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CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ shot in Atlanta, biggest debut ever for the CW

Nina Dobrey and Paul Wesley

Nina Dobrey and Paul Wesley

The three-year-old CW network had its biggest series debut ever with “The Vampire Diaries” last night, drawing nearly 5 million viewers.

The drama, set in a small town featuring a couple of vampires and plenty of hot teenagers, also drew a record number of young women and teens. It’s riding the wave of interest in vampires, following the huge success of the “Twilight” film and HBO’s “True Blood.”

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Although the pilot was shot in Vancouver, the rest of this season’s 13 guaranteed episodes are being filmed in and around metro Atlanta.

Odds are good the series will get its “back nine” episodes very soon, meaning a full season of 22 shows.

The show opened bigger than “Gossip Girl,” “Melrose Place” or “90210.”

I visited the set Wednesday and interviewed most of the actors. I’ll post something about that next week in time for episode number two.

Currently, there are three scripted TV shows being shot in Atlanta. The first season of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” which was renewed for a sophomore year, recently wrapped in Peachtree City. An upcoming mid-season series on Fox “Past Life” is taping as I write this. And there’s “Vampire Diaries.”

I doubt Atlanta has ever had this much scripted TV action at one time. The tax incentives the state is now offering has helped sway studios to shoot here.

The Smoking Gun reported today that five of the show’s actresses were arrested for tomfoolery at a bridge while filming the show in Monroe County August 22. The CW has not confirmed whether this was footage for the show or not. Here’s our story, with mug shots.

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amber-rae

September 11th, 2009
7:08 pm

vampyre diaries rocked it was amazing so can’t wait for next thursday i’m definantley going to watch but i didn’t like how they left you hanging but whats a series if they don’t right!

TrafficHeadache

September 12th, 2009
11:07 am

To quote Marvin the Paranoid Android, it gives me a headache trying to think down to your level.

OMFG

September 13th, 2009
3:14 pm

One Tree Vampire…..nuff said

Tandee

September 15th, 2009
2:38 am

Lighten up! The correlation to the Twilight movie is amazing. The actors were great. We all need to let down our hair and enjoy it for what it is. Light-hearted romantic horror story.

jenny

December 30th, 2009
9:28 am

the pilot was really awesome.. it looks like a movie series.. and i think its incomparable with twilight itself.. love yah nina dobrey!!! and your movie “american mall” you really did a great job..