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Details on Kevin Williamson's 'Vampire Diaries' Companion Series, Sam Neill Cast in 'Alcatraz' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 10th 2010 6:30PM
Kevin WilliamsonWe might have to wait another month and a half for a new episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' but here's a treat to help tide us over until then: 'TVD' creator Kevin Williamson gave Entertainment Weekly new details about the recently announced companion series he's writing.

"It's set on a college campus," he said. "There's a little bit of some paranormal investigation involved, but it's more about the characters. It's more about what Julie and I like to do, which is create a world of people. A young girl goes to college, and it turns out there's a lot more going on."

As for the reports that the still-developing show will be like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' crossed with 'The X-Files'? False."That's exactly what the show is not," Williamson said. "That was the wrong characterization. I was like, 'What is 'Buffy' meets 'The X-Files'? They're completely at odds tonally. It's neither."

In other TV news ...

Sam Neill has nabbed the male lead in J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz.' The actor will star alongside Sarah Jones in the Fox pilot. [Deadline]

Tonsillitis is traveling around the 'Glee' set. It's so bad that production on a big musical number for the post-Super Bowl episode was canceled tonight. It'll instead be shot in January, and filming will resume on Monday. [EW]

Bravo is putting together its own gay housewives series that will compete with Logo's 'The A-List.' The new show is tentatively called 'From the Bottom to the Top,' and is being overseen by Andy Cohen. [NY Daily News]

ABC announced the premiere date for 'Secret Millionaire.' The new reality show will debut on March 6 at 8PM ET. 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' will return to the time slot on April 17. [ABC]

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting Spike's Video Game Awards on Saturday night. During the broadcast, fans will be able to check in to the show and earn World Exclusive Premiere Badges with Philo. Watch the promo below:

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