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Michelle Trachtenberg and other Joss Whedon superstars make deals with the CW

Trachtenberg It's a good day for fans of strong, young TV heroines. Vulture confirms that the CW is developing not one, not two, but three series featuring actors and writers best known for their work with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that "Gossip Girl" showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are at work on a new Michelle Trachtenberg vehicle. The actress who played Buffy's little sister, Dawn, and continues to delight as the evil Georgina Sparks on "GG" will star as a talented criminology student who's lived a troubled life. And Trachtenberg won't just be acting — she came up with the concept and is on board as a producer. For those of us who have been waiting years to see her take top billing, this is a particularly welcome development. If we're lucky, we won't even have to wait too long for the project to see the light of day: it may premiere as early as fall 2011.

Meanwhile, behind the camera, writer-producers Marti Noxon, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain also have new projects in development for the CW. "Angel" and "Dollhouse" alums Craft and Fain are adapting "Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith's three-book series "Secret Circle," about a teen who discovers she's a witch, into an hour-long drama. Not to be outdone in the feisty, supernatural heroine department, "Buffy" and "Angel" writer Noxon is co-creating "Chloe." The show will center on a young con artist who dies and comes back as a "Divine Covert Operator." "Holy Rollers" actor Jason Fuchs, who apparently knows from quasi-religious programming, has signed on as a writer.

Of course, none of these projects can entirely ease the pain of Whedon's post-"Dollhouse" retreat to the big screen. But perhaps, if they succeed, they'll clear the way for his return.

— Judy Berman 
twitter.com/judyberman

Photo: Michelle Trachtenberg at the sixth annual Pink Party at Drai's at the W Hollywood on Sept. 25. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

 
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