On February 11, 2013, The CW renewed "The Vampire Diaries" for a fifth season.
Alloy Entertainment and Bonanza Productions have begun production on the fifth season of the hit CW supernatural drama series "The Vampire Diaries", which has been given a full 22 episode order. The show's casting directors in Los Angeles are auditioning actors and actresses for new recurring and guest starring roles. Smaller day-player roles and extras will be cast throughout the season by the local casting directors in Atlanta, GA where shooting takes place beginning on July 11, 2013. The series is based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith.