Two upcoming TV shows are going to be shot in the metro Atlanta area: the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and Fox’s “Past Life.” (above, the cast: Richard Schiff, Kelli Giddish, Nicholas Bishop and Ravi Patel.)
Thank last year’s tax incentives boosts for these two shows being here, along with Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”
Neither show has any major stars. “Vampire Diaries” clearly is playing off the popularity of the “Twilight” film and book series and the momentum of HBO’s “True Blood.” Vampires are hot! And since this is the CW, this will be a teen-oriented vampire show to boot. “Vampire Diaries” is based on a series of books by L.J. Smith.
The show is set to air after “Supernatural” on Thursdays at 8 p.m. this fall. “Vampire” is set to start shooting episodes later this month. “Past Life” will start in August, with no specific locations solidified yet.
Here’s the trailer to “Vampire Diaries”:
This is the Fox description of “Past Life,” which is set for a midseason pick up:
Have you ever experienced déjà vu or met someone you thought seemed familiar? Do you believe in karma, fate or love at first sight? From writer David Hudgins (”Friday Night Lights”), and inspired by the book “The Reincarnationist” by M.J. Rose, comes PAST LIFE, a new drama series about an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you today is the result of who you were before. DR. KATE MCGINN (Kelli Giddish, “All My Children”) is not your typical psychologist. Confident, outspoken and highly educated, she works at The Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health in New York City, a world-renowned institute dedicated to the study of the science of the soul. After experiencing a past-life regression in her 20s, Kate became a believer in reincarnation. Using regression therapy and her natural gift for reading people, Kate helps solve the mysteries of her troubled clients who suffer from present-day problems caused by past-life traumas. She believes there are levels of consciousness and explanations for human behavior that science can’t begin to explain. Accustomed to skeptics, but not bothered by them, Kate is an unapologetic believer and a force of nature who marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her partner, PRICE WHATLEY (Nicholas Bishop, “Home and Away”), is a different story. A former NYPD homicide detective, pragmatic and cynical, Price is a damaged soul who constantly battles grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife. Price feels that Kate, though not certifiable, certainly operates on the fringes of science. It’s a volatile relationship, but with Price’s solid detective skills, and Kate’s penchant for out-of-the-box thinking, together they make a formidable, if somewhat dysfunctional, team. A fast-paced emotional thrill ride, each episode finds Price and Kate working with their colleagues to unravel a new mystery involving the past-lives of their clients. DR. MALACHI TALMADGE (Richard Schiff, “The West Wing”) is Kate’s mentor and the center’s namesake, an avuncular but gruff elder statesman who is a legend in the field of cognitive research. DR. RISHI KARNA (Ravi Patel, “Scrubs”) is the rookie of the group, a baby-faced therapist from Calcutta who loves bad American TV, Cuban jazz and driving everyone crazy.
And here’s the trailer to “Past Life,” which basically summarizes the 42-minute pilot into three minutes: