TV Fanatic Mid-Season Report Card: The Vampire Diaries

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With every primetime series on hiatus until 2010, it's time to take a look back.

When will your favorite show return? Consult with the TV Fanatic television calendar now.

Until then, our staff will gather occasionally and report on the status of various sitcoms and dramas. First up: The Vampire Diaries.

Best character: Damon Salvatore. He might win best character on television, period. Who knew that Ian Somerhalder - whose character of Boone on Lost wasn't exactly known for his humor or intensity - had this in him?

Damon is a vampire hybrid. He's scary at times, vulnerable at others. But he's always entertaining and provides the show with both snarky one-liners and gory attacks on the residents of Mystic Falls. Let's see Edward Cullen try either of those!

Worst character: Matt Donovan. When it comes to dramatic television, nice guys absolutely finish last. He's understanding when Elena dumps him, he's content to just cuddle with Caroline. Grow a pair, dude!

Strapped

Most suspenseful storyline: Katherine's tomb. A mysterious underground locale? A new set of characterst that might emerge once it's dug up? See Season One, Lost, The Hatch for the exciting possibilities that emerge from a storyline of this nature.

Honorable Mention: Vicki's death; Logan's vampire turn.

Grade so far: A.

Hopes for the second half of the season: A rivalry between witches and vampires; Damon as a part-time vervain farmer; More focus on the history of Mystic Falls; More scenes with Stefan shirtless.

The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on January 21. Until then, give the first half of the season a grade in our show forum and/or leave a comment below!

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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