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Welcome to the Mystic Falls, bitch January 10, 2010

Posted by Patrick in Televisual.
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The Vampire Diaries, which started off quite meh-worthy and morphed into one of last autumn’s (I will not say fall, even if we are talking about an American TV show) must-watch programmes, has added a familiar face to the cast that is sure to excite fans of dearly departed teen drama The O.C.

Melinda Clarke, better known as Newport Beach’s Julie Cooper comes into town around March and is said to be sticking around for at least three episodes. As a massive Julie Cooper fan, I’m hoping this will lead to an extended stint and hopefully she’ll sign on as a regular (hey, she wasn’t supposed to stick around on The O.C., but well, she did).

She’ll be playing “Kelly Donovan, Matt’s irresponsible, hard-drinking absentee mother,” who, without wanting to spoil things for the uninitiated too much, didn’t even bother to attend the funeral of a close family member. With Julie Cooper under her belt, an absentee mother shouldn’t be too hard a sell.

If you haven’t yet checked out The Vampire Diaries, it’s coming to TV3 and ITV2 at some point in the future, although no amount of furious Googling will tell me exactly when. It’s expected on ITV2 at least this month. New episodes return to the US on January 21st.

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