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The CW’s Vampire Diaries

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Earlier this month, The CW announced that the Kevin Williamson/Julie Plec penned pilot for The Vampire Diaries got the green light. Williamson and Plec are also at the helm as co-executive producers.

On Friday, Variety reported that Steven R. McQueen, grandson of the late Steve McQueen, was cast in the role of Jeremy, younger brother to female lead Elena (which has yet to be cast).

I first heard about The Vampire Diaries last year when I started reading the Twilight series, and a friend told me there was a far better series that pre-dated Stephenie Meyer’s books. In fact, a week before the CW announcement was made, she loaned me the first two books. In fact, I’m planning to start reading them while on vacation next week.

News of this series has definitely piqued my interest. It worked for True Blood, in huge part to a great writer/exec producer Alan Ball. I think Williamson is the right person to bring the series to life on the small screen, especially if it taps into what was great about Dawson’s Creek and the Scream Trilogy – that is, cleverly written teen angst with just the right amount of horror.

I think there’s room for another vampire series in my TV viewing schedule. What do you think? Will you be checking out The Vampire Diaries? Or will you choose not to watch because a) Twilight has turned you off vampires for a while, b) True Blood is enough vamp on TV for the time being, or c) Buffy was, is, and will always be the only vampire series for you?


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Coming soon to CBS – The John Mayer Show?

My friends can tell you I’ve been quite vocal in the past about actors becoming musicians and vice versa, because actors aren’t always talented musical artists, and musicians can’t necessarily act., so for the most part, I’m opposed to it. It just seems gimmicky, but sometimes, it can be pure magic. Which musician might be next to make the leap? None other than John Mayer.

At the Television Critics’ Association Conference taking place right now in Los Angeles, a CBS exec confirmed that Mayer is developing a pilot for the network, according to People. At this point, it’s not clear if this will be a one-time broadcast, or a series.

In case you didn’t know, John Mayer is a funny, funny guy. He’s got a twisted sense of humor, and is great at poking fun at himself. Just read his
blog, or check out FunnyOrDie.com.

So should he have his own show? I say hell yeah, especially because it’s supposed to be a “music variety sketch show”.

If John Mayer ends up on the fall schedule, will you be tuning in?

Oh, and in case you were wondering where the fantastic photo came from, I took it at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 2007.


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