The CW announced a Sept. 10 premiere date for its new teen vamp series The Vampire Diaries, which will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the season premiere of Supernatural at 9 p.m. The shows make up the network's new Thursday-night lineup.
Smallville moves to its new Friday 8 p.m. timeslot on Sept. 25.
The Vampire Diaries, from Dawson's Creek creator Kevin Williamson, is based on books by L.J. Smith originally published in 1993—well before Stephenie Meyer's Twilight—and revolves around a young woman, Elena Gilbert, who's torn between two vampire brothers. The brothers—one good, one evil—are battling for her soul and the souls of her pals, her family and the small town where they live.
The series stars Nina Dobrev as Elena, Paul Wesley as Stefan and Ian Somerhalder as Damon. In addition to Williamson, Julie Plec (Kyle XY) is also on board to write and executive-produce.