But Twilight cannot take the credit for that because the very first vampire was put onto film in 1922, and Hollywood has had a love affair with these supernatural creatures ever since. Their popularity has come and gone many times but they've always been around and will return again once they fade from this burst of attention.
There have been many shows on television that have dealt with vampires in some shape, way or form. Shows such as Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" (originally made in 1979 and re-made in 2004), the UK's "Being Human" (re-made in Canada for US television in 2011) and "Ultraviolet" from the UK and Canada's "Forever Knight" all chose to depict vampires in either the traditional sense or in an updated, more scientific way.
There have even been children's shows based around the vampire legend. "Young Dracula" aired for two series in the United Kingdom (and has recently been renewed for a third series) and dealt with issues many children face in a humorous and fantastical, but also realistic way. The "Blood Ties" Series was a short-lived Canadian drama of 22 hour-long episodes based on the Blood Books series by Tanya Huff.
The Blood Ties Series was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and aired first in the United States on the Lifetime Network before airing later in Canada in Citytv and Space. It ran from March 11, 2007 to January 10, 2008 with twelve episodes comprising season one and ten on season two. The show, set in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, starred Christina Cox, Dylan Neal, Kyle Schmid and Gina Holden. The Blood Ties Series follows Vicki Nelson (Cox), a former Toronto police detective who left the job because of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive vision problem that will eventually lead to blindness. She opens a private investigation office so she can continue doing the work she loves. She meets and develops a working relationship with a 480 year-old vampire, Henry Fitzroy (Schmid) who helps her deal with the supernatural aspects of the cases she takes.
Her old partner from the force, Mike Celluci (Neal) provides her with a link to her old life and tension in her new life because of his jealousy and dislike of her new partner, Henry. Her secretary, Coreen Fennel (Holden), is a former client with an interest in the occult who provides insight and research assistance into some of the strange supernatural aspects of the cases. All together, these friends and allies help Vicki's Investigation firm solve various supernatural themed crimes throughout the city of Toronto.
"He was a fool to think you could survive alone. I’ve never seen anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy." -- Alice Cullen, New Moon