'The Secret Circle' extended trailer: Gale Harold is a bad, bad man and other observations

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"Once you're in, there's no way out."

The CW unveiled three clips for "The Secret Circle," Kevin Williamson's new drama, at the network upfronts last week.

Now, a six-minute trailer has been released which offers a closer look at The Circle -- the coven of witches Cassie ( Britt Robertson) learns she's a member of after moving to her mother's hometown.

After hearing the series was picked up The CW, we went out and bought the book series by L.J. Smith to get a feel for the Circle, the characters, the universe, etc. One of our favorite parts of the book series was the power struggle between Diana and Faye, the idea of teenagers having all this power and deciding how it's harnessed. You can imagine our delight when we saw that very power struggle featured in the trailer.

Some of our other thoughts and observations:

-- Some fans were upset that the coven had been reduced from 12 to six members. After watching the trailer, the change should make sense. It's hard to fully develop and establish six characters, let alone 12, in a series. The other members (Henderson twins, Deborah, etc.) would have been glorified cardboard cut-outs had they been included.

--  The chemistry between Cassie (Robertson) and Adam ( Thomas Dekker) is palpable and a highlight in the six minute preview. We hope the chemistry and friendship between Cassie and Diana ( Shelley Hennig) is as dynamic, just so we actually can buy Cassie resisting Adam out of loyalty and respect for Diane.

-- Faye ( Phoebe Tonkin) is to "The Secret Circle" what Damon is to "The Vampire Diaries." She's the group's wild card -- unpredictable and a bit unhinged. Tonkin's delivery of the line "Do you want to try that again because I didn't quite buy it. Did you?" was ace.

-- We feel like Gale Harold is going to steal every single scene he's in on the show, just like he basically stole this extended trailer. He was creepy as hell threatening Adam's father ( Adam Harrington) and even creepier when he was putting on the nice guy act for Cassie... after killing her mother. We already love to hate him.

-- We like that the series will be exploring the older coven(s) more thoroughly than the books did. We always like some good adult drama going on (see: first season of "The O.C.") and we can't wait to find out what went wrong when they were practicing that lead to witchcraft being abolished.

-- We're a bit nervous about "TSC" airing right after "TVD." We don't think this show will move at the same breakneck pace, which isn't a bad thing, but we think fans will be expecting the storylines to move quicker before the show even begins. Make sense?

-- Kanye West music cue? Bad*ss. In fact, all of the songs (including Tinie Tempah's "Written in the Stars") used in the trailer are pretty stellar. Gold star for the music supervisor!

-- We live for a good Taylor Swift moment. Example: Nick (Louis Hunter) holding a sign in the window (Zap2it pet peeve alert!: Spell out the words next time, Nick! Laziness is no one's friend.):

nick-tsc-promo.jpgWatch the extended trailer for "The Secret Circle" below then head on over to the comments to tell us if you'll be entering the Circle come September.

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