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The CW Orders "The Secret Circle" and "Hart of Dixie"


The Secret Circle

The drama, which is based on a three-book series from The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith, centers on a young woman (Life Unexpected’s Britt Robertson) who moves to a new town only to discover that she’s not only a witch but also the key to unlocking a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil. Like the CW’s Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, Circle is an Alloy production written and executive produced by Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson along with Andrew Miller. Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also serve as executive producers, with director Liz Freidlander attached to the pilot. The combo of Williamson and another Smith property made a project that was already garnering high marks a must-have, say sources.

Hart of Dixie

The doctor drama centers on a young New York doctor (The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson) after she inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by eccentrics. The project comes from Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz (O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), Stephanie Savage (OC, Gossip Girl) and Len Goldstein. Frequent collaborators Leila Gerstein (OC, Gossip Girl) will write and executive produce with fellow executive producer Jason Ensler (Chuck, Gossip Girl) who directed the pilot. After garnering criticism for its heavily serialized, homogenous slate of upper-class-set series, Dixie is something of a shift. Working in the project’s favor: the brand equity of its producers, its non tony neighborhood setting and its potential repeatabilty.


On Friday, the CW for the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar will likely make her return to TV, just not on CBS as many had expected. Instead, the CW is close to ordering to series a drama about a woman on the run from the mob who hides out by inhabiting the life of her twin sister -- until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) co-star in the drama from ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. Its production team includes still more CW vets, Supernatural writers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder as well as Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?), Pam Veasey (CSI: NY) and Richard Shepard (Ugly Betty), who directed the pilot. Given the project's younger-skewing, serialized tone, it is a better fit for the CW, several insiders agreed. The CW was rumored to be the series on Friday.

The CW is scheduled to unveil its complete slate to Madison Avenue buyers on Thursday in New York.

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