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Actress Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries (above), who is playing 2 parts this season.

While HBO’s hit series Trueblood, the vampire show first to the scene of the recently recycled vampire genre, and most in vogue, has abandoned any and all plausibility, and just capped its worst ever season with its worst ever episode, The Vampire Diaries made its quiet but stunning return to the small screen last week.  In that return, The Vampire Diaries wasted no time in ramping up the intensity on an already sizzling show. 

While Trueblood gave us more ridiculous plotlines than a million monkeys on LSD locked in a hangar with a million typewriters–right up to its final moments with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) escaping from a cement tomb with no explanation, while Bill (Stephen Moyer) and the Queen (Evan Rachel Wood) get in a Matrix style aerial tussle, as Sookie apparently boards some sort of alien mothership–The Vampire Diaries only got harder, deeper, and more sinister with the formal introduction of Katherine.  Katherine, who you may not know, is Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) spitting image in vampire form, and a distant ancestor of Elena.  Also, she just happened to turn Damon (Ian Somerhandler) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), who have both been pining for her to some degree for the last 145 years, and who is largely responsible for the brothers’ intense sibling rivalry.






The Vampire Diaries established Katherine as a plot force last year early on, but showed intense discipline and story development by only giving its viewers two scenes with Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev) last year–the last scenes of the season.  Katherine, allowing Damon to think she’s Elena, let’s Damon kiss her on the front porch, and at that point, Jonathan Gilbert (David Anders), the vampire hating douche who just happens to be Elena’s biological father and adopted uncle, home fresh off of his nearly successful master stroke to seek out and destroy all of Mystic Falls’ vampires with his special vampire finder–a gadget that sends out a signal at a frequency that only vampires can hear and are disabled by, or so we think–runs into who he thinks is Elena in the kitchen.  Gilbert, protected from death by vampire by a “supernatural ring”, thinks he’s in the clear, when Katherine–not Elena–quickly wields a knife from the butcher block, separates Gilbert from the fingers on his ring hand, and then, stabs him up and leaves him for dead on the kitchen floor.

Should you visit The Vampire Diaries website, you will see that the CW has labeled this season as “The Year of the Kat.”  We’ll talk more of the site later.  Katherine certainly did not disappoint in season 2’s premiere.  The episode picks up as the real Elena comes home to find Jonathan Gilbert massacred on the floor, and she calls 911 while Gilbert stammers out a warning to his daughter while gurgling blood.  “Behind you”, he warns his daughter, because Katherine is right there, still in the house. 

Katherine however, just seemed to want to take a look at her veritable twin, and was far too busy at that point to do her any harm.  Having kissed Damon, already planting that seed of destruction in the Katherine/Elena obsessed vampire brother, and then having seemingly killed Gilbert, Katherine has to crash a funeral, still posing as Elena, so that she can get all the dirt she can on the current state of Mystic Falls.  For her, the condolence call to the deceased Mayor Lockwood’s family proved very fruitful.  She learned from Bonnie (Katerina Graham), thinking she was talking to Elena, that Caroline (Candice Accola) had almost died, and that Damon had saved her by giving Caroline his blood.  But when Bonnie, Mystic Falls’ resident neophyte witch, goes to give Elena a hug, she knows at her touch that she has hugged a vampire.  Katherine knows Bonnie knows, and is set to get medieval on Bonnie, who is able to pull off a neat little trick.  She uses her mind to blow open the door to the room, as Katherine has her up against the wall by the throat.  At that moment, Stefan appears.  Katherine quickly loses interest in Bonnie as she and Stefan go for a walk on the Lockwood estate.

Stefan, the physically weaker of the vampire brothers, because he refuses to drink human blood, has kept more of his humanity, and keeps a cool head with Katherine, as he pretty much has figured out that for whatever reason, Katherine is back to destroy the Salvatore brothers–two of the vampires she has created.  In fact, at some point Damon mentions that Katherine turned nearly all of the vampires in Mystic Falls once upon a time.  While Stefan is able to keep cool, and even tells Katherine that he hates her, and that he never loved her, Damon doesn’t do as well when he returns home to find Katherine waiting in his living room.  They start hooking up, and then Damon asks Katherine if she is kissing him because she loves him.  Katherine tells him she does not, and that “it’s always been Stefan.”

Though Stefan wisely prepped Damon, and told him that Katherine has come to break them and that “how we respond will define us”, Damon, all hot and heavy, is enraged at being spurned by Katherine.  He goes back to Elena’s, where he forces himself on her.  Elena tells Damon pretty much the same thing when she says she cares for him, but that “it will always be Stefan.”  Damon, hearing more bad news, then attacks Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who has entered the room to see what the commotion was about, and who then tries to protect his sister.  Damon snaps Jeremy’s neck, but we believe Damon saw that Jeremy was now wearing Jonathan Gilbert’s supernatural ring, which originally belonged to Gilbert’s brother and Jeremy’s father, and which Jeremy has all but asked Gilbert for.

Gilbert might be gone, but he’s not dead.  He only leaves town when Stefan threatens him, after biting his wrist and forcing the weakened Gilbert to drink his blood when Elena and Stefan visit him in the hospital.  Stefan tells Gilbert to beat it, and gives him 24 hours.  Since Gilbert has ingested Stefan’s blood, should he die with it in his system, he will wake up a vampire.  The decisive, violent action was necessary, and has been suggested by hardcore fans of the show is the persona of the “new Stefan”, who some have conjectured feel that the quiet, brooding vampire brother from last year came off as boring.

Boring or not, Stefan will have to keep it together, because not only has Katherine already wreaked havoc on Damon, but in the end, she heads to the hospital to do more damage.  Recalling that Bonnie told her that Caroline has Damon’s blood in her system, Katherine visits her in her hospital bed and puts a pillow over her mouth, after telling her to give the Salvatore’s the following message: “Game on.”

The dynamic is sure to be excellent for the show.  Caroline will wake up a vampire.  Her mother, the vampire hating police chief who is prominent on the council that plans vampire attacks and hunts and whatnot, should get a real kick out of that.  Many are equating the move to a stolen page in the Trueblood playbook, when the magister made Bill make Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).  But Jessica was abducted, and was not a character prior to that.  Caroline is a character who was establsihed, and played a naive, boy crazy immature girl, which should make for a very interesting vampire.  One who could become like Katherine, potentially.  Take a look at what some of The Vampire Diaries’ fans are saying:

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OMFREAKINGOSH!!!!!! Wow! This episode kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!!!!! And just like everyone else, I felt so bad for Damon after everybody kept saying how they loved Stefan and not him! I just wanted to grab him out of the tv and kiss him!!!!!! lol! I was watching w/ a friend and her and I both agreed that if he was here w/ us, we would make him feel better w/ a group hug!!!!

And yeah, not how I wanted Damon/Elena’s kiss to go down. And you know, he may have had a slight chance w/ Elena too….but now, you can count that out of the question!!!!!

But yeah, and Caroline as a vampire? That will be VERY interesting…..

Overall, this season premiere was AMAZING!!!!!!! I can’t wait until next week!!!!!

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Originally Posted by pinogabr
ilusdhfliudsahfasdliufhdsifhsadfiuh AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! every second was amazing!!! i can barely think straight I was so blown away. BUT. im confused about something and I’m worried about the answer to my question. I LOVE Caroline. I don’t know why but I do and I was shocked to see what Katherine did. I expect no less from Katherine since she’s been playing around (violently) with everyone BUT. Damon gave Caroline blood to heal her… Does that mean that Caroline is now a vampire?!?!?!?1

yah. that is totally what that means.

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WoW!!! That was great!!! the entire episode when someone would talk to katherine thinking it was Elena i would get mad at them lol!! when the comercials came on i would be like “oh my god!!!” this episode was great i can hardly wait for the next one. I really hope the Caroline dose become a vampire that’d b great!!!. i feel so bad for Damon though. no body loves him.

I hate to say it (because i love Stefan and Elena) but, Katherine and Stefan have Amazing chemistry!!!! And im not sure how i fell about this new “Bad ***-ish” Stefan. I kinda like but i kinda dont.

The episode just goes to show how great the show is can’t wait till next episode!!!!

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One questionid Damon’s blood turn Caroline or is she just dead?
OMG,now jeremy has uncle john’s live-forever ring.(Carp! He’s still human but…jyler bromance is awesome.)
I HATE KATHERINE!!On the side note,I love Tyler’s Uncle Mason!! He’s so chill and so cooler than his older brother!!
Oh,and Carol Lockwood’s taken to sleeping pills…and does John apply now that Jeremy knows of vampires(hello,he fell in love w/ 1) he’s expected to jion the concil and kill the vampires.
Poor Damon! Everyone seems to like Stefan more than him…don’t see why-he’s seems sweeter than Stefy. And funner!
But that’s not HOW I wanted the first Delena kiss to go down! Ahh sucks,just when we thought Damon got his humanity back…
Overall it gained my OMFG.


I think what some of the posters there are saying is correct, in the sense that Caroline was largely an inconsequential character before she was a vampire, and now is a major character, really greatly minimizing the amount of um, dead time, for the show.  And aren’t the fans of The Vampire Diaries the best?  “Group Hugs”?  “Delena?”  Please read the thread.  The thread is hilarious.  I promise you.  So what if I like a show that only 16 year-olds seem to care about?  It’s the best show in its genre, and while it may seem to be for a young crowd, it in no way demeans the audience the way that Trueblood does with over done fantasy that has us questioning the sanity of the great Alan Ball.

It’s Renee’s baby?  Stupid.  Tara and Franklin?  Horrible.  Werewolves that thrive on vampire blood so they subjugate themselves to vampires?  Werepanthers/white trash crystal dealers?  So stupid.  Whereas The Vampire Diaries fans are telling us how awesome that show is.

In the end, I gotta agree with gossipahalic101.  The Vampire Diaries has gained my OMFG too.






The Vampire Diaries will air episode two, season two, tomorrow at 8 PM on the CW.

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Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, and Ian Somerhandler (above).

Will Stefan regain his taste for human blood yet again?  Was Damon really convinced that Bonnie would break the compass’s spell in good faith and did he really hand over the actual compass?  Will Jeremy’s vampire girlfriend Anna (Malese Jow), who’s mother, Pearl (Kelly Hu), was locked in the tomb but later staked by Jonathan Gilbert, join forces with the Salvatores to avenge her mother’s death?  Will she turn Jeremy, whose asking for it, or will Gilbert get to her first?  Will Elena learn of Bonnie’s treachery and can their friendship ever recover?  And of course, will the aforementioned Katherine make an appearance in Mystic Falls, and if so, how will Damon react?  Or will Stefan hook up with Elena, with whom he’s grown increasingly close in recent weeks?  And just maybe, can Damon and Stefan find a way to get along?

I’m not sure about any of it, though it would be nice to get a glimpse of Katherine, and to see Jonathan Gilbert somehow killed.  What I am sure of, is there will be blood.


Those were the questions and a couple of predictions we left you with Thursday morning in preparation for the season finale of The Vampire Diaries.  If you saw last night’s The Vampire Diaries, you already know the answers, but in case you didn’t: Stefan does not regain his taste for human blood.  Damon was convinced that Bonnie (Katerina Graham) had broken the spell, and did hand over the real device.  Anna was staked by Jonathan Gilbert (David Anders), but not before she could give Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) a vial of her blood to drink, which, would turn him if he died with it in his system–a cliff hanger for next season, as Jeremy drank the blood and then took a bunch of pills, after Damon came and told him that he saw Anna get killed.

Bonnie and Elena would see their friendship recover, as Bonnie, feeling guilty over knowing that Damon was about to die a fiery death with the town’s other vampires–deaths she would cause by not deactivated the vampire finding device, used a spell that parted the fire so that Stefan could rescue his brother.  Though not all is well between the witch and vampires, still. 

Damon and Stefan would get along, as Stefan, in addition to saving Damon’s life, would admit to Elena (Nina Dobrev) that he did care about Damon, who usually plays his destructive foil.  Though in the end we would be led to believe for a few moments, deftly done really, that Elena and Damon would betray Stefan by kissing on Elena’s door step.  Aunt Jenna opens the door to the shocking sight, and calls Elena in and asks her “what are you doing?”, steeped in disapproval.  “I don’t want to talk about it.” she replied.  The next time we see her is up in Jonathan Gilbert’s face in the kitchen, behind the refrigerator door he had just closed.  A startled Gilbert begins to explain things to Elena about her mother and about vampires, while Elena is stocking cutlery in the butcher block.  When Gilbert put his hand on the counter, Elena’s spitting image, Katherine, as it turns out, moves quickly with a butcher’s knife in hand, and cuts Gilbert’s ring finger off, separating him from his ring that gives him vampire immunity.  Then Katherine wields the butcher knife, and plunges it into Gilbert’s chest repeatedly.  Gilbert figures out that it’s Katherine as he is dying, and a moment later, the real Elena enters the house.

Katherine needed Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) to open the door for her, because as a vampire, she must be let or invited in, otherwise she can not enter.  Elena therefore did not kiss Damon–Katherine did, though right now, Damon thinks that he kissed Elena.  Lucky for Stefan that Damon kissed Katherine in two ways: Elena hasn’t cheated on him with her brother, and Damon, smitten to obsession with Katherine for about 150 years, will probably be very happy to learn the truth, as he is now under the impression that Katherine didn’t want anything to do with him since he learned she was alive.  The brothers thought Katherine was buried in the tomb under the burning church, but when Damon learned she was not and had not contacted him, he was extremely disappointed.

In an interesting but predictable plot twist, the vampire device did not only work on vampires, but also, on Mayor Lockwood and his son Tyler (Michael Trevino).  The Mayor was killed by vampires in the basement they were locked in as the fire raged, when they realized he was not a vampire.  But what is he then?  As Damon noted, the vervain, a chemical more damaging to vampires than whatever’s in garlic, hadn’t affected him.  The device had disoriented Tyler, who was driving, and caused him to have a car accident with Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt (Zach Roerig) in the car.  An unconscious Tyler, being examined by paramedics, had his eyelids lifted to reveal a brownish, yellowish, orange eye that shocked those on the scene. 

Just then Caroline falls unconscious, and the last we know is that she has internal bleeding, and her status is in doubt.  Caroline’s health, in the balance, is just one of the open plotlines The Vampire Diaries has set up for next year.  Will Jeremy wake up a vampire or still human?  Will Bonnie hurt Damon, like she pledged to Stefan she would with her considerable witch powers, if he doesn’t change as she told Stefan he must?  What of the love parallelogram between Stefan, Elena, Damon, and Katherine, and how much more of Katherine will we see, who right now is the only living vampire in the subtext of the show besides Damon and Stefan?  And what is the wild eyed Tyler, and what was his father? 

Though the plot eerily mimics that of True Blood last season–a finale in which the humans and vampires come to war–the show is done well enough that such a prominent unoriginal aspect doesn’t bother us.  And let’s be frank: neither True Blood nor The Vampire Diaries invented vampires, but each show has put some original twists on vampire lore.  In fact, I’m already thirsty for next season, even though other horror genre cliches and True Blood overlap are unavoidable.  Like when we find out that Tyler is a werewolf, a werepanther, or a shapeshifter.  But The Vampire Diaries, mostly well acted, and with considerable eye candy for men and women, is sure to throw us enough curves that will keep us guessing next season, with a healthy dose of our suspension of disbelief thrown in of course, even if we will mostly be able to guess right.

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In true soap opera form, The Vampire Diaries has set up many open plotlines in their first season on the air.  In recent weeks, the plot has thickened considerably, like the fog that accompanies most fictional things that go bump in the night.  Stefan (Paul Wesley), who doesn’t drink human blood, but rather, opts for animal blood, and thereby retains a piece of his former humanity, we have come to learn, is the original bad boy, and pressured his non identical twin, Damen (Ian Somerhandler), to drink blood and complete his transformation when Damen was ready to let himself die of starvation (scene pictured below).  Stefan urged Damen to drink and brought him a docile girl who he had compelled to drink from, because he wanted to go through eternity together with his brother.  Damen, who reviled himself for completing the transformation–a rare glimpse at his remaining connection to humanity, hated Stefan for helping him become a vampire and vowed to make Stefan’s life as miserable as he could for eternity.

So that would explain the healthy dose of sibling rivalry that was explained by flashback sequences.  Stefan, who turned first by the way, also was going to let himself starve until he showed up in his father’s study (James Remar, also Dexter’s father) to say goodbye, when his father told him that he had already said his goodbyes, and that he was actually the one who shot Stefan and Damen, because they were consorting with Katherine, who was found out as a vampire by this strange bit of technology–a vampire finding directional compass–invented by the original Jonathan Gilbert, a device which is being heavily pursued by both vampires and their enemies at present, in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia.

All season we have been led to believe that Katherine was a manipulative monster, who kept both brothers, and toyed with their emotions like the soul-less creature everyone assumed she was.  But in the chaos that ensued in 1864 when the vampire finding device was brought out, Mr. Salvatore (James Remar) cut off his sons literally, down the barrel of a shotgun.  Katherine had anticipated the development though, and she turned the two brothers, with whom she was in love, before presumably being locked in a tomb under a burning church and sealed there. 

Katherine, by the way, is the spitting image of Stefan’s human girlfriend Elena (Nina Dobrev, below), a mystery that has recently had some light shed on it.  Elena is really adopted, and it was her adoptive parents who died in the car crash.  Her real mother is Isobel (Mia Kirschner), a vampire who Damen turned, but who had given birth to Elena at the age of 15, while she was still human.  Isobel’s lineage and Katherine’s cross, explaining Elena and Katherine’s identical appearance.  By the way, Isobel happened to be having sex when she was 15 with Jonathan Gilbert (David Anders), the unoriginal, who is the brother of Elena’s adoptive father, and who Elena believes to be her uncle, and not her father.  And Gilbert is totally anti-vampire, and wants to kill Stefan and Damen, because he and Isobel want better for their daughter than a life of dalliances with the Salvatore brothers, who they feel will eventually turn her to preserve Elena’s youth. 

Now normally we’d say good luck to the human looking to kill two vampires, but Jonathan Gilbert, like Alaric (Matthew Davis), Isobel’s human former husband, has a ring that prevents him from being killed by a vampire, much like the rings Stefan and Damen have that allow them to go out in the daylight.  Damen already broke his neck and threw him off of a roof top, to no avail.  And Damen is the much stronger vampire, because in The Vampire Diaries, unlike in True Blood, the more human blood you drink, the stronger the vampire you will be.  In fact, Gilbert nearly killed Stefan already with a wooden arrow to the heart, but Elena saved him, the way Katherine once did, by having him drink her blood.  But Stefan, who has gone decades without that taste, though he recovered from the arrow, was spun out on human blood like a junkie, and began to lie, connive, and steal to quench his thirst.  He knocked off a local hospital’s blood bank, and Damen returned home to see Stefan drinking up from a freezer he had stored with blood bags.  Because of the profile of the theft, Elena and Damen tricked Stefan into captivity and pushed animal blood on him, until he drank, and became normal again–for Stefan. 

Damen remained two steps ahead of the curve, and snagged the vampire compass, knowing the damage it could do to vampires and what a hot commodity it is, but when Isobel came to town and found Elena and kidnapped her brother Jeremy, threatening to kill him if she didn’t produce the device, Elena cooked up a scheme based on the spell book of her best friend and witch, Bonnie (Katerina Graham).  Bonnie and Elena saw a diagram of the compass in the spell book, and Bonnie told Elena that the device only worked because of a witch’s spell, and otherwise was just a hunk of metal.  Damen paid Isobel a surprise visit in which he nearly killed her and told her that he wasn’t giving up the compass, even though Isobel and Jonathan Gilbert were under the orders to bring the device to Katherine, who wasn’t really sealed in the tomb with the rest of the town’s vampires in 1864.  Isobel assumed Damen would comply because he has been pining for Katherine for 145 years, and tells him not to kill the messenger, but in typical bad boy fashion, Damen tells Isobel he will kill the messenger.  “You know why? he asks.  “Because it sends a message (scene below).”

Isobel then plays the Jeremy card with Elena, who says that Damen won’t give her the device.  But Isobel insists he will, because, she says, “he’s in love with you.”  And she is right.  Bonnie the witch places a spell on the compass to deactivate it, and then Damen hands it over, and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is safely returned.  But Bonnie is harboring secret resentment against vampires, and Stefan and Damen, especially–for their role in her grandmother’s death (Jasmine Guy played Bonnie’s grandmother, a master witch, who agreed to use her power to remove the seal from the tomb under the church, so that Damen could rescue Katherine.  But Katherine turned out not to be in there, and the town’s 20 or so other odd vampires were released while the stress brought on Bonnie’s grandmother’s heart attack and death.).

Bonnie (below), as it would turn out, only pretended to remove the spell from the compass, which could mean that ring protected humans come hunting Damen and Stefan, with their wooden arrows, stakes, and guns that shoot wooden bullets, led by Jonathan Gilbert, Elena’s father. 

Will Stefan regain his taste for human blood yet again?  Was Damen really convinced that Bonnie would break the compass’s spell in good faith and did he really hand over the actual compass?  Will Jeremy’s vampire girlfriend Anna (Malese Jow), who’s mother, Pearl (Kelly Hu) was locked in the tomb but later staked by Jonathan Gilbert, join forces with the Salvatores to avenge her mother’s death?  Will she turn Jeremy, whose asking for it, or will Gilbert get to her first?  Will Elena learn of Bonnie’s treachery and can their friendship ever recover?  And of course, will the aforementioned Katherine make an appearance in Mystic Falls, and if so, how will Damen react?  Or will Stefan hook up with Elena, with whom he’s grown increasingly close in recent weeks?  And just maybe, can Damen and Stefan find a way to get along?

I’m not sure about any of it, though it would be nice to get a glimpse of Katherine, and to see Jonathan Gilbert somehow killed.  What I am sure of, is there will be blood.

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Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhandler, above, as vampire brothers Stefan and Damon, on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Nina Dobrev, above, as Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries.

Last night I succumbed to temporary insanity and watched America’s Next Top Model, on the CW.  Anyway, due to flooding we are down to one television in our house temporarily, and my wife just loves these horrible, vacuous television shows that involve amateurs singing horribly, amateurs modelling horribly, amateurs dancing horribly, amateurs designing horrible clothes, and the bunches of morons who critique them.  Last night I had the privilege of seeing some black dude wearing this red jacket with the biggest sleeves I have ever seen, sit on a panel and critcize a bunch of pretty girls who for some reason were made to pose in clothes and makeup that not even the most ballsy tranny would attempt, making these young girls unrecognizable, and selling what exactly?

But I am not even here to kill Top Model.  I’m gonna be honest with you.  There are worse things than watching 12 19 year old girls in various states of undress for 43 minutes, no matter how bad Tyra Banks is.  And the assemblage of weirdos who do the judging and who teach the model walk, from Miss Jay to the guy with the sleeves to the Puerto Rican guy with the silver hair are in the least vaguely entertaining, whether they intend it or not.

The show that has the 9 PM time slot, Fly Girls, I don’t think I have to actually watch to tear apart.  Here’s the premise: a bunch of stewardesses, or “air hostesses” (“you’re so beautiful/you coulda been an air hostess in the sixties”, The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room by The Flight of the Conchords), drone on about a lot of nonsense, they don’t get naked nearly as much as the Top Model chicks, and there are no over the top gay dudes to keep it funny.  And then you take a look at the programming landscape for all of Wednesday night and compare it to Thursday night’s, when NBC has several franchises running, and ABC airs the big budget sci-fi drama, FlashForward, starring big names such as Joseph Fiennes and Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), airing at 8 PM, the same time slot that The Vampire Diaries has occupied, and where it has held it’s own.

Before you start with the reasoning that vampires are played out, between True Blood and the Twilight movies, understand that vampires have always been hugely popular.  Then factor in a few subtle differences between the gold standard of vampire television, Alan Ball’s True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries.  In an interesting twist on traditional vampire culture, the vampires on The Vampire Diaries do not have to respect the sunrise curfew we normally associate with vampires, and they can also drink alcohol, drink coffee to warm their blood, and can do drugs–activities that allow them to remain well hidden in plain sight, and seem contemporary among their human peers.

Since The Vampire Diaries runs during True Blood’s offseason, a lot of vampire fans find it different enough from the HBO hit, while they are left wanting in the area of vampire entertainment.  So forget the fact that both shows are set in a fictional southern town, and that in both, the lead vampires are in love with the same woman, who it seems may have some special powers of her own.  The most successful copy cat element of  The Vampire Diaries is that each episode is fast moving and ends on a dramatic, mysterious note–not to mention lots of pretty and dynamic actors and actresses.

The Vampire Diaries debuted to the CW’s highest ever ratings in their 3 plus year existence.   Even a show like Gossip Girl, which has built a strong following and is a CW signature show, started with dismal ratings.  GG has been very carefully handled by the CW, airing a bulk of their episodes in late summer so as not to compete with top episodes of other network’s first run programming.

I’d like to see The Vampire Diaries moved to a more prosperous time slot, where it can maximize its potential as a show that, in the very least, has been consistently captivating, carried especially by the strong performances of Wesley and Somerhandler.  Just because it can hold its own against Community and Parks and Recreation, to a degree, doesn’t mean it should have to or that the show or the network is best served to play it against such hot competition.

Especially when The Vampire Diaries could maul the shit out of those dumb Fly Girls, and take their plum time slot with a lead in courtesy of Tyra Banks.


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