Are you ready to find out when The Vampire Diaries Season 5 premiere is? We're so excited! The news we’ve been waiting for from The CW finally arrived today: When will The Vampire DiariesThe Originals, and the rest of their new and returning shows premiere in the fall?

According to a new press release from the network, The CW will once again be rolling out its fall schedule in early October. While most other networks start their seasons in mid to late September, The CW is waiting a few weeks for strategic reasons.

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 starts on October 10, while its spin-off, The Originals, debuts the following week on October 15. By holding the shows’ premieres until October, the breaks between episodes will be more infrequent and the hiatuses will be shorter.

The CW used this technique for the Fall 2012 schedule, and it certainly seemed to help. Most of their shows have 22 episodes, so by shortening the series runs to October through May, as opposed to September through May, the need for several lengthy breaks is diminished a bit.

Sure, it means the summer hiatus is extended a few weeks, but we prefer to have our TVD uninterrupted once the action starts!

Check out all The CW’s fall premiere dates below.

2013 FALL PREMIERE DATES:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

8:00-9:00 PM              HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

8:00-9:00 PM          ARROW (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM         THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (Series Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

8:00-9:00 PM              THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            REIGN (Series Premiere)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

8:00-9:00 PM              THE ORIGINALS (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

8:00-9:00 PM              THE CARRIE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: GUYS AND GIRLS