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The new TV season starts ... well, right now


Sure, right now it looks like we don't need the new TV season. The weather has been perfect; the world can go outside and play.

Still, the season is starting and we should be ready. Officially, it starts Sept. 21; however, we could say it starts:

-- A week earlier, on Sept. 14, when Jay Leno takes over the 10 p.m. spot every weekday on NBC.

-- Or on Thursday (Sept. 10), when the CW introduces "Vampire Diaries." It's an overheated high-school drama, filled with pretty people, two of whom happen to be living forever.