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Email Address: Our Privacy Statement���True patriots: More Canadian talent coming your wayDegrassi star goes vampireAlex Strachan, Canwest News ServicePublished: Saturday, June 27, 2009In the spirit of Canada Day, we look at Canucks poised for a potential breakout or big hit in TV.

From a vampire to the Devil himself, Canadian actors are poised to create a small-screen scare this fall.NINA DOBREVOh, right, you're thinking to yourself.

Teenage mothers are so ...

2007.Email to a friendPrinter friendlyFont:****This is 2009, the year of the cult vampire.If you're one of the handful of TV viewers whose obsessions run to Degrassi: The Next Generation, you know Nina Dobrev as unapologetic party girl and teenage mom Mia Jones - the transfer student from Lakehurst who dropped out of school to become a model, only to return to her old haunts and habits.The Bulgaria-born, Toronto-raised Dobrev was a regular on Degrassi since that program's sixth season.Now, she's about to be thrust into the bright, hot spotlight of U.S.

network television in The Vampire Diaries, based on the popular series of young-adult novels by L.J.

Smith.Dobrev will play high school senior Elena Gilbert, the tragic heroine who is torn between two vampire brothers - one good, one evil, in the grand tradition of Gothic thrillers.Dobrev is not just following in the shoes of Shenae Grimes, another Toronto Degrassi alum who seized the spotlight in 90210, the Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff which returns for a second season this fall.Dobrev is also following the blood-trailed paths of such ingenues as Twilight's Kristen Stewart, True Blood's Anna Paquin and, in an earlier day, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sarah Michelle Gellar.Whether The Vampire Diaries will live semi-forever like Dark Shadows or Forever Knight or burn out in a flash like Kindred: The Embraced is hard to tell.Dobrev is poised for stardom, either way.

At age 20, she's about to be the focus of a pop-culture publicity campaign the likes of which haven't been seen since, well, Twilight.PAUL GROSSOh, right, you're thinking to yourself.

Paul Gross is so ...

1994.Or 1989, if your tastes lean to Street Legal rather than Due South.But wait.

There's more to the Calgary-born talent than upright Mountie Const.

Benton Fraser on Due South, or the trials and tribulations of writing, directing, producing and starring in Passchendaele.The icon of Canadian screen and stage is about to take on the classic role of Darryl Van Horne in Eastwick, ABC's fall TV-series adaptation of the all-American John Updike classic The Witches of Eastwick.Van Horne is a man's man and darkly handsome prince who arrives one morning to a small New England town, where he unleashes the hidden power within three lonely women, would-be Wiccans with unearthly powers they never knew they had.The mysterious stranger's nom de guerre may be Van Horne, but you know him better as the Devil.It's a role Jack Nicholson took on with scenery-chewing gusto in George Miller's frenetic, fast-paced 1987 movie adaptation, and Gross has said he relishes the opportunity to play the cad for a change, instead of always playing the hero.Everyone likes a good villain, after all, and the original Witches of Eastwick worked wonders for Nicholson's onscreen persona.

The latter half of 2009 will mark Gross's first prominent role in a mainstream, U.S.-based TV series in almost 10 years.12next page�

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