“The Vampire Diaries” premiered on the CW network on September 10, 2009. Based on the series of books by L.J. Smith, “The Vampire Diaries” is about a girl named Elena (Nina Dobrev, “DeGrassi: The Next Generation”) who’s grieving over the lost of her parents but puts on a brave face as she faces the students at Mystic Falls High School. At the same time she is trying to save her brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen, “Everwood”) from himself as he has been hanging around the wrong crowd and using drugs. Elena and Jeremy are now living with their Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning, “Smallville”), who is doing her best to be a surrogate parent. Things are about to change for Elena when a new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley, “Everwood”), enrolls and quickly becomes the talk of the school. Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, but there is a reason Stefan is back in Mystic Falls and a secret he is hiding from everyone – he is a vampire.
Stefan is back in Mystic Falls in order to get to know Elena. Elena has an uncanny resemblance to Katherine, a woman Stefan loved more than a century ago. Stefan has a little competition to deal with (in regards to Elena) when his older brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder, “Lost”), who is also a vampire, comes back to town in order to complicate things for Stefan. The brothers have a bitter history and they haven’t seen or spoke to each other in 15 years. First it was Katherine, whom Damon tried to make his own, and now the brothers will feud over Elena. Will good triumph over evil?
I have never read the books from which this show is adapted from, but I have to say that the premiere of “The Vampire Diaries” was entertaining. I see potential in this show, and it also helps that “Twilight” mania has probably fueled more interest in anything vampire these days. According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Vampire Diaries” was the most watched premiere in the network’s history bringing in 4.91 million viewers! The show is dark but not too dark and it should be interesting to watch. The only negative thing I could say about the premiere was that there was a little lack of acting. A majority of the episode seemed to be filled with a lot of unspoken moments and longing stare scenes. Sometimes “actions speak louder than words”, but it was a little much. For more information on the show and cast, visit “The Vampire Diaries” official website.