The new CW TV series, based on the  books by L. J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, premiers this Thursday 8/7 C, the books were good, let’s hope that the series does it justice.
Synopsis: (From the CW web) Four months after the tragic car accident that killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev, “DeGrassi: The Next Generation”) and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen, “Everwood”), are still adjusting to their new reality. Elena has always been the star student; beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends, but now she finds herself struggling to hide her grief from the world. Elena and Jeremy are now living with their cool-but-overwhelmed Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning, “Smallville”), who is doing her best to be a surrogate parent…
As the school year begins at Mystic Falls High, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley, “Fallen”). Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, although Elena is puzzled by Stefan’s increasingly bizarre behavior when he appears suddenly at the cemetery where her parents are buried. What she doesn’t realize is that Stefan is hiding a dark, deadly secret of his own – the fact that he’s a vampire. At a bonfire party the next night, Elena and Stefan are just getting to know each other when chaos erupts after Vicki is attacked and left bleeding from a savage bite to the neck. 
Fearing that he knows who is responsible for the attack, Stefan returns home and finds his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder, “Lost”), whom he hasn’t seen for 15 years. Damon is also a vampire, and the two brothers have a long and bitter history. Damon ridicules Stefan for rejecting their legacy of violence and brutality, but he understands his brother’s obsession with Elena, since she looks exactly like a woman Stefan loved more than a century ago; a woman that Damon tried to make his own. Now these two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for Elena’s soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia. 
If you haven’t read the books, Harper Teen has it on their website to read for free. Click here.
I will be watching this show tomorrow night, yet, I have my reservations.  The executive producers are from shows like Gossip Girl and Dawson’s Creek, which I have never enjoyed.  The pilot was produced by the guy that worked on Dexter – which I thoroughly enjoyed, until I had to cancel SHO because of budget restrictions :).
But check it out, CW needs a ratings boost – they are hanging on by threads – just barely making the cut from Smallville and Supernatural.  They definitely need a boost and I really have my doubts about 90210 and the “new” Melrose Place bringing those ratings up. I love rooting for the underdog.