Secret Circle Fans Express Outrage at Show’s Cancellation
It’s a tough time of the year to be a TV fan. With Upfronts just around the corner, the major TV networks (and the little ones) are busily shaking down their schedules, eying new pilots and ditching under-performing acts from their slate in preparation for Fall.
Among the casualties this year is the CW’s freshman series The Secret Circle, which was unceremoniously shown the door a day after its season finale episode ‘Family’ hit the air. There’s no real way to politely cancel a TV show, but Secret Circle fans are particularly outraged this this under-performer managed to out-perform two other ‘bubble shows’ (Nikita, Hart of Dixie) the CW decided to hang on to as part of their 2012 schedule – and still get canceled.
Twitter is currently ablaze with indignation. The Secret Circle has a large, passionate and well-connected online fan base and they are not taking the news lying down. The show title trended world-wide following the cancellation news, and topped Spoiler TV’s popular ‘Which Canceled Show Would You Bring Back?’ poll. In addition, several online petitions have begun to attract signatures in the tens of thousands, along with several letter-writing campaigns to CW President Mark Pedowitz. Some fans are also currently questioning if the show might continue on another medium such as Netflix, or another network such as ABCFamily or Syfy.
Long shots? Perhaps, but the noise is a testament to the show’s enduring popularity, and it seems the furore is not about to die down any time quickly.
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[Editor’s Note: I began reporting on The Secret Circle before the pilot episode aired last year. The show was a particular favorite of mine, and I have enjoyed every minute spent writing about it and sharing news and opinions with fans over Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. I am also deeply indebted to those cast members who generously gave their time through a series of regular interviews, including Adam Harrington, Gale Harold, Chris Zylka and Louis Hunter.]