The CW fall schedule: Secret Circle Thursdays and Nikita Fridays

There were no big surprises as The CW announced its new fall 2011-2012 television schedule this morning, adding the new witch drama The Secret Circle to Thursdays before The Vampire Diaries and moving Nikita to Fridays before Supernatural.

However, the network did give us the scoop on what we can expect next season on Diaries, Nikita and Supernatural.

"The Secret Circle is from Kevin Williamson , the producer of The Vampire Diaries, and is also based on a popular series of books by author L.J. Smith, and it fits perfectly on Thursday nights," said the CW's new president of entertainment, Mark Pedowitz.

That left Fridays, which had just lost The CW's number-two show, Smallville. While Nikita was never a good pairing with Diaries, moving the kick-ass series to Fridays gives the series a solid chance.

The bad news for Fridays, however, is that that means at 8 p.m. ET we'll have NBC's Chuck, CBS's A Gifted Man and The CW's Nikita. And at 9 p.m., NBC's Grimm goes up against Fox's Fringe and The CW's Supernatural. What to watch?!

The other bit of non-sci-fi news that's of interest is that Buffy (aka Sarah Michelle Gellar) returns to The CW on Tuesday nights with her thriller about twin sisters, Ringer.

Here's the official description for The Secret Circle:

THE SECRET CIRCLE - "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 series stars Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, Thomas Dekker as Adam Conant, Gale Harold as Charles Meade, Phoebe Tonkin as Fay Chamberlain, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Melissa, Shelley Hennig as Diana Meade, Louis Hunter as Nick, Ashley Crow as Jane Blake and Natasha Henstridge as Dawn Chamberlain. Based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (author of The Vampire Diaries book series), THE SECRET CIRCLE is from Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream, Dawson's Creek), Andrew Miller (Imaginary Bitches), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl) and Gina Girolamo. Elizabeth Craft (The Vampire Diaries, Lie to Me) & Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, Lie to Me) were executive producers on the pilot which was directed by Liz Friedlander (The Vampire Diaries, 90210)."

And here's some spoilers for the returning shows and what we have to look forward to next season:

The Vampire Diaries - "In season two, Katherine's appearance and her precise manipulation threw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls were forced to choose sides as they fell victim to a new breed of danger. Stefan and Damon were later met with their greatest challenge yet — the arrivals of Elijah and Klaus, two of the 'original' vampires. As Klaus goes head to head with Damon and takes a special interest in Stefan, he is also seemingly focused on breaking the Sun and Moon curse by sacrificing Elena. Yet no matter what action the brothers take to protect Elena, Klaus won't be swayed from his mission, proving to be the most powerful vampire in existence. Season three opens the door to learn more about Klaus and The Original Family as his motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy's past have a powerful message they're trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they're having on his relationship with Bonnie. And as Caroline and Tyler grow closer, a war erupts between their families."

Nikita - "At the end of season one, Nikita and Alex's relationship had been shattered, and Nikita and Michael's relationship was restored. Now, Nikita and Michael are on the run with a hard drive containing the government's darkest secrets and conspiracies. Together, they are going to right the wrongs that Division has committed over the years, one mission at a time. But leading the hunt for them this time is Alex ... and she knows all of Nikita's tricks."

Supernatural - "This past season, Dean and Sam faced insurmountable obstacles: Sam returned from Hell without his soul, and Dean risked everything to get it back for him. The power struggle between good and evil raged on, with the new King of Hell, Crowley , ultimately emerging as their adversary. Shockingly, Crowley had made a secret deal with Sam and Dean's closest friend, the angel Castiel, who is now a desperate freedom fighter on the losing side of a post-Apocalyptic civil war in Heaven; together, the uneasy allies sought to open a door to Purgatory, where a great untapped well of souls lie waiting to be used as the ultimate form of military power. Sam and Dean reeled from the betrayal by their friend — and raced to stop the angel and demon before they opened that dangerous, otherworldly door. Now, in season seven, the Winchesters will find themselves in an increasingly sinister, changing landscape, up against a new foe unlike anything they've ever fought. They'll find their old tricks, weapons and hiding places all rendered useless. All they'll have is each other. And the certainty that, like the last of the cowboy outlaws, whatever they face, they're not going down without a fight."


8:00-9:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (New Time)
9:00-10:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Series)

8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM RINGER (New Series)

8:00-9:00 PM H8R (New Series)

9:00-10:00 PM THE SECRET CIRCLE (New Series)

8:00-9:00 PM NIKITA (New Night)

As was previously announced, Smallville ended its run after 10 seasons.

Will you watch The Secret Circle? Do you like the new schedule?

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