Just a reminder that the People’s Choice Awards 2010 airs tonight, January 6th, at 9/8c on CBS. The Vampire Diaries is up for two awards – Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Favorite New TV Drama. Tune in tonight and see if your hard work paid off!
IESB has posted a chat with Katerina Graham that touches on everything from working with Jasmine Guy to what’s in store in upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries:
IESB: Will the show continue with the same pace, giving big reveals in almost every episode?
Katerina: We’ve always had cliff-hangers. It’s always been like, “Oh, my gosh, what’s going to happen next?” There’s always something we leave the audience with to leave them hanging, so that they have to see what happens next. That’s the style of the show, and that’s the way it happens in Mystic Falls. It’s just one thing after another, after another. Just when you think something can’t happen, it happens. You just have to watch. I’m really excited for the new stuff to come out because I know that there’s going to be some doozies.
We tweeted this a few days ago, but Extra names Paul Wesley one of 2009′s Breakout Stars.
And here’s a new year reminder that The Vampire Diaries Hot Topic Cast Tour is ready to roll on January 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia, with stops in Paramus, New Jersey and Los Angeles, California to follow shortly thereafter. Visit the official page over at CWtv.com for more information on how you can catch the cast and score one of Hot Topic’s new Vampire Diaries tees.
Finally, The Televixen has posted her very first Vampire Diaries podcast, which I was happy to be part of. It clocks in at nearly two hours due to touching on every single episode so far, lots of tangents, and Melissa and Connie giving me Alaric hell – but what’re ya gonna do? It is appropriately titled Operation Suspenders. (I don’t think I need to explain where the title came from.)
Happy 2010, everyone! A new year means new Vampire Diaries episodes right around the corner – Thursday, January 21st, to be exact. As we eagerly await Bloodlines (and the slew of new faces), we thought we’d highlight our favorite Vampire Diaries TV recappers – the smart, the witty, and the comprehensive (meaning they don’t hold back on a good fan!squee or pull their punches when they’re dissatisfied). If you’re not regularly reading these recaps, you’re missing out on some insightful TVDtv commentary. Get familiar and get following before Vampire Diaries returns with all-new episodes.
This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list – there are a lot of recaps out there. Have a favorite? Let everyone know in the comments.
Tonight on The CW: an encore of the Lexi-ful 162 Candles, 8/7c. That’s important on its own, sure, but it gets better – tonight marks the countdown of weeks (not months) until the return of The Vampire Diaries with brand-spankin’ new episodage. (Yeah, I just made that word up.) In three weeks, we will all officially be off the Stefan Diet (aka Evil Hiatus – thanks, @CW_VampDiaries) and back on the hard stuff. So go stare at those Bloodlines episode stills again and dream for a better tomorrow…in three weeks. YOU CAN DO IT.
Thanks to Kimberlee for the heads up on this pre-Christmas tidbit from Television Without Pity – Year in Review 2009: TV’s Most Valuable Performers. The list includes such fan favorites Misha Collins (Castiel) from Supernatural, Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) from Glee, John Lithgow (Arthur Mitchell) from Dexter, and a little someone named Ian Somerhalder.
Wow, that was only about 20% snarky – rather restrained for TWoP.
The Vampire Diaries rates an A- in TV Guide’s New TV Report Card:
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
The Good: Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) are a hot couple. Stefan’s acerbic brother, Damon (Lost‘s Ian Somerhalder), is refreshing in the face of all this lurve.
The Bad: There have been a lot of revelations already. What’s left?
Candice Accola will chat with Artists On Demand (via Blog Talk Radio) on Monday, January 18th at 7pm ET/4pm PT:
Candice Accola, from the hit vampire TV Show “Vampire Diaries” joins us to talk about her role on the show, her history in the business, and a few of her upcoming movies, “Kingshighway” and “The Truth About Angels”.
And thanks to everyone who sent us the link to this Female First interview with Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley during their recent promo trip to London. They talk about the usual – working in Atlanta, the success of the show, and their thoughts on Stefan and Elena.
FemaleFirst: So, Paul, do you find it hard to play a vampire as they’re such conflicted characters?
Paul: It’s certainly challenging to make any character complex and interesting but when I read the script, I sort of fell into Stefan and related to him and I have no idea why. I could sit here and psychologically analyse myself, and I probably have and come with reasons why I relate to him but in an abridged version I think there are a lot of similarities between Stefan and myself. So, there’s difficulty in that, but what we do is difficult and that’s why I do it, I need challenge in what I’m doing.
FF: Nina, you’ve acted in both this and a television film called Never Cry Werewolf, so do you like playing supernatural parts?
Nina: I love the show and I love that it has all these supernatural abilities and the vampires and the witches and the effects and it’s really cool and it’s really fun to do and I do like it. Never Cry Werewolf was a film that I did years ago for the Sci-Fi network and it was a lot of fun too, it’s all about enjoying what you do at the time you’re doing it. I don’t want to just play that [fantasy characters] though.
As we blogged a few weeks ago, the January 2010 issue of InStyle (Whitney Houston on the cover) features Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev, Kayla Ewell, Candice Accola, and Katerina Graham in a make-up piece. Many thanks to Jamie M for the scans! Click the images below to see bigger versions in the Gallery.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the February issue of NYLON, which will feature Nina, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder on the cover (per Nina’s Twitter).
For those wanting clarification on who exactly Brandon Quinn will be playing in the next episode of Vampire Diaries (January 21st), Michael Ausiello has this tidbit via Kevin Williamson (highlight for spoilers):
Question: Got any scoop on who Brandon Quinn is playing in Vampire Diaries‘ Jan. 21 episode? –Seth
Ausiello: According to Diaries boss Kevin Williamson, “He’s a vengeful guy with a score to settle with Damon.”
Thanks to VDO for the heads up that the audio from the London Apple store appearance (with Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, and Ian Somerhalder) is now available on iTunes for your listening pleasure. Not that you haven’t already watched the videos five million times, but we understand the need for completion.
StarryMag has added a conversation with Michael Trevino to their collection of Vampire Diaries cast interviews. He talks about the differences between working/living in Atlanta versus his native Los Angeles, the inspiration and challenges behind playing Tyler Lockwood, Tyler’s relationship with his parents, shooting nights, and why he thinks The Vampire Diaries is so popular. (He also pleads the fifth. You’ll have to read the interview to find out why.)
Q. What do you think it is about the show “The Vampire Diaries” that continues to garner so many viewers?
A. It’s that we’re on the CW network, but we’re still very dark and we do have this Sci-Fi element and we live in Mystic Falls that has this crazy mythology about the town, but also these characters are rooted very deeply, they are real characters. Even though we have some that might be vampires and some that are witches, they don’t act like vampires or witches to a certain extent. They are still just regular people that have these dark secrets or they’re kind of just getting to know their character. I think that fans gravitate towards that, they like to identify with each one of us in some way or another, and that’s what brings them in.
The NY Post throws down the gauntlet and ticks off five reasons why Vampire Diaries is better than Twilight, citing legacy, violence, sex, a strong, independent female lead, and how Vampire Diaries is the under-dog:
“The vampires, while pretty, are still sort of vicious,” explained Lindsay Soll, editor of MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog. “When they’re hungry and about to feed, their fangs come out — they don’t even have fangs in ‘Twilight’ — and their veins stick out. They’re not afraid to make pretty people ugly.”
They’re also not afraid to make pretty people die.
Speaking of the NY Post, PopWrap name-checks Vampire Diaries as one of the 10 Best Shows of 2009:
9. “The Vampire Diaries”
Scoff if you must, but “Vampire Diaries” haters are synonymous with the uninitiated. To know this show is to love it, and to write it off as a “Twilight” knock-off is a huge mistake. If Edward or Bella ever said anything as astute or acerbic as Stefan or Elena, I would die of shock. And with Damon, Ian Somerhalder has breathed dead life [into] one of the most devious, diabolical and delicious villains in decades. Scenes (and costumes) like this one don’t hurt either.
We’d also like to reiterate that the Bloodlines episode synopsis currently up on IMDb is completely fake – just in case “Mistic” Falls didn’t tip you off.
And finally, a good bit of news for TVD fans in the Netherlands: Vampire Diaries makes its official debut on January 31st at 9:30pm, NET 5.
Remember that People.com poll we mentioned a while back? The one that ruffled so many feathers with its “Second-Hottest Vampire” designation (assuming RPattz was number one)? Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley were included and, well, the results are in – as voted by People.com readers (click the screenshot to go to People.com):
Speaking of the Vampire Diaries ladies – the new issue of InStyle magazine features a two-page spread with Nina, Candice, Katerina, and Kayla Ewell. And the Jan/Feb issue of Men’s Health has future recurring guest star Sean Faris on its cover. (Thanks to @sabinetbfl and @Joselito4390 for the heads up.) And don’t forget to watch for Paul, Nina, and Ian on the February 2010 NYLON cover.
Thanks to book cover maven Lorraine of L.J. Smith Cover Resource, we now have some much better scans of Brazil’s The Struggle and the U.K. omnibus covers for The Awakening & The Struggle and The Fury & Dark Reunion. Click the images below to see bigger version in the Gallery.
By the way, if you’re a fan of L.J. Smith’s other series, or just a book cover fan in general, you really should swing by L.J. Smith Cover Resource and check out the plethora of international covers that are coming out. It really is a renaissance for the author’s work and Lorraine has it all.