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January 09, 2012  | by: Nicholas Persad

Cast of The Secret Circle

2010 was the year of the vampire. But in 2011, these blood-craving critters sucked even more blood out of their rivals and continued to dominate television (True Blood, Vampire Diaries) and the box office (The Twilight Saga). Major networks definitely picked up on America’s re-ignited fascination with the supernatural and soon a bevy of sitcoms about the paranormal were popping up everywhere.

Shows like HBO’s True Blood, AMC’s The Walking Dead and even MTV’s Teen Wolf have amassed a huge following. However, can newer shows like The CW’s The Secret Circle, about a clan of teenage witches, cast a spell on the American audience?

As a lover of everything horror, I follow every remotely scary sitcom out there. So when The Secret Circle premiered in September 2011, I knew I had to check it out, even if just for the young, hot cast.

I must say the pilot episode did not impress me. However, I always give shows dealing with mythical creatures a few episodes to convince me to believe in their ludicrous story lines. The first five episodes played like a comedy series while the creators aimed to set up a convincing story arc. Some of the dialogue was unbearable, and the acting by some the leads definitely warranted an acting coach on set.

Phoebe Tonkin plays bad girl Faye on The Secret Circle

Initially, I had much to criticize about the show, but I kept watching every Thursday. I became addicted to another show I knew was probably going to be canceled after one season. As the series progressed, the cast seemed to settle into their roles and some became extremely convincing. Particularly, Phoebe Tonkin, who plays bad girl witch Faye, and Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays Faye’s best friend Melissa, have had the most interesting scenes and strongest performances.

There is also the typical teenage love triangle between Cassie, Adam and Diana played by Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker and Shelley Hennig respectively. This gets old pretty fast. Luckily, they introduced villain Jake, played by Chris Zylka, who falls in love with Cassie and adds some extra spice to this witches’ brew.

After having its mid-season hiatus, the show resumed on Thursday, Jan. 5. The episode titled “Darkness” has been the best so far. There were some great scenes, and I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I was enjoying it.

If you have not been watching, I would recommend starting now. Hopefully as the episodes start getting better, the show can pull in a bigger following and get renewed for a second season.

Witches are cool America!

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