'The Secret Circle': The perfect CW creation? (Frank Ockenfels III/The CW)(Television Without Pity) — When "Ringer" debuted earlier this week, it was clear that the show doesn't exactly fit The CW's brand. It's targeted at grown-up viewers and features some actual grown-up actors, with only one spoiled-rotten teen in sight. It also lacked several other key elements that we've come to expect from The CW. Fortunately for the network, their other scripted series debuting this week, "The Secret Circle," is pretty much the most CW-ish show we've ever seen. Here's why:
Supernatural Creatures and Mythology
Like "Supernatural" and "The Vampire Diaries," the network thrives when there are imaginary beasties in the mix. In the case of "Secret Circle," it's witches (both male and female) who have a long history to slowly reveal over the course of the season.
Based on a Teen Book Series
Both "Gossip Girl" and "Vampire Diaries" managed to take some serialized source material, snag the key plot points, and then run with it. Looks like "SC," which is based on books by "Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith, aims to do the same.