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Posted: September 10, 2009 2:30 p.m.

"Vampire Diaries" to premiere tonight

The latest television series to be filmed in Covington, the “Vampire Diaries, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on The CW network.

The Vampire Diaries, is based on author L.J. Smith’s 1991 trilogy of books. The story shares many similarities to the recent Twilight series, centering on a high school student who becomes interested in a mysterious male classmate who turns out to be a vampire.

The CW Web site provides a brief description of the show: "Elena Gilbert has always been a star student: beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends. As the fall semester begins, Elena becomes fascinated with the mysterious new boy in school, Stefan Salvatore, and she has no way of knowing he is a centuries-old vampire. While Stefan struggles to live peacefully among humans, his brother Damon is the embodiment of violence and brutality. Now these two vampire brothers — one good, one evil — are at war for Elena’s soul in the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia."

Covington has been one the main filming locations, serving as the town of Mystic Falls, and the crew is continuing to film the rest of season one.

Fans of Smith’s book series should expect a few significant changes from the books according to various fan sites and discussion, including an altered appearance of the main character, the main character having a brother instead of a sister and a town with a different name and character.

The three main characters will be played by actors Nina Dobrev, currently in the CW series Degrassi: The Next Generation; Paul Wesley, who has recently appeared in episodes of 24 and Army Wives; and Ian Somerhalder, who played Boone Carlyle on Lost.will be filmed in downtown Covington beginning July 21. Covington will play the role of the small Virginia town of Mystic Falls.

For more information about the show and to see a trailer visit The CW’s Web page at cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries. Also, the entertainment Web site, ign.com, reviewed the pilot episode at tv.ign.com/articles/100/1005295p1.html.

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