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“Vampire Diaries,” shot in Atlanta, gets a full season pickup

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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.

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TrafficHeadache

October 21st, 2009
4:48 pm

Oh joy. More eye candy and fan fiction fodder for the teenyboppers.

david

October 21st, 2009
5:52 pm

That is great news, i love the show. I watch it every week.

Jerry

October 21st, 2009
9:27 pm

And if this show ever makes money, the first thing they will do is stop shooting in Atlanta where it’s cheap and move to a more pristine location.

MD N8tv in GA

October 22nd, 2009
2:53 pm

excellent news..this is acutally a really good show..I enjoy it and I am outside of the realm of “those coveted 12 to 34 year old females the network chases after.”

yvonne

November 25th, 2009
1:50 pm

Great show..the stars are all goodlooking..they cud portray their own characters well..can’t wait to see this weeks episode..
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yvonne

November 25th, 2009
1:51 pm

Great show..the stars were all goodlooking..they cud portray their own characters well..can’t wait to see this weeks episode..
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