Seeing Double on The CW. Plus, Sparkly Witches…It’s the First Week of Fall 2011

Written by Shaun Daniels and Sharon Wong

With the schoolbuses lining the streets and mucking up our daily commute, it can mean only one thing…the premiere of Fall‘s new and returning television shows.  It is more than one week before the triumphant return of the Brothers Winchester on Supernatural, and the prime and parallel universes of Fringe, but there are two new CW shows debuting this week that have caught our eye and have us doing a double take.


The most anticipated show, at least for us and millions of fans worldwide, of the season is both a premiere and a return.  The CW’s new adult drama is not our usual fare but Ringer is eight years in the waiting.  Premiering Tuesday, September 13th at 9/8c, the CBS-turned-CW suspense thriller stars Buffy Summers herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Ringer marks the return of Gellar on television (and the former WB, now CW) after the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then an eight year absence filled with a life with husband and actor Freddie Prinze Jr., baby Charlotte and traveling.  The savvy Gellar as star and executive producer of Ringer was not meant to be the first time around in 2009 but thanks to CBS, writers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (Supernatural), and a schedule and environment that fit her new life, the actress is at home again.  With this show, Sarah Michelle Gellar has nothing to prove to us as she already is a star.

In Ringer, Gellar is up for a work(wo)man’s task playing twins;  ex-stripper and redemption-seeking Bridget is on the run from a mobster and the FBI (Lost’s Nestor Carbonell) after witnessing a murder and reunites with identical twin Siobhan, but only briefly.  Bridget assumes the identity of her sister after Siobhan’s “death” but the life of the fabulous and rich is nothing like they appear including her own sister’s.  And Siobhan isn’t dead, just in Paris seeking revenge.  Gellar stars opposite Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Siobhan’s husband, Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) as Siobhan’s lover, Tara Summers (Damages) as Siobhan’s best friend and wife of her lover, and Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as Bridget’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor and support system.

PROS:  SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR; you loved her in Buffy, you’ll love her in Ringer.  And the show boasts more twists and turns than a roller coaster.

CONS:  Absolutely none.


The witches of The Secret Circle, premiering Thursday, September 15th at 9/8c, are the thematic companions to The Vampire Diaries’ vampires and werewolves.  Before you write this teen/horror/romance off, test the waters out because as far as we see it there are no sparkly witches yet.  The Secret Circle centers around Cassie whom returns to Chance Harbor Washington State, the town where her deceased mother grew up.  She quickly realizes that she is no ordinary teenager, and that her family and new friends are witches.  Cassie discovers a book that contains a dark secret, shedding new light on her mother’s “accidental” death.  The Secret Circle stars Brittany Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Kaboom), Gale Harold (Hellcats), Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone) and Logan Browning (Meet the Browns).

PROS:  Thomas Dekker.  The actor was fantastic as our futuristic messiah, John Connor, in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles so it’s worth a shot or two.  Plus, it’s after the The Vampire Diaries, returning with the complicated and sexy love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev), and brothers Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley).

CONS:  It’s a teen drama with elements of romance and horror in the form of witches so that should be the barometer for your decision on the show.  The upside to the con is that The CW knows teen drama like nobody’s business.

Twice the Gellar and witches on The CW…sounds like a good start to the Fall season.

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