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'The Vampire Diaries', a locally filmed TV drama, enjoys its newfound popularity

Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev speak at a presentation for the new series 'The Vampire Diaries'
Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev speak at a presentation for the new series 'The Vampire Diaries'
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries, a new popular TV drama, is about a teenage girl named Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who is pretty, popular, and actively involved at her high school in Mystic Falls, Virginia. She has great friends and a brother and aunt who loves her, and everything in her life seems completely normal and picture-perfect. But that all changes when she meets Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his evil brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Elena begins to fall in love with Stefan, completely unaware that Stefan and his brother have a dark secret: they are both centuries-old immortal vampires. Now Elena is caught between these vampire brothers, who are both warring for her affection.

The Vampire Diaries has given the Atlanta area a new claim to fame. Even though it is set in Virginia, this TV show, which airs on the CW Network on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., is currently being filmed in Covington, Georgia. While the interior shots of the show are being filmed at a local sound stage, the exterior shots are filmed outdoors in Covington. According to The Black Bunny, a lawyer's office has even been converted into The Mystic Grille, a restaurant that serves as a popular hangout for the characters on the TV show.

Due to the show’s newfound popularity, The Vampire Diaries was recently the recipient of a People’s Choice Award (Favorite New TV Drama), and the cast of the show has recently begun a meet-and-greet mall tour, giving all Vampire Diaries fans the opportunity to meet the cast and ask them any questions they might have about the show or the cast members themselves.

The Vampire Diaries: Hot Topic Mall Tour kicked off last weekend in the Atlanta area; the cast began their tour at the Towne Center Mall in Kennesaw, Georgia on January 23, signing autographs and facilitating a question and answer session for their fans. Dobrev, Wesley, and Somerhalder were joined by other cast members such as Steven R. McQueen, Sara Canning, Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, and Matt Davis on the tour. The cast also made an appearance in Paramus, New Jersey on January 30, and the cast will also be making an appearance in Los Angeles, California on February 13.


  • Neat 5 years ago

    Salvatore Boarding House scenes are filmed just north of Atlanta in the affluent surburb of Sandy Springs, Ga. at Glenridge Hall, a 14,000-square-foot Tudor style private residence built in 1929 and surrounding by a 47-acre private forest.

    The real-life exterior is the law firm of Alexander, Royston, Hardman, Shinall & Strickland at 1116 Clark Street SW in Covington, Ga., directly opposite the historic Newton County Courthouse. The interior sceens are shot inside a sound stage.

    In the Pilot, the filming location was Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver, B.C. All subsequent appearances after the Pilot were filmed at Walton Career Academy in Monroe, Georgia. The school's football field is actually West Walton Park's Legion Field in Loganville, Ga.

    The exterior shots of Elena's home were filmed at 2104 Floyd St NE in Covington, Ga. & Grams is 2136 Conyers St SE.

    The interior of the town's public library is actually Hoke O’Kelley Library of Oxford College of Emory Univesity

  • holly little 5 years ago

    I love this show :)

  • Papa 5 years ago

    Loved the critique, well written without giving away all of the story. Good Job

  • shugaNspice 5 years ago

    awesome article very well written.
    PS- 2 "NEAT": thanks for your little bit of information but there is no need.

  • Debi 5 years ago

    Great job!

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