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Amazing Vampire Diaries Casting News: Melinda Clarke as Matt's Mom

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For the duration of The Vampire Diaries run, we've questioned the presence of Matt Donovan.

Elena's ex-boyfriend has seemed too tame, too nice. On a show about vampires and witches, he's been too... normal.

But now we're thankful he's around - because we're about to meet Matt's mother, Kelly, and she'll be played by one of our favorite, fun-loving actress: Melinda Clarke.

Best known for her role on The O.C., Clarke has also appeared on CSI and Entourage. She'll debut in March as Matt's irresponsible, hard-drinking, absentee mom.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Clarke has signed on for at least three episodes.

Here's to hoping that number grows exponentially larger as viewers fall in love with the actress.

Are you as excited about this casting news as we are? Sound off on it, and other topics, in our Vampire Diaries forum!

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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i also want Vicky back, is that possible?

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i miss u so much Julie Cooper from The O.C.
welcome back

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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

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