Category Archives: L.J. Smith

“The Secret Circle” Pilot Available Early @ iTunes

Watch the pilot for free @ iTunes

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. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

The Secret Circle is based on L. J. Smith‘s young adult trilogy by the same name. The show was well cast. I haven’t read the books, but the familiar (and some not so familiar) faces should prove to be a big draw. My favorite – Gale Harold, who I first fell in love with when he starred as Brian Kinney on the amazing series Queer as Folk, plays a baddie. He’s the father of Diana, who I’ve nicknamed Glenda, the good witch. Here’s a breakdown on the characters we’ve met so far.

Cassie Blake, 16 years old
— Mom, Amelia, deceased (died in fire “accident”)
— Dad, “a bad man”, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Grandma, Jane
Nick Armstrong, “guy in the window”, Cassie’s neighbor
— Mom ?
— Dad ?
Adam Conant, Cassie’s “star mate”, but Diana’s boyfriend
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Dad, owns Boat House, a drunk, loved Cassie’s mom, she was his “star mate”
Diana Meade, appears to want to do the right thing
— Adam’s girlfriend
— Dad, Charles, powerful baddie
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Faye Chamberlain, loves her the new strength of her powers, doesn’t want control
— Mom, HS principle, Dawn, working with Charles to “bring power”
— Dad, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Melissa, appears to be Faye’s follower
— Mom ?
— Dad ?

These six make up the “Secret Circle”. The five had some powers prior to Cassie’s arrival in town. But, since her arrival, their powers have increased. In the pilot, we find out that some sort of “accident” happened 16 years earlier. In that accident, each of them lost one parent. Diana tries to convince Cassie that she too is a witch. They all must bind their powers so they can learn to control them. Faye isn’t looking to control her powers, she’s reveling in them. But, her arrogance may just get the best of her. Adam’s dad tells Cassie how much he loved Amelia, “It was written in the stars …” they were meant to be together. But, her father came to town and everything changed. He also tells Cassie that she and Adam are fated to be together too. Que love triangle between Cassie – Adam – Diana. I really don’t like love triangles. But, we’ll see how this one plays out.

So, will you be watching? Have you read the trilogy? If so, let us know how the show compares to the books.

Whet Your Appetite … V3, baby!

Vampire Diaries Season 3 premieres 15 September

The final episode of Season 2, “As I Lay Dying” aired on 12 May 2011

Official Synopsis:
Mystic Falls screens “Gone with The Wind” in the town square, and Damon’s memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of present-day Elena. Stefan pays a steep price after trying to prevent a tragedy, and Sheriff Forbes makes a dangerous mistake while trying to keep everyone safe. Multiple lives hang in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

In case you need a visual reminder of how things in Mystic Falls left off, here’s a recap vid for ya.

And here’s what we have to look forward to in the premiere.