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The Secret Circle Review: One Shady Sibling

21 October 2011 4:38 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The death of Nick Armstrong grew even sadder this week on The Secret Circle. Because I felt bad for various characters, most notably Melissa? Eh, sure.

Mostly, though because it led to a rather gloomy, dare I say it, boring hour of television. Granted, "Wake" was faced with the challenging task of following a pair of outstanding, shocking, suspenseful episodes, but that doesn't change the irony of the episode title: I found it hard to stay awake.

I hate to pick on a young actor, but Chris Zylka did very little for me as Jake. The character isn't exactly oozing charisma, is he? He's stiff, he lacks a personality and yet he was the major focus of this episode.

Fortunately, the final scene teased an intriguing set-up for Jake's presence. I'm less surprised and fascinated by the fact that Jake is a witch hunter - did anyone really trust this guy at any point? »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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‘The Secret Circle’ Key Comments: Fans Are ‘Devastated’ Over [Spoiler]‘s Death!

14 October 2011 11:33 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

From 'Let's start a petition' to 'I don't think I can keep watching,' fans of 'The Secret Circle' are mourning the loss of Nick Armstrong. Even though I knew going into the Oct. 13 episode of The Secret Circle that Nick (Louis Hunter) was going to die, nothing could have prepared me for the flood of emotions I felt watching him go -- and watching his fellow circle members react to the tragedy. And I clearly wasn't alone, as dozens of outraged commenters took to's recap of the episode with their own sentiments of sadness, frustration -- and in one case,  dreams of a shirtless ghostly future. Many fans believe Nick had serious potential and were looking forward to seeing him mature, not only as a person, but as a love interest for Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy.) Chloe 24 writes: "Characters like Nick (think Damon from Vampire »

- Andy Swift

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'The Secret Circle' shocker: Louis Hunter on Nick's early demise

13 October 2011 10:59 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The secret is out, and the circle is broken. On tonight's shocking episode of "The Secret Circle," we said goodbye to Nick Armstrong, the oft-shirtless ne'er-do-well boy next door. The twist was particularly startling given the fact that Nick is a fan favorite character from the L.J. Smith novels from which the series is adapted... not to mention the fact that actor Louis Hunter has appeared in all of the show's promotional materials up to this point.

Unfortunately for Nick fans, this isn't one of those deaths that's easily remedied by a potion or a clap-if-you-believe-in-witches spell. Zap2it spoke exclusively with Hunter last week and he confirmed that after shooting the episode, "Slither," he packed his bags.

Zap2it: How permanent is Nick's death? Were you on set again after filming this episode?

Hunter: No, I pretty much left Vancouver straight away after filming this episode. I had »


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The Secret Circle Episode 5 Review: Death and All His Friends...

13 October 2011 8:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well I will be damned!

There are two things for certain about tonight's episode of The Secret Circle. #1) Some serious game changers were implemented tonight and the show will never be the same again. 2) Fans of the book series might be hella pissed about tonight's developments. Why? Because one of the Circle members is officially and irrevocably dead. And it is not the one who you expected it to be...

After last week's cliffhanger, Melissa was possessed by the demon they thought they had just killed within Heather. The possessed Melissa then manipulated Nick into digging up the demon's brethren, who had been buried in the forest for God knows how long. After wigging out the other coven members, the demon finally showed its true colors after retrieving a suitcase filled with the creatures. She then attacked the rest of the coven, most notably Nick, whose weakness for Melissa became »

- Mark O. Estes

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Dennings and Behrs on the Set of '2 Broke Girls'

10 October 2011 9:33 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" correspondent Adrianna Costa was on the set of the new fall comedy, "2 Broke Girls," starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. The girls had a special shoutout for Mario Lopez, giggling, "Hi, AC!"

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The smart and funny sitcom is about two waitresses who become best friends and dream of opening a cupcake shop. Behrs, who in real life once worked at Chili's, recalled, "I dropped a whole »

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"The Secret Circle" SnapCap: Come On, Baby. Light My (Car On) Fire!

15 September 2011 6:50 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The Secret Circle is the CW's latest entry into TV's supernatural sweepstakes. Based on a book by the author of The Vampire Diaries and executive produced by out Kevin Williamson, the network hopes to capture the same magic again that propelled Tvd into a hit.

Our protagonist Cassie (Britt Robertson), having been orphaned when her mother Amelia is magicked to death in a fire by a dastardly stranger, moves to a seaside town to live with her grandmother Jane (Ashley Crow), who we can tell is a “free spirit” by her unruly mane of curly locks and her vast assortment of jaunty scarves. Cassie has meet-cutes with the rest of the teenage cast except for neighbor Nick (Louis Hunter), who instead ups the creep factor by staring at Cassie in her bedroom from his house.

After Faye Chamberlain (Phoebe Tonkin) proves to the group that Cassie's a witch by setting »

- John

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Secret Circle Spells effect Youtube

15 September 2011 8:52 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Secret Circle Spells effect Youtube

What happens when witches take over Youtube? You’re about to find out; if you dare! We’ve all had difficulty watching a video online at one time or another and believe me, it can be pretty frustrating, but today’s video offering will prove the power of the Secret Circle. All loss of control is do magic, my friends. Let’s just hope it isn’t dark magic.

Secret Circle is a fresh new offering at the CW network, slated to unleash sparks starting tonight with its season premier (following the Vampire Diaries)! Based on the books by L.J. Smith, author of The Vampire Diaries, we expect the new series will be a hit.

Want to get to know the cast before they put a spell on you? We can help! You’ll notice the lead character, Cassie Blake, is brought to life by Life Unexpected actress, »

- Sasha Nova

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First Look: The Secret Circle - The Witching Hour You Don't Want To Miss

13 September 2011 10:41 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It goes without saying that Thursdays this fall on The CW will be dubbed 'The L.J. Smith Night' when both of the author's popular book series, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, will finally be paired up to deliver more tales of teen angst with a supernatural twist to eager viewers. While The Vampire Diaries (which is returning for its third season) has already proven itself to be a viable contender on the TV battle land known as Thursdays, The Secret Circle doesn't have that clout under its belt just yet given that it is one of the many new shows premiering this fall. So can The CW strike lightning twice with another L.J. Smith/Kevin Williamson supernatural hit?

Um, yeah!

The Secret Circle is a worthy lead out show from The Vampire Diaries and should capture not only fans of Tvd and the Tsc book series, but new casual fans as well. »

- Mark O. Estes

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'The Secret Circle' on The CW: All about Nick Armstrong and Melissa Glaser

13 August 2011 2:37 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In L.J. Smith's "Secret Circle" book series, Nick Armstrong is a fan favorite character with an icy attitude. He's referred to as the "iguana" and he's got a cold, disengaged demeanor. So far, we haven't heard much about how Nick will be adapted for the upcoming series on The CW, so Zap2it sat down with executive producer Andrew Miller to get all the intel on the mysterious character.

In the pilot episode, we won't learn much about Nick, aside from the fact that he's played by Aussie actor Louis Hunter. He lives next door to Britt Robertson's character, Cassie, and when she moves in after the tragic death of her mother, he expresses his concern with an eloquent "R U Ok?" sign that he holds up to her window. He seems sweet... until he magically opens her curtains later while she's changing.

"Nick is a troubled young man, »


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Fall TV 2011: 20 Shows to Watch Out For!

10 August 2011 4:21 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The 2011 Fall TV season is shaping up to be an intriguing one. There's the CW reality show "H8R," hosted by "Extra's" own Mario Lopez; the NBC retro drama "The Playboy Club," starring Eddie Cibrian; Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated "Terra Nova" on Fox, and more.

Check out these 20 must-see shows!

2011 Fall TV: 20 New Shows to Watch!'Terra Nova' (Fox)

Who: Jason O'Mara, Christine Adams, Stephen Lang, Byron J. Brochmann, Shelley Conn; executive »

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'The Secret Circle' pilot loses a coven member

24 March 2011 6:10 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Turns out it's six down and none to go, "Secret Circle" fans. At least for the pilot.

Sources confirm to Zap2it exclusively that the character Doug Henderson has been removed from the CW pilot.

In the original pilot script (penned by Andrew Miller), Doug is part of the seven-member coven of witches which the pilot focuses on. He's a football player who was bumped from up from third-string to starting quarterback thanks to the coven's powers. In January, "The Vampire Diaries'" showrunner and executive producer Kevin Williamson was brought in to rewrite Miller's script and soon the project was picked up to pilot. Fast forward to March and Doug is no longer in the pilot script.

So does this mean the character is gone from the project for good? Put down the spell books, "Tsc" fans. We're told it's simply too early to tell as the pilot (which »


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Louis Hunter Cast on The Secret Circle

22 March 2011 7:28 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Secret Circle continues to expand.

Louis Hunter, an unknown in the United States whose most prominent work has been on the Australian soap opera Out of the Blue, has landed a key role on this upcoming CW drama. He'll portray the witch Nick Armstrong, a drug dealer who lives next door to Britt Robertson's Cassie.

Hunter's casting follows the announcement that Natasha Henstridge has also signed on to the series, coming on board as Vice Principal Dawn Chamberlain.

The Secret Circle will premiere this fall with a pilot penned by Vampire Diaries producer Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller. »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Natasha Henstridge joins The CW's 'Secret Circle' pilot

21 March 2011 5:05 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Drop Dead Diva" and "Eli Stone" actress Natasha Henstridge has joined "The Secret Circle," a drama pilot for the CW, Deadline reports.

Henstridge will be playing Dawn Chamberlain, the vice principal of New Salem High School and Faye's (Phoebe Tonkin). She was a friend of new girl Cassie's (Britt Robertson) mother growing up and knows about the town's secret coven of witches.

 In the casting sides Zap2it obtained for the pilot, Dawn is described as a beautiful red-head in her late 30's who seems to have her own agenda.

"The Secret Circle" centers on Cassie (Robertson), a young girl who moves to New Salem, Maine and learns she is a member of a secret coven of witches. She is also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. You know, typical teenage girl problems.

Earlier today, we reported that Australian actor Louis Hunter was cast as coven member Nick Armstrong. »


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TV: Drug Dealing Trouble in 'Secret Circle'

21 March 2011 7:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Australian actor Louis Hunter has been cast as a drug dealer named "Nick Armstrong" in CW's pilot episode of "Secret Circle," alongside previously announced Phoebe Tonkin, Brittany Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Shelley Hennig, and Jessica Parker. Hennig will be playing "Diana," the leader of the seven-member coven who has been dating Adam (Dekker) since childhood. Kennedy also recently signed on to play coven member "Melissa." Kevin Williamson recently came onboard "Secret Circle," which is based on a three-book series from "The Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith. It centers on a California teen (Robertson) who moves to her mom's hometown of New Salem and discovers that she is a witch. Williamson is now working on the script and serving as an executive producer on the project, which, with its auspices, has emerged as a strong contender for a pilot pickup. Shooting begins this month in Vancouver. »

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Louis Hunter joins 'Secret Circle' pilot

21 March 2011 6:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis Hunter has signed up for a role in The CW's pilot Secret Circle. The drama, which is based on books by The Vampire Diaries author Lj Smith, stars Britt Robertson as a young girl called Cassie who discovers that she is a witch. Zap2It claims that Hunter has now been cast in the drama as Cassie's neighbour Nick Armstrong. Nick, who is described as a "bad boy" and (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Louis Hunter Joins the Secret Circle

20 March 2011 11:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Another bit of casting news has come our way for The CW's upcoming witchy little show "Secret Circle", and while we have no clue who he is, it's a good bet that the chicks will like him.

According to ZAP2it Australian actor Louis Hunter (pictured right) has been cast as Nick Armstrong.

Nick is one of seven members of the show's coven of witches and could be described as the group's "bad boy." He'll be joining the previously announced Brittany Robertson, Shelley Hennig, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Phoebe Tonkin, and Thomas Dekker.

"Secret Circle" centers on Cassie, a California teen who moves to her mom's hometown of New Salem and discovers that she is a witch and part of a secret coven. She’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Dekker portrays Adam, the oldest member of the aforementioned coven and a love interest for Cassie. »

- Uncle Creepy

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'The Secret Circle' finds its Nick: Louis Hunter

20 March 2011 11:33 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Six down, one to go, "Secret Circle" fans.

After weeks of speculation, the CW pilot based on the book series by "Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith has finally found its Nick. Zap2it has exclusively learned that Australian actor Louis Hunter has been cast as Nick Armstrong.

Hunter is a virtual unknown in the states but appeared in the Australian TV soap "Out of the Blue" as Kyle Mulroney in 2008. 

Nick is one of seven members of the show's coven of witches and could be described as the group's "bad boy." He appears to be a drug dealer and casually hooks up with Faye (fellow Aussie Phoebe Tonkin). He is new girl Cassie's (Britt Robertson) next door neighbor.

The pilot script was written by "Tvd" executive producer Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller. Also serving as executive producers on the project are "Dollhouse" alums Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain.

For curious minds, »


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Secret Circle Secrets Revealed

18 February 2011 2:05 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Kevin Williamson fans have been buzzing away with excitement thanks to all the news quickly breaking regarding his latest show for The CW television network, "Secret Circle". Today there's even more reason for fans to lose their shit as just about everything they could possibly have been curious about has come to light!

As per an extensive look at the upcoming series courtesy of Zap 2 It comparing the series to its source material:

Cassie Blake:

TV: Forced to move to New Salem to live with her grandmother when her mother dies in a tragic accident and she doesn't know who her father is, which she is sensitive about. She finds her mother's spellbook and clues in pretty quickly to the weird occurrences around her. She isn't as shy as her book counterpart. Described as "oddly cool."

Book: Shy 16-year-old who moves to her mother's hometown of New Salem. She has »

- Uncle Creepy

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'The Secret Circle' scoop: All the insider information on Kevin Williamson's new pilot

17 February 2011 9:11 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The Secret Circle" has quickly become The CW's most-buzzed about pilot in recent weeks. First, "The Vampire Diaries" co-creator Kevin Williamson came on-board to write the pilot script and executive produce. The hype only increased when "Life Unexpected's" Britt Robertson was cast in an unknown role.

Zap2it has obtained casting sides for the supernatural show, which centers on a young girl moving to New Salem, Maine, and learning she is a member of a secret coven of witches. She is also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. You know, typical teenage girl problems.

Here is a list of characters featured in the sides. We also compared their description in the sides to their book counterparts. Don't say we never did anything for you:

Cassie Blake:

TV: Forced to move to New Salem to live with her grandmother when her mother dies in »


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Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peeks & Photos: Loretta Devine Returns

15 February 2011 6:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Loretta Devine will be making a return appearance as Adele on the February 17 new episode of Grey's Anatomy.  Everyone is shocked when Adele turns up as an ER patient.  In the episode Meredith steps up to run the ER for the night, in an attempt to prove that she's Chief Resident material.  Of course, things go haywire and she learns how much can actually go wrong in only an hour.  Bailey and Eli get into mischief when they sneak off together.

Below are four sneak peeks and promo photos for the upcoming February 17 episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Guest cast includes Scott Foley as Henry, Rachael Taylor as Dr. Lucy Fields, Daniel Sunjata as Eli, Loretta Devine as Adele, Moe Irvin as Nurse Tyler, Jeffrey Doornbos as Mitch, Elizabeth Bogush as Gia, Dondre T. Whitfield as Oliver, Jason Gray-Stanford as Josh, Jacy King as Whitney, Cade Owens as Nathan, John Henry Canavan as Stewart, »

- Clarissa

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