The CW, TV Guide reports, has given a full 22 episode pickup for its freshamn hit “Vampire Diaries,” shot around metro Atlanta.
The show, produced by “Dawson’s Creek” creator Kevin Williamson, is the CW’s biggest new hit in its short history, averaging 3.8 million viewers an episode and bringing in plenty of those coveted 12 to 34 year old females the network chases after. That’s significantly more than a struggling “Melrose Place,” which did get an 18 episode call back and is praying a return of Heather Locklear might help matters.
It airs in the very competitive 8 p.m. slot on Thursdays, holding up against the likes of “Survivor,” “Bones” and “FlashForward.”
The actors are mostly newbies or relative unknowns though 20-year-old Nina Dobrev, who plays lead character Elena, was part of the Canadian teen drama “DeGrassi: The Next Generation.” She costars with Paul Wesley, her love interest and closeted vampire Stefan. He plays off his bad-boy brother Damon, played by the delightful Ian Somerhalder, last seen on “Lost” as Boone.
Thanks to Williamson, the show balances darkness, teen angst, sexual tension, good writing and better-than-average acting to mold a successful CW show. Will the show stay in Atlanta next year? Too early to say but hey, at least they’re providing local jobs right now.