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Fall TV season: Are witches the new vampires?

By Melissa Maerz

Guys with fangs are so last year. This fall, witches are taking over.

You’ll find them on HBO’s “True Blood,” where Sookie will face down a coven this season. They’ll be casting spells on their fellow high school students in the CW’s “The Secret Circle,” a drama from “The Vampire Diaries” creator Kevin Williamson. A particularly wicked one shows up in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” to place a curse on the town of Storybrook. Plus, with NBC’s mystery “Grimm” riffing on various fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel’s friend with the black pointy hat might soon join the others.

Plus, for advertisers seeking younger viewers, there’s that whole built-in audience of goth girls, who’ll no doubt love to watch “The Secret Circle” hero Thomas Dekker — or as some might call him, the Man-Witch. Teenage girls have always loved witches — during the ’90s, they flocked to “Charmed,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “The Craft” and Winona Ryder’s version of “The Crucible” — and it’s easy to see why: Those stories verify the feeling that high school is filled with total monsters, that popular girls are casting spells on their hangers-on, that if some pale, creepy kid with long fingernails gets close to you, you’ll just die.

Read the original article at: Los Angeles Times

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