The CW goes witchy with Secret Circle, Nikita lives to spy again

The pickups keep on coming. The CW has picked up the new drama, Secret Circle, for its 2011-2012 television season. And as for Nikita, fans of the spy-fi series can breathe a sigh of relief. That series joins The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural in getting renewed.

Secret Circle explores the life of a California teenager (Britt Robertson) who finds herself having to move across country to her mother's hometown of New Salem, Maine. As if that isn't bad enough, the girl learns she comes from a family of witches. Secret Circle is based on L.J. Smith's young-adult novel. If Smith sounds familiar, that's because she wrote the novel series based on the CW's megahit The Vampire Diaries.

And just to make sure Secret Circle draws in the young female audience The CW wants to attract, they've brought in Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson to spin the series in the right direction. The witchy series stars Robertson, Ashley Crow, Gale Harold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Louis Hunter, Natasha Henstridge, Phoebe Tonkin, Shelley Hennig and Thomas Dekker.

And in bit of non-sci-fi programming news, The CW also picked up Ringer, the former CBS pilot that that network passed on, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sarah Michelle Gellar. In Gellar's first venture back into series television since being the Slayer, she plays a woman who takes the place of her twin sister because people are trying to kill her, only to discover that someone's after her twin, too.

The CW will announce its complete fall schedule tomorrow.

Are you happy about Nikita? What's your take on Secret Circle?

More from around the web