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'The Secret Circle,' 'Hart of Dixie' get full season orders

October 12, 2011 |  4:20 pm

CW picks up newbies 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle' for full seasons
It continues to be a happy day for newbies at the CW: Just hours after word had spread that "Ringer" would get picked up, rookies "Hart of Dixie" and "The Secret Circle" also got full season orders by the network.

News of "The Secret Circle's" pickup is hardly surprising considering the supernatural teen drama about a circle of witches is the most watched of the network's new shows. "The Secret Circle" has averaged about 2.7 million viewers since its debut last month.

"Hart of Dixie," meanwhile, which features Rachel Bilson ("The OC") as a big-city doctor forced to move to a small town in Alabama, has averaged about 1.8 million viewers, bringing in slightly better numbers than its "Gossip Girl" lead-in.

Both "The Secret Circle" and "Hart of Dixie" will get 22 episodes.

Mark Pedowitz, the network's president, said in a statement: “We believe in the creative strength of these dramas, and by giving them back nine orders we can give our audience the chance to enjoy complete seasons of all three of them. With compelling storylines, engaging characters and tremendous buzz, we firmly believe that 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Ringer' and 'The Secret Circle' can become signature series for The CW, the kind of top-notch shows that are synonymous with our brand.”

Apparently Mario Lopez and his dimpled cheeks weren't that synonymous with that brand -- the network canceled his celeb-reality show last week.


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-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart in "Hart of Dixie." Credit: The CW