The Secret Circle is an American television series that began production in September, 2011 and aired on the CW Network. The series is based on the "Secret Circle" series of young adult novels by author L.J. Smith. The premise of the series centers around teenager Cassie Blake, whose mother dies in a tragic fire. Alone, she moves to her family's home town of Chance Harbor, Washington to live with her grandmother. Cassie soon learns however that the town is rife with dark secrets, many of which happens to center around her family. Cassie becomes friends with some of the locals including Adam Conant, Diana Meade, Nick Armstrong and the mean-spirited Faye Chamberlain only to find that all of them, including Cassie herself, are the descendants of a long line of witches. This group of youths now represent the newest generation of the "Secret Circle". On May 11th, 2012 - one day after the season one finale, "Family", is broadcast - the CW Network announces the cancellation of The Secret Circle.
Vampire Diaries alumni Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain were originally tapped to be showrunners on the series, but stepped down from the project, feeling as if the show was too topheavy with executives. Craft's Vampire Diaries colleague Julie Plec was in the running to take over Craft's work following her and Fain's departure from the project.