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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Vampire Diaries' premieres on KTLA

September 9, 2009 |  5:00 pm


DEMONIC: As a new season of 'Supernatural' begins, at 9 p.m. on KTLA, Dean and Bobby (Jensen Ackles, left, and Jim Beaver) deal with the aftermath of the devil's rising.


Biography: Country music star Reba McEntire is profiled (7 and 11 p.m. Biography).

Big Brother 11: Another contestant is sent packing (8 p.m. CBS).

The Vampire Diaries: In the premiere of this new dramatic thriller about vampires and teenagers -- which may remind viewers of the book and movie "Twilight," but the series is actually based on books L.J. Smith wrote in the early 1990s -- Elena (Canadian newcomer Nina Dobrev) is drawn to Stefan (Paul Wesley), a handsome and mysterious new student (8 p.m. KTLA).

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Langston, Willows (Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger) and the rest of the team investigate when a motorcycle gang member is murdered at a biker bar, but the case takes an unexpected turn when they discover the dead man was really an undercover agent whose cover had been blown in this repeat (8:59 p.m. CBS).

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Lisa debuts her clothing line, while Sheree's fashion line is put on hold (10 p.m. Bravo).

I Was Bitten: A woman is mauled by a tiger during a tour of a big cat preserve and a man is crushed in the jaws of an elephant (10 p.m. Discovery).

Ace of Cakes: Duff and Mary Alice make their stage debut with the "Annie" national tour (10 p.m. Food).

The Day Before: This episode documents the frantic preparations made by designer Proenza Schouler on the eve of a major show (10 p.m. Sundance).

The Mentalist: While investigating the death of a student in a wilderness program for troubled kids, Patrick (Simon Baker) tries to find a clever way to get the victim's peers to open up to him in this repeat (10 p.m. CBS).


The Thief of Bagdad: This 1940 fantasy was regarded as a technological tour de force when it was released, earning three Academy Awards, and today it still conveys a dazzling sense of magic. Prince Ahmad (John Justin), the rightful king of Baghdad, has been blinded by the evil Vizier Jaffar (Conrad Veidt). Aided by a resourceful thief (Sabu), Ahmad battles Jaffar to rescue a beautiful princess (June Duprez) who is under a terrible spell (5 p.m. TCM).

Hairspray: John Travolta makes an amusing gender switch as the mother of an aspiring 1960s dance-show participant (Nikki Blonsky). With Michelle Pfeiffer and Brittany Snow (8 p.m. Cinemax).


Tennis: U.S. Open: Men's Quarterfinals (8 a.m. ESPN2); Men's Quarterfinals and Mixed Doubles (4 p.m. ESPN2).

College football: Clemson at Georgia Tech (4:30 p.m. ESPN).

Football: The Tennessee Titans visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (5:30 p.m. NBC).

Baseball: The Seattle Mariners visit the Angels (7 p.m. FSN).

Photo: Michael Courtney / The CW