The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009.
The pilot episode attracted the largest audience for The CW of any series premiere since the network began in 2006. The first season averaged 3.60 million viewers. It was the most-watched series on the network before being supplanted by Arrow. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning four People’s Choice Award and many Teen Choice Awards.
On April 26, 2013, The CW officially announced that the spin-off The Originals, which focuses on the Original family, had been ordered to series, and the show began airing during the 2013–14 American television season.
On April 6, 2015, lead actress Nina Dobrev confirmed via Instagram that she would be leaving the show after its sixth season, as well as her co-star Michael Trevino (who plays Tyler Lockwood), although he has appeared as a guest star in season seven. Dobrev returned to record a voiceover for the season seven finale. On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for an eighth season. On July 23, 2016, The CW announced that the upcoming eighth season would be the show’s last, and will consist of 16 episodes. The season began airing on October 21, 2016.