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As I first reported to you last month, The CW's Vampire Diaries is adding a new villain to its cast come September. Now that baddie has a face. And it's a sexy one. Sources have confirmed to me that actor Taylor Kinney has been cast as Mason Lockwood, whom Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec exclusively described to me as "the mayor's much younger and cooler brother, who has been estranged from the family. His return introduces a lot of questions about what is so special about that creepy Lockwood family."

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So what is so creepy about the Lockwoods? Word is Taylor, who played Glenn on NBC's short-lived Trauma and Luke on the forgettable 2006 Bo Derek/Morgan Fairchild soap, Fashion House, may be requiring full-body hair extensions when the full moon comes out over Mystic Falls—much like a big-screen Taylor well known to Twilight fans.

Next, Vampire Diaries is hunting for a ruggedly handsome African American actor to play a carnival worker named Carter, who'll flirt with Bonnie and pick a fight with Tyler. Might Carter also be looking for werewolves to join his circus? Probably not, but that would make for one cool circus, eh?!

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