Two days before their big presentation at the upfronts, the CW has announced the pick up of three much buzzed about series.
The ‘Secret Circle,’ based on the popular book series from L.J. Smith (author of The Vampire Diaries), centers on a young woman 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. Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson and Imaginary Bitches creator Andrew Miller (husband of soap star Eden Riegel) will write and executive produce. Life Unexpected star Britt Robertson will star in the series.
The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson will star in the medical drama Hart of Dixie. Bilson reunites with O.C. creator Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck) and Stephanie Savage (OC, Gossip Girl). Dixie marks a shift in the CW’s slate of recent programming — departing heavily from the glossy, serialized nature of programs such as Gossip Girl and 90210.
Officially joining the network is Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Ringer. As reported yesterday, the series was heavily rumored to be a lock for air on the CW after CBS passed on the series.
The CW also picked up three unscripted shows — H8R, Re-modeled and The Frame. H8r (Hater) will feature celebrities trying to win over non-fans. Mario Lopez will host. Re-Modeled follows an attempt to create a mega modeling agency. The Frame is a reality competition with two-person teams living together in a single room for up to eight weeks. Variety reports Frame is designed to run twice a week.