Attention “The Vampire Diaries” fans: Take a deep breath and put down the vervain. The CW’s new supernatural drama “The Secret Circle” is not poaching your showrunner.
When it was announced back in November that “TVD” mastermind Kevin Williamson would be joining “The Secret Circle” as an executive producer, fans of the show worried it meant he would be leaving the vampire drama behind. Fret not, Salvatore brother fans: “TVD” is Williamson’s first priority.
“The way it works is ‘Vampire Diaries’ comes first. That’s my bread and butter, in terms of my baby. I still cry over it,” Williamson said in the press room at Comic-Con on Saturday. “‘Secret Circle’ has been designed to be run by Andrew Miller. He was the guy who was there before I ever showed up and he’s the guy who’s there now. I just check in with him, I help him, I go into the writer’s room and I play and then I leave.”
Though “Vampire Diaries” comes first, Williamson admits he does worry about “Secret Circle” — which centers on a coven of witches — having to match its lead-in’s current breakneck pace right from the very beginning.
“It’s a companion piece and it’s not so much a spin-off as it is a separate world. That’s kind of my biggest thing; I do worry. The other thing I worry about — which is me being insecure and paranoid — is that people will start the show and compare it to the beginning of the third season of ‘Vampire Diaries,’ which is going a mile a minute.”
Williamson continued, “When you go back to the first season of ‘Vampire Diaries,’ you’ll remember it told a story and it took awhile to suck you in and that’s what we’re trying to do here. I wouldn’t say there’s a slow pace, but we spend time getting to know our characters and dealing with the relationships and understanding what they want and desire and what witchcraft is and then right around the time you think it’s this, that happens and the whole world turns upside down.”
Both shows come from author L.J. Smith and, like “The Vampire Diaries’ before it, Williamson said fans can expect “Secret Circle” to deviate from the original book series. Gone are the Henderson twins and parents who act as plot devices; in their place is a more intimate coven of six members and intriguing parents with a dark secret and (possibly) even darker agenda.
“I’m a writer. I don’t want to just translate. The reason you hired me if for me to bring whatever is going on [ in my head] and [in my heart] and I try to do it,” Williamson explained. It’s no fun for me, I can’t personalize it. I have to personalize it like I did with ‘Vampire Diaries.’ I had to personalize it so that I could cry over it because Julie [Plec] and I sit there and cry when we write.”
Finally, we hate to be the bearer of bad news but fans of Mystic Falls’
only resident witch Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) shouldn’t expect to see her performing spells with any of “TSC’s” witches.” Williamson ruled out the possibility of a crossover during “The Secret Circle” panel, saying, “They’re two different worlds. They’re from the same novelist but the worlds don’t intersect. This is witches. There’s a huge mythology that doesn’t connect to Bonnie and ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ This is a brand new story.”
Are you excited for “The Secret Circle,” Zappers? What would you like to see from Williamson and Miller’s witch drama? Tell us in the comments.