Show 101: The Vampire Diaries

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SHOW: The Vampire Diaries

PREMIERES: Season Two premieres Thursday, September 9 at 8 p.m.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: Did you camp out to be the first in your town to see the latest Twilight movie? Don't lie, we know you did, and we know you'll enjoy The Vampire Diaries. Because this isn't just a few good-looking vampires vying for the affection of a hot girl, it's based on the popular book series of the same name and was adapted for TV by Kevin Williamson, the creator of Dawson's Creek. And let's face it, Ian Somerhalder is WAY hotter than Robert Pattinwhatshisface.

WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: Did you drive by people who were camping out to be the first to see the latest Twilight movie and throw insults and eggs at them? Then this probably isn't for you. It's True Blood without the gratuitous sex and grotesque violence, it's Twilight on the small screen, and it's full of cliches (as is every vampire movie/show) and girl-squeal moments. Hey, it's on the CW, what did you expect?

THE PREMISE: Stefan (the dreamy Paul Wesley) and Damon (the dreamy Ian Somerhalder) are two drop-undead gorgeous vampire brothers who come home to Mystic Falls, Virginia, after being apart from each other for awhole. Stefan is more in touch with his human side and falls for human Elena. But the real draw of the show is Damon, a drunken beastly bad boy who pretty much thinks his brother is a wuss.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The season ended with more cliffhangers than a worldwide mountain climbers convention. Elena's doppleganger Katherine (a vampire and the former love of both Stefan and Damon) may have killed Elena's real father, Elena's BFF Bonnie is a witch who hates vampires, Elena's brother Jeremy may have turned himself into a vampire (don't do that at home, kids), some other kid may be a werewolf, and... I'm sure I missed some others. Ask your teenage daughter about the rest. Oh one more thing: Damon kissed Katherine (though he thought it was Elena). This is juicy stuff, people! Got it? Good! Now pass the Bon Bons.

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