Initially, Kevin Williamson had little interest in developing the series, finding the premise too similar to other vampire tales.
However, at the urging of Julie Plec, he began to read the novels and started to become intrigued by the story: "I began to realize that it was a story about a small town, about that town's underbelly and about what lurks under the surface." The pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, but the rest of the episodes have been filmed in Covington, Georgia (which doubles as the show's fictional small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia) and various other communities around Greater Atlanta The series was given a full 22-episode order on October 21, 2009, after strong ratings for the first half of the season.
On April 6, 2015, lead actress Nina Dobrev confirmed via Instagram that she and co-star Michael Trevino (who plays Tyler Lockwood) would be leaving the show after its sixth season.
Dobrev returned to record a voiceover for the seventh-season finale.
Klaus banished Tyler from Mystic Falls, killed Tyler’s mother and seduced Caroline.
But Klaroline wasn’t meant to be – not in Mystic Falls anyway.
Maybe one day you’ll let me.” Klaus returned one more time to Mystic Falls for Caroline’s graduation. However long it takes.” Will Caroline leave Mystic Falls during season 8 of TVD and seek out Klaus in New Orleans during season 4 of ‘The Originals’?The town's politics are orchestrated by descendants of the original founding families, all comprising a "Founders' Council." The founding families of Mystic Falls includes the Salvatores, the Gilberts, the Fells, the Forbes, and the Lockwoods.They guard the town mainly from vampires, although there are many more supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches, hybrids, ghosts and many more.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 of vampires, had been ordered to series, and the show began airing during the 2013–14 American television season.