Friday, September 16, 2011

TV Friday: Witches: the new wicked


Something wicked this way comes ... and, for once, it’s not a vampire or a zombie.

The Secret Circle (MuchMusic, 9 p.m.) takes us into a world of young witches. And while most of them are not exactly wicked yet, just wait until they take the training wheels off their broomsticks.

Brittany Robertson, previously seen in the (sadly) short-lived Life Unexpected, stars as teenager Cassie Blake, who, after her mother dies in a mysterious fire, goes to live with her grandmother in the small town of Chance Harbour. She soon learns she’s descended from a line of witches, and her destiny is to be part of a powerful, new coven, i.e. a secret circle.

Kevin Williamson is behind the series; it’s intended to be a companion show to his supernatural hit The Vampire Diaries, so expect similar rapid storytelling and crafty twists and turns.
Another familiar face on the series is Canada’s Natasha Henstridge (Species), who plays Dawn Chamberlain, the mother of another young witch.

“I do good villains, I guess,” the Newfoundland-born, Alberta-raised actress said in an interview. “Kevin Williamson thought ‘witch’– Natasha Henstridge would be perfect for this.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a sight for sore eyes tonight on the Global premiere of her new series, Ringer (Global, 10 p.m.). Gellar plays twin sisters in this noir thriller.

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