National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
NCIS (TV series)
NCIS is an American action police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The concept and characters were introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG; the show, a spin-off from JAG, premiered on September 23, 2003, on CBS. To date it has aired fifteen full seasons and has gone into broadcast syndication on the USA Network. Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill are co-creators and executive producers of the premiere member of the NCIS franchise, it is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U. S. primetime TV series airing, surpassed only by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is the 7th-longest-running scripted U. S. primetime TV series overall. NCIS was referred to as Navy NCIS during season one. In season six, a two-part episode led to NCIS: Los Angeles. A two-part episode during the eleventh season led to NCIS: New Orleans. While slow in the ratings cracking the Top 30 in the first two seasons, the third season showed progress ranking in the top 20, by its sixth season, it became a top five hit, having remained there since.
In 2011, NCIS was voted America's favorite television show in an online Harris Poll. The series finished its tenth season as the most-watched television series in the U. S. during the 2012–13 TV season. On April 11, 2019, NCIS was renewed for a seventeenth season, Diona Reasonover joined the main cast in season sixteen, following the departures of Duane Henry and Pauley Perrette. NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team special agents based at the Washington, D. C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. In real life, the field office is based at the nearby Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling while the Navy Yard is home to the museum and several military commands within the Department of the Navy, it is described by the actors and producers as being distinguished by its comedic elements, ensemble acting, character-driven plots. The NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps.
NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses —for example, crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year—within the Department of the Navy. Whenever a crime is committed involving Navy or Marine personnel, the Washington-based Major Case Response Team — an elite arm of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — spearheads the investigation; the team, led by laconic investigator Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has included Caitlin Todd, Anthony DiNozzo, Timothy McGee, Ziva David, Eleanor Bishop, Alexandra Quinn, Nicholas Torres. Over the course of the series, they are further assisted by allies both foreign and domestic, including Medical Examiners Dr. Donald Mallard, Dr. Jimmy Palmer, forensic specialists Abby Sciuto and Kasie Hines, British intelligence officer Clayton Reeves, operational psychologist and senior special agent Dr. Jacqueline Sloane, successive NCIS Directors Jennifer Shepard and Leon Vance. Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard Sean Murray as Timothy McGee Cote de Pablo as Ziva David Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance Brian Dietzen as Dr Jimmy Palmer Emily Wickersham as Eleanor Bishop Wilmer Valderrama as Nicholas Torres Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn Duane Henry as Clayton Reeves Maria Bello as Dr. Jacqueline Sloane Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines Prior to the launch of the first season, advertisements on CBS identified the show as "Naval CIS".
By the time of the launch of the first episode, NCIS was airing under the name Navy NCIS, the name it held for the entire first season. Since the "N" in NCIS stands for "Naval", the name "Navy NCIS" was redundant; the decision to use this name was made by CBS, over the objections of Bellisario, to: Attract new viewers, who might not know the NCIS abbreviation Distinguish between NCIS and the themed and spelled CBS series CSI and its spinoffs. From the season-two episode "Lt. Jane Doe" onwards, the series began showing two-second-long black-and-white clips; these clips are shown at the beginning of every segment depicting the last two seconds of that segment, a segment being the five or six portions of the show meant to be separated by commercials. In the season-three premiere, "Kill Ari", a freeze-frame shot was used with the end of most episodes turned into a freeze frame, as well, it was reported in May 2007 that Do
Basketball TV or BTV is a Philippine pay television television sports channel based in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. It is owned by the Solar Entertainment Corporation, it was launched on October 2006, rebranding the Sports Plus channel. The channel focuses more on showing NBA TV-related programs and regular NBA games once the season begins. In its initial broadcasts, it has been showing re-runs of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Aside from the NBA games, it shows coverage of the Euroleague and the National Basketball League as well as FIBA-related programming and the 2006 Asian Games and 2008 Olympic Games basketball competitions; the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was shown on BTV including the championship game, as well as the 2008 tournament. Aside from its foreign coverage, BTV was the official carrier of the Philippine Basketball League from April 2007 until its demise in 2010 after gaining the rights from Studio 23.
The coverage was on a delayed basis at 5:00 pm. In late 2007, the second matchup of a Tuesday gameday was shown on RPN but has since moved to IBC on Saturdays at the onset of the season-ending conference because RPN became the exclusive broadcast carrier of C/S; however the PBL was moved back to C/S 9 in November 2008. It covered the Collegiate Champions League tournaments, in the past saw a few National Capital Region Athletic Association and National Basketball Conference matches. From 2008 to 2011, the Philippine Basketball Association was shown on BTV, although on delay and only one game per day, with the live games aired on RPN and Studio 23. A supplementary channel, NBA Premium TV, was launched in time for the 2010–11 season, featuring over 400 games with no local commercials; the network is available in both high-definition and standard definition formats, is available as a premium subscription plan with additional fees. On April 10, 2017, Sky Cable, Destiny Cable & Sky On Demand was dropped Basketball TV along with NBA Premium TV, Jack TV, Solar Sports & CT due to Sky Cable's unpaid carriage fees.
However, on October 16, 2018, the channel was returned on Sky Cable & Sky On Demand after 18 months of carriage disputes. On October 28, 2018, the channel was dropped again on Sky Sky On Demand. On January 1, 2019 the channel was restored again on Sky Sky On Demand. NBA Action* NBA.com Fantasy Insider* NBA Inside Stuff* NBA Gametime Live NBA Games Real NBA* The Beat* The Starters* Inside the NBA* The Jump on NBA. COM* NBA D-League Central* NBA D-League Game of the Week* WNBA Games WNBA Action** NBA Playoffs Playback NBA Summer League NBA Draft One on One with Ahmad Rashād Open Court Hardwood Classics NBA Marquee Match-up NBA Playoff Playback New episodes of these programs are only available during the NBA season. New episodes only during the WNBA season. Making the Call with Ronnie Nunn NBA Draft Playback Sounds of the Finals The Run Overtime NBA Stories Marv Albert Show NBA Greatest Games / Hardwood Classics NBA Home Video NBA Basketballography NBA Specials Vintage NBA NBA Vault NBA Wired Books and Basketball NBA Journeys NBAE Presents NBA Fit NBA Slideshow Real Training Camp Shop TV NBA Jam NBA Access with Ahmad Rashād NBA 360 NBA Hoop Party NBA TV Top 10 Games of the Week 2008 Beijing Olympics 2012 London Olympics Stankovic Cup FIBA Diamond Ball FIBA World Basketball* FIBA World Championship FIBA Asia Championship FIBA Americas Championship EuroBasket – Also airing on Solar Sports ACC Men's Basketball Tournament NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Philippine Collegiate Championship One U – Broadcast rights moved to ABS-CBN Sports through ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
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Pinoy Box Office
Pinoy Box Office is a Philippine television film channel owned and operated by Viva Entertainment. The channel was launched as Viva Cinema on May 6, 1996, in partnership between Viva Entertainment in the Philippines and Star TV in Hong Kong; the 1996 Viva Cinema logo was similar like different logos of STAR TV channels until 1998, the "Viva" text on the top and the "Cinema" text on the below, the old Viva's 1981 logo on the Blue square background. On July 10, 2003, Star announced that the joint venture with Viva Entertainment would not be renewed, meaning Viva Cinema would'cease broadcasting' on July 31, 2003. On August 1, 2003, Viva Cinema was relaunched as Pinoy Box Office; the current logo, which renders the channel's name in all lowercase, was introduced on March 1, 2015. The channel's new slogan, Paborito ng Bayan, was introduced. PBO Direk - recognizes the masterpiece creators Philippines’ Best Films: Director/s of the month. PBO Senti - are about movies which touch the soul. PBO TNT - Airing old TV shows produced by Viva Entertainment.
PBO Marathon - 6 hours of non-stop and most requested movies aired on TV. Pinoy Sports Special - featuring the program, The Main Event, produced by Viva Sports. Anong Ganap? Phoemela Baranda Roxee B Bea Rose Santiago Mayton Eugenio Shy Carlos Viva Entertainment Viva Television Viva Films Viva TV Viva TV
Lie to Me
Lie to Me is an American crime drama television series. It ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties, assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, body language. In May 2009, the show was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes. On November 24, 2009, Fox ordered an extra nine episodes for season two, bringing the season order to 22 episodes. On May 12, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Lie to Me received a 13-episode third season pick-up; the third season of Lie to Me was set to premiere on November 10, 2010. On September 28, 2010, the date was moved up to October 4, 2010, because of the cancellation of Lone Star. On May 11, 2011, Fox canceled Lie to Me after three seasons; the show is inspired by the work of Paul Ekman, the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
Dr. Ekman has served as an advisor to police departments and anti-terrorism groups and acted as a scientific consultant in the production of the series, he is the author of 15 books, including Telling Lies and Emotions Revealed. Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, a brilliant expert in the science of body language scientist microexpressions, founder of The Lightman Group, a private company that operates as an independent contractor to assist investigations of local and federal law enforcement through applied psychology. Though confronted by people's skepticism, Lightman uses any technique he deems necessary to reach the truth, however elaborate or confronting, he shares custody of his teenage daughter. He cares about his colleague Gillian Foster, his mother committed suicide while he was still young, an event that led him to discovering and researching microexpressions. There is evidence. Lightman mentioned interrogating militant suspects recalling his release of one suspect resulted in the shootings of 6 and the deaths of 3 in a murder operation the suspect subsequently carried out.
He has admitted to being an MI6 intelligence agent during the Yugoslav Wars in an attempt to gain the trust of an intelligence agent that he was interrogating. Lightman is a West Ham United supporter as he mentions himself in Season 2, he can be seen wearing a Claret and Blue scarf in one of the episodes of Season 2. The character is based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions at University of California, San Francisco. Kelli Williams as Dr. Gillian Foster, Dr. Lightman's psychologist colleague in The Lightman Group who analyses patterns of voice and behavior, she can be somewhat impulsive but is professional with the clients and subjects in public. While she disagrees with some of Lightman's actions, she has an open pact with Lightman: not to let their professional skill interfere with coworkers' personal lives, her husband's lack of candor challenges this: When Cal believes her husband, Alec, is cheating on her, he ignores what he is seeing, much to Torres's dismay.
It is revealed that he was not cheating on her but was trying to overcome his drug addiction. Gillian had adopted a baby, returned to the birth mother; this character is based on Dr. Maureen O’Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Brendan Hines as Eli Loker, an employee of The Lightman Group. Unlike Torres, whom Lightman calls "a natural", Loker acquired his skills in "reading" people through academic education and practice. During Season 1, he adheres to Radical Honesty and thus lies if that makes him appear rude or undiplomatic. Lightman demoted him to an unpaid intern after, despite Foster's warnings, he divulged sensitive information to the SEC while working on a case. However, he is promoted to Vice President, which makes a rift in any developing relationship between him and Torres. Monica Raymund as Ria Torres, an employee of The Lightman Group and Dr. Lightman's protégé, recognized as a "natural" while she was still working as a TSA Agent. Torres was abused as a common pattern among naturals.
Though talented and loyal, she lacks academic training and sometimes lets her emotions cloud her judgment. She has a half-sister, in juvenile prison and is now enrolled at a private school. Hayley McFarland as Emily Lightman, Cal Lightman's teenage daughter, her parents share custody of her, while she does not appreciate her father's ability to "read" her, she does not deny its merit for social screening. She has boyfriends over the series. Though she sometimes gets into trouble and has fake IDs, and, to Lightman's chagrin, has been sexually active, she is well behaved and has a loving relationship with her father. Mekhi Phifer as Ben Reynolds, an FBI Agent, assigned to and assists the Lightman Group in their investigations, offering armed assistance, practical insights, access to FBI resources and connections. Reynolds stands behind him most of the time. (Recurrin
The Jerry Springer Show
The Jerry Springer Show is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer. The program taped at the Rich Forum in Stamford, alternately known as the Stamford Media Center and is distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution. First-run episodes of the series in syndication ran between September 30, 1991 and July 26, 2018 before going into reruns. On September 10, 2018, The CW began airing reruns and unaired episodes of Jerry Springer, replacing Robert Irvine's canceled talk show The Robert Irvine Show; the Jerry Springer Show premiered on September 30, 1991. The series was filmed in Chicago from 1991 to 2009 and was filmed in Stamford from 2009 to 2018. On June 13, 2018, NBCUniversal announced that it was canceling the series after 27 seasons due to low ratings; the show taped its final episodes on July 6, the series finale aired on July 26. After NBCUniversal canceled The Jerry Springer Show, it was announced that Springer would host a new courtroom show titled Judge Jerry, which will air in the fall of 2019 distributed by NBCUniversal.
A typical episode of Springer begins with a title card warning parents that the show may contain content inappropriate for children. Springer enters the stage by sliding down a stripper pole, being greeted by a standing audience pumping the air with their right hand, chanting "Jer-ry!, Jer-ry!". He shakes hands with those in the front and, the audience settles down. Springer welcomes viewers to the show, introduces a particular situation, or topic, interviews several guests experiencing such situations. After finishing the interview, Springer announces the entrance of another guest whom the first guest would like to confront; the second guest enters the stage, a confrontation between the two guests occurs breaking down into a brawl, broken up by on-set security personnel. Once the fight has been quelled, Springer interviews the second guest about the situation faced by the first guest. In many episodes, there is a third guest involved in the situation, interviewed by Springer, takes part in the on-stage fighting.
It is not uncommon for a fourth guest to be involved. Guests will be given a cup of water after fighting, ostensibly to "cool off," but the guests toss the water at each other, thus resuming the altercation; when women fight, at times, they would rip the wigs that they wore right off and sometimes, the wigs themselves were thrown into the audience. When there were two guys brawling, sometimes the ladies would take advantage of the guards breaking up the males fighting which would allow them to brawl once again; when the women fought, it was with one or both of them grabbing the hair and not letting go. Some of the brawls have been between a man and a woman when the woman is revealed to be transgender and the man did not realize it. At the end of each segment, Springer would ask what would happen to the participants from that point, they would get back together, but more as not, the relationships were over for good. There would be various recurring acts involved in the stories, one of which would be that an off-stage doorbell will sound and Jerry would announce in an exaggerated voice, "The Doorbell!
I'll get it!" When he would answer the door, it would be someone bringing in something that would be tied in with the situation at hand, like a cake, a bunch of flowers or brownies or things of a similar variety. Oftentimes, these deliveries would not bode well for the guest, as it would, at best, be a cover for a confession of some kind of wrongdoing committed against the guest, or, at worst, something that would reveal someone who would be bragging about the wrongdoing. Sometimes, guests would bring bouquets of flowers, boxes of candy, or stuffed animals, among other things, as an offering to the person they want to be with; these would be destroyed by the angered outside party. Sometimes, the bouquet of flowers themselves would be used as a weapon on the interloping adversary; the fights themselves would be where the scorned guest would be on the catwalk above the stage where they would throw things, like eggs or other foods, at the target of their wrath. Once finished there, the guest would come back down to the stage, where the usual brawling would commence.
At various times, some guests would recite poetry, rap, or sing in an effort to plead their cases to the people they've hurt. While some were successful, others were not, when guitars were used as the instrument, they were invariably smashed against the pillars by the scorned party. During situations where a wedding was to take place, there would be an archway bedecked with flowers for the betrothed guests to speak their vows to one another. Fights were more messy during these situations as food, cake and at times, wedding punch were thrown at one another. Another variant on the wedding scenario was on Thanksgiving and Christmas themed shows, where families who were dysfunctional would be gathered on stage around a dinner table, replete with turkey and all the fixings, the yelling and screaming would degenerate into a full-scale food fight. Still other situations would include some kind of physical stunts in the hopes of being with a person.
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith; the series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009, concluded on March 10, 2017, airing 171 episodes over eight seasons. The pilot episode attracted the largest audience for The CW of any series premiere since the network began in 2006, it was the most-watched series on the network before being supplanted by Arrow. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning four People's Choice Award and many Teen Choice Awards. On April 26, 2013, The CW announced that the spin-off The Originals, which focuses on the Original family of vampires, had been ordered to series, the show began airing during the 2013–14 American television season. On April 6, 2015, lead actress Nina Dobrev confirmed via Instagram that she and co-star Michael Trevino would be leaving the show after its sixth season. Dobrev returned to record a voiceover for the seventh-season finale.
Trevino appeared as a guest star in season seven and returned for season 8. On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for an eighth season, but on July 23, 2016, announced that the eighth season, which would have 16 episodes, would be the show's last; the final season began airing on October 21, 2016, ended March 10, 2017. The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town charged with supernatural history since its settlement of migrants from New England in the late 19th century, it follows the life of Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident, as she falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Their relationship becomes complicated as Stefan's mysterious older brother Damon Salvatore returns, with a plan to bring back their past love Katherine Pierce, a vampire who looks like Elena. Although Damon is the villain and harbors a grudge against his brother for forcing him to become a vampire, he reconciles with Stefan and falls in love with Elena, creating a love triangle among the three.
Both brothers protect Elena as they face various villains and threats to their town, including Katherine. The brothers' history and the town's mythology are revealed through flashbacks as the series goes on. Additional storylines revolve around the other inhabitants of the town, most notably Elena's younger brother Jeremy Gilbert, her best friends Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes, their mutual friends Tyler Lockwood and Matt Donovan, their history teacher, vampire hunter Alaric Saltzman; the town's politics are orchestrated by descendants of the original founding families, all comprising a "Founders' Council." The founding families of Mystic Falls include the Salvatores, the Gilberts, the Fells, the Forbes, the Lockwoods. They guard the town from vampires, although there are many more supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches and ghosts. Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce; the series follows Elena as she falls in love with Stefan Salvatore, his brother, creating a love triangle.
This results in her being drawn into the supernatural world and her struggles in surviving supernatural events in the town. Dobrev portrays Elena's doppelgänger, Katerina Petrova known as Katherine Pierce. Katherine sporadically appeared in subsequent seasons and played a significant role in the fifth season. Dobrev has played the progenitor of the Petrova doppelgängers, Silas's true love known as Amara, during the fifth season, whom he had sought in the afterlife for two thousand years. Dobrev played another doppelgänger Tatia in The Originals season 2 episode "Red Door." In the season 6 finale, Elena's life was tied to Bonnie's in such a way that as long as Bonnie is alive, Elena will remain asleep. Damon put Elena in a coffin and had her hidden in a warehouse in Brooklyn for the next 60 years or so while he waits for her to wake up. In the series finale, Elena's curse is broken, she reunites with Damon and they live a long and happy life together with her becoming a doctor. Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore, a good-hearted and affectionate vampire and the complete opposite of his older brother, Damon Salvatore.
In the series, Stefan reverts to his old ways as a Ripper to save Damon from a werewolf bite. His role becomes more antagonistic, after being forced to turn his humanity off, he returns to his good-hearted and caring self and reconciles with Elena, but the relationship doesn't last long. He becomes human again and marries Caroline in Season 8 and is killed afterwards in the series finale as he sacrifices himself to save Mystic Falls. Wesley portrays his revealed doppelgänger, the world's first immortal being. Wesley played another doppelgänger, Tom Avery, during the fifth season. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore, the malevolent vampire brother who served as the show's villian and anti-hero, he is thought of as selfish and manipulative, but on begins to display a more caring side. Though his love for Elena is one-sided, she begins to develop feelings for him as they work together to save Stefan after he's given in to his Ripper side, they begin dating in season 4, continue to date until Elena is put into her deep sleep at the end of season 6.
Damon becomez close with Stefan, but has a close friendship with Bonnie, despite the fact that they hated each other for the first 5 seasons of the series. Throug