Update: Want to know when Vampire Diaries returns from its mid-winter hiatus? Good news! It's Thursday, January 17, 2013. Click here for some hints about what's going down. 

UPDATE: For those of you accustomed to getting your thrills, chills, and (blood) spills on Thursday nights at 8 p.m., we have good news for you: The Vampire Diaries remains in its same timeslot for Season 4. The CW did kick things off a little later this year, though — the network pushed TVD's fall return from September to an October 11, 2012 premiere. What that means is that the The Vampire Diaries Season 4 has already started! If you missed the Season 4 premiere episode (shame on you!), you can read the recap here.

The CW announced its new lineup today at the Upfronts, and though they didn’t have exact dates for when their new and returning series will debut, CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, did say, “One of our biggest priorities this year at The CW was adding more original programming, and we’ve added 50 original hours to our schedule in 2012. With dynamic new dramas for the fall and midseason, and our first-ever summer schedule leading into our October fall launch, this is poised to be a transformative season for The CW.”

There are lots of new shows to be excited about, but because one of those transformations included axing TVD’s sister show, The Secret Circle, we’re still a little peeved at Pedowitz. And for those of you concerned about waiting until October to see The Vampire Diaries crew again, at least a later start date will mean fewer long hiatuses in the middle of the season.

Source: Press release
 

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