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Friday, May 20, 2011

About: CW Upfronts

It's time to take a look at the CW upfronts. Earlier this week I looked at the new shows coming to Fox that caught my eye. If you missed that, you can check it out here. There aren't quite as many new shows coming to the CW this fall, but there are a couple that look intriguing.


Ringer marks the return of Sarah Michelle Gellar to the small screen. Can you hear the squeals of Buffy fans resounding? I sure can!

Here is an excerpt from the CW press release:

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister - only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind.

The CW snapped this pilot up from CBS, and for good reason. I think this is an intriguing concept and I know it will do very well for the CW. I'm curious to see how the story develops because this promo doesn't give us much to go on.

'The Secret Circle'

Here is an excerpt of the press release:

Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl - until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington - the town her mother left so many years before - where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they've been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them - until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers.

This show is based on a book series by the author of the Vampire Diaries. With Executive Producer  Kevin Williamson ("The Vampire Diaries", "Dawson's Creek", etc.) and paired up on Thursday nights with, you guessed it, The Vampire Diaries, I'm sure this show will be a hit for the CW. I don't know that I will tune in myself, but I have to admit that Kevin Williamson knows his way around angsty drama and suspense! 

Can I also just say that I hate the way shows are written up for these press releases. No matter how good the show, the release rarely does it justice and usually says things like "As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen." Why does there always have to be a brooding loner? 

'Hart of Dixie'
Here is an excerpt of the press release:

Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out - after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will. She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn't always so hospitable - the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe's only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker - who just happens to be Lemon's fiancĂ©. Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe's decision to stay in Bluebell for a while, discovering small-town life and a side of herself she hadn't known was there.   

'Hart of Dixie' marks the return of Rachel Bilson ('The OC') to the small screen. I can't say I'm terribly intrigued by this concept. I expect it to be a lesser version of Doc Hollywood. That's right, I said lesser. Love me some Michael J. Fox! I'll be interested to see how this show rates, especially paired up with Gossip Girl on Monday nights.  

There are a couple more shows coming to the CW lineup this fall. H8R, which I refuse to watch because of the name, The Frame and Re-Modeled. All three of which are reality shows. Something the CW doesn't do very well, in my opinion. Although I have been caught watching America's Next Top Model from time to time. What can I say, Tyra is fierce. 

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