Last October, we contemplated which of L.J.’s other novels would make the best small screen adaptation. L.J. herself said her vote was for “Night World,” yet “Secret Circle” seems to have won out. Writing and producing duo Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who were behind both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Angel,” are spearheading the effort with screenwriter Andrew Miller penning the pilot.
The “Secret Circle” series follows 16-year-old Cassie, who moves from California to live with her mom in New Salem and falls in love with a mysterious boy named Adam. But, when she enrolls in high school there, she realizes that he, she and all the other elite students at the school are witches! She befriends their leader, Diana, but soon discovers that Adam and Diana are dating, which leads to a whole bunch of complicated drama.
By adapting “Secret Circle” instead of “Night World,” The CW is seemingly hoping to replicate their winning formulas of high school dramas like “Gossip Girl” and supernatural series like “The Vampire Diaries” (without doing vampires and werewolves all over again). Add this to the news that they’ve lined up their own “Glee“-type show called “Acting Out,” and it looks like the network is looking to revamp their image and gain back any ground they’ve lost to Fox and ABC Family.
Are you glad The CW is adapting another L.J. Smith series?