Who cares about the Vice Presidential debates when there's serious business to attend to?
Did you write this show off as a Twilight clone at the beginning of last season? Well, I nearly did, but I'm really glad that I stuck with it. It's a satisfying show with big payoffs and twists and turns, and it's just good fun. And not just because Ian Somerhalder makes Damon so deliciously wonderful, but because the show doesn't take itself too seriously and aims simply to entertain.
I'm not going to lie, when I saw the pilot for Vampire Diaries I was about ready to write the show off as a mindless and unoriginal teen drama (a la 90210) with vampires. Why would I need a show like this when I have True Blood and Buffy/Angel DVDs to keep me occupied? I really didn't need another stupid, angst-filled show about a dumb girl who falls for a vampire. I already have enough of that in my life. But I still kept watching, out of some sense of obligation and because it's what I get paid to do. Suddenly, the stupid Degrassi girl who couldn't act got brave and stood up to the vampire brothers (though her acting range is still not exactly expansive), the brooding Stefan got more three-dimensional, and the dreamy Damon got funny and deliciously wicked. Now it is easily my favorite new drama of the season (Modern Family snags my favorite new show title) and I can't wait for new episodes. And to the CW genius who paired this show with Supernatural and its sexy Winchester brothers... I would like to extend a personal thank you.