As we reported last month, Vampire Diaries is set to be honored at the 2010 William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles this year, and we now have a set date! The Vampire Diaries event will be held on Saturday, March 6th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Vampire Diaries is one of several shows (including Glee, Modern Family, Community, Lost, Dexter, NCIS, Cougar Town, Breaking Bad, Seth MacFarlane & friends, FlashForward, Men of a Certain Age, and Curb Your Enthusiasm) being honored at this year’s Fest. The Fest gives fans the opportunity to hear the cast and production team talk about the show in-person and usually see some behind the scenes goodies.
Tickets for Paley members go on sale this Friday, January 22nd, and tickets for non-members will be available Sunday, January 24th. You can find more information at the PaleyFest website.
Thanks to The Televixen for the heads up!
Thanks to @CWVampDiaries for the heads up on this video interview with Ian Somerhalder, courtesy of Digital Spy’s Tube Talk. He discusses the Stefan/Elena/Damon dynamic, why Damon would make an excellent boyfriend, and how “the Katherine thing is very difficult for Damon right now.” Watch the @TubeTalk Twitter for links to their upcoming interviews with Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush has an ever-so-rare chat with Steven R. McQueen about what’s in store for Jeremy on upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries. He has wonderful things to say about Malese Jow, who will be guest starring as Anna (J’s potential love interest?), calling her “very talented and very sweet.”
And we know from reading your comments in the blog and posts in the forum that what Damon did to Jeremy is a huge, HUGE point of interest, and you’ll be happy to know Steven plays a bit coy on that front (spoilery!):
[spoiler]It was way back in 2009, but you may recall that earlier in the season, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) pulled his special vampire brainwash-y powers out to erase Jeremy’s memory of his girlfriend Vicki’s death. The catch is, it’s not exactly clear what Damon did. “That’s something that’s going to unfold itself a little later in the series,” Steven said. “[Damon] did erase my pain and my grief and such, but I’m not sure what I can reveal of just how much he shut out of my memory — and if he put anything in there.”[/spoiler] (Dun Dun Dun… )
And @LilMissX is being very, very good to Vampire Diaries fans in anticipation of the show’s return this Thursday. Check out our first look at Mia Kirshner as Isobel, Alaric’s wife, in this still (we know Isobel is set to debut in Bloodlines, but we’re not 100% positive that’s what the still is from) with Matt Davis (Alaric):
UPDATE: Thanks to KryptonSite, we now know the Alaric/Isobel still is from an upcoming episode called A Few Good Men.
According to this ITV2 press release, it looks like UKers can look forward to a Tuesday, February 2nd debut for The Vampire Diaries. And it gets better: The channel will be kicking off with a 9-11 p.m. double header of the pilot and Night of the Comet. Smart move, we say.
Speaking of air dates: The Vampire Diaries kicks off in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria tomorrow night! Though I suppose it’s already January 20th in your neck of the woods, so… Enjoy the show!
With all of the TVD cast appearances in magazines lately, we thought you might want to check out Katerina Graham pontificating on the particulars of her beauty bag in this Seventeen video, and Nina Dobrev Fan has nice, watermark-free scans from Nina’s very pink fashion spread in SELF.
In case you missed Artists On Demand Radio’s interview with the lovely Candice Accola, you can listen to the entire thing over on Blog Talk Radio. (Look at the little player in the middle of your screen.) She talked about her start in show business, her music career (she’s hoping to record what she’s been writing once the season is through filming), the difference between acting in film and television, her hopes for Caroline as the season progresses, and lots more. She came across as very humble, genuine, and sweet. We live-tweeted some of the interview if you’d like a few soundbites.
As all of you know by now, this past weekend was Nina Dobrev’s 21st birthday party in Las Vegas and there’s been a bunch of red carpet photos and video floating all over. (We’ll update this post with some of it soon.) But it wasn’t all play – she had an interesting tidbit to drop about the upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries, Bloodlines, in this Just Jared video (at the 3:29 mark).
[spoiler]Elena is… She’s just had this insane car accident and we’re going to pick up where we started and see what happens, and who rescues her, and where she goes. And she’s going to go on a little bit of a road trip. Let’s just say she’s going to find out a lot of shocking things. The end of this next episode is going to be extremely shocking and it’s going to take everyone by surprise. People are not going to expect what’s going to happen. [/spoiler]
UPDATE: A selection of photos and a video from the Studio 54 red carpet, courtesy of Getty Images and the ever-awesome Nina Dobrev Fan. In attendance: Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Katerina Graham, Sara Canning, Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen, Kayla Ewell, and we know Michael Trevino, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis, and Julie Plec were there as well. (For those who’ve been asking us where the photos of Ian and Paul are, this may have something to do with it.) You can see more photos in the Gallery.
Here’s another cast interview reminder for tomorrow: Candice Accola will be on Artists On Demand Radio, January 18th at 9/8c. She’ll be discussing her role as Caroline on The Vampire Diaries, as well as her upcoming films, Kingshighway and The Truth About Angels.
The AOD chat room will be open during the interview and Candice will also be answering fan questions, so jot down this number – (347) 884-9941 – and tune in tomorrow night!
South Africa’s VUZU channel has a series of amusing online promos for the February debut of The Vampire Diaries: “And you thought your boyfriend was weird.” Thanks to Thomas for letting us know.
We’ve also had word from a few readers that The Vampire Diaries is set to begin in Belgium.
We’re not sure of a start date yet, but thanks to @charlieke001, we do know that TVD will be on Saturdays at 6 p.m. on VT4. Update: The show starts on January 23.
And finally, VD Latin America has a new home! Latin American readers can find the latest Vampire Diaries news at VampireDiariesLatinoAmerica.com.
We’re catching up on some tidbits, so there will be a few posts coming your way. But first up, a special reminder that Ian Somerhalder’s appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly airs tomorrow morning, Monday, January 18th. Check your local listings for times on their website.
Speaking of Mr. Somerhalder, he shares a very amusing anecdote involving Damon, Lexi, and Matthew Fox’s 12-year old daughter over at TV Guide Magazine. Not gonna lie – we kind of love her. (Read the entire story at TV Guide Magazine.)
“It’s 1:30 in the morning—there’s a six hour time difference between Hawaii and Atlanta—and Matthew calls me and says, ‘Listen, dude, she wants to talk to you. You need to justify some things to her. She’s not happy with you.’ So she drilled me with these questions and I was explaining my actions and saying, ‘There are times when you find yourself in situations that you may have to hurt someone for the betterment of the family, which is what Damon was doing.’ And every time I’d start explaining something, she’d go ‘Yep, uh huh. And…?’ It was an interesting hour for me!”
Unreality Primetime has some Ian London press which yields a few interesting nuggets (Damon’s age when he turned? 23). He talks about the usual, but it was his personal influences for Damon that made us smile:
Who or what were your influences when deciding on how to play the character of Damon?
“Three big ones. Josh Holloway, (Sawyer in Lost) Cary Grant and Dionysus. The marriage of a crazy crass redneck with the class of an eloquent man like Cary Grant is an interesting way to play a crazy well rounded 150 year old guy who likes a dance and the finer things in life – like blood, wine and Beethoven. Then you add in Dionysus – Damon is essentially Bacchus, he is that figure.”
And here we have a brief video chat with Ian and Nina Dobrev backstage at the TCA’s, in which Nina reveals a secret talent. We don’t know about you, but we are now earwormed. Thanks to VDO for the heads up.
At last! Here’s the slightly longer version of the Bloodlines (EP11) promo that ran halfway through The Turning Point encore last night, courtesy of postalj4f. (Still waiting on the webclips.)
And the TV tie-ins just keep coming: HarperTeen has a new round of Vampire Diaries paperback releases coming this year. Interestingly, the last batch of releases (The Awakening and The Struggle on August 25th) was in a slightly-smaller-than-trade format, but two new covers for The Awakening and The Struggle have popped up in “rack” (traditional paperback) format (and will be a dollar more in price at $7.99). Looks like HarperTeen might be bringing the cover design of those two volumes more in line with The Fury and Dark Reunion covers we blogged about in early November, and those release dates remain April 27th and May 25th, respectively. But they will now be preceded by these two new covers on February 23rd and March 30th. You can pre-order all four volumes over on the HarperTeen website or on Amazon. (Click the images to see larger versions in our Gallery.)
And good news for those awaiting the next installment in The Return trilogy, Shadow Souls - Kindle users will have access to the book on March 1st. That’s over two weeks before the book’s regular release on March 16th.
Thanks so much to Rose for the heads up! Here’s the shorter of the two Bloodlines promos that ran during tonight’s encore presentation of The Turning Point, featuring our first look at Brandon Quinn. Cross your fingers that the longer version posts soon/tomorrow!