‘The Ringer’ Vs. ‘The Secret Circle’ On The CW

The CW is pumping new content into the air at a more rapid rate than redneck teeth fall into whiskey bottles.

Not only did the first episode of all-star ANTM premiere, but their two thematic efforts, The Secret Circle (witches) and The Ringer (twins) aired.

Let’s be clear, BOTH shows are travesties and great examples of bad sets, casting and dialogue BUT if you have to watch one, The Secret Circle is much much more entertaining…

Let me list the downfalls of The Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, times two. It is the tale of a troubled woman and her identical twin whom she is not close with.

One twin, the poor dancer/hooker “Bridget” has a downery life for like two seconds, then she has and takes an opportunity to walk in her sister’s rich/seemingly fortunate shoes…

Only to find that she too suffered from some ordeals of her own – pregnancy, bad marriage, infidelity, what-have-you. The show suffers from careless acting, and weird sets that look like jokes. Such as a certain boat scene.

The problem is the “joke” sets and “joke” acting aren’t meant to be funny. For a show promoted as a very dark and intriguing thriller, it’s more like a harsh slip on a banana peel. With Gellar as the peel, and your tailbone broken afterwards, sans laughter.

The Secret Circle, however, is awesome! In a way. It is a bit reminiscent of Fox’s long-gone Point Pleasant, only less mysterious. (Just wait till you see the floating raindrop scene)

Both The Ringer and The Secret Circle seem to jump the shark in terms of revealing as much information as you’d expect in an entire four episodes or more, but The Secret Circle is much more amusing. 

It is centered around an orphaned teenager (Britt Robertson) who moves to Washington state (Twilight much?) to live with her grandma after a tragic accident.

She is soon accosted by five teenagers, three in particular, a boring man-witch suitor type, a feisty “mean girl” witch, and a hopeless but semi-innocent follower witch.

Apparently Cassie (Robertson) is the missing link is some yes you guessed it, secret witch circle that the whole town seems to know about. Talk about poor secret keeping. Maybe they mean the audience?

Basically, The Secret Circle is like The Craft, but with an unknown cast and no goth element. It’s witches, in American Apparel. (No tattered black robes or eyeliner addictions)

If you are faced with the gut-wrenchingly tough decision of weekday television-watching, via The CW, I suggest the witch show over the twin show.

Forget that it’s an obvious ploy to cash in on the supernatural cinema/tv craze (Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf)

You can catch The Secret Circle on Thursdays and The Ringer on Tuesdays. (Both shows received high ratings for the channel)

[If you’re truly smart you won’t watch anything on The CW]

11 thoughts on “‘The Ringer’ Vs. ‘The Secret Circle’ On The CW

  1. You can’t even compare them…I’m srry but the ringer is the absolute worst show I’ve ever watched in my entire life! N I’m 21.. The secret circle is really good! I Think it’s CWs best show..right after Vampire diaries N ANTM :)

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  2. i PERSONALY FEEL THEY ARE BOTH GOOD.BUT YES SECRET CIRCLE IS BETTER BECAUSE LIKE IN RINGER HER SECRET IS GONE EVERYONE KNOWS! ALSO PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HOW SECRET CIRCLE IS A REMAKE, WHEN IT WAS A BOOK FOR A WHILE.

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  3. Yeah I totally agree. I watched both turned off Buffy, about 20 minutes in, the secret circle is epic I watched it again it is so good. Can’t wait till next week, it is my fav. show now. Hot chicks and guys witched what more do you want!

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