The CW has ordered a pilot for Secret Circle, a witch-based story based on novels from Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith. Vampire Diaries producers Kevin Williamson, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Craft, and Sarah Fain will be involved.
Deadline.com broke the news tonight, and said this is the “sixth and final” pilot pickup for The CW this year.
Which means – you guessed it – no Raven pilot pick-up, at least not for Fall 2011. To editorialize a little, this is very disappointing, as it would have been a perfect promotional opportunity to launch a new DC Comics-based series after Smallville’s end. We’ll see what we can find out about the possible future for the project, and see if we can confirm if Raven is a complete non-starter.
The other pilots The CW has ordered, which could lead to series this fall, include the following:
Awakening – Two sisters come of age in the middle of a zombie uprising. Being The CW, hopefully they are pretty zombies.
Hart of Dixie – Everwood with a woman, or Northern Exposure in the South. A young woman from the city inherits a medial practice in an eclectic Southern town. Produced by Josh Schwartz. Rachel Bilson is said to be near landing the lead role.
Heavenly – Sounds like a SNL sketch. I can’t do this justice so I’ll just report what Deadline said: “It centers on a dedicated young female attorney and a former angel, Dashiel Coffee, only recently turned human, who tackle cases together at the attorney’s legal aid clinic – she saves clients’ butts while he saves their souls. As an angel, Dash never experienced feelings or emotions, and his “awakening” is a big part of the series.” I can’t make this up… hopefully the finished product isn’t so silly.
Copper and Stone – Two female homicide detectives who also talk fashion, music, and pop culture when they’re not fighting crime. Again, can’t make this stuff up.
Danni Lowinski – A young hairdresser goes to law school and opens a practice in a mall kiosk. Amanda Walsh will star.
Like any of these? Yes? No? Leave your comments below. We’ll try to find out what’s going on with Raven, and be happy that at least Secret Circle could be mildly interesting.