TV Star chats with Zach Roerig about his role as Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries and he provides some great insight into why audiences gravitate to his very human character (and why there’s room for Matt to grow), the success of the show, and his plans for the filming break.
What do you see as Matt’s function/purpose in the VD universe and specifically when it comes to Elena?
Matt is a constant reminder that, although incredibly strange, Mystic Falls still has some semblance of the typical American town. Up to this point he is a pretty true-to-life depiction of your all-American boy, and who wouldn’t want to see how the all-American boy will react when placed in such a bizarre situation? In terms of Elena, Matt will always connect her to the way things used to be before her parents’ death, the arrival of vampires, and every other crazy thing that she has been subjected to in the series.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed folks at Media Blvd: Ian Somerhalder for this piece of awesome: Rolling Stone‘s pop culture critic Rob Sheffield examines The Vampire Diaries in the magazine’s newest issue (Black-Eyed Peas on the cover). Click the image for an easily readable version and make sure you pick up a copy! And while you’re at it, please pick up Sheffield’s book Love Is a Mix Tape, which made me sob my guts out (on public transportation! without shame!).
As for the piece itself – agree? Disagree?
The April 19th issue of TV Guide Magazine features a full-page interview with Katerina Graham. The piece touches on the choices Bonnie will have to make (and includes cool quotes from Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson) and Kat’s career. Take heart, Bonnie Bennett fans – your favorite witch returns in episode 19, Miss Mystic Falls. Thanks to Denise for the scan – and we agree about the “bewitching” photo!
We’re feeling all sorts of nostalgia right now with the chatter/photos coming out of Covington, Georgia – season finale filming is almost done. You’ll notice we haven’t been blogging said photos or some of the recent finale spoilers. This was a judgement call on our part. The photos are spoilery and showcasing them here on the front page of the site seemed unfair to those who really want to be surprised by what’s coming. That being said, if you eat spoilers for breakfast, it’s a total free-for-all in the Spoiler Zone of our forums. But keep in mind: Take everything with a grain of salt.
As we tweeted this morning, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray. The U.S. Amazon store has had a Vampire Diaries DVD pre-order listing for a while, but the Blu-Ray listing seems to be a recent addition. Still no concrete release date or U.S. cover art but we expect that will be surfacing soon. For those who asked about the pricing – as Craig pointed out, Amazon has a pre-order price guarantee. If the price drops before the item ships, Amazon honors the lower price.
You’ll notice the U.K. listing features cover art – we don’t know for 100% certain that it’s legit. We’ll clarify as soon as we know for certain.
Thanks, CW, for helping take the edge off the “Is it Thursday yet?” wait. Two new webclips for this week’s episode have been uploaded to the CW’s Vampire Diaries site. You can check ‘em out there (U.S. only) or check ‘em out below, courtesy of TVDItalia. (We will post the official CW versions once they’re up on YouTube.) In the first clip, we have Damon questioning Stefan’s efforts to get back on the wagon (so to speak) and the second clip has Alaric and Elena talking secrets.
UPDATE: Official CW embeds now in place!
IESB.net has a lengthy interview with Candice Accola, touching on everything from her early career and her music to her role as Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries. She talks about working closely with Zach Roerig, the cast members she hopes to have more scenes with in the future, and her plans for the cast’s two-month break before second season filming.
IESB: With such talented people behind the camera as well as in front of it, did you realize early on that you were making something special that was going to connect with viewers, or was the show’s huge success just totally surprising to you?
Candice: I feel like the answer should be that it was totally surprising, but it wasn’t. Everyone collectively put their best foot forward, when it came to shooting the pilot and shooting the show. Everyone comes to work with their game face on and everyone wants to see this succeed because everyone genuinely cares. We all work on the show, and we’re doing the seasons finale, but we’re still scrambling for the scripts. We’re just as attached to the work as the viewers are. It’s surprising and exciting, but we were just more hopeful. I never sat there and was like, “Oh, we’ve got this one in the bag,” but there was just such a great comradery and so much heart and soul put into the pilot, and everyone genuinely cared and worked so hard, that I really hoped it would come out the other end and shine, and it did. I could not be more grateful to be a part of it.
Little late with this, what with Amazon posting the episode so late yesterday, but how ’bout Vampire Diaries Thursday night? The ratings for Let the Right One In are much better than last week’s, to say the least. From the CW press release, courtesy of TV By the Numbers:
The CW’s freshman hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES scored dramatic week-to-week gains, with increases of 26% in women 18-34 (2.4/8), 20% in adults 18-34 (1.8/6), 25% in women 18-49 (2.0/6), 23% in adults 18-49 (1.6/5), 33% in female teens (2.8/11) and 25% in total viewers (3.5 million), according to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Thursday, April 8, 2010. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES posted its largest total audience since 2/11/10.
Competitively, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES won the 8:00-9:00p.m. hour among female teens, and tied for second among women 18-34.
Let’s be sure we keep up those figures for this Thursday’s episode, Under Control, yeah? (Watch the extended promo.) And if you’re looking for good Let the Right One In discussion, our forum’s bursting with it, so join in! And if you want to rate the episode, vote in our poll.
And for those looking for streaming/downloads…
As a side note, the response to Let the Right One In has been tremendous across the board. Yesterday was the busiest day, traffic-wise, that this site has ever had, and the enthusiasm for Vampire Diaries seems to be at an all-time high. Only five episodes left in the season, guys – and we don’t think the show will disappoint. Let’s make every Thursday count through the May 13th finale.
Malese Jow wants to spread some love for the lady vampires and she’s asking fans to help her out. She posted a video to YouTube this morning detailing exactly what you can do to become a certified member of Team Anna. So watch the video and get to work! (And don’t forget to friend Malese on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.)
A few months ago, we were approached by the fabulous Leah Wilson, editor-in-chief for Smart Pop Books, about contributing an essay to their planned Vampire Diaries anthology, due for release October 2010. Well, one thing led to another, and we’re so excited to finally share the good news with you…
For those unfamiliar, Smart Pop Books is an imprint that specializes in pop culture essay collections. You may know them for their great Firefly/Serenity-centric volumes edited by Whedonverse writer Jane Espenson, but they’ve done several centered around books and comics (Twilight, Batman, Percy Jackon, The Uglies), film (James Bond, The Matrix, Star Wars), and of course television shows (Supernatural, Buffy/Angel, Veronica Mars, 24, Lost, Gilmore Girls). Contributors to the Smart Pop series have included many names you’ll recognize from all of the above mediums.
The list of contributors and essay topics for A Visitors Guide to Mystic Falls is still being finalized, but we can tell you that there is a theme to who is contributing, and they’ll each be discussing a particular facet of the Vampire Diaries TV ‘verse. (And, yes, some of the topics and contributors have us in geek heaven. Just sayin’.)
So while we can’t tell you much about the contents of the collection (yet), we can let you in some trivia associated with the cover (which was a fun process!):
- Leah searched high and low for a florist who could supply vervain, but we reassured her that the plant chosen was okay because (show fact!) that wasn’t vervain in Uncle Zach’s basement either. Real vervain is just not pretty.
- The papers are actual 19th century American papers, chosen specifically for the shoot. The fact that “Thursday night” is clearly visible above the necklace is entirely accidental – but brilliant.
- We are far too pleased at having blood spattered over our names.