After the success of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, it was a given that the CW would explore other series possibilities adapted from the books by L. J. Smith. Now THE SECRET CIRCLE, about a coven of witches in New Salem starring Brittany Robertson as Cassie who moves into town to live with her mother.
At the 2011 Comic-Con in San Diego, this is what the shows’ stars and showrunner had to say about the new series which will air Thursday nights at 9:00 on the CW directly after THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
According to Kevin Williamson, who also executive produces THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, he says this show is definitely a little different in tone than his vampire series.
“This is not as a violent show,” says Williamson. “VAMPIRE DIARIES as emotionally epic it is with its love story, there’s something very masculine about it with the vampires, and werewolves. THE SECRET CIRCLE, this is witchcraft – it’s not so in your face violent. As you saw from the pilot. He drowned the man, just by describing it. It’s just a different type of horror and menace. And that’s the challenge of it – you can’t take a knife and stab somebody.”
That said, Williamson is trying his best to make THE SECRET CIRCLE very edgy and scary too.
“I’m the horror movie guy,” says Williamson. “I like scsary.I like the occult. I like ROSEMARY’S BABY. I like the devil worship. I like the voodoo. I like the stuff that goes bats**t crazy. The challenge is how to imbue that with witchcraft to make it scary. Who’s evil and who is not? How evil can you go?”
In terms of developing the series, many changes had to be made according to Williamson, but it helps when you have great source material like the worlds Smith creates.
“These mythology shows are so hard to sort of develop and create, but it’s also what makes it challenging and exicting,” says Williamson. “I really like mythologies. I love building a world from scratch. I have help. Which is so nice because the source material gives us a lot.”
The series will also explore three generations of witches, which will likely open up the CW demographic a bit.
“There’s this young circle, this brand new circle, and you have sort of the next level which are the parents and then you have the grandmother who is in the elder circle,” says Williamson. “I was fascinated by the idea of which powers the have, what they can do with them and how they can do it. And some of the elders, in some sense, don’t believe there is a place for witches anymore. Others feel differently.”As for whether THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE SECRET CIRCLE exists in the same universe (think about the crossovers), Williamson says he’s adhering to the book worlds of both – one in which they don’t exist in each others universes.
“We’re playing these two more as companion pieces,” says Williamson. “They’re two separate worlds. Chance Harbor doesn’t exist in the same world as Mystic Falls.”
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(additional reporting by A.C.Ferrante)
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