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Posted by | October 20, 2010, 18:00 (MST) | 39 Comments
Category: Books, L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries TV

L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle in developmentYeah, we know, it’s not Vampire Diaries news, but it does involve two creative forces who have been consulting and writing for Vampire Diaries this season – Sarah M. Fain and Elizabeth Craft. New York Magazine’s Vulture is reporting that the Whedonverse alums are developing L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle for the CW.

Craft and Fain (both alums of Angel and Dollhouse) are adapting Smith’s three-book Secret Circle series for a one-hour drama about a California teen who moves to her mom’s hometown of New Salem and discovers that, just like Christine O’Donnell, she is a witch. Alloy Entertainment, the prolific production company behind CW anchors TVD and Gossip Girl, is putting together Secret Circle for the CW. Andrew Miller, who has no apparent Whedon connection but did write for the web series Imaginary Bitches, is penning a pilot script and will also exec produce.


READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT NYMAG.COM.

For those unfamiliar, The Secret Circle was L.J. Smith’s second trilogy (after The Vampire Diaries), and was first published in 1992. (In fact, if you own an original copy of The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion, the first chapter of The Secret Circle: The Initiation can be found at the back.) Vulture covers the very basic premise above, but what’s notable is the book series features a huge cast of characters. Will be interesting to see how the pilot ends up developing just to see if all of the original coven members (there are 12 total, though it seems plausible Cassie, Adam, Diana, Faye, and probably Nick will make the cut), or… Well. In any case, you can check out the books here and here.

That being said, LJS fans…

Are you excited about the prospect of a Secret Circle TV series?

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  • Kathryn

    So excited!!!! (apparently typing in all caps is bad netiquette, so I resisted.)

  • Kathryn

    Sorry if that comment came off as rude!

  • Amanda

    I voted YES! but I am very nervous about the casting for the main leads like Cassie, Faye, Adam, and especially Nick. I really hope it works out as I’d love to see the books come to life. Thanks for the news!

  • meredith

    Wow…LJ Smith is now the CW’s muse. I’m having trouble imagining this story as a TV series, though. I like the “reserving judgment until Adam and Nick casting” option–so true. Oh, and I’ve gotta say I go for the “non-soulmate” option like Damon or Nick in LJ’s universe.

  • meredith

    Can we get a Forbidden Games mini-series next? We’d just need a younger, more cyber-punk version of Anderson Cooper. Ha, kind of kidding! :)

  • Nilly

    Hmm. Not sure what to say about this… TSC was probably my favourite series, so I don’t really want my picture of everything changed.

  • Lauren

    This is fantastic news!! Although I love the Vampire Diaries I have to say I love the Secret Circle even more. As long as they could find the “right” actors/actresses who could accurately portray the characters I think this would make a great show. Like Vampire Diaries, I hope the potential producers of Secret Circle find/use actors/actresses that aren’t too mainstream.

  • Marissa

    YAY!!! I’m excited for this. I wanted this AGES ago when ‘Hex’ was relaesed and it was reported that L. J. Smith was suing for the very similar story line. I loved Hex anyway, but wanted the Secret Circle to come out for AGES!!!! :)

  • jezebel

    I’m not keen on this idea. I rather see it as a tv movie.

  • nysiren

    Just a few minutes ago, I was thinking about having turned 30 and if it actually means anything, maturity-wise, and then I read this news and squee and bounce in my chair. I know the casting of TVD was controversial at first and that we got over it, but I would be pissed if they didn’t get Faye right. Still have the original books, the first 2 anyway. I need to join this forum or Twitter or something already.

  • http://tvd_fans.livejournal.com Soli

    Count me in the cautious camp. I’d be really disappointed if they didn’t cast the whole coven, because it’s not THAT hard to put some of those one (or two) on one scenes for character development. I am thinking here about the ride with Deborah and of course the visit to the witch museum and pumpkin patch. Which of course is also a crucial Cassie scene.

  • irma

    I really enjoy both books and i was hoping for more….It is awsome that they are making it as a tv show

  • Lilith

    Just a few minutes ago, I was thinking about having turned 30 and if it actually means anything, maturity-wise, and then I read this news and squee and bounce in my chair.I know the casting of TVD was controversial at first and that we got over it, but I would be pissed if they didn’t get Faye right.Still have the original books, the first 2 anyway.I need to join this forum or Twitter or something already.  

    Haha know the feeling :)

    Who would have thought LJS would gain this much popularity? It’s kinda weird after such a long time but exciting nevertheless!

    I can see TSC as a TV series but I have my doubts about whether it will be successful. Still interested to the idea though.

    Would also love to see TFG as a mini TV series or movie.

  • Carrie

    Ugh, i don’t know… i mean, i am so gonna watch it, but still… they’re only doing this because the vampire diaries is so successful. plus, there are witches on the vampire diaries, it’s just too alike! i don’t like this. and it’s both on the cw.

  • vampsfever

    what wwhat…i cant even read cause i dont want to belive it……a seriesssss….yes yes ….and when????i hope it get to be on a canadian channel i no….like ctv or A or gobal….very excited

  • http://www.inlucesco.com Jennie

    If they don’t cast the entire coven, I think they’d a) miss the point, and b) miss out on serious eye-candy promotion. I mean, look at all the attention that the male cast of TVD garners.

    The only not-dreamy guy would be Sean, and even then, they could make him hot in a weasel-y misunderstood way.

    I want to see Suzan’s bosom referred to as giant twinkies. That’s all I ask.

  • kry

    GASP* OMG, I mean awesome. I was just re-reading the series, and then I was thinking what a tv show would be like, and then I thought maybe some of her other books.
    I personally think Forbidden Game would make a better movie that a tv show.
    Anyway I love Forbidden game, let’s just be clear the coven is made out of 12, 7 girls 5 boys, hope they remember, and Nick Armstrong is suppose to be very special.

  • Elizabeth

    I would love to know where to submit casting information for this series.

  • Blaise

    Uh oh, Im kinda scared this is gonna ruin the series but hopefully not :S

  • AT

    I think it’s awesome and the perfect premise for a TV Show. The series ends with open possibilities; almost like the trilogy was just the beginning. So, they can continue on with new, original ideas while still being faithful to the books and characters. I think they have good writers, which is a good sign, so now they need a strong cast! I really hope they keep all 12, but if not I think they will cut it to look something like this: Cassie, Adam, Diana, Faye, Nick, 1 friend for Diana, 1 friend for Cassie and maybe Sean. I think it would be okay to keep them all, just keeping some of them more in the background at times; more recurring rather than in every episode. But, I do think this is good news! Too bad Liv Tyler wasn’t younger. I always imagined her as Faye.

  • Allyson

    I am cautiously optimistic about the books becoming a t.v show but I’d love to see it. I am a little nervous about the casting though. First, because of the large number of actors they’d need for the coven alone. I’m afraid it won’t be right if they cut out half the coven. Second, because of who they might cast. Although, there was very good casting in the Vampire Diaries (Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley). In any case, I’d want the show to follow the books as best possible, and not be changed too much, like it was with Vampire Diaries.

  • Grace103

    I think Diana Agron would make a FANTASTIC Diana! Cnt wait for this show!!

  • Adele P.

    they better make Adam and Nick sexy . I will love it either way but common , it would make it all better if they were both totally SEXY!
    Nick is my favourite , there has to be some bad ass looking guys to play him :)

  • Kashmira_kamat

    OMG…I cant wait for it..I hope the series start soon. I really wanna see who Cassie, Adam and Nick is gonna be.

  • Jessica

    I expect crossovers between Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries, COOL, and though I have never read The Secret Circle Series, I am still excited, I LOVE paranormal series so YAY!

  • http://twitter.com/HiddenDancer11 Kristina Marie

    SO excited!!!! Do we know any casting calls for Diana?

  • Becca

    I hope they find the perfect people to play all the characters for the show!!! :)

  • Grace

    Your right. I can’t wait till it comes on TV. And my favourite is Nick to.

  • Taisha

    I have always dreamed of these books being made into a movie/show ever since i read them in 1991 and then re-read them over and over again into my “adulthood”. I really hope that they are able to find a good cast as they have with TVD, and I am perhaps one of the few hardcore fans of the books have enjoyed the changes that they made for the show – i admit not right away, but by the second episode I was sold. The book was made 20 years ago, it would not be very relevant or accurate for a current day show. I enjoyed the fact that they had Jeremy with drug issues – very real issue now, nothing that would’ve been written about in 1991. They took the heart of the story and brought it to present day – it’s wonderful. In a sea of shows like Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, etc. – TVD sticks out to me as a truly interesting and riveting show that is about more than the casts wardrobe and focuses more on their relationships with each other.

    If they can follow the same lines for the Secret Circle show they are bound to have a hit – and the time is right, what with Supernatural and Smallville coming off air this year, it’s the perfect time for a new fantasy show to come on.

    I wish that they had kept the whole cast from the book, as I think it would be excellent to have a large cast, such as what Glee has done, you can have more than 5 lead characters and still be invested in these people’s lives. Hopefully they get over cutting characters for this one.

    The cast seems a lot younger to me than TVD, but that could be a good thing. . . . we’ll see. So I’m crossing my fingers, and will be checking imdb on a regular basis for new cast members, so far they have Cassie and Adam cast and I’m okay with their choices – having been a fan of both Sarah Connor Chronicles and Life Unexpected.

    Eeek!

  • Evadestruction11

    ugh. im so fearfull. i love the SC books even more so than the vampire diaries. i hope that it is great and that NO characters are cut. thay are all so essential!

  • Lindsey

    I voted “Yes!” i love TSC!!! And since i missed the vampire diaries 2nd season, and i dont want to watch it when it already started, soo, i really wanna watch something from CW and this is just it!

  • Sky_Lund

    When does this series start?!

  • Samanthajo24

    I love the guy being cast as adam!! 

  • Kerstan

    I am so excited. I read this series before I read TVD back when it was first published (I am that old lol) love it and can not wait to see how it comes out. :)

  • Chad manderville

    I just wish they had the whole coven, and as far as casting goes, they could have done better

  • Ashlee-Rose

    Heart attack! I have loved this series since I read them in around 2004. I have been waiting waiting waiting for someone to realise how amazing they are and make them into a series!

    You know how the teen book world has been going through various popular themes (vampires, werewolves, and recently, angels)? I have a feeling the next big thing is going to be witches. :)

  • Ashlee-Rose

    Heart attack! I have loved this series since I read them in around 2004. I have been waiting waiting waiting for someone to realise how amazing they are and make them into a series!

    You know how the teen book world has been going through various popular themes (vampires, werewolves, and recently, angels)? I have a feeling the next big thing is going to be witches. :)

  • Ashlee-Rose

    Heart attack! I have loved this series since I read them in around 2004. I have been waiting waiting waiting for someone to realise how amazing they are and make them into a series!

    You know how the teen book world has been going through various popular themes (vampires, werewolves, and recently, angels)? I have a feeling the next big thing is going to be witches. :)

  • Cassidy

    Not looking forward to the show since it’s not at all like the books. Seriously since when does her mother die and theirs suppose to be twelve people to make a complete Circle not six!! >.<





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