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OTRC: Sarah Michelle Gellar show 'Ringer,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle' gets full seasons

Sarah Michelle Gellar appears as Siobhan, the twin sister of her other character, Bridget, in the pilot of 'Ringer,' a CW series that debuted on Sept. 13, 2011. (CW)

The CW drama series "Ringer," which sees Sarah Michelle Gellar playing twins, has received a full season order.

The new CW shows "The Secret Circle" and "Hart of Dixie," which stars "OC" actress Rachel Bilson, were also picked up for whole seasons, the network announced on Wednesday, October 12.

"We believe in the creative strength of these dramas, and by giving them back nine orders we can give our audience the chance to enjoy complete seasons of all three of them," Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW, said in a statement.

"With compelling storylines, engaging characters and tremendous buzz, we firmly believe that 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Ringer' and 'The Secret Circle' can become signature series for The CW, the kind of top-notch shows that are synonymous with our brand," he added.

"Ringer" debuted on the CW network on September 13 and was watched by some 2.74 million people, earning a 1.2 rating among adults aged 18 to 49.

Viewership has since dropped - Tuesday's episode was watched by about 1.7 million people and earned a 0.8 rating, which marked a rebound from last week's rating of 0.6.

The show is Gellar's first regular television project since "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," the series that made her famous, ended in 2003.

The actress plays Bridget, a recovering addict who goes on the run after witnessing a murder. After her estranged and wealthy twin, Siobhan, disappears mysteriously, Bridget assumes her sister's identity and quickly learns that her sister had her own shocking secrets. "Ringer" also stars Ioan Gruffudd, Kristoffer Polaha and Nestor Carbonell, who appeared on ABC's hit show "LOST."

Other new shows picked up for full seasons include NBC comedies "Up All Night" and "Whitney," CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls" and FOX series "New Girl." NBC shows "Free Agents" and "The Playboy Club" were canceled after the airing of a handful of episodes, which earned low ratings.

Check out a preview for the next episode of "Ringer," set to air on October 18.

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