If you paid attention to the new programming last season, you might have recognized Atlanta’s metro region in two new shows. Both Vampire Diaries and Past Life have been shooting there, proving the city is equally adept at playing both the Big Apple and the sultry southern small town.Vampire Diaries is a teenaged version of the hit HBO show True Blood. Like its predecessor, Vampire Diaries is also based on a book series by L. J. Smith. It’s a familiar premisehuman girl Elena Gilbert falls for vamp Stefan Salvatorebut under developer Kevin Williamson’s wing, it became a story about the dark secrets of a small town. Fans in Atlanta can visit many of the series’s locales, including Covington and other communities.Past Life is a drama about detectives investigating how who you were affects who you become. Based off of the book “The Reincarnationist,” the show follows Dr. Kate McGinn, who experienced flashes of her own past life and now dedicates her life to helping others. She is paired with grizzled homicide detective Price Whatley. Though the series is set in New York City, it is filmed in the streets of Atlanta.Tourists will get a kick out of seeing the sights of their favorite shows, but locals can also get in on the fun by auditioning for walk-on roles. Visitors can also visit other sites from popular films such as Driving Miss Daisy and Sweet Home Alabama.
Atlanta Tourist Attractions, Atlanta in Pop Culture July 1st, 2010