CCI | <i>The Secret Circle</i> Premiere

The CW premiered the pilot episode of its upcoming supernatural drama The Secret Circle at Comic Con International in San Diego. Based on L.J. Smith’s popular young-adult fantasy novels, the series centers on Cassie Blake, a 16-year-old girl who discovers after the tragic death of her mother that she and five of her classmates are descended from powerful witches dating back to 1692.

The Secret Circle is full of mystery, drama and romance, and aimed directly at fans The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, also based on Smith’s books.

After the screening, the main cast and crew took to the stage for a very brief panel session.

Executive Producer Kevin Williamson began with a discussion of the source material. “It’s a great story,” he said. “It’s rich in mythology, it’s rich in characters, it’s rich in relationships and all those wonderful themes that L.J. and I both share and love. Romance, betrayal, deceit, murder, mayhem -- it’s a wonderful world. I hope I can add to it, spin it around and let it go.”

The series marks the first venture into fantasy for Britt Robertson, who previously starred in The CW teen drama Life Unexpected.

“I think it’s cool,” said the actress, who plays Cassie. “I’ve never got to work in this genre or element before, the supernatural world. I just discovered that I get to do my own stunts!”

However,  it’s familiar territory for her co-star Phoebe Tonkin, who before playing Faye Chamberlain was best known for her role in the Australian children’s fantasy series H20: Just Add Water. “I went from being a mermaid to being a witch, so I feel like I’m in my element right now.”

An audience member asked Williamson how The Secret Circle might be related to his other CW series The Vampire Diaries, leading Robertson to exclaim, “Crossover!” However, Williamson responded, “They’re two different worlds … the worlds don’t intersect.”

Robertson revealed the first scene she filmed was one in which she almost kisses Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who plays her love interest Adam Conant. She said the shot one version in which “we full-on kiss.”

Dekker, who was sitting next Robertson on the panel, playfully attempted to recreate the moment, but the actress wouldn’t have any of it.

“Oh, I’m sorry, 18 years of age,” she said. “Whatever, I’m sure you’ve heard worse.”

The Secret Circle premieres Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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