As we get closer to the end of the season, speculation runs rampant about Vampire Diaries‘ May 13th finale. TV Guide talked to Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson and they expand on earlier teases (some from PaleyFest) with more info about “Uncle John” Gilbert (David Anders), whether Jeremy will finally learn the truth about vampires, and something book fans will recognize:
TVGuide.com: What should we expect in the season finale?
Plec: [spoiler]What we’ve been building to from the beginning — it’s something we took directly from the books — is this event called the Founders’ Day Celebration, which is the anniversary of the founding of the town. We’re looking into big period costumes and Civil War reenactments and maybe some parade action with some big floats. It’s going to be the big event that connects us back to 1864 and what went down back then. It messes things up so when we come back in Season 2, everyone has a reason to tune in again. There are nine “oh my God” moments.[/spoiler]
And Ausiello has more info on the finale from Kevin and this clarification from Julie on why Vicki won’t be back:
“We are not adverse to bringing people back from the dead,” says exec producer Julie Plec, “but we would not do it with the first tragic death out of the gate. In the future, we absolutely will use those mystic tricks, but not with Vicki — as much as we loved Kayla [Ewell]. It would ruin the impact.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Philiana Ng (@insidethetube – follow her on Twitter!) has posted two more PaleyFest red carpet interviews. The first has Julie talking about what Katherine may be doing now, Damon as hero?, Tyler’s future, when we can expect the werewolf element to surface (at the earliest), Matt/Caroline, and who’s going out on a double date?
And Kevin talks about what’s in store for Bonnie as we head towards the season finale.
Courtesy of Warner Bros., some nice shots of Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Bob Levy, CW Network President Dawn Ostroff, and Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth at the Vampire Diaries PaleyFest event this past Saturday. Click each image to see a bigger version in the Gallery.
There’s a lot of redundant stuff out there from PaleyFest, so I’m throwing the big ‘uns up now (most of which we’ve been retweeting on Twitter the past few days) and then I’ll add to this post with more linkage and fun stuff after I do my own write-up (which, honestly, I’m not going to tell you anything these people haven’t said, so expect something a bit more personal). But the below provides a pretty clear picture of the actual panel and there are a lot of video chats with Ian, Nina, Paul, Julie, and Kevin, where they drop some cool information.
Articles, interviews, recaps!
LA Times: PaleyFest 2010 honors The Vampire Diaries with an evening of laughs (with video)
The Hollywood Reporter ‘Vampire Diaries’ PaleyFest recap and video interviews: Paul Wesley | Ian Somerhalder | Nina Dobrev | Julie Plec | Kevin Williamson
Zap2It: Producer Julie Plec on Katherine’s whereabouts, Damon’s devastation, Grams’ death (with video)
Entertainment Weekly: Vampire Diaries to end season ‘with a bang’ (SUPER SPOILERY FOR ‘A FEW GOOD MEN’)
Zap2It: Ian Somerhalder on Damon drowning in women and booze, his upcoming ‘Lost’ plans (with video)
HitFix: ‘Vampire Diaries’ team talks ‘Twilight,’ toplessness and Twitter at PaleyFest
E! News: Spoiler Chat – The Vampire Diaries stars dish on romance – and a Lost return! (with video)
djtomdog: Paul Wesley & Nina Dobrev at ‘Vampire Diaries’ night at PaleyFest 2010 (video)
TV Guide Magazine: PaleyFest 2010: Unearthing Vampire’s Secrets
Futon Critic: Live at the Paley Festival – The CW’s Vampire Diaries
IESB.net: The Vampire Diaries at PaleyFest 2010
FearNet: PaleyFest 2010 – Vampire Diaries
@CW_VampDiaries’ stellar shots during the panel
Nina Dobrev Fan: Collection of red carpet and panel images (Nina-centric, obvs)
Getty Images red carpet and panel
KryptonSite: Panel photos
Heroine TV: Panel photos
PaleyFest: Panel and red carpet photos via Twitter
Wire Image (via LIFE Magazine): PaleyFest 2010 Presents Vampire Diaries
Thanks to Lucia (aka Heroine TV) for the photo!
KEC/Canal Point Elementary School’s award-winning school news program sent reporter Damon Weaver (you may remember Mr. Weaver’s interview with President Obama) to the NAACP 2010 Image Awards, where he caught up with Katerina Graham. In the end, I think Katerina is actually interviewing a distracted Mr. Weaver, yet he still manages to flirt. That’s talent. Thanks to @jayyu_p for the heads up!
Yes, I know, where’s the Paley stuff? Just rolled into town and need to actually look at everything that’s been posted – haven’t seen any of it since early this morning – but here’s something to tide you over in the meantime. Huge thanks to Michelle of LukeGrimes.net for hooking us up with scans of Candice Accola and Katerina Graham in the February issue of L’Uomo Vogue (Italy). They were featured in a spread called “Shaded View” (along with Monica Raymund, Lina Esco, Michelle Borth, and Katharine McPhee).
KryptonSite gave us some sweet stills earlier this evening, and now we have the official episode description for A Few Good Men, the 15th episode of The Vampire Diaries (thanks, Craig!). Highlight to read or head to the Episode Index:
[spoiler]MELINDA CLARKE (“THE O.C.”) GUEST STARS AS MATT’S LONG-LOST MOTHER — Matt and Caroline are surprised by the sudden reappearance of Matt’s mother Kelly (guest star Clarke). Stefan and Elena are worried about Damon’s new attitude. Damon is asked by Sheriff Forbes to take part in a fund-raising bachelor auction. Alaric discovers shocking secrets from his own past. With help from Jenna and Stefan, Elena is determined to find out everything she can about her birth mother, but the truth may be more than she can handle. [/spoiler]
Josh Butler directed the episode written by Brian Young.
The Hollywood Reporter talked with CW President Dawn Ostroff about the upcoming pilot season and she gives her perspective on what The Vampire Diaries adds to the network’s line-up (and even touches on the possibility of a spin-off):
THR: Between the durability of “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and the popularity of “Vampire Diaries,” should the CW head in a more genre-driven direction?
Ostroff: What “Vampire Diaries” has done so well is that it’s not just a genre show, it has romance and humor and friends that feel like family. There are so many elements that work on different levels. So although it is a genre or sci-fi show, it has a lot of other elements that make the show work for all of our audience. We picked up a show called “Be-Twixt,” which is a genre show if you will, but it has many of the same elements.
We’ve been talking this event up here in the blog and on Twitter and now the big day has arrived: Members of the Vampire Diaries cast and creative team will be at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills this Saturday, March 6th at 7 p.m., all in the name of PaleyFest 2010. The Paley Center’s annual television festival honors a select number of shows every year and we know Vampire Diaries fans are flying in from as far away as North Carolina (!) to catch the TVD panel.
According to Paley’s website, confirmed guests are Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, and Bob Levy, and possibly more members of the cast/production team will be in attendance. (Will they let Barbie Kligman out of The Room for this, you think?) Events typically consist of an episode screening (or exclusive footage – not saying this will happen here), and then a Q&A with guests. UPDATE: Julie Plec tweeted this tantalizing tease late Thursday night. Make of it what you will. ;)
Think you’ll be in the Paley area? Tickets are still available! I’ll be there (as will a slew of the Vampire Diaries fansite network, including @CW_VampDiaries, @NinaDobrevFan, and @kryptonsite, and quite a few recappers/podcast folk) and tweeting live over at @tvdnews. We’ll be sure to cover every nuance in the blog soon after. You can also get details live via @paleycenter. Give ’em a follow!
Can’t make it but are dying to ask a question? Paley is accepting suggestions on the TVD event page. Just register and leave your question in the comments (scroll down the page).
Hope to see you there!
Kryptonsite has a handful of new images from A Few Good Men (and that’s on top of the new image of Stefan and Alaric that @LilMissX posted earlier today). See a few below and then see the rest over in the KS gallery. Warning: Some of the images are a little spoilery, so proceed with caution! This ep hits your TV on March 25th (three weeks!).