Vampire Diaries Producer Green-Lights Pilot for Another L.J. Smith Show

If you love the Vampire Diaries, hold your breath, and be sure you’re sitting for this news: the network responsible for the production of the Vampire Diaries, CW, has just green lit a project for a pilot, inspired by another of L.J. Smith’s book series. Kevin Williamson and L.J. Smith are collaborating on a spin-off, for her series of novels ‘The Secret Circle’. When we get to talking about secrets and circles, you know what comes to mind? Witches; and that’s definitely okay by me, because with witches, there’s bound to be some occasional vampire action. Now, according to the most reliable sources, what’s going down is rather confusing: there was supposed to be a companion series in production, that directly related to the Vampire Diaries.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on what may be the latest addition to CW’s line-up:

The CW has just greenlit a pilot that re-teams Kevin Williamson and Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith for a supernatural drama.

Secret Circle is based on a series of books about a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil.

(So, it’s not directly related to Williamson/Smith’s Vampire Diaries … different characters … but certainly a potential suitable companion series to the network’s biggest hit … not to confuse further, but there was an literal Vampire Diaries companion series in the works, but that’s been put on hold).

Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios producing along with exec prods Williamson, writer Andrew Miller, and Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo.

What do you think of Secret Circle? Too familiar or exactly what you want more of from The CW?

Hmm. I don’t know if I go for the witch stuff personally, but it sounds like it might be interesting, and hey, who knows, there may indeed be some occasional vampires. On the other hand, if this series is born, then the other companion series won’t just be ‘put on hold’, it’ll be vaporized. Namely because i somehow doubt CW will have three different shows on the air that was inspired by L.J. Smith novels. Which makes me sad because that companion series was almost certainly sure to have more vampires… so while this is cool, it’s definitely not good news for the Vampire Diaries spinoff that’s supposed to be in the making.

By annimi

Ashley writes for,, and other sites in the Darksites Network. She's involved in several seedy and disreputable activities, smokes too much, and spends her late nights procrastinating for work on her first novel.

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