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Two more TV shows to be shot in Atlanta: CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and Fox’s “Past Life”

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”:

Earlier this week, Warner Brothers, which oversees “Vampire Diaries” requested that they film in Covington.

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:

19 comments Add your comment

Gary

July 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

Rodney, you fail to mention that Kelli Giddish is a local Atlanta product. She graduated high school in Forsyth County (Cumming, GA). Though the series is filmed in metro Atlanta, it is good to see a local product make it to a major network show.

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mrsitcom

July 8th, 2009
7:05 pm

Vampire Diaries is on BEFORE Supernatural this Fall. Just sayin’.

Cleo Creech

July 9th, 2009
7:19 am

“Neither show has any major stars.”

LOL – I’m sure the actors and production crews all loved reading that line.

Tiffany

July 9th, 2009
8:20 am

Rodney, do you know where Past Life is being shot?

David

July 9th, 2009
8:21 am

Richard Schiff has been in many things…but whatever…good to have them here…they should come down to Newnan, GA sometime!

jackal11726

July 9th, 2009
8:31 am

Please Support “Drop Dead Diva” Coming in the end of July on Lifetime.

Stephanie

July 9th, 2009
8:41 am

He may not be a major star, but I INSTANTLY recognized Ian Somerhalder who was outstanding on the ABC show “LOST”.

Bree

July 9th, 2009
9:02 am

Yuck to both…boring. Yawn. Next channel please.

Steve

July 9th, 2009
9:18 am

It’s great to hear about all the tv/film projects coming to Georgia taking advantage of the tax break. But working in the industry and seeing these projects come here but never seeing any job listings is frustrating. Most of the crew they bring with them and if there is a job available it’s low on the pay scale. Thanks Sonny.

Sasha

July 9th, 2009
1:28 pm

Vampire Diaries looks like knock off cornball garbage but Past Lives is something I would definitely watch. Glad to see some shows being filmed here in little hollywood of the south. I do agree with Steve if they are being filmed here they should allow actors in the area a chance at the pie as well. I am not an actor but I think it would be a nice way to encourage local talent so they dont have to go to NY or LA and be ruined by the business.

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Sinkwriter72

July 10th, 2009
9:50 pm

I will watch anything involving Richard Schiff. Love that guy. He was fantastic on The West Wing. So many little tics and wonderful subtleties. I’m curious for that show. Thanks for blogging about it.

Tony Leask

July 12th, 2009
8:00 pm

Sorry, but the talent just isn’t here in Atlanta. Casting calls have proven that it’s far more pratical to bring in talent than waste time weeding out maybe a couple out of hundreds. At least you have some filming being done in Atlanta. Just thing, now your city is as about as big and famous as Omaha, Nebraska! Yay Atlanta!

Robert

July 13th, 2009
9:38 am

To Tony Leask;

As one of the “hundreds” of actors that casting has to “weed thru” in ATL I am more than a little offended by the presumption there is “no talent” here!! I get cast regularly (in speaking roles, mind you, NOT extra work, but that IS where I started!)in film/tv projects in ATL. There is NO SHORT supply of talent here is why the “hundreds” of submissions for each role casting has to “weed thru.” There were 79 online submissions and God only knows how many “in person” auditionees for the last role I read for just this past week. They cast an ATL actor in the role(not me, but local talent never the less!).

You should stick to commentary on a subject you are experienced in and leave the film and tv industry to those of us that are fortunate enough to be successful in that field. Shame on you!

— TV Tattle

July 15th, 2009
1:17 am

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somi

August 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

@Tiffany–I worked on the set of Past Life this week, and their main stage is intown on the West side (sorry, don’t want to give specific info for privacy). They’re shooting all around metro Atlanta as well, I’m sure you’ll see blue “PL” signs somewhere:)

Jackie

September 11th, 2009
9:53 am

Go Kelli!! We’re all so proud for you!