Net greenlights witch drama from 'Vampire' team

CW has enlisted Kevin Williamson and others from the “Vampire Diaries” team to shepherd a new fantasy drama pilot, “Secret Circle.”

Project marks the sixth pilot CW has on its 2011 development roster. It’s expected to be the net’s final pickup of pilot season.

“Secret Circle” is based on an Alloy book series penned by “Vampire Diaries” scribe L.J. Smith. Instead of the immortal, this one revolves around the empowered — a young woman who discovers that she’s a witch and part of a secret coven that holds the key to unlocking ancient battle of good and evil.

“Circle” hails from Warner Bros. TV, CBS TV Studios and Alloy Entertainment. Andrew Miller wrote the pilot and exec produces with Williamson, “Vampire Diaries” scribes Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo

CW picked up five pilots, including the zombie uprising vehicle “Awakening,” last week (Daily Variety, Feb. 2).

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