According to THR, the CW has officially picked up three shows for next season: The Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie and The Ringer.
The Secret Circle is based on a series of books by The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith, and focuses on a young girl who moves to New Salem and learns that she’s actually a witch. With help from other members of a coven in town, she learns more about her own latent powers. The Secret Circle is being executive produced by Kevin William, who also produces the hit CW show The Vampire Diaries. Britt Robertson, formerly the star of The CW’s Life Unexpected, will lead a cast of young stars in the show, including Thomas Dekker.
Hart of Dixie stars The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson as a New York doctor who inherits a small practice in a small Southern town. The show was developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who both head up Gossip Girl.
Ringer, meanwhile, heralds the return of Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar to episodic television. This was a bit of a surprise because Ringer was originally being developed for The CW’s sister network CBS. Gellar stars as a woman on the run from the mob who hides out by inhabiting the life of her twin sister — until she learns that her twin’s life also has a bounty.
The fate of several current CW shows are up in the air, including One Tree Hill, Hellcats and Nikita. 90210, Gossip Girl, America’s Next Top Model, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries have already been renewed. Smallville has officially ended its run, which leaves one open spot on the schedule.
It’s rumored that One Tree Hill will be returning for about 13 episodes next season and it’s likely Nikita will be renewed as well. With Smallville done and Hellcats likely canceled, these three shows will fill up the empty space on The CW’s schedule.
We will have confirmation of The CW’s 2011-2012 schedule on Thursday, when the network makes its upfront presentation to advertisers.
Update: Nikita and One Tree Hill have officially been renewed by The CW.