The CW Orders Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie and Ringer, Plus Three Reality Shows
The CW has picked up Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie, Sarah Michelle Gellar's drama Ringer, and three new reality series.
As expected, Ringer, originally developed for sister network CBS, landed at the younger-skewing CW. Gellar stars as a troubled recovering alcoholic on the run from some shady characters. She hides out by assuming her wealthy twin sister's identity. One problem: Her sibling has a bounty on her head as well. Nestor Carbonell, Kristoffer Polaha, Tara Summers, Mike Colter and Ioan Gruffudd will also star.
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The pickup brings Gellar back to the network that replaced The WB and UPN, both of which aired Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Based on the three-book series from The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith, Secret Circle (which, along with Ringer, TVGuide.com had spotlighted as one of its 11 promising pilots) stars Britt Robertson as Cassie, a young girl who loses her mother, moves to a new town and discovers that she is a witch — the key to a battle between good and evil. Thomas Dekker co-stars and Diaries' Kevin Williamson will executive-produce.
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Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson as a New York City doctor, who inherits a small medical practice in the South. The project reunites her with O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, who's executive-producing alongside Stephanie Savage. Jaime King, Scott Porter, McKaley Miller, Cress Williams and Wilson Bethel will also star. Nancy Travis will guest-star in the pilot.
The CW also ordered three new reality shows. H8R is hosted by Mario Lopez in which celebrities confront their haters to try to win them over.
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The Frame, described as part reality competition and part social experiment, will force 10 teams of two to live in one room for up to eight weeks and compete in physical challenges. Viewers will decide who stays and who goes.
Finally, Re-Modeled will follow modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher in his attempt to shake up the business and help models take control of their careers and their lives.
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