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'Secret Circle' EP Andrew Miller previews tonight's season finale

Tonight, The Secret Circle closes its first season with a finale that exec producer Andrew Miller promises will answer our questions about John Blackwell (Joe Lando). When we last left the teen witches of Chance Harbor, Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Diana (Shelley Hennig) had learned that Blackwell had orchestrated the creation of their entire Circle, even if he only fathered them, and Diana found out that Charles (Gale Harold), the father who raised her, had killed Cassie’s mother. Oh, and Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) was kidnapped by Eben (Sammi Rotibi), and Blackwell got his hands on the final crystal needed to make the Crystal Skull, which he insists is the only way the Circle can defeat the Witch Hunters. “There is an extremely diabolical next phase to Blackwell’s plans that the kids aren’t privy to, that Faye’s kidnapping has something to do with,” Miller teases. By the end of the hour, we will know Blackwell’s true intentions. “He’s a complicated guy, to say the least. But we’ll completely understand why he’s in Chance Harbor and what he wants, and the viewers can decide just how evil or not evil they think he is,” Miller says. “And Cassie will make that decision very clearly.” There’s a reason the episode is titled “Family”: “For all the characters, but particularly for Cassie and Diana, it becomes a choice about defining whether your family is made up of blood or choice. That’s the decision Diana will have to make, that Cassie will have to make, and the others will have to make as they head to the final minutes of the show.” READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle': Chris Zylka on the return of Nick, a season finale that will piss fans off (in a good way), and bullying Spider-Man on the big screen

that they were trying to negotiate something for him to come back awhile ago, and that sparked complete joy in me because Louis and I had never met. Here we play brothers, and all I want to do is meet the guy to kinda get to know him so there was that sense that we knew each other before,” Zylka laughs. “He’s a huge Brando fan, and I love old films, so we definitely bonded over that.” As for Jake’s reaction to Nick’s return: “He’s gonna be typical Jake and cover up his real emotion with some secondary emotion, and then when push comes to shove and he has to show how he really feels, it’s pretty intense and heartfelt,” Zylka says. READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle': Shelley Hennig on Diana's possible move to the dark side

Last week on The Secret Circle, viewers learned that Diana (Shelley Hennig) is the second Blackwell child. Hennig only learned that Diana was Cassie’s (Britt Robertson) half-sister a few days before the episode was shot. “I was shocked and I kept thinking, ‘Well, the scripts change up until the day of,’ so I didn’t get my hopes up until I was actually shooting the episode,” she says. “We all wanted it. It was a cool twist for any of us. But for me, I just thought that it would explain Diana’s connection with Cassie all along, and the fact that the first person she’d go to when her and Adam broke up was Cassie, the girl who basically got between the two of them. I remember shooting that going, ‘Ohmygod, never in a million years would I go to the girl who got in the way to cry on her shoulder.’ So it just totally makes sense now, in my mind.” So where do we go from here?  READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle' scoop: Gale Harold teases 'mad dash' to the finale

Every episode of The Secret Circle seems to deliver more twists and turns than the last. And the last new episode is no exception. Fans learned that if the Circle tracked down the six crystals, they could rid themselves of those problematic witch hunters. Where do we go from here? Well, co-star Gale Harold isn’t dropping any secrets, but he’s definitely excited for fans to find out.

“It’s sort of like a mad dash to the end of the season,” he says of tonight’s episode. “In terms of what could happen, it depends on who gets their hands on what, who can assemble the crystals and who is going to have those under their control.” READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle' star Phoebe Tonkin on facing off with crazy Eva: Faye is 'scared for her life'

It takes a lot to scare Faye. The young witch is as tough as teens come, but in tonight’s episode of The Secret Circle,  Phoebe Tonkin says viewers will see her bravery wane as she faces off against Lee’s ex-girlfriend Eva, who last week woke up from her coma with a major personality shift.

“To be honest, I don’t think anyone really threatens Faye,” she says. “But in the next episode, though, she’s a bit scared for her life, which is very different. It all gets a little dangerous.”

The situation has already seemingly claimed one life: Lee (Gray Damon), who fans last saw encased in a cocoon-like substance gasping for air. (But should we not start mourning just yet? Like Nick, who is expected to return later this season, Tonkin says we likely haven’t seen the last of Lee. There’s always a chance.) READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Secret Circle,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Howdy, Roomies.

It’s that time of the week again, so I hope you enjoy some of the juicy tidbits in this week’s installment. And with finales just around the corner, I imagine it’s all just going to get juicier as the weeks tick by.

But on that note, if there’s something I’m missing, don’t hesitate to put in a scoop request! (spoilerroom@ew.com) And a million thank yous to those who already write in! Wait, let’s make that a thousand. We’re in a recession after all. I have to be prudent.

‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

What’s better than an in-office visit from a Pretty Little Liar? If I may douchily answer myself: A visit from TWO Pretty Little Liars. And that’s exactly what happened to me yesterday when Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario stopped in to film a quick video (which I’ll share with you Monday!), make me laugh (you’ll see…), and answer some of your burning questions! Check ‘em out: READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle' boss previews tonight's episode: Parents behaving badly!

Executive producer Andrew Miller admits that it’s been tricky crafting this season of The Secret Circle.

Whereas most teen shows are happy to use parent characters as little more than occasionally-nagging props, The Secret Circle has weaved a complicated backstory in which the parents play just as big of a part in the overall mythology as the young stars of the show. And with the introduction of  Cassie’s (Britt Robertson) father, John Blackwell (Joe Lando), just before the show’s recent mini-hiatus, which concludes tonight with a new episode, the challenge became even greater. “Navigating the world of teen fiction is tricky because [parents] can’t play too much of a role because the kids aren’t discovering what they need to discover on their own. They can’t be too mentoring. Yet, we want them to be this base on which we define everything else,” says Miller.

Beginning with tonight’s installment, that goal becomes even more apparent, as more revelations about Blackwell’s past with Ethan (Adam Harrington) come to light. “What’s so fun to me about the character is playing against the expectations of both the audience and the inhabitants of Chance Harbor. For Dawn, Charles and Ethan, they’ve had this idea of this guy for 16 years that’s just gotten worse and worse and worse. For Cassie, she’s had no opinion of her father for most of her life–  except for the last few weeks. Now, that’s all being turned on it’s head,” he says. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries,' 'Secret Circle' vicious and sexy extended promo -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle return this Thursday, and The CW is celebrating with an extended promo that reminds us that vampires and witches are vicious and sexy… also that we love Damon’s shower, that Elena cries a lot, that it can be funny when someone’s head falls off, and that there is apparently a Victoria’s Secret in Chance Harbor.

I’m most intrigued by this shot of Damon in bed with Rebekeh (again) and Sage (guest star Cassidy Freeman, who debuts in Thursday’s flashback episode “1912″ before hitting present-day Mystic Falls on March 22) caressing Rebekah’s face. Is Sage turned on or jealous? Watch the extended promo below.  READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Circle': Jessica Parker Kennedy on Melissa's downward spiral, her 'connection' with Callum

It’s girls’ night on The Secret Circle, and they’re ready for some fun. Read: Trouble.

“It’s your average young girl slumber party except for the fact that we’re witches, so it’s not average at all,” jokes Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays Melissa on the CW drama. “We get some pretty exciting visitors, and we conjure up this extremely attractive pizza boy to deliver us some pizza and Diana (Shelley Hennig) gets a little frisky…we get into a lot of trouble but good trouble.”

But it hasn’t been all fun and games for Melissa in recent weeks. The loss of Nick, a member of the Circle with whom Melissa shared a romantic connection, earlier this season continues to weigh on her teenage shoulders, and she’s recently taken a liking to the effects of Devil’s Spirit — that’s CW/Witch talk for drugs — which Callum (Michael Graziadei) supplied for her, touting it as an all-natural, mellow substance. “In reality, it’s not necessarily that,” says Kennedy. “It’s a drug and it’s serious business. Unfortunately, Melissa doesn’t know that now. But it’s like anything, it has the potential to cause some serious [effects].” READ FULL STORY

'Secret Circle' understatement of the day: 'Something feels completely wrong' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On tonight’s episode of The Secret Circle, Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Jake (Chris Zylka) try to figure out how her father’s medallion works. An unintentional spell is harnessed, and Adam (Thomas Dekker) arrives at an unfortunate time — when Cassie is (oops!) on top of Jake. Cue someone’s perpetually angry, breathy voice. Watch it below.

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'The Secret Circle': Cassie comes face-to-face with her father, John Blackwell -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then we’re betting that in the case of the exclusive snapshot you see above, at least two of those words are “WTF, Dad?”

The meeting between Cassie (Britt Robertson) and her father, John Blackwell (Joe Lando) in episode 15, titled “Return,” will likely be as tense as they come. After all, Secret Circle fans have been waiting since the series premiered to meet the much-talked-about character and Cassie likely has more than a few questions for the man whose hereditary dark magic abilities have, as of late, turned her life upside down.

As you can see in the second photo (below), Blackwell also appears to have some business in town with Ethan (Adam Harrington), who doesn’t look too happy to see him.
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'Secret Circle' star Britt Robertson: 'I don't want Cassie to be fully evil'

Veering into the darker corners of Cassie’s powers has been a welcome challenge for former Life Unexpected star Britt Robertson. Last week’s new episode turned up the evil volume as viewers got a chance to see the teen witch in action — once with a dream sequence and again in a tense scene that almost resulted in Adam’s strangulation. But while playing the darker moments have been fun, Robertson admits it’s not something she’d want to see take over her character’s life. “It’s cool to see every now and then. Of course, I don’t want Cassie to be fully evil,” she says. “It’s difficult because you don’t want to shock the audience with something that’s completely out of left field. So there has to be a gradual build.”

And build it has — with more to come. “At this point, she’s been given the opportunity and power and she can’t deny that. It’s something she has to take on from this point forward and she’ll have to take on that responsibility. But it will be a struggle for sure,” she says.

She can be certain that Adam, one of two of her character’s love interests on the show, will be by her side — despite his near-death experience at her hands. “You’ve seen him be an outstanding guy. I know he really cares about Cassie, but there will be that tinge of, ‘Who is she?’ ‘What’s going on with her?’ I think he really wants to figure out what’s going on inside of her and he’ll help her figure that out. But in reality, he cares about her and wants to be with her kind of. And he’ll help her out more than be afraid of her.”

Tonight’s episode will be a prime example of his helpful ways, adds Robertson, as Adam helps her look into the past as the Circle continues to become aware of her capabilities. “It’s an exciting episode. You’ll ge to see Faye and her discovery of Cassie getting to take on this dark power,” she says. “You’ll get to see the two of them go head-to-head and battle it out a little bit. And you’ll get to see the Circle together doing things as a group again.”

Then there’s Jake, who at the end of the last episode was seen lurking outside Cassie’s window.  “There’s definitely no homecoming party for Jake,” she says of Chris Zylka’s character’s return. “Cassie will have difficulty trusting him again and he makes his grand entrance in a very interesting way. He’s in this episode in a way audiences won’t expect.”

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‘The Secret Circle’: Chris Zylka on last night’s opening scene. Was it a premonition?

'The Secret Circle': Chris Zylka on last night's opening scene. Was it a premonition?

Chris Zylka did all he could to make sure the opening scene of last night’s new episode of The Secret Circle, which featured an intense dream sequence in which Cassie (Britt Robertson) choked Jake until blood bubbled from his mouth, would come off as shocking as it was meant to be.

“Are people going to think it’s real?!” he asked excitedly, shortly before the episode aired. “I tried to play it down and throw away the lines. I wanted to seem more loving and less evil. Then, it surprises you when he’s [turns out to be] the devil.”

Well, maybe not the devil, but he was certainly evil, leaving some to wonder if fans should be reading more into the scene. Was it a premonition of sorts? READ FULL STORY

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