October 4, 2011

SHOWBUZZDAILY MUSIC: “Secret Circle” Leaves Me Sighing From Too Much Trying

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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I’m not sure why shows on the CW feel it necessary to over-saturate with wall to wall and poorly placed music in order to appeal to viewers.  It seems to me that the target demo that voraciously downloads music is also a generation that is much savvier than any of us was pre-iTunes.   A good story will capture an audience regardless of whether or not The Naked & The Famous or The Joy Formidable are thrust upon us where any possible opportunity arises. 

I like the premise of The Secret Circle, mostly because I’m one of “those people” that eagerly buys into anything remotely gothy and peppered with supernatural and mythical themes (thus my supervising career history).  I really want to like this show, but I’m having trouble getting past the blatant misfires of hipster music bombarding from moments that make no sense.  Why does Adam’s Dad’s dockside hang out only have music playing when Adam is working?  Do we really need to hear a song that has no scenic merit every time a teenager walks through a hall at school?  What the heck was up with that tonally bizarre track at the end of episode two?  The music supervisor on this show is fantastic so it seems pretty clear to me that this directive is coming from someone that believes that the audience is gullible enough to need a cool soundtrack in order to stay with the show.  Call me old fashioned, but I think the show would be much better off if they quit forcing and let it shape up organically.  Shame is…I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch another episode to see whether or not this was just a fancy launching ploy or the actual musical direction of the series.   

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."