TV preview: Secret Circle

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The CW usually isn’t a channel I usually watch, but the show I find most interesting is “The Vampire Diaries.” It’s not great, but I’ll give it credit for being entertaining, even if it’s not necessarily original or compelling.

The CW’s new drama “The Secret Circle” is based on novels By L.J. Smith, the same author who wrote “The Vampire Diaries.”

“Diaries” has been embraced by general audiences and critics alike, and “The Secret Circle” looks to follow in those footsteps by giving us a bunch of young, pretty people with powers. Only here it’s witches instead of bloodsuckers.

Our heroine is Cassie (Brittany Robertson), who moves to a sleepy Pacific Northwest town after her mother dies in a tragic “accident.”

Cassie is unaware of the powers of others around her and how she may be stronger than all of them. There’s also a mysterious group of wicked witches who are interested in Cassie.

“Circle” feels a lot like “Vampire Diaries,” with some decent moments (good special effects, for example) mixed in with some bad acting and camp. It’s hard to tell whether the campiness is intentional, but it works as much as it detracts.

You shouldn’t expect “The Secret Circle” to be more than a guilty pleasure because you’ll just end up disappointed.

"The Secret Circle"

9 p.m. Thursdays on the CW

2 stars