The Vampire Diaries – CW to Produce “Companion Series”

Some interesting news coming from E!Online. The recent success of The Vampire Diaries has prompted The CW to have Kevin Williamson, an executive producer for The Vampire Diaries, develop what’s being called a “companion series” for The Vampire Diaries. Apparently the new show won’t be considered a spin-off, nor will it be introduced in an episode of The Vampire Diaries (like they tried to do with a potential Gossip Girl spin-off about Lily, which prompted a special 1980s episode). Kevin Williamson has been hired as the writer for this new series, and apparently Julie Plec, another executive producer on The Vampire Diaries, is also rumored to be involved.

According to insiders, Williamson’s new project is a one-hour drama about a group of researchers who investigate paranomal happenings.

It is not being called a spinoff but rather a companion to The Vampire Diaries.

This is not a back-door pilot, meaning it won’t be aired as a special episode of Vampire Diaries. It’s unknown at this time if any of the TVD characters would cross over to the new series, and details are still being decided, however it isn’t likely, as this companion project is currently considered a separate entity.

The show is currently being developed for the 2011-2012 season. It looks like The CW will have a very full slate of pilots to choose from next year. This show is in addition to a pilot being developed from “The Secret Circle” book series, also written by The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith. A few other additional pilots are being developed, including a potential pilot being produced by Samuel L. Jackson and a few other shows with female heroines and one produced by Michelle Trachtenberg.

Smallville is ending in 2011, so that’s an open spot on The CW’s schedule. If we speculate that Life Unexpected will likely be canceled and assume that current shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural will be renewed for an additional season, then the network will likely have at least two spaces on its schedule for new pilots. Depending on how new shows like Nikita and Hellcats perform and whether they’re renewed for a second season (and whether The CW will renew One Tree Hill for a ninth season), the network might be putting out quite a few new pilots next season.

clarissa @ tvovermind.com
twitter.com/clarissa373
twitter.com/tvovermind

Leave a Reply

Gary Marshall
Goodbye Gary Marshall: The Hollywood Star Is Dead At 81
Republican National Convention
The RNC Will Kill It in TV Ratings (But Will It Matter?)
The Big Bang Theory
Television Predictability: The “I knew it” Moments on the Small Screen
Designated Survivor
Fall Pilot Preview: ABC’s Designated Survivor
X-Men-Marvel-Fox-768x576
Rose McGowan Rips 20 Century Fox for X-Men: Apocalypse Billboard
Almost Paris Still/ Women Directors not at Cannes
Vive la Difference? Not in Hollywood. Case in Point: Almost Paris
Arrow
Amell Cousins Film Funding Campaign Closing in on $1.5M
denzel
Famous Celebrities Back in the Day
3
Ghostbusters: Unnecessary, But Welcome
Free State of Jones Movie Still
Why Everyone Should Go See the Movie “Free State of Jones”
Born on the 4th of July - Tom Cruise
Celebrate the Spirit of ’76 – 10 All-American 4th of July Movies
Disney
The Most Memorable Disney Channel Original Movies
Galactic Empire
Why Star Wars Fans Should Be Paying Attention to Galactic Empire
bruce-springsteen-chris-polk-getty-946
Bruce Springsteen Opens with Prince’s “Purple Rain” At Barclay’s Center
spike-jonze-portra_2808683b
10 Awesome Music Videos Directed by the Incomparable Spike Jonze
rolling-stones-concert
The 10 Greatest Rolling Stones Concerts of All-Time
150415194757-2015-playoff-graphic-2-041515.1200x672
The Top Five Moments in NBA Playoffs History
2themastes
Your Official Guide to Watching the Masters Tournament on TV
Austin X Games
X Games Austin 2016 Has an Amazing Sports and Music Lineup
nascar_daytona_nationwide_auto_racing_15301727
Seven Incredibly Dangerous Car Accidents in NASCAR History

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.