The CW is launching a new TV series, The Secret Circle, based on teenaged witches in Washington. The first episode will air tonight. From CW Publicity:
Cassie Blake’s world is turned upside down after her mother dies in a mysterious accident, forcing Cassie to move in with her loving grandmother Jane in the small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. While trying to adjust to her new life, Cassie is quickly befriended by Diana Meade, a sweet-natured classmate who offers to show her around and introduces her to mean-girl Faye, her sidekick Melissa and Cassie’s next door neighbor Nick. Things get complicated when she meets Adam, Diana’s boyfriend, with whom she feels an instant and powerful connection. Upon meeting one of her mother’s childhood friends, Dawn Chamberlain, the school principal and Faye’s mother, Cassie begins to wonder why her mother never spoke of her hometown. When strange and dangerous things begin to happen, Cassie’s new friends are forced to tell her their secret – they are all witches and her arrival will complete the Circle…
Sounds intriguing so far, right? Well, now Iâ€™ve read this article on Entertainment Weekly on five reasons to â€śloveâ€ť about this new series and Iâ€™m having second thoughts about the whole thing. Once again, witches are being misrepresented as power-hungry, vicious and evil people (beings?) and not as followers of an earth-loving path that enriches so many of our lives. What tipped me off? Uh, how about this entire paragraph:
“Weâ€™re using the elements, but weâ€™re trying to use them in a very dangerous way so you can see how the spell interacts with the elements around them and how they can create violent situations,â€ť [producer Kevin] Williamson says. â€śThese witches will pray [sic] on your weaknesses. Theyâ€™ll find out whatâ€™s the easiest way to get at you, and they will do it. Theyâ€™ll use your fears, your physical limitations. Theyâ€™ll use anything they can to attack you and also cover their tracks. Itâ€™s really kind of eerie. Weâ€™re creating a very sort of devilish view of witchcraft. But we also have the aspirational [sic] wish-fulfillment aspect of it as well, which is what the kids ultimately want to do. They bind the circle, because who wouldnâ€™t want to have superpowers, and then, of course, it gets dangerous.â€ť
The writer of the show apparently doesnâ€™t even know what it means to bind something. Egads! But how nice of the writers and producers to create a devilish view of witchcraft. Hate to tell them this, but I think that Kramer and Sprenger beat them to the punch on that one five hundred years ago!
Are you planning to watch anyway? Let me know how it goes and any reactions you have here in the comments! And if you just want to waste some time, try taking the CWâ€™s quiz: which type of witch are you? Snicker.