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CW picks up ‘Vampire Diaries’ pilot

DC drama 'Body Politic' also gets greenlit

The CW is looking to take a bite out of the vampire craze, picking up a pilot based on the “Vampire Diaries” series of books.

Also on Thursday, the weblet greenlighted the Washington, D.C.-set drama “The Body Politic.”

Vampire Diaries” comes from Alloy Entertainment, the same shingle whose past book series led to the Dub’s series “Gossip Girl” and “Privileged.”

Originally published in 1993 — which, as the CW took pains to note, was years before Stephanie Meyer launched her “Twilight” book franchise — “Vampire Diaries” revolves around a young woman who’s torn between two vampire brothers — one good, one evil — who are battling for her soul, and the souls of her pals, family and the small town where they live.

The CW has reunited with “Scream,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Dawson’s Creek” scribe Kevin Williamson, who last produced “Hidden Palms” for the net, to exec produce and write. Julie Plec (“Kyle XY”) is also on board to write and exec produce.

Warner Bros. TV, where Alloy (which owns the rights to “Vampire Diaries”) is set up, is the studio; Alloy’s Les Morgenstein and Bob Levy are also exec producers.

A four-book novel series, “Vampire Diaries” was originally penned by L.J. Smith. After the success of the “Twilight” series, Morgenstein suggested to HarperCollins, the publisher of the “Diaries” books, that they should re-release the books with new covers.

Since then, “Diaries” has hit the New York Times Bestseller list, and HarperCollins has ordered three more books. The first new installment, “The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall,” comes out Tuesday.

“The Body Politic” centers on young group of D.C. staffers — in particular, a young woman who moves to Washington to work for a senator.

Jason Rothenberg and Bill Robinson are penning the drama; Peter Horton will exec produce. CBS Paramount Network TV is the studio.

“The Body Politic” is the latest of several D.C.-themed pilots at the nets. CBS has the drama “House Rules,” about a freshman class of Congressional reps, while ABC has “Inside the Box,” about a Washington news bureau.

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