One of the things Dread Central wasn’t able to squeeze into its schedule during the recent San Diego Comic-Con was the preview of the first episode of The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” that was shown over the weekend. So we’re still not sure if it’s just more of the same Twilight-esque tween fodder or something a bit more edgy. Perhaps its four-episode prequel web series “A Darker Truth” will shed a bit of light on the show’s intentions.
Tubefilter.tv provided the following bit of intel about “A Darker Truth”: The network tapped Retrofit Films, the same shop that created four of the “Heroes” spinoff web series for NBC last year, with Tanner Kling and Chris Hanada directing. Cast members for the TV series, like stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, are only used via clips and stills with new web-only actors used for most of the show. The showrunner for the TV series, Kevin Williamson, did not write the web version; instead staff co-producer Sean Raycraft did the honors.
While there is no direct sponsor for the series, there is a look integration of the anti-tobacco “Truth” campaign with the characters sporting “Truth” t-shirts as part of a larger deal with The CW.
As you may recall, “The Vampire Diaries” is based upon a series of young adult books written by L.J. Smith from Alloy Entertainment and centers on the trials and tribulations of a woman who falls for two vampire brothers – one good and one evil. New episodes of “A Darker Truth” will debut every Tuesday between now and the September 10th series premiere.
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