Fall TV Preview

Kevin Williamson on How 'Maybe' a Vampire Diaries-Secret Circle Crossover Could Happen

The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle are both born of book series by L.J. Smith. They both are now shows on The CW. (Heck, they will air back-to-back on Thursday nights.) They both have characters who are witches. And they both boast Kevin Williamson as an executive producer. So why wouldn’t some Mystic Falls denizens at some point give the supernatural “new kids” in Chance Harbor a ratings boost and cross over at some point to Secret Circle?

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For Williamson, the reasons are twofold — though he’s not entirely ruling out the possibility.

Explaining why a crossover doesn’t interest him, he first cites the two different shooting locations — Atlanta versus Vancouver (posing as Washington State). “I didn’t want [Secret Circle] to look like The Vampire Diaries,” he said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “You want this show to look like its own show. You want it to be its own world.”

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But even more problematic, Williamson says the witchy lore established in each series simply don’t mesh, since Vampire Diaries‘ involves supernatural beings that don’t exist in Secret Circle.

“Listen, if there’s a way that we could set up two sets of witches and let them merge, then maybe there’s a crossover episode in store,” he allowed. “But if you go back to Episode 17 of the second season [of Vampire Diaries], where Elijah explained how the witches placed a curse on the original family… there are no vampires or werewolves in The Secret Circle. There are other things, but not werewolves and vampires. So the minute you bring a vampire or werewolf into the witch world… then I feel like I’m watching The Vampire Diaries.”

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So, for the time being, Williamson is set on launching Secret Circle successfully, and giving it its own, distinctive voice.

“We need to start at ground zero, create our own story and create our own mythology, and build from there so that we can tell just as great a story as The Vampire Diaries,” he says. “That is my hope.”

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  1. Danielle H. says:

    LOL I don’t believe him for a second. What a way to bring over viewers then to have a crossover! Guarantee it happens by the end of season 1 (counting on the fact that the show even makes it that far, of course).

  2. Fangirl says:

    If they even loosely base the Secret Circle on books, the witches have a entirely different mythology then Vamp Diaries. Its definetley the more traditional witchcraft with goddess worship, covens, and such. Would be epic if they did the Night world books which are my fave!

  3. Sivat says:

    Here’s an idea: Bonnie from TVD uses her magic and *poofs* into an alternate dimension, The Secret Circle world. With magic, it’s easy to travel to parallel universes with different “rules”.

  4. Mairead says:

    Weird to think this is the first Witch show since charmed. But I’m looking forward to it, sounds interesting.
    But if they do a crossover ep, it won’t be in the first season, it’ll be in the second. They could say that there were two different coven, and each changed the mythology, keeping one line pure with witches and the other got infiltrated by vampires and their meddling…just a thought.

  5. David says:

    They’ll figure it out…with magic.

  6. wordsmith says:

    I completely agree with what he’s saying – once you establish that there are vampires in the Secret Circle world, then the question immediately becomes, so why aren’t there vampires around ALL THE TIME? We already know from TVD that vamps and werewolves are sort of all over the place, and have a tendency to meddle in all things supernatural. Better to let the show be its own separate thing.

  7. Michael says:

    The only way I would support what I think is a VERY BAD IDEA, is if Damon spends 2 instead of 1 hours shirtless. Otherwise, let them stand on their own.

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  9. Sally says:

    Doubt it would happen. I thought only African Americans were witches on The Vampire Diaries.

  10. tania says:

    I love you Kevin! :)

  11. Monique says:

    Please lets keep these two separate and I have a feeling Secret Circle won’t make it 2 seasons. This is not a good idea.

  12. david says:

    I am looking forward to checking out The Secret Circle. I dont think they should think about making TVD and Secret Circle cross over now. They should make sure the viewers like the Secret Circle first. Good luck to Kevin on his new show.