Movieline has just posted a fantastic conversation with Katerina Graham and Jasmine Guy that is a must-read for fans of The Vampire Diaries and fans of the real-life women. They each discuss their characters, the witches of Mystic Falls, their careers and influences, and what’s in store.
Is there a different viewer response to the witches than the vampires? Is there pro-vampire, anti-witch backlash?
KG: I haven’t had any backlash, and I think that’s because the character didn’t come off as a witch right away, we got to know and love Bonnie Bennett for who she was. And we’re with her when she discovers her abilities. I know Harry Potter had a backlash from certain groups for glorifying the witch story line, but I haven’t had any at all.
JG: To me, people are just curious as to how the witches interact with the vampires. I know some of the folklore, but not a lot of it. It’s interesting to watch the world we’re living in being created. It’s kind of like logging the forest as we step into it, and that’s kind of cool that I don’t what’s going to happen, and neither does my character. So there’s a suspense. I don’t have to think I know what’s going on.
Sara Canning talks with CW Source about age differences, parenting skills, “The Thesis,” ex-boyfriends, being a teenager at heart, and how Jenna is always wondering, “Am I doing the right thing?”
Thanks to everyone who let us know the video was up!
This is it – the last new Vampire Diaries episode until after the New Year. We’re 10 episodes in, almost halfway through the first season (remember when we were waiting for the pilot pick-up? Wow, that seems so long ago now), and word on the tweet (and you saw those promos, yeah?) is that tonight’s episode is aptly named. After last week’s “WTF?!” cliffhanger and deep woods Firestarter shenanigans, we’re wondering how they can possibly top themselves. Hopefully the surprises will come hard n’ fast so there’s plenty to talk about during the two-month hiatus.
Speculation has been running rampant in the discussion forums, so why not join in with your own thoughts and theories? And while you’re here, linger over episode details and Vampire Diaries tidbits from the past week.
Don’t forget: The CW is taking fan questions for the Vampire Diaries cast. Get ‘em in ASAP. Details in this post.
Also: Sorry to Vampire Diaries fans in the Miami area – football’s knocking “The Turning Point” to Saturday night. SUCK.
- Read the synopsis
- See episode stills
- Watch promos 1 | 2
- Watch episode clips
- CW to air Vampire Diaries week-long marathon in December
- E’s “10 Vampires We Love” recap
- AP video interview with Ian Somerhalder
- KTLA’s Vampire Diaries set visit featuring interviews with cast
- Candice Accola on KTLA | Saturday Night Magazine Q&A
- Zach Roerig on WPIX
- Gina Torres comes to Mystic Falls
- Two upcoming episode titles revealed
- CW Connect interviews with Sara Canning and Steven R. McQueen
- Damon Salvatore makes Entertainment Weekly’s “TV’s Best Bitches” list
- New character spoilers (we say two, but there’s actually three)
- Vampire Diaries feature in Soap Opera Weekly
- TV Guide: Matt Davis talks Alaric
- NY Post’s PopWrap talks to Kevin Williamson | Jim Halterman interview with KW
- TV Guide teases Vampire Diaries in the New Year
Thanks to a few extras tweeting from the set today (the internet is a magical and very public place!), we now have a title for what we believe is episode 12 (production #111): Unpleasantville. Makes sense given one spoiler that has been floating about since last week (which you can see in the Spoiler Zone).
UPDATE: Thanks to Julie Plec, we also have the title for episode 11 – Bloodlines.
Starry Constellation Magazine is interviewing Zach Roerig tomorrow and they’re taking your questions! Hit them up on Twitter: @StarryMag. And The VRO will also be interviewing Zach soon and are taking fan questions. Send ‘em to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you get them in by Monday. The interview airs on November 24th.
The November 23rd issue of TV Guide Magazine (out Friday) contains a Vampire Diaries sneak peek (re: SPOILERS) at the show’s return in the New Year, and the clues dropped are sure to make the wait ’til January even more excruciating. (Thanks, Denise!)
Highlight for spoilers (this includes tomorrow night’s episode – so if you don’t wanna know, don’t read!):
- Julie Plec says “all will be revealed” about a vampire’s return and Alaric’s motivations.
- Elena and Stefan are “on the outs.”
- Elena joins Damon for “a little adventure” to visit a witch (Gina Torres). “The big question: Is Elena willingly with Damon or is he controlling her since she’s lost her vamp-blocking vervain?”
- Bonnie will try using her developing witch-skills to keep the vampire tomb sealed.
- Matt and Caroline will get closer.
- What really happened to Vicki will be revealed and it will put all relationships at risk.
Speaking of magazines, you might want to pick up a copy of People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue (Johnny Depp on the cover) when it hits stands this Friday. It has a section devoted to vampires, featuring stars of Twilight, True Blood, and yes, Vampire Diaries.
For anyone who missed E’s “10 Vampires We Love” special on Monday night, you have plenty of opportunity to catch a repeat. Thanks to Zap2It for the schedule and @CW_VampDiaries for the heads up. You can see snippets from the Kevin Williamson and Ian Somerhalder interviews on E’s website. (There’s also an interview with Anne Rice where she utters the words “Vampire Diaries” – I think a piece of my brain actually broke off.) Hopefully the entire segment will surface soon, as it features sound bites from Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Zach Roerig, and Kayla Ewell. While Ian was featured at #10 on the “Love” index, the piece was really about the show as a whole, and there were some fun facts (most previously known), including:
- Kevin Williamson and True Blood executive producer Alan Ball are neighbors.
- The blood mixture includes raspberries.
- Julie: “First thing [Kevin] said was call the True Blood guys and find out what they do because their blood is awesome.”
- Kevin explains that they hired the True Blood special effects team and told them, “whatever you do, keep it different, so we can keep our show special and unique.”
- Vampire Diaries uses several editors who also work on True Blood.
- Red contacts that cover the entire eye and fangs are the only “real” effects, the rest being CGI.
- The sound of a vampire’s bite? Celery. (Ha!)
And finally, an AP video interview with Ian: “Damon just wants his girl back. And he wants his brother back. And he’s going to stop at absolutely nothing to get ‘em.”
This week’s edition of Soap Opera Weekly features Vampire Diaries on its cover and a revealing interview with executive producer Julie Plec. She talks about the major events of The Turning Point, changes from book to screen, and why Damon’s every motivation can be traced back to Katherine.
“It’s going to be really interesting exploring that side of his humanity, because it runs so deep and it’s so profound that it actually make him even crazier and more evil than you might think,” warns Plec. “He’s willing to do anything and everything in the name of love!”
Click the images to see bigger versions in our Gallery. Thanks to Denise for the scans.
And yes, you read that opening paragraph correctly – looks like The Vampire Diaries does indeed start its holiday hiatus after next week (we haven’t seen CW’s official word on this yet, but it’s the first time we’re seeing it in print). That means Nov. 19th’s The Turning Point is the last new episode until January 2010. Keep in mind that the CW launched Vampire Diaries early. We’ll update with an official network release when we have it.
We tweeted a hint about this earlier this afternoon, because we love teasing book fans: The Vampire Diaries is casting two characters for episode 13 (production #112), one of which has a name (and role) book readers will recognize. If you’re dying to know, and don’t mind spoilers, head over to the Spoiler Zone. As always, these things are subject to change, so take it with a grain of salt. But can you say…more flashbacks?
TV Guide Magazine’s William Keck has a tease about next week’s episode, The Turning Point, though we’re not sure exactly how spoilerific this is considering the promos released last night and this morning. Maybe someone’s pulling a fast one? Thanks to Ina for the heads up.
Happy Friday the 13th! According to TV By The Numbers, the ninth episode of Vampire Diaries, History Repeating, raked in an average of 4.31 million viewers last night. We’ll update with more info as it rolls in. UPDATE: Looks like the numbers came out to something like 4.1mil (courtesy of TV By the Numbers), so a little lower than originally thought, but still not bad at all. From the CW press release, courtesy of TV By The Numbers:
VAMPIRE DIARIES matched its second highest rated telecast ever in adults 18-34 (2.3/7) and adults 18-49 (2.0/5), according to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.
VAMPIRE DIARIES won the 8-9pm hour in women 18-34 (3.0/9-tie), women 12-34 (2.8/8) and female teens (2.1/7). VAMPIRE ranked second in the hour among adults 18-34 (2.3/7-tie), persons 12-34 (2.1/7-tie) and teens (1.7/6).
VAMPIRE DIARIES continues to improve the time period, gaining 88% in women 18-34 (3.0/9), 21% in adults 18-34, 56% in women 18-49 (2.5/6) and 91% in female teens (2.1/7).
UPDATE: It’s legit, folks – Marcos Siega has confirmed. Commence fandom squee-fest (and random Firefly quotes) NOW. Fancast’s Matt’s TV News is reporting that Gina Torres has landed a role on The Vampire Diaries:
Sources tell me that Torres will guest star on the freshman drama’s 10th episode as Bree, a “past” associate of Damon’s. Being a bit of a witch, Bree possibly holds the key to the more sinister Salvatore brother acquiring something he desperately wants – access to a tomb.
There were casting sides leaked featuring a “Brue,” with a production code of 110 (which would make it the 11th episode), but if the news if legit, that’s yet another Whedonverse alum dropping in on Mystic Falls (and how awesomesauce was Bianca Lawson as Emily Bennett?). We’re waiting on official word from those who would know before screaming with glee into our pillows. (ZOE!)
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, Vampire Diaries’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!:
Songs listed in order of appearance.
- Echo & The Bunnymen – “Think I Need It Too”
- Pablo Sebastian – “Lies”
Listen on MySpace
- Idlewild – “Post Electric”
(Unavailable in the USA. Download in the UK from Amazon UK)
(Listen on YouTube)
- The Bravery – “The Spectator”
Available for download on their website
- Great Northern – “Houses”
- Barcelona – “Come Back When You Can”
Yeah, so… Promo teaser for The Turning Point, next week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. The only thing I have to say about this is never underestimate a fandom’s powers of observation when it comes to episode stills. Hat – and shirts – off!