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September 1st, 2014

18 Season Premieres in October 2014

There are 18 season premieres coming in October 2014. What is your favorite returning show?

Eliza Taylor and Thomas McDonnell star in "The 100" Photo by vagueonthehow © Wikimedia Commons

Eliza Taylor and Thomas McDonnell star in “The 100″
Photo by vagueonthehow
© Wikimedia Commons

2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 27

The 100 (CW)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 22

About a Boy (NBC)
Tuesdays at 9:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 14

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
Sundays at 7:00pm, 25th Season Premiere October 5

Arrow (CW)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere October 8

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Sundays at 7:30pm, 5th Season Premiere October 5

Criminal Minds (CBS)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere October 1

Elementary (CBS)
Thursdays at 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere October 30

David Giuntoli is Detective Nick Burkhalt on "Grimm" Photo by Genevieve  © Wikimedia Commons

David Giuntoli is Detective Nick Burkhalt on “Grimm”
Photo by Genevieve
© Wikimedia Commons

Grimm (NBC)
Fridays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 24

Homeland (SHO)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 5

Last Man Standing (ABC)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 3

The Millers (CBS)
Thursdays at 8:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 30

The Originals (CW)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 6

Reign (CW)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 2

Jensen Ackles 2 2012 by Gage Skidmore

Jenson Ackles plays Dean in “Supernatural” Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Supernatural (CW)
Tuesdays at 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere October 7

Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, 12th and final Season Premiere October 30

The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Thursdays at 8:00pm, 6th Season Premiere October 2

Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 11th Season Premiere October 3

Also read:

12 Series Premieres in October 2014

2014 Fall TV Schedule

Supernatural Meets The Vampire Diaries



August 19th, 2014

Supernatural Meets The Vampire Diaries

My Wish for a Crossover Show

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play Sam and Dean on "Supernatural" Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play the Winchester brothers on “Supernatural”
Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

TV viewers love to see crossover shows. One crossover show the CW should do is to have the Winchester brothers, Sam & Dean (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural, take on the Salvatore brothers, Damon & Stefan, (Ian Somerhald and Paul Wesley) from The Vampire Diaries.

Dean and Sam’s mother was killed by a demon when they were just young tykes. After her death, their father took the boys with him on his quest to hunt down the supernatural force that killed his wife. This left Dean to look after Sam most of the time. Despite having an invisible father most of the time, Sam and Dean Winchester learned the tools of the trade of hunting supernatural beings. As young adults, the brothers have been roaming America in their slick black classic Impala ridding the world of supernatural beings such as demons, vampires, werewolves, and other nasty creatures from down below. They’ve even spent some time with demons in hell and have an unusual relationship with the King of Hell himself (Mark Sheppard). The brothers have an angel, Castiel (Misha Collins), working alongside them, although he is not the kind of angel your mother or Sunday school teacher told you about.

Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder play the Salvatore brothers on "The Vampire Diaries." Photo by vagueonthehow © Wikimedia Commons

Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder play the Salvatore brothers on “The Vampire Diaries.”
Photo by vagueonthehow
© Wikimedia Commons

While the Winchester’s are on a quest to rid the world of the likes of demons and vampires, the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan, are vampires. They are over 600-years-old but still look young enough to attend high school. The two brothers fell in love with the same woman in 1864 and now they both have a thing for Elana (Nina Dobrev), her look-alike in the present century. The Salvatore brothers are on a quest to annihilate the original vampires that are living in their little corner of the world, Mystic Falls. The Originals are the forefathers of all vampires and want to breed supernatural hybrids – creatures that are half vampire and half werewolf – to help them take over the world.

If the Winchester brothers were to meet up with the Salvatore brothers in a crossover show, my money would be on the Winchester brothers winning that particular battle of good versus evil. After all, they have walked into a den of vampires and were able to live another day as humans.

Whose side would you choose in a battle between the Winchester’s and the Salvatore’s?

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, October 2 at 8:00pm on the CW.

Supernatural returns Tuesday, October 7 at 9:oopm on the CW.

July 21st, 2014

2014 Teen Choice Award Nominations, Hosted by Tyler Posey from “Teen Wolf”

Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

On June 17, nominations for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards were announced. Leading the pack is the teen soap Pretty Little Liars (CW) with 5 nominations in the drama category. The Vampire Diaries (CW) are biting on their necks with their domination (5 nominations also) in the sci-fi/fantasy category with all three leads being in the awards running as well as the series itself. Tyler Posey is nominated in the crowded actor field for his portrayal of Scott in Teen Wolf.

Speaking of wolves, Posey will host the annual event. Last year Posey took home some surfboards for Choice Male Summer TV Star while Teen Wolf won Choice Summer TV Show.

The ceremony airs live on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00pm on Fox, but until then, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite nominees at

The full list of TV nominees is below:

Teen Choice TV: Animated Show
Adventure Time
Family Guy
Gravity Falls
Regular Show
The Simpsons

Teen Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Debby Ryan, Jessie
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
Lea Michele, Glee
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project

Teen Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men
Chord Overstreet, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally

Teen Choice TV Show: Comedy
Austin & Ally
The Big Bang Theory
New Girl
Sam & Cat

Teen Choice TV Actress: Drama
Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Maddie Hasson, Twisted
Maia Mitchell, The Fosters
Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie
Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars

Teen Choice TV Actor: Drama
Avan Jogia, Twisted
Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Jake T. Austin, The Fosters
Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
Lucas Grabeel, Switched at Birth

Teen Choice TV Show: Drama
The Fosters
Hart of Dixie
Pretty Little Liars
Switched at Birth

Teen Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
The Amazing Race
American Idol XIII
Masterchef Junior
The Voice

Teen Choice TV: Reality Show
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Dance Moms
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Total Divas

Teen Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Claire Holt, The Originals
Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time
Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and The Beast
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Teen Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Joseph Morgan, The Originals
Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Teen Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Once Upon a Time
Sleepy Hollow
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries

April 18th, 2013

Jeremy Lives! Steven R. McQueen Returning to The Vampire Diaries

Steven R. McQueen is Jeremy on "The Vampire Diaries." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Steven R. McQueen is Jeremy on “The Vampire Diaries.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Jeremy lives! Maybe, possibly, who knows?

When someone dies on a TV show, it is not a given that they are permanently dead or off the show completely. And so it is on The Vampire Diaries. Recently one of the main characters, Jeremy was bled dry by the very thirsty Silas and then had his neck snapped to top off his demise. has reported that Steven R. McQueen who portrays Jeremy on TVD is scheduled to return to the show. But is he being resurrected by Bonnie who is possibly planning on resurrecting a whole slew of dead people, or will he appear in a flashback, will he be a ghost or will Silas take on Jeremy’s form as he has others? How do you think Jeremy will reappear?

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays @ 8:00pm on the CW.


February 12th, 2013

Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Arrow Get Renewed on the CW


Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play Sam and Dean on "Supernatural" Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play Sam and Dean on “Supernatural”
Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

On Monday the CW announced early pick-ups for three of its most successful series: Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Arrow in the 2013-2014 season.

This will mark Season 5 for “The Vampire Diaries,” Season 9 for “Supernatural,” and Season 2 for “Arrow,” which has been The CW’s undeniable breakout hit of the season. ”Arrow” gave The CW its best series premiere since 2009 when it debuted with 4.3 million viewers, “Vampire Diaries” is the network’s highest-rated show in target demos, and “Supernatural” is up 15 percent in total audience versus last season. That’s a dramatic ratings increase almost unheard of, especially for a show in its eighth season.The dramas will be entering their second, fifth and ninth seasons in fall 2013, respectively.

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit “Arrow” and fan favorite “Supernatural” on Wednesday night, and the continued success of “The Vampire Diaries” on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” says CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “Not only do “Arrow,” “Supernatural,” and “The Vampire Diaries” perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season,” he continues.

Which of these renewals are you most excited about? And which CW series do you think deserves a pick-up next?

October 4th, 2012

“The Vampire Diaries” 4th Season Premiere

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder of the "Vampire Diaries" Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Cast of “The Vampire Diaries”
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

At the end of season 3 of “The Vampire Diaries”, the good doctor Meredith took it upon herself, unbeknownst to anyone else, to dispense vampire blood to Elena after she had a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, something the Salvatore brothers had been trying to prevent. Later, when Elena drowns in a car accident, Meredith’s secret is revealed. Now it’s not a question of if, but when and how, will Elena first feed to complete the transformation. She has a lot of help and advice from friends that have been through the transformation themselves. Bonnie, who has honed her witching skills and spells, makes Elena a daylight ring. Bonnie also helped Klaus take over Tyler’s body. In addition to dealing with vampires, both good and bad, the gang is also in their senior year of high school.

The Vampire Diaries” premieres Thursday, October 11 at 8:00pm.

August 13th, 2012

New Season Secrets Revealed for “Vampire Diaries”

Cast of "The Vampire Diaries" Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Cast of “The Vampire Diaries”
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

TV Guide’s William Keck recently ran into The Vampire Diaries executive producer at Comic-Con and got some inside secrets on the upcoming new season. Here’s what she had to tell him:

Early in the season, newly-turned vampire Elena (Nina Dobrev) will have what Plec calls her “first hot vampire sex” with either Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley) , Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Matt (Zach Roerig) or Elijah. (Are they sure that’s ALL the possibilities??) A possible clue as to who the lucky guy is? “Elena saved Matt’s life, so he’s going to end up paying it forward in a very peculiar way.” Dobrev’s reaction to the action: “It’s like she’s going through puberty and vampire sex is going to feel like her first time.”

Stefan will be driving a new motorcycle to show off his rebellious side. “I ride motorcycles in my daily life, so I’m excited to burn some rubber,” says Wesley, who’d been campaigning for these wheels. “I ride a Triumph but I’m hoping Stefan gets something vintage.”

Damon will find a new daytime drinking buddy in Tyler (Michael Trevino). “I think Tyler is up to the challenge of picking up at the bar where Alaric left off,” says Trevino. Adds Somerhalder: “Enemies will become allies.”

The fourth episode flashes back 900 years to shed further light on Rebekah (Claire Holt), who’s looking for a new place to live. “The Salvatore house is huge,” suggests Somerhalder. “And so is Damon’s bed!” (Duh!)

Expect a “big, spontaneous, explosion of joy with some kissing” the first time Caroline (Candice Accola) lays eyes on Tyler, who she thought died. “Shirts are flying off in our first episode back,” teases Trevino.

Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) will possibly find love with new character April (Grace Phipps, who arrives in Episode 2), a pastor’s daughter who returns from boarding school under tragic circumstances and reconnects with her childhood friend. “It will be interesting to see where they go with that,” says McQueen. “But he and Bonnie still have some unfinished business.”

The Vampire Diaries” season 4 begins Thursday, October 11 @ 8/7c on the CW.

January 26th, 2012

The Darker Side of Sci-Fi TV in 2011

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

The genre of science fiction TV is brought to life on TV using a lot of imagination and contains elements such as magicians, super heroes, and mystical powers. But some of these sci-fi shows show their darker side with aliens trying to take over Earth, devils and demons running rampant in our world, vampires sucking the life out of people and werewolves attacking anything in sight. These creatures all have to beware of special people that hunt them all to try to dispose of them. Here are my favorite 6 TV shows that showed the darker side of sci-fi TV in 2011.

One again the Earth is being attacked by aliens from outer space. This time Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian) is leading the charge to take back our home planet from these new alien creatures known as Skitters and Mechs. The Skitters take control of human children by putting a ‘harness’ on them then controlling their movements and behavior through some sort of mental communication. The humans have finally found a way to safely remove the harness (or have they?) and return the retrieved children back to their parents.

Fridays @ 9:00pm
When their mother was killed by a demon when they were just little tykes, Sam and Dean Winchester’s (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), took them with him on his demon hunting adventures tracking down the demon responsible for his wife’s death. While their father was out hunting, Dean looked after Sam and learned the tricks of the trade along the way. As Dean got older he learned he gets premonitions of things to come and they’re not always good. With their dad AWOL, they guys turn to long-time friend and supernatural hunter Bobby (Jim Beaver) for help and advice. In their hunt for the demon that killed their mother, the Winchester brothers have close encounters with vampires, demons, banshees, zombies, ghosts and even the devil himself.

Thursdays @ 8:00pm (Fall/Winter)
Brothers Damon and Stefan Salvator (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley) look like ordinary high school students on the outside, but they are really vampires living in an old family mansion in the small town of Mystic Falls. The brothers have fallen for the lovely Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who also lives in Mystic Falls and is the spitting image of Katherine, a vampiress the brothers both loved in 1864. Other supernatural creatures also live in Mystic Falls. Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) is Elena’s best friend and also a witch, and Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) is a werewolf, an arch enemy of vampires. The Vampire Diaries is based on the book written by L.J. Smith.

(2009- 2011)
In a 1980s remake, the Visitors are back on Earth secretly trying to take it over. There is a rebel alliance forming of people who have learned the truth surrounding the V’s but others are blinded by the technology and tricked by the human disguises the lizards wear. With too little too late attitudes being said of the action and little revealing of the lizards true skin underneath, and half the cast being offed in the first season finale, V was cancelled after its second season. Click here to check out some other human-looking aliens.

Fridays @ 9:00pm (Fall/Winter)
The creatures from Grimm’s Fairy Tales are walking among us disguised as real people. Only special people known as “Grimm’s” can see these mythical creatures in order to track them down. Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns about his mythical powers when his aunt dies and leaves him her trailer full of Grimm creature history including weapons to fight them with and diaries full of insider information. Nick accidently befriends one of the creatures, who goes by the human name of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and the two become uncomfortable allies.

You might recognize the names of the characters in this reboot of a classic film but that’s when the similarities end as this show has a darker side than the original comedy. Teenager Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) is a high school Lacrosse player who mainly rides the pine until he discovers his secret identity and the fast, cat-like powers that come with being a teenage werewolf. Scott’s best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) is still by his side accompanying him in his daily adventures and occasionally covering for him when Scott accidently goes all wolf on him because he is still learning how to control his powers.

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January 22nd, 2011

There’s a New Evil Coming on “The Vampire Diaries”


Joseph Morgan will play the vampire Klaus. Photo by Frantogian © Wikimedia Commons

Joseph Morgan will play the vampire Klaus.
Photo by Frantogian
© Wikimedia Commons

Vampire Diary fans can look forward to more evil visiting Mystic Falls before the end of season two. Klaus, one of the original vampires (which means he is very, very old) will prove to be a force to be reckoned with, but will the cure vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) be able to handle Klaus and keep everyone in town safe?

Mystic Falls is not only crawling with vampires, but witches and werewolves have also been introduced into the show. Bonnie (Katerina Graham) has just recently discovered her witch heritage and is learning how to harness her newfound powers. When fans last saw her Bonnie was hanging out with her new boy-witch friend (aka a warlock) Luka (Bryton James). Together they are trying to break the spell that causes a werewolf bite to kill vampires.  But is that legend really true? Bonnie also declined Jeremy’s advances, but Graham states it wasn’t a rejection, it was for Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) own protection.

Executive producer Julie Plec gives more inside scoop to TV Guide Magazine. “There is a devolution of Rose’s sanity and Rose’s character, as a result of the bite, which brings a lot of danger into Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) world and into everybody else’s world,” says Plec. “The follow up from that is going to be pretty extreme.” And then there’s werewolf Jules (Michaela McManus). “She knows now that Mason’s dead, and she’s going to have something to say about that. What she chooses to do and how she chooses to respond is big and it’s bold, and it takes us for the next couple episodes on a journey that’s pretty intense.”

And, finally, there’s some good news for Team Damon. “Elena and Stefan are happily back together, but as a result of what Rose is going through, Damon and Elena find themselves sort of thrown together, trying to deal with this invalid vampire,” says Plec. “They go through a pretty rough emotional experience together which, of course, cements their relationship even further.”

The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on Jan. 27 at 8/7c on the CW.

November 2nd, 2009

Fall Sci-Fi Shows Compared by Viewer Numbers

TV ratings: Every fall sci-fi show compared by number of viewers

So the new fall season is under way. All the new (and old) shows have a few episodes under their belt giving the viewers time to decided should they stay or should they go? Ratings have been gathered for the 2009 television season (thus far), listing the shows by number of viewers from most to least. But numbers aren’t everything. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox need more live viewers than The CW and Syfy for their shows to be considered successful.

Number 1: FlashForward (ABC)

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.98 million viewers

FlashForward is the closest thing we have to a hit on network TV these days. After initially dropping their ratings seem to have stabilized, plus strong DVR +7 (people who do not watch shows live but DVR and watch within 7 days – I’m in those numbers) numbers add close to 2 million additional viewers to the show’s ratings. If FlashForward stays strong dramatically it has the potential to be the next Lost. Expecting to see good things come from FlashForward, ABC has extended the show’s episode commitment to 25.

  Number 2: Ghost Whisperer (CBS)

Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.28 million viewers

With Fridays being saturated with good shows this fall, it ahs been tough, even for veteran Ghost Whisperer, which still manages to win the night. These winning ratings may not be good enough for CBS after this year, even with the time shift putting ratings up over 1 million additional viewers. There’s a chance that next season CBS will revamp their entire lineup and move their stronger shows to Friday night, especially since it’s been reported that this is NUMB3RS‘ last year. I don’t think that’s a good move, but time will tell.

Number 3: Medium (CBS)

Fridays at  9 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 7.69 million viewers

Medium finally found a good home between Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS.

Number 4: Fringe (Fox)

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings before baseball: 5.96 million viewers

I’ve always said it’s bad karma to move a hit show to a new timeslot. Fringe is the best new show on TV and has definitely taken a hit going up against CSI and Grey’s Anatomy who are comfortable in their timeslots. Despite that, Fringe is one of the top shows to gain time shift viewers (to the tune of about 2 million a week). Fringe has a 22-episode order, and is doing the best they can hope for in a terrible, terrible timeslot.

Number 5: Heroes (NBC)

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.86 million viewers

Is the end of Heroes near? Heroes was the biggest hit for NBC in their first season where we were all snagged with the catch phrase “Save the Cheerleader…Save the World.” NBC went to the top with an average of 14 million viewers, but have spiraled downward ever since. I blame it on the writing. They sucked us in and then got lazy on us. (Some people think ‘too complicated’ rather than lazy.) Even though decent time-shift ratings add another 1.5 million viewers or so, the ratings still are not good enough. Heroes’ 19 episodes will be shown, which will complete this year’s volume, “Redemption.” After that it just might be the end of our Heroes.

Number 6: Eastwick (ABC)

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.06 million viewers

Eastwick should have a better shot than others at making the but. Just the fact that it airs on Wednesday’s when there is hardly anything else watching is a step up from other shows that have to go up against established shows. Eastwick is a fun show to watch with three strong actresses and a couple of hunks to boot. Sadly, Eastwick has not quite caught on yet. I thought it might have gotten a ratings boost during Halloween since it is about 3 women learning about their newfound witching abilities. Eastwick won’t be the first series canceled (that honor goes to The Beautiful Life), but it is one of ABC’s biggest problems. (Psst…ABC, how about promoting the show??)

Number 7: The Vampire Dairies (The CW)

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 4.19 million viewers

It’s no surprise that The Vampire Diaries is off to a biting start and is the best decision the CW has made this season. They must be riding the coat tails of the Twilight fever, plus Halloween and the new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon coming out November 20th can’t be hurting the ratings. The DVR +7 ratings bring the series up to over 5 million viewers, many of them female in the CW’s prime demographic.

Number 8: Supernatural (The CW)

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.88 million viewers

Despite the big guns (Fringe, CSI, & Grey’s Anatomy) in this heavily saturated Thursday night timeslot, Supernatural continues to keep their loyal viewers onboard. And thanks to The Vampire Diaries, they have added a new following of female viewers. Pairing these two shows seems to be paying off for The CW.

Number 9: Smallville (The CW)

Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 2.60 million viewers

While ratings aren’t as bad as they seem with the series getting a decent DVR boost, the move to Fridays has been a tough one for Smallville. While the producers would be thrilled to have a 10th season, if it is the last year, nine seasons ain’t bad.

Number 10: SGU: Stargate Universe (Syfy)

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings from week two: 2.4 million viewers

Stargate Universe is trying to stay off the bottom floor and has been beating Fox’s Dollhouse in the ratings some weeks. The time-shift numbers are excellent, too, and Syfy considers this new Stargate one of its hits. Syfy can “consider” SGU a hit, but the numbers tell the real story. If they don’t get some action going on the show, then I expect those numbers to keep dwindling. The series is headed toward a big hiatus after episode 10, and it won’t return until spring, which is going to hurt it even more.

Number 11: Dollhouse (Fox)

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.15 million viewers

Fans were shocked when Fox decided to pick up Dollhouse for a second season. But the ratings for Dollhouse have been so bad, even with the time-shift viewing, that Fox has decided to pull the series for November sweeps. Dollhouse is scheduled to return December 4, with two episodes airing each Friday. It’s not looking good for a third season of the Joss Whedon series,even with the help of Summer Glau.

Number 12: Sanctuary (Syfy)

Fridays at 10 p.m. ET
Season premiere ratings: nearly 1.9 million viewers

Sanctuary is doing well when it comes to the time-shift audience and it is very compatible with Stargate Universe. (Which has nothing to do with the  fact that former SG star Amanda Tapping plays the lead role in Sanctuary.) That isn’t bad for a series that once only lived on the Web and is still mostly virtual.

What’s your take on the new season?

September 14th, 2009

Vampire Diaries Debuts on The CW


Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder star in “The Vampire Diaries” Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

 On the tails of the success of the vampire movie Twilight comes a new TV series all about vampires on the CW. Based on the series of books by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries has been paired with the CW Thursday night hit Supernatural. As in Twilight the main characters of The Vampire Diaries are high school students which should make the show appeal to the younger generation.

In the debut of The Vampire Diaries, which is an hour-long show, there was maybe a maximum of 10 minutes which could be considered “scary”. In the opening scene we see couple driving down a foggy road when suddenly a person appears in the middle of the road and the vehicle hits them. Of course the bold manly driver has to get out of the safety of the vehicle to try to help the stricken person only to be savagely attacked himself. And the same fate befalls the girl when she gets out of the vehicle to announce that there is no cell phone signal for her to call for help. We never see what it what that attacks these people, but since the show is titled The Vampire Diaries we will assume it was a vampire.

Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and her brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) are adjusting to their new life living with their aunt after their parents were killed in a tragic car accident. Elena tries to hide her grief from everyone and copes with it by keeping a daily journal. Jeremy has taken a lower road by turning to alcohol and drugs but Elena is keeping a close eye on him.

As the school year starts for the teens in Mystic Falls, Virginia, there is a mysterious and handsome new student who has caught the eyes of all the girls. Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) is a vampire living up on the hill with his uncle. He has a special ring he wears so he is able to move about in daylight without being harmed. (Of course this is a secret that only the TV viewers are aware of.) Stefan is attracted to Elena and “accidently” runs into her in the cemetery where she is visiting her parents’ grave and writing in her journal. A raven appears along with some fog creeping in and Stefan does a quick disappearing act after he sees blood on Elena’s leg. At a back-to-school bonfire party the next night, we see the raven again as another mysterious fog appears around Elena’s friend Vicki (Kayla Ewell) who is found bleeding from a savage bite to the neck.

Stefan rushes home fearing he knows the truth about what has happened to Vicki. When he arrives home he finds his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) whom he hasn’t seen in over 15 years. Of course, Damon is also a vampire who has come back to town to ridicule his brother some more for turning his back on his vampire legacy of violence and brutality. Stefan chooses to not feed on humans, instead finding sustenance in small wild animals. Damon feels like this decision has made Stefan weak. We find out that Stefan keeps journals of his own when we see one dated in the 1800’s that has a photo on the front that looks strikingly similar to Elena. It is a photo of a woman that Stefan and Damon loved more than a century ago.

These two vampire brothers have different viewpoints concerning what they are and how they should live. One is the evil Damon– wanting to own Elena’s soul and feed off the humans. The other is good Stefan – wanting to protect Elena and other humans from his brother’s violent ways.

Two questions come to mind after watching The Vampire Diaries. Vampires have always been associated with fog, but when did they get the ability to conjure up fog at will or to turn themselves into ravens?