According to the Official CW Description: Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out – after graduating top of her class from medical school, she’ll follow in her father’s footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon.  But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama.  Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.  She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn’t always so hospitable – the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe.  Zoe’s only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker – who just happens to be Lemon’s fiancé.  Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe’s decision to stay in Bluebell for a while, discovering small-town life and a side of herself she hadn’t known was there. 

Why We’re Excited: Executive Producer Josh Schwartz took the words right out of our mouth when he tweeted, “Hart of Dixie hopefully has an old school WB flave – Felicity, Everwood, Gilmore. Leila writes with great humor and heart.”

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: As an adorable object of our affection, we need no convincing when it come to star Rachel Bilson…. But as a doctor who we would trust with our life? Not to point too fine a point on it, but at least judging from the few promos we’ve been able to see, Meredith Grey she ain’t.

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According to the Official CW Description: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind.  Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit.  Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line.  She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm.  In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan.  Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists.  The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity.  She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry.  And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

Why We’re Excited: Having completely missed the BUFFY bandwagon (And yes, before you take to the comments below to scold us, it’s on our summer watch list!) we’re somewhat curious as to what all the hoopla is surrounding Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: If the disturbing lack of eyeballs for NIKITA — last season’s fantastic freshman attempt on behalf of the CW Network to broaden its appeal with darker and more challenging fare — illustrated anything, it’s that the Network’s niche audience may not be as quick to welcome Sarah Michelle Gellar back to their small screen as our Twitter feed was.

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According to the Official CW Description: 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.

Why We’re Excited: You mean aside from Kevin Williamson’s inexplicable ability to end virtually every episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES with us on the edge of our seat couch? You’ve got continued employment for LIFE UNEXPECTED’s Britt Robertson, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Thomas Dekker and QUEER AS FOLKS’ Gale Harold.

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: Is it just us, or are witches hand down the least interesting aspect of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES?

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  • Raked

    I read the Secret Circle books way back in middle school, and I recently reread them. I have hope for the series, but I am a little nervous because of some of the changes they’ve made. Definitely interested in checking it out. If anything, I imagine these witches will have much fewer nosebleeds than Bonnie.

  • Simon Polidano

    Re: The Secret Circle = the reason witches are the least interesting thing about The Vampire diaries is because the focus is on, errr, well vampires…. I’m guessing that is why L.J Smith decided to write another series of novels dedicated to witches because she knew they ARE interesting and there are stories to tell – charmed did run for EIGHT years after all….

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  • Nick

    RE:  1)  My thoughts exactly, Amanda—a huge reason why one season of Grey’s was more than enough for me.

    2)  If SMG fans don’t flock back to her series, then I never want to hear from them again.  The show is being offered; support it, or live with the reality dreck alternative.

    3)  I actually like the witch storylines on TVD, and hated when Bonnie’s granny died.  Secret Circle is a can’t miss.

  • Peter

     if secret circle works cw should thingk about making a charmed spinoff or reboot. every charmed fan would watch and we are about 5 million in the US

  • Jenny

     Secret Circle is gonna be a hit.
    Hart of Dixie- I’m not trying to be mean, but I’ve seen clips of the show and Rachel has very flat and awkward line delivery.That’s not even her trying to portray a doctor yet! The show just doesn’t look interesting to me either. I love Everwood and Life Unexpected, but I’m going to pass on Hart of Dixie.

  • The TV Addict

    It wasn’t meant to be a comment on Meredith’s character as much as the fact that she is a believable doctor.

  • The TV Addict

    It wasn’t meant to be a comment on Meredith’s character as much as the fact that she is a believable doctor.

  • The TV Addict

    Good point

  • galegirlfla

    More Gale Harold is always a good thing!