Nina Dobrev Fan posted a few interesting items this evening. First up, we have a video of Nina at the CW upfront talking about her role as Elena in The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, and the built-in vampire fanbase.
And secondly, via Nina’s MySpace, there’s a candid snapshot of Ian, Nina, and Paul in the NDF Gallery that some of you might get a kick out of. There’s something oddly appropriate, Salvatore-wise, about this photo. Can’t…quite…put our finger on it…
Via The CW Source on YouTube, in case you missed it: clips from The Vampire Diaries and the brief interview with Paul starts at the 3:00 minute mark. He talks about the plot of the show, playing Stefan, and the Salvatore brothers’ relationship.
Also, THIS? Is pretty freakin’ adorable and bang on.
We thought we’d point out some details that caught our eye in all of the recently released footage from The Vampire Diaries pilot. How about you guys – notice anything significant? Speculate away!
We’ve lumped the more spoilery stuff near the end, so here’s the Obligatory Spoiler Warning for those who’d rather not make any possible connection between plot points in the books and the TV series.
- The names of Elena’s parents: Grayson Gilbert and Miranda Sommers Gilbert. Elena’s parents are never named in the books, so this is a special bit of canon unique to the TV series. (Intentional Batman and Bionic Woman references? Probably not, but we’re geeks – sue us.) Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, we might add, died on May 23, 2009 – yep, yesterday, and two days after the upfronts.
- We note a distinct lack of Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena and Jeremy’s aunt, Jenna Moyer (Sara Canning), in any of the footage. And though it’s not so notable that Mr. Tanner didn’t make it in there, we’re thinking of you, Ben “OMG, it’s Cowboy from jPod!” Ayres fans.
- Why, hello there, significant glance between Stefan and Matt.
No, we’re not dead – just taking a bit of a breather. We said BRING ON THE PROMO and the past few days have certainly obliged! A few things:
A big “Hola!” to our new affiliates: Vampire Diaries Web (a new fansite for the TV series), Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Somerhalder Online. And a special shout-out to Jen (of Nina Dobrev Fan) and Eny (of Ian Online) for being so supportive and so cool.
And thanks to everyone who’s been hitting the site like crazy this week; luckily we were prepared for the traffic onslaught. Also, thanks to all of the sites who have been linking to us for more info on all things Vampire Diaries. Now that the TV series is a go, expect lots of analyzing and updates throughout the site. (Especially in the Vampire Diaries Wiki, hurrah!)
Most of you have probably seen these already, but in case you haven’t: CW Upfront and After-Party photos can be seen at Vampire Diaries Web, Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Online. Looks like Zach Roerig (who is playing Matt Donovan) was also in New York for the shindig.
There is an alternate promo pic of Somerhalder, Dobrev, and Wesley that you can also see over at Ian Online.
In other news, SciFiWire is reporting that the network’s tagline for the Vampire Diaries/Supernatural pairing on Thursday nights will be: “Thursdays go Goth.”
After the explosion of news, photos, and video these past two days, you’re probably wondering what sort of excitement the CW brought to the upfront party, Vampire Diaries-wise. And the answer would be…yeah, not much. (It’s a bit like the day after Christmas for the fans right now. Or not.)
BUT we did get the synopsis attached to the CW schedule. And running commentary on Twitter from the likes of the LA Times and Michael Ausiello, who at the start of the trailer (not sure if it was the same footage that appeared last night) described it as “90210 with teeth” and then “I take it back. It’s Supernatural with teeth.” Then “Guess I’m investing 2 hours in the CW on Thursdays this fall! Very cool.” (Which then disappeared from his feed, but SupportSPN retweeted it.) And then a final: “Vampire trailer ends. Tim Stack gives me the ‘not bad’ nod. Agreed.”
And it wasn’t just him – seemed like a lot of critics tweeting the upfront started out mocking it and, by the end, were impressed. TVGuide said: “I love me some ‘Lost Boys,’ so CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries’ gave me goosebumps. Gonna be a nice match with Supernatural!”
Who from The Vampire Diaries was there: That we know for sure? Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore – how good is it to type that in context of the TV show?), Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), and Julie Plec (Executive Producer). You can see a photo of the main trio here.
And apparently the talent walked out onstage at the end of the whole shebang? Feel like we missed something in there, but – yes. There it is. We’ll update with details throughout the day.
From, well, every TV-related site out there right now, the official Vampire Diaries synopsis on the CW’s 2009-2010 schedule (note Salvatore made it in there – nice):
THURSDAY: 8:00-9:00 P.M. “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” (New Series)
Four months after the tragic car accident that killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev, “DeGrassi: The Next Generation”) and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen, “Everwood”) are still trying to cope with their grief and move on with their lives. Elena has always been the star student; beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends, but now she finds herself struggling to hide her sadness from the world. As the school year begins, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley, “Army Wives”). Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, and Elena has no way of knowing that Stefan is a centuries-old vampire, struggling to live peacefully among humans, while his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder, “Lost”) is the embodiment of vampire violence and brutality. Now these two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for Elena’s soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is from Alloy Entertainment and Bonanza Productions Inc in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson (”Dawson’s Creek,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Julie Plec (”Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Leslie Morgenstein (”Gossip Girl,” “Privileged”) and Bob Levy (”Gossip Girl,” “Privileged”). Marcos Siega (”Dexter”) directed the pilot.
More news – and we think some of you will find this particularly FANTASTIC.
It’s Salvatore after all. But not Salvatooreee. Just Salvatore. Subjective choice, felt right. Hope u like it anyway.
@tvdnews yes, that’s the official name. There was a concern that we wouldn’t be able to clear it — hence, whitmore — but it made it thru.
She then added:
@tvdnews but before you feel too good, I will admit that it’s Stefan, not Stefahn. Another subjective choice. We’ll explain all in due time
“Whitmore” is being kicked to the curb, guys. We’re getting Stefan and Damon Salvatore (as in…?). Vampire-Diaries.net can’t wait to banish the double character tagging going on all over this humble website. (Might not be all the last names, but it’s the one that counts.)
TVWeek has three minutes worth of clips on their site. Have at it!
Thanks to stayingin2 on LJ for the heads up. We can barely keep up today, guys – keep it coming!
UPDATE: Video deleted by YouTube, but you can see lots of trailers and promos on the wiki page.
We’re seeing chatter that the CW 2009-2010 schedule has been released (still looking for it!) and that the network has paired The Vampire Diaries with Supernatural on Thursdays (pushing Smallville to Fridays). More details coming as we confirm.
UPDATE Via The Hollywood Reporter, CW sets ‘Supernatural’ Thursdays:
The CW may be the latest network to make a bold move on Thursday.
After days of rumblings, the CW is said to have settled on launching the hot new drama “Vampire Diaries” Thursday 8 p.m., paired with “Supernatural.” “Vampire Diaries” would replace the staple in the time slot, departing veteran “Smallville,” whose final ninth season would air on Friday, probably at 8 p.m.
UPDATE And Deadline Hollywood Daily has just posted the full CW schedule:
8PM VAMPIRE DIARIES
Wow, CW. We didn’t think you had it in you.