Kevin Williamson: 'Vampire Diaries' Companion Series Not 'Buffy' Meets 'X-Files'
The series would be “full of scary, horrible murder and surprises, and all the twists and turns that we love to do,” he says.
Vampire Diaries showrunner Kevin Williamson revealed some information on the companion series to his hit CW show.
Williamson, who co-runs the drama with Julie Plec, told Entertainment Weekly that the potential new series, which had originally been described as "The X-Files meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is inaccurate.
“That’s exactly what the show is not,” Williamson said. “That was the wrong characterization. I was like, ‘What is Buffy meets The X-Files?’ They’re completely at odds tonally. It’s neither.”
He went on to provide the first real details of the show's premise. “It’s set on a college campus,” he shared. “There’s a little bit of some paranormal investigation involved, but it’s more about the characters. It’s more about what Julie and I like to do, which is create a world of people. A young girl goes to college, and it turns out there’s a lot more going on.”
But Williamson cautioned that the Warner Bros. TV project may end up never meeting the light of day, so more information won’t be coming out any time soon.
“Warner Bros. doesn’t like us to talk about the shows that may never happen,” he said. “We don’t know if we’ll get it written in time, or if this will be for this year, next year .... But, it’s just something we’re both very passionate about because we’ve got this whole world and this whole sort of mythology about this girl and this journey that she takes.”
He did go on to say that the series would be “full of scary, horrible murder and surprises, and all the twists and turns that we love to do,” but it’s ultimately “about epic love” -- similar to Diaries. Williamson shared that he got the idea for the new show from a recurring character in Season 1, Isobel, played by guest star Mia Kirshner.
“We’d get to do all the story lines we couldn’t do in [The Vampire Diaries] in that show,” Williamson said, adding that there is always opportunity for crossovers. “It would be a companion in the sense that they would sort of exist in the same world, but it’s a different show. I don’t want to mess with [The Vampire Diaries]. This show’s gold.”
Diaries has averaged 3.4 million viewers in its sophomore season. Its midseason finale, “By the Light of the Moon,” which aired Thursday, drew 3.1 million viewers and tied its lowest adult demo ever (1.3).