Summer Press Tour Recap: The Vampire Diaries

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Earlier today, The Vampire Diaries took its turn at the microphone during the annual TV Critics Press Tour.

Here's a summation of how various cast and crew members answered a wide range of questions from the media...

Katerina Graham (Bonnie), on the allure of vampires: "There's something about a man who lurks in the dark."

Producer Kevin Williamson, on the scope of the series: “[It's] not just a high school show. It’s a small town show. Once you get past the vampire premise, we get to telling the story about this town.”

Williamson, on comparisons to other blood-sucking stories: “The pilot is tough because there are a lot of similarities to Twilight. There was no way around it. But we’re switching things around as we get [deeper] into it. We’re not a movie with a beginning, middle and end. We’re a TV series that evolves.”

Stars of The Vampire Diaries

Williamson also confirmed that Ian Somerhalder - who may pop up on Lost this season - will be “in every single episode. He’s the devil. He just comes to town and makes everyone’s life hell.”

The Vampire Diaries will premiere on September 10.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon