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The supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries tells the story of a high-school girl as she is introduced into a supernatural world of vampires and other mystery creatures. Although the supernatural creatures have long inhabited the small town where she lives, it isn't until a year after her parents' deaths that they make themselves known. The Vampire Diaries is created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and is based upon the novels of the same name written by L.J. Smith. Although based upon these novels, the story presented veers away from the plot in the books and crafts its own compelling story.

The Vampire Diaries follows the life of a young seventeen-year-old girl, Elena Gilbert, as she falls in love with an older vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Perhaps one of the most common issues that arise between the couple is Elena's growing attraction to Stefan's older brother, Damon Salvatore. The first series of the show focuses on the growing relationship between Stefan and Elena, and the complication Damon presents. As the series progresses, it is revealed that the brothers' attraction to Elena is based in part to the resemblance to their mutual past love, Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned the brothers into the vampires they are. Elena's resemblance isn't just a slight resemblance either, but identical. This turns out to be due to the fact that Elena is the doppelganger of Katherine and is part of a mystical vampire curse.

Throughout the series the viewer watches as Elena deals with the issues that supernatural creatures cause in her life and the danger that can result from being in a relationship with one. In addition to Elena, the series focuses on her group of friends and families as they come to know the hidden secrets of the town and the existence of supernatural creatures. Most notably, the series focuses on the lives of Elena's younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert, her best friends, Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes, and other friends, Matt Donovan and Tyler Lockwood.

The story is set in a small fictional town in Virginia called Mystic Falls. Throughout the course of the series the viewer learns that Mystic Falls has long been home to various supernatural creatures since it was founded in the late 17th century. These supernatural creatures are not limited to just vampires. The series includes witches, werewolves, ghosts and special hybrid creatures. The city of Mystic Falls has a long founded system of politics that centers among the founders of the town. This Founder's Council includes the Gilbert family, the Salvatore family, the Forbes family, the Lockwood family, and the Fells family. The heads of these families are all aware of the town's supernatural inhabitants and often do what they can to protect their small town from the threats these supernatural beings represent.

As the series progresses, the focus shifts from Elena learning about supernatural creatures and events and begins to focus on the role Elena plays as a doppelganger in a mythic quest that can break the restrictions that vampires face. Additional story lines develop that introduce the most powerful vampires ever created, called the Original Family. This Original Family is made up of the first humans ever to be turned into vampires and is the source of all vampires that exist in the show's world.

Starring in the series are Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder as the main love triangle. The supporting cast features Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, and Steven R. McQueen. Later in the series Joseph Morgan, Matt Davis, and Claire Holt all became prominent characters on the series. The show itself is mainly filmed in Georgia with the town of Covington, Georgia, serving as Mystic Falls. However, the pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vampire Diaries first aired on The CW and remains one of its most popular and watched shows.

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Thursday 8:00PM et/pt on The CW
6 Seasons, 116 Episodes - Currently Airing
Drama, Science Fiction, Vampire
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  • Damon is forced to remember one of the worst day's of his life. Alaric wants to help Jeremy put his life back together. Stefan shows Elena how to start over with a new identity.

  • Elena still mourns the loss of Damon and seeks help from Alaric. Meanwhile, Enzo gets Caroline to help him find Damon and Bonnie.

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The CW Sets Fall Premiere Schedule: Find Out When 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow' and All Your Favorite Shows Premiere!

Get out your calendars, it's time to mark down some dates! The CW has released a full schedule of premieres for their Fall shows, detailing when you can catch your favorite CW shows right when they hit the air. With the likes of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" returning, as well as some brand-new shows starting up for the first time, there's a lot to look forward to for CW fans.

Are 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Back Together?

Today could be a very good day for Delena fans, despite the events of "The Vampire Diaries" finale. According to reports, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, who play Elena and Damon on the hit CW show, have reunited as a couple. The two had sparked a romance during their time on the show, but recently made an amicable split. But if rumors are to be trusted, the couple is attempting to give it another go, as secretly as possible.

'Vampire Diaries' Finale: Questions Posed and a Big Event

The ultimate fates of several characters on "The Vampire Diaries" are in question, and we might find out where they end up in this week's season finale. Or we could be left with just as many questions as ever. One thing's for sure: the end of season 5 will leave us eager for season 6 to begin.

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Well Delena fans, it looks like there probably won't be a reunion anytime soon. E! News reports that "The Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev was spotted in Atlanta this past weekend on a date with none other than Miley Cyrus' ex Liam Hemsworth. The duo hung out at a bar, as both were in town shooting their respective projects. But are the two actually a new couple? The outing seemed to be a group one, as Hemsworth and Dobrev were hanging out with a group of friends.

Werewolf Genealogy: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals' Crossover

The distance between New Orleans and Mystic Falls is pretty great, but at least one character is going to make the trip later this month, as a crossover between "The Vampire Diaries" and its spin-off, "The Originals," begins.

'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' Debut

Fans of "The Vampire Diaries" had much to be happy about last week, as the series returned for its fifth season had a new sibling series, "The Originals," in tow, as well. Between the two shows, the CW had a decent Thursday night against extremely tough competition.

New 'Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Promo Hints at Surprises

Season 4 of the "The Vampire Diaries" ended with some events that promised to cause turmoil in Mystic Falls at the beginning of season 5. A new promo clip released last week makes it clear that the turmoil might be even more explosive than we imagined.

'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5: Elena and Damon Heat Up, Paul Wesley Darkens

At the conclusion of season 4 of "The Vampire Diaries," things looked bleak for Stefan. As hints about the direction of season 5 begin to emerge, it looks as if Stefan's troubles have only just begun. Elena and Damon, however, may have some good times ahead.

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