Based on the widely read book series of the same name by LJ Smith and jumping on the vampiric popularity bandwagon fueled by the 2008 release of Twilight, The CW premiered The Vampire Diaries in 2009. Its pilot episode garnered the largest audience ever for a CW premiere since the network began in 2006.
Breaking a record for a network that had been around for just three years might not sound like much, but The Vampire Diaries continued to see consistent ratings throughout its eight seasons. Even later seasons were averaging over three million viewers per week.
The show starred Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, a high school student who had recently lost her parents in a tragic car accident. Elena lives in the town of Mystic Falls, where legend and folklore run wild, and things like vampires and werewolves are real.
The show begins with Elena meeting Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) at school. She later meets her evil brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) before learning that he looks exactly like his ex-girlfriend Katherine. Elena soon discovers that both Stefan and Damon are vampires and inevitably falls in love with both brothers, creating a rift in their already strained relationship.
The show continued to grow its fan base over the years and even spawned two spin-offs, The Originals and Legacies. However, Nina Dobrev was the first to slam the door and opted to leave the popular series after season 6. The departure shocked fans who believed the show would die without Elena’s character.
“I don’t want to play a teenager anymore. I want to play adult roles and be challenged and work with great filmmakers and tell incredible stories and that means being very demanding.”
Ratings began to decline without Elena’s presence on the show. The series then turned its attention to other characters, such as Caroline Forbes (Candice King) and Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). In the end, showrunner Julie Plec revealed that it was her decision to end the series and that they were not forced to cancel.
“There were a lot of things that went into it. [en la decisión de terminar la serie]. Some logistical, some contractual, but the overall decision was creative.”
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