Why ‘The Vampire Diaries’ will not receive an extended episode order

No extra episodes here…

At the Television Critics Association press event this week, The CW announced that it would be giving a number of its more-popular shows a couple of added episodes for their upcoming season. For example, both “Gossip Girl” and “90210” are going to get 24 episodes to shine this season, while “Supernatural” is going to receive 23. (Typically, the standard order for a drama series is 22 episodes.)

So with this news in mind, why is “The Vampire Diaries” not getting any additional episodes? The show is clearly not only the highest-rated program on the network, but it also has one of the most-dedicated legions of fans.

The answer to this question is really quite a simple one — there is only so much work that executive producer Kevin Williamson can do. In between this program and launching the “companion series” “The Secret Circle,” his team is going to be stretched to the limits as it is. In addition, the show also has a more rigorous post-production cycle than most of the other shows on the network’s roster.

Sometimes, we have to remember that less is indeed more — and isn’t it better to have 22 great episodes than 24 pretty good ones? (Remember, all of these figures for episode orders are still subject to change.)

Photo: The CW

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