Wednesday, August 26, 2009

'Vampire Diaries' follow success of 'Twilight'

The New York Daily has an article about how the Vampire Diaries will be following the sucess of both 'Twilight' and 'True Blood' here is some of the article:
Vampires are way too cool to ever disappear from popular culture. But killing people to drink their blood can be a little unsettling, which might explain why vampires have never gotten a fanghold on mainstream television.
Much as we love Anne Rice novels, most people prefer their vampires to be no more menacing than Count Chocula.
As television programming becomes increasingly targeted to specialized audiences, however, vampires may have found new life.
HBO's "True Blood" has turned into a big hit, by the standards of pay cable, and now The CW is hoping to add another with "The Vampire Diaries," premiering Sept. 10.
That would be impressive, considering that in its first 60 years, TV developed just two arguable vampire hits: "Dark Shadows" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," both of which diluted the vampires with heavy camp humor.
"True Blood" doesn't skimp on gory violence, though it also can lighten things up by having Anna Paquin take off her clothes.
"Vampire Diaries" includes blood-feasting, too, though it limits the graphic visuals.
"Diaries" is basically "a story about a small town," says executive producer Kevin Williamson, whose credits include the first three "Scream" movies. "The vampires are just our way in."
In fact, he suggests that "Vampire Diaries" is at heart a high school romance centering on the core couple of Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley). The twist is that Paul has been 16 since 1864, when he was turned into a vampire.
Not by coincidence, in any case, does "Diaries" arrive in the glow of "Twilight," the teen vampire romance phenomenon that began with a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer and has exploded into movies, conventions and a massive cyber network.
While "Diaries" star Wesley says he deliberately did not read "Twilight" before starting "Diaries," Williamson admits Wesley may be the only one.
"The premise is the same, you know," says Williamson. "Girl meets vampire. The pilot was tough because it does have a lot of similarities to 'Twilight.'"

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