May is the time of year for television fans to experience their fears, some tears and if they're the lucky few... cheers. The big five U.S. networks hold their yearly schedule upfronts in May to premier their new fall schedules and line-ups. Around this time, news is released to awaiting fans who will find out which shows have been renewed and which have received the quick and painful axe: cancellation.
On Friday, news broke about teen-domain network The CW and their plans for the upcoming 2012-2013 schedule. The CW has chosen to order the pick up of five new television dramas which include 80's prequel The Carries Diaries and the green superhero series Arrow. In the process, bubble shows that were eagerly awaiting their status were dealt a surprising blow with mass media revealing their status. Spy drama Nikita and perpetually dull Hart of Dixie received the green-light for another season while freshman drama Ringer and the teen-witch The Secret Circle were dealt a swift cancellation.
News was quite bittersweet for fans of the witchy teen-drama to take. Minutes after the news broke, The CW's Twitter and Facebook page were bombarded with comments from pleading fans for the network to reverse their decision. Initial reaction from fans were confusion and overwhelming anger, due to the fact that The Secret Circle is one of the networks current highest rated programs above all the remaining bubble shows. Ringer, while also holding a loyal fan base, was plagued with declining ratings for over a season - many deemed its cancellation from its mid-season hiatus.
While no formal campaign has been set up, the movement has earned an international following from fans and reached several key points. Twitter hashtags such as The Secret Circle, TSC, The CW, and Bring The Secret Circle Back were trending in countries around the world, as well as trending for hours on the World Wide feed. Facebook pages and posts erupted with comments expressing their urgency for the show to be renewed. Even the idea of moving the show to a different network has been pitched with ABC Family, Sy Fy and MTV being messaged by fans.
Currently, two online petitions are gaining traction with support. Each have earned more than 10,000 signatures and the movement doesn't seem to be losing steam anytime soon: petition #1 (online) and petition #2 (twitter).
While only time will tell if The CW will reverse its decision, the network up fronts will still be held this Thursday, May 17, 2012 as planned. In that time, fans are still reaching out to the network in hopes that by their overwhelming fan reaction, petitioning, tweeting and a spike in sales of The Secret Circle online episodes will change their mind and spell a renewal for the show.
CORRECTION: Based from several tweets and messages I've received, fans have stated that a formal campaign can be found at save.thesecret-circle.com. As well as searching on Twitter for other fan sites working for the same cause.