The CW at TCA: The Vampire Diaries Panel

Vampire Diaries

Thursday 8 p.m.

-The Premise:

Based on the Alloy book series, a young woman is the object of desire of two vampire brothers…one good and one evil. The cast includes Candice Accola, Sara Canning, Steven R. McQueen and former Lost star Ian Somerhalder.

-Competition: FlashForward (ABC), Survivor: Samoa (CBS), SNL Thursday Night/Community and Parks and Recreation (NBC), Bones (Fox)

-Who Was on the Panel:

Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Katerina Graham and executive producers Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and Bob Levy.

-The Scoop:

The concept of the show according to Kevin Williamson (who, of course, created Dawson’s Creek):

“We are sort of cross-genres. There’s a lot going on here. We have the teen element, which you can compare to Dawson’s Creek. We’re not really going with that sort of heightened type of dialogue and stuff. We’re just trying to stay true to the books in that sense. But it’s not just a teen show. We’re trying to not make it a high school show. It’s sort of more of a small-town show. Once we you get past the premise of girl and vampire, we start to develop the story about a town. And what we love so much about the books is the mythology of the town and what they created. The vampires are our way into that.   

-The Reality:

The CW is in desperate need of a new breakout hit and developing something reminiscent of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek is a definite step in the right direction for the target young females. Smallville kept the Thursday 8 p.m. hour warm for years; now it is time for Vampire Diaries to step in. The competition is fierce, but viewers in this age range tend to find what they want. Plus, the vampire drama concept is hot right now thanks to HBO’s True Blood. Keep a positive eye (or two) on Vampire Diaries.

-Chance of Survival for Vampire Diaries (Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1):


-Did You Know?:

The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of novels written by best-selling author of the Night World series, L.J. Smith.

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