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CW Picks Up Rachel Bilson and Sarah Michelle Gellar Shows, Kevin Williamson's Secret Circle

The CW is finally showing it’s hand this upfronts season, and the cards they’ve drawn look mighty familiar — and we mean that in the best possible way.

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Sources confirm to TVLine that the network has given the greenlight to four new series — coincidentally starring a handful of former CW/WB stars — for the 2011-12 TV season: The Secret Circle, a supernatural drama from The Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson; the small-town medical dramedy Hart of Dixie; reality series H8R; and the previously announced Ringer, a thriller plucked from CBS’ development slate.

Secret Circle follows a young woman (played by Life Unexpected‘s Britt Robertson) who moves to a new town and soon realizes that not only is she a witch, she’s a member of a generations-old coven and holds the key to an impending battle between good and evil. Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Gale Harold (Hellcats Queer as Folk) also star.

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Rachel Bilson (The O.C.), meanwhile, leads the Everwood-esque Hart of Dixie, which tells the story of a New York-based doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice. Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and Jaime King (My Generation) co-star.

The CW is expanding its reality roster, as well, first with H8R, an hourlong Mario Lopez-hosted docu-series that pairs celebs with the common folk who “hate” them. Additionally, the network has ordered Re-Modeled, which follows modeling industry vet Paul Fisher on his journey to form one massive agency called The Network. The Frame is also on the way, which is being touted as a viewer-controlled social experiment where ten groups of two people each live in a single room and get voted off each week.

And as mentioned last week, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will make her triumphant return to TV in the buzzy Ringer, wherein she’ll play Bridget, a young woman on the run from the mob who thinks she’ll be safe posing as her wealthy twin, Siobhan. Unfortunately, said sis has a bounty on her life as well. Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost) also star.