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'The Vampire Diaries' - Essential Information

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'The Vampire Diaries' - Essential Information
The CW

What 'The Vampire Diaries' Is About:

Beautiful, popular Elena (Nina Dobrev) and her younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) are teenagers adjusting to the death of their parents. Elena encounters a mysterious new student, Josef (Paul Wesley), whose beauty and strange behavior fascinates her. Josef is trying to live a normal life as a human, submerging his vampiric instrincts toward violence. But Josef's older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), is not so mild-mannered. Josef and Damon find themselves competing for Elena's soul.

Status of 'The Vampire Diaries':

The Vampire Diaries is currently in production. It airs on TheCW. Premiered: Sep 9, 2009. For current showtimes see Show Listings.
•  'Diaries' Casts Its Original Vampire
•  The CW Midseason Return Dates
•  The CW To Adapt More From Vampires Writer

Origins:

The Vampire Diaries is based on the 7-part young-adult horror series of books by L.J. Smith. (It's often forgotten that The Awakening (1991) far predates Twilight (2005): these are the original teen-girl-crushes-on-a-vampire books.) The writer-producers spearheading the TV adaptation are Kevin Williamson (Scream) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY).

Key 'The Vampire Diaries' Characters:

At least in this case the deliberate casting of unnaturally gorgeous actors is justified by their playing glamorous aliens. Fortunately, Paul Wesley (Fallen) and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) are also pretty good actors, and they contrast excellently. In the middle, and ostensibly the focus of the show, is hot nice girl Nina Dobrev (Degrassi). As the series progresses there's plenty of opportunitity to build up other characters, Buffy style, but the Twilight atmosphere will keep the focus primar
•  Cast and Characters

Flavor of 'The Vampire Diaries':

The format is Dawson's Vampires, with very pretty faux teenagers obsessing angstily over very localized plot arcs. But the caliber of writers and performers involved creates an opportunity: Vampire Diaries seems wary of camp, and uses the dreaminess of vampires in an interesting way.

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