Friday, May 7, 2010

‘Vampire Diaries’ gives Atlanta a special bite

From Atlanta Journal ( we love when these shows are filmed OUTSIDE Los Angeles !)

This is running Monday for my weekly print column:

the-vampire-diaries-cast-pictureIn an episode of “Vampire Diaries” last month, Damon tricked vampire hunter Alaric into helping him save his vampire bro Stefan. Alaric is not happy.

“I know you hate me,” Damon said. “Guess what,” he added in a stage whisper, “Everyone hates me.”

Fortunately, plenty of folks love “Diaries,” which concludes its freshman year Thursday at 8 p.m. The drama instantly became the CW’s biggest program, averaging 3.7 million viewers a week and quickly earning a second season. This bodes well for its future in metro Atlanta, where the drama is produced.

“Vampire Diaries” artfully taps into the current broader vampire craze, capturing that happy medium between the lighter, romantic “Twlight” series and HBO’s edgier “True Blood,” which returns for a third season June 13.

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