Vampire Diaries

10:30pm Friday, February 24 on TV2

Mouths drop in surprise when the gang arrive at school and find there’s a strange new kid in town, tonight in the The Vampire Diaries.

Step inside the history of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and the Original Family, as Klaus’s motives for wanting Stefan (Paul Wesley) on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Debrov) struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge.

Tonight, it’s the first day of their senior year and Elena, Caroline(Candice Accola), Bonnie(Kat Graham) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are still reeling from recent events, while Tyler (MichaelTrevino), seems to be enjoying everything a little too much.

Damon is annoyed by a new houseguest, and everyone is surprised by the arrival of a new student in Alaric’s (Matthew Davis) history class. Matt asks Bonnie for help when he realises he made a serious mistake.

Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.

10:30pm Friday, January 20 on TV2

Revenge, passion, lust and love – it’s all there when Vampire Diaries returns tonight to TV2.

It is the morning of Elena’s 18th birthday, and although Caroline is busy planning a party, Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan is. Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus’ attention.

Meanwhile, Jeremy is now working at the Mystic Grill with Matt, and is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the ghosts of Vicki and Anna since he was brought back to life by Bonnie’s magic.

Alaric does his best to watch over Elena and Jeremy, while dealing with his grief over Jenna’s death, and Caroline and Tyler face a new and unexpected challenge.

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8:30pm Thursday, July 15 on TV2

Questions about Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) past arise when he accompanies Elena (Nina Dobrev) to the town’s Founder’s Party, tonight on Vampire Diaries.

Elena asks a reluctant Stefan to escort her to the town’s annual Founder’s Party. Vicki (Kayla Ewell) gets Tyler (Michael Trevino) to ask her to the party, and then accuses him of trying to hide their relationship from his family. Zach (recurring guest star Chris William Martin – Heartland, The L Word) reveals a useful family secret to Stefan.

Meanwhile, at the party Damon (Ian Somerhalder) tells Elena a story about the Salvatore family’s past, leaving Elena with questions that Stefan refuses to answer. Finally, Stefan takes action to get Damon out of his life for good.

8:30pm Thursday, June 24 on TV2

From the writer of Dawson’s Creek comes the highly anticipated new drama, Vampire Diaries, premiering tonight on TV2.

The series follows Elena (Nina Dobrev, DeGrassi: The Next Generation, Away From Her), who befriends the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan (Paul Wesley, Army Wives), not realising he is a vampire and thirsty for her blood.

Acknowledging the plethora of vampire stories that have come out recently, Dobrev thinks the popularity of the genre lies in the danger of such attraction.

“It’s the whole mysterious, sexy, scary and dangerous vibe,” says Dobrev. “A lot of girls like a bad boy, and I think that’s part of it, because if you look back at the vampires of 20 years ago, they were scary and crazy and you didn’t want them to bite you. Whereas now, every girl is attracted to this idea.”

On her first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents, Elena is struggling with her loss, and is touched that Stefan can relate to what she’s going through.

As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder, Lost), shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls – and claim Elena for himself.

Paul Wesley is realistic that the phenomenal success of the Twilight series would have contributed to the Vampire Diaires books being adapted for screen – the books were originally published in 1991 – but says it is the depth of characters that has sealed the success of the television series.

“We are independent of that [Twilight] – people watch Vampire Diaries because they fall in love with the characters.”

Ian Somerhalder agrees: “This show, by virtue of the fact it’s a series, is going to have to evolve, and we’re going to grow with these characters, so we’re different.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Vampire Diaries will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.