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!


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!

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

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.

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.