The L.A. Times’ Carina MacKenzie talked with Melinda Clarke about her time on The Vampire Diaries, and she hints that tonight’s episode may leave a door open for a return to the show. She discusses why Kelly Donovan and the O.C.‘s Julie Cooper are very different, shooting in a harsh Atlanta winter, the producers’ strategy telling the Vampire Diaries story, and why she thinks the series has been so successful. (She touches on her role in the CW’s Nikita pilot, too.!)
Kelly had some very, very emotional scenes last week when she found out that her daughter’s body had been discovered. How’s she going to process her grief?
What’s great about “The Vampire Diaries” is what’s not said. Kevin and Julie give a lot of credit to the audience, letting viewers read between the lines. Let’s just say that based on Kelly’s track record, I wouldn’t expect her to get any mother of the year awards after Friday night. There’s a pretty intense thing that happens between her and Matt. These stories are a little bit of a tickle and a taste of what’s to come. I have no idea what will happen in the future, but for right now, we leave Kelly in a very, very satisfying place.
Who’s finally making his long-awaited debut on Vampire Diaries tonight? <-- THIS GUY. Yes, David Anders fans, the moment has finally arrived. Uncle John Gilbert is crashing your TVD viewing party. Word at the Grill is that he’s trouble – and that’s exactly what we like to hear about a new Mystic Falls arrival. After the epic, gut-wrenching drama of last week (seriously, how incredible was Let the Right One In?), we have a feeling he’s going to be the cherry on top of a giant angst sundae tonight. Lots of questions hanging right now: Will Stefan be able to resist temptation? How will Elena deal with the “new” Stefan? Will she finally come clean with Jeremy? Will Anna forgive Jeremy? Will Matt push Caroline away after last week’s discovery? What has Tyler so angry in the Under Control promo, and who’s going over that balcony? And let’s not forget new BFFs Damon and Alaric – drinking, hanging out.
ONLY FOUR EPISODES LEFT BEFORE THE FINALE ON MAY 13th.
Get your anticipation under control:
@LilMissX tweeted a SUPER-SPOILERY still for a future episode of Vampire Diaries. We think it may be for episode 21, but don’t know for sure. BUT IT IS A SPOILER so don’t say we didn’t warn you. You can check it out in the Gallery.
Thanks to @IHeartTVD for the heads up on this: CharityBuzz currently has a TVD-related auction up – Have Your Voicemail Recorded by Katerina Graham and Take Home a Cast-Signed Poster from “Vampire Diaries.”
Catch up on this past week’s posts:
- TV Star interviews Zach Roerig: “The more varied Matt’s plot lines become, the more the audience gets to learn about him as a person.”
- Love in Vein: The Vampire Diaries in Rolling Stone
- Katerina Graham feature in TV Guide Magazine
- Pre-order Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season on DVD + Blu-Ray
- Gossip Girl‘s Vampire Diaries mention
- The Vampire Diaries featured in Dolly Magazine
- IESB.net interviews Candice Accola: “Everyone comes to work with their game face on.”
- Let the Right One In (EP17) ratings & downloads
- Malese Jow wants YOU on Team Anna (video)
- A Visitors Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries
- Episode stills & synopsis for Blood Brothers (EP20)
- Complete songlist for Let the Right One In (EP17)
- New & spoilery flashback still from Episode 20
- 400+ rare Vampire Diaries stills & behind the scenes photos
- Reaction post & poll: Vampire Diaries – Let the Right One In (EP17)
- Sexy TV series promos from the US & the UK, the Bulgarian cover for The Return: Nightfall
- Nina to NY Post’s PopWrap: “Every episode has to be shocking – especially the finale.”
- SciFi Wire teases Let the Right One In (EP17) & season finale
- New Vampire Diaries prequel trilogy: Stefan’s Diaries
TV Star chats with Zach Roerig about his role as Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries and he provides some great insight into why audiences gravitate to his very human character (and why there’s room for Matt to grow), the success of the show, and his plans for the filming break.
What do you see as Matt’s function/purpose in the VD universe and specifically when it comes to Elena?
Matt is a constant reminder that, although incredibly strange, Mystic Falls still has some semblance of the typical American town. Up to this point he is a pretty true-to-life depiction of your all-American boy, and who wouldn’t want to see how the all-American boy will react when placed in such a bizarre situation? In terms of Elena, Matt will always connect her to the way things used to be before her parents’ death, the arrival of vampires, and every other crazy thing that she has been subjected to in the series.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed folks at Media Blvd: Ian Somerhalder for this piece of awesome: Rolling Stone‘s pop culture critic Rob Sheffield examines The Vampire Diaries in the magazine’s newest issue (Black-Eyed Peas on the cover). Click the image for an easily readable version and make sure you pick up a copy! And while you’re at it, please pick up Sheffield’s book Love Is a Mix Tape, which made me sob my guts out (on public transportation! without shame!).
As for the piece itself – agree? Disagree?
The April 19th issue of TV Guide Magazine features a full-page interview with Katerina Graham. The piece touches on the choices Bonnie will have to make (and includes cool quotes from Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson) and Kat’s career. Take heart, Bonnie Bennett fans – your favorite witch returns in episode 19, Miss Mystic Falls. Thanks to Denise for the scan – and we agree about the “bewitching” photo!
We’re feeling all sorts of nostalgia right now with the chatter/photos coming out of Covington, Georgia – season finale filming is almost done. You’ll notice we haven’t been blogging said photos or some of the recent finale spoilers. This was a judgement call on our part. The photos are spoilery and showcasing them here on the front page of the site seemed unfair to those who really want to be surprised by what’s coming. That being said, if you eat spoilers for breakfast, it’s a total free-for-all in the Spoiler Zone of our forums. But keep in mind: Take everything with a grain of salt.
As we tweeted this morning, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray. The U.S. Amazon store has had a Vampire Diaries DVD pre-order listing for a while, but the Blu-Ray listing seems to be a recent addition. Still no concrete release date or U.S. cover art but we expect that will be surfacing soon. For those who asked about the pricing – as Craig pointed out, Amazon has a pre-order price guarantee. If the price drops before the item ships, Amazon honors the lower price.
You’ll notice the U.K. listing features cover art – we don’t know for 100% certain that it’s legit. We’ll clarify as soon as we know for certain.
Thanks, CW, for helping take the edge off the “Is it Thursday yet?” wait. Two new webclips for this week’s episode have been uploaded to the CW’s Vampire Diaries site. You can check ‘em out there (U.S. only) or check ‘em out below, courtesy of TVDItalia. (We will post the official CW versions once they’re up on YouTube.) In the first clip, we have Damon questioning Stefan’s efforts to get back on the wagon (so to speak) and the second clip has Alaric and Elena talking secrets.
UPDATE: Official CW embeds now in place!
Australian-based Dolly Magazine has a whole slew of Vampire Diaries goodies for its readers, and @jayyu_jp was awesome enough to scan it and send it to us. There are several articles featuring Ian, Nina and Paul, top tens, and a Vampire Diaries quiz (which features questions from both the books and the TV series). Click on the images below to be taken right to the readable-sized versions.
Oh, and thanks, Dolly, for the awesome shout-out to our Vampire Diaries Wiki!
IESB.net has a lengthy interview with Candice Accola, touching on everything from her early career and her music to her role as Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries. She talks about working closely with Zach Roerig, the cast members she hopes to have more scenes with in the future, and her plans for the cast’s two-month break before second season filming.
IESB: With such talented people behind the camera as well as in front of it, did you realize early on that you were making something special that was going to connect with viewers, or was the show’s huge success just totally surprising to you?
Candice: I feel like the answer should be that it was totally surprising, but it wasn’t. Everyone collectively put their best foot forward, when it came to shooting the pilot and shooting the show. Everyone comes to work with their game face on and everyone wants to see this succeed because everyone genuinely cares. We all work on the show, and we’re doing the seasons finale, but we’re still scrambling for the scripts. We’re just as attached to the work as the viewers are. It’s surprising and exciting, but we were just more hopeful. I never sat there and was like, “Oh, we’ve got this one in the bag,” but there was just such a great comradery and so much heart and soul put into the pilot, and everyone genuinely cared and worked so hard, that I really hoped it would come out the other end and shine, and it did. I could not be more grateful to be a part of it.