.”
Struggles Cassie will face: “Initially the struggle is deciding to embrace the witchcraft or run from them like her mom did. Going further, you’ll find that her dad and her past have a more evil side. Cassie is taking on the role of Faye [see below] a little bit and starting to rub the sticks together and create a little turmoil with the circle. She’s trying to dive a little deeper in the magic world, a little too deep.”
Why viewers should like Cassie: “Because she’s pretty [Laughs]. Just kidding. Because she’s a superhero. The great thing about being supernatural is that they can literally do anything at anytime.”
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Let’s give the old wheel of supernatural fortune a spin! Vampires? No, well past their expiration date. Mermaids? Probably a little too progressive. How about witches? Timeless.
“The Secret Circle” is this fall season’s big otherworldly entry, and in a slightly shocking move, it’s also The CW’s only new teen soap. And they chose it carefully.
Based on book series of the same name by L. J. Smith, “Secret Circle” also follows the similarly-themed “Vampire Diaries,” giving it a built-in fanbase.
Finding a balance between the thrills of young love and newly-acquired superpowers, “Secret Circle” follows Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson). She loses her mother to an accidental fire in the opening scene (read: secret nefarious plot), which prompts her to move in with her grandmother.
This means a new town, a new school and a new group of peers — five of whom happen to be part of a historic coven of witches in need of their sixth (Cassie) to find their true powers.
As you might imagine, it’s not that easy. Cassie, being a rational teenager, is skeptical of the whole witchcraft thing, and her would-be coven isn’t in the best shape. Factions within the group are clear before they even start to use their powers, with docile Diana (Shelley Hennig) wanting to do good and take things slow and spirited Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) hellbent on starting fires with her mind and making it rain.
There’s also the inconvenient romantic lead in Adam (Thomas Dekker), who’s three years into his LTR with Diana.
And those are just the minor complications. The real foil here is the elderly set of local witches, who also happen to be one of the one of the show’s biggest selling points — “Queer a Folk” vet Gale Harold, in particular. From his first moment on screen, starting the fire that pushes Cassie’s mother out of the picture and her into his yet-to-be-revealed plot, he’s the perfect villain.
That’s not to say “Secret Circle” can’t stand on the charm and presence of Robertson. The CW is clearly invested in making the “Life Unexpected” star one of its flagship actresses, and this is likely her vehicle.
“Secret Circle” certainly does some things better than others — the climactic showdown in which Faye channels an out-of-control thunderstorm, for example, is epically cheesy — but it presents a pretty compelling pitch in its first outing.
Anxious fans should be pleased, and curious viewers outside the usual demographic might even be surprised.
Much like those pesky robots sent from the future to protect John Connor on Fox’s now defunct action adventure that was TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, Thomas Dekker is back. Yet unlike his previous role that saw the young actor spend the better part of two seasons struggling to accept the responsibility that comes with being singled out as humanity’s last hope, his newest character is only too happy to bear the burden. Which was just one of the reasons Dekker decided to return to the small screen as Adam, the de facto leader of the titular Coven on the CW’s much-anticipated companion piece to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE SECRET CIRCLE. But just what else attracted him to the role following a two and a half year absence spent shooting movies? We caught up with Dekker at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles to find out just that. See for yourself after the jump.
Being an actor who seems to relish jumping from role to role and maintaining some semblance of anonymity we have to start off by asking just what brought you back to television?
Thomas Dekker: What drew me back was that I hadn’t done TV in two and a half years. Obviously my heart is kind of in indies, jumping around and experimenting with film and all that but I really was interested in doing something again that was — for lack of a better word — pulpy. Something sort of mainstream that was easy for young people to grasp hold. It’s fun to do that kind of stuff and I’ve always wanted to work with [SECRET CIRCLE executive producer] Kevin Williamson. I didn’t go out looking for TV, he brought the show to me and I just kinda went, “Yeah let’s do it.” As much as I am picky, I also tend to be a little bit impulsive, which is why I now find myself living in Vancouver [Where THE SECRET CIRCLE shoots].
Did you familiarize yourself with the L.J. Smith source material before the start of shooting?
No and that was one of the things Kevin Williamson and I talked about at the beginning. How much are we following exactly the rules and laws of these books and we sort of decided for my character it’s a bit of a diversion, somewhat different and we’re sort of playing with that. So I’ve not read the books kind of on purpose and am just kind of going with my own thing.
Right from the outset it would seem that the Pilot is setting up a love triangle between your character Adam, his current girlfriend Diana (Shelley Hennig) and newcomer Cassie (Britt Robertson). What can you tell us about that?
Diana is the lovely perfect innocent one in our Pilot and who knows where she’ll end up if it comes down to this love triangle business. But the really cool thing that we’re discovering is that Cassie and Adam’s affection is not just a crush, it’s written in their magical blood as it were, their family lineage, so it’s literally a physical fate that they cannot control no matter how they try.
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Thanks to Craig at K-Site, we now have the title and official description for the fourth episode entitled “Heather”. Major spoilers! The episode will air October 6th!
CASSIE RIGHTS A WRONG FROM HER MOTHER’S PAST – Cassie (Britt Robertson) looks up an old friend of her mother’s named Heather Barnes (guest star Camille Sullivan) and discovers she has been in a catatonic state since the night of the fire 16 years ago. Feeling guilty that her mother and her Circle may have had something to do with Heather’s current state, Cassie tells Diana (Shelley Hennig) that she wants to use magic to help Heather. Diana refuses to help, but Faye (Phoebe Jane Tonkin) is more than happy to conjure up a spell – for a price. Thomas Dekker, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Louis Hunter also star. Dave Barrett directed the episode written by David Ehrman (#104).
Get a glimpse of what the circle holds!