Watch an extended preview of The CW's new Vampire Diaries series

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The CW has posted an extended preview of its upcoming The Vampire Diaries series, which you can view after the jump.

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. It debuts in the fall and will air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.