Reading over old TV-tagged posts of mine, I came across my 'keepers/maybe/gone!' reviews of new TV shows premiering in 2009. Here's what I said about The Vampire Diaries.
"I had no intention of even trying this one, but a few critics highlighted it as one of the shows to check out, so I did. I kept waiting for the originality, the wit, the sex appeal, etc. that said critics talked about. So wasn't there. I didn't even finish the episode; I turned it off with ten minutes left; it was that much of a waste of time."