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New vampire TV series seeks extras
Open casting call Sunday

COVINGTON - An open casting call for extras for the new television series "Vampire Diaries" will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Holiday Inn Express, located at 9159 Access Road N.W. in Covington.

"We are looking for all types of people, all age ranges, to work as paid extras in the series," which will begin filming in Covington on July 21, Extras Casting Director Marty Keener Cherrix said.

Those who attend the casting call will be asked to fill out an application and bring a recent photo, no larger than 4x6. Photos will not be returned. No experience is necessary.

"For someone who's never done this before and wants a real life behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a TV series, this would be a great learning opportunity, and you will never watch television the same way again," Cherrix said.

Extras are paid $7.25 per hour and will get overtime if the workday runs more than eight hours. They'll also be served "a wonderful, fabulously catered meal," Cherrix said.

The show, based on a young adult book series by L.J. Smith, will air this fall on The CW network.

Set in Mystic Falls, Va., "Vampire Diaries" chronicles the love triangle between popular high school student Elena Gilbert and two brothers - both vampires, one good, one evil.

The cast will include Ian Somerholder, best known as ill-fated Boone Carlyle on the TV series "Lost;" Paul Wesley, who has appeared in numerous TV shows, including "24" and "Everwood;" and Nina Dobrev.

Location Manager Jonathan Jansen recently told the City Council that producers hope the show will have a long-term home base in Covington.

The main filming location will be on the Square in downtown Covington, he said. Downtown locations under consideration are the law office of Jim Alexander, which may be used as the exterior of a restaurant; Scott and Sue Cole's house on Floyd Street, which may be used as the home of the main character; and the former Teacher's Toolbox on the corner of Washington and Church streets.

Twelve episodes of the series have been ordered, Jansen said, with filming to run at least through early December.

The series premiere of "Vampire Diaries" is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 on The CW.