Because there will likely be an overwhelming amount of info coming out of San Diego (and elsewhere), we’ll be dropping links to Vampire Diaries photos, pilot reviews, and articles in this post. We’ll let you know when it’s updated via Twitter.
From Comic Con:
Vampire Diaries promo image of Ian, Nina, and Paul from the WB booth (via Kristin at E!)
Blast Magazine: Comic Con 2009: The CW takes on vampires, diaries
IGN: SDCC ’09: The CW’s Vampire Diaries First Look
Guardian.co.uk: V is for vampires at Comic-Con 2009
Examiner.com: The Vampire Diaries sneeks at Comic-Con. Many sneak out
THR: ‘Vampire Diaries’ panel addresses the blood-thirsty elephants in the room
HitFix: Comic-Con First Look: The CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries’
io9: The CW Has Contracted A Terrible VD: Vampire Diaries
End of Show: Comic-Con : WB Pilots : Human Target, V, Vampire Diaries
Various cast pics from EW/SyFy
CW Source: No, really, The Vampire Diaries isn’t competing with Twilight
Digital Spy: Pilot Reviews: ‘Vampire Diaries’ (The CW)
new: ReelzChannel: The Vampire Diaries and Being Human offer vampires, and werewolves and ghosts…oh my!
Vee’s pics from the con (cellphone pics, so not fabulous quality)
NOTE: Keep in mind that detailed fan reviews might not start rolling in until after the Con is over. If you know someone who was there, send ‘em our way to share their thoughts!
Many thanks to Ella for sending us this external shot of the Mystic Grill (which is the local hangout for the residents of Mystic Falls in the Vampire Diaries TV series). It’s looking pretty swish and sophisticated from the outside, certainly the kind of place you could buy a decent doughnut from. ;)
If you’ve got pictures you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.
In the first post-LA Screenings acquisition of a new US television programme in the UK, ITV has secured the rights to the one-hour series The Vampire Diaries.
Based on the best-selling book series by L.J. Smith, The Vampires Diaries is a new romantic drama from Kevin Williamson (hit movies Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, TV series Dawson’s Creek), in which two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for the soul of a high school girl and the souls of her friends and family. The series will be a focal point of ITV’s schedule in 2010.
The Vampire Diaries is set to air on ITV2.
Obviously this is all Red’s fault.
The newest Ask Ausiello column at EW.com has a few interesting Vampire Diaries-related tidbits:
Question: Out of all the fall pilots you’ve seen, which are your three favorite broadcast comedies and dramas? –Conor
Ausiello: Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Community are tops among comedies, while Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, and The Good Wife rate best among dramas. But I still have a bunch more to watch, including Flash Forward.
As for what he’ll be doing during Comic Con, he has this to say:
I’ll be holed up in Entertainment Weekly’s ultra swanky (or so they tell me!) suite interviewing lots of famous TV people on camera. The resulting video will then be quickly uploaded to the blog you’re currently reading, so check back often. But first do me a solid and send me some really smart questions to ask the folks listed below via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guess who’s on the list? The cast of The Vampire Diaries. Send those questions hard and fast.
Looking for some general reaction to tonight’s Vampire Diaries pilot screening at Comic Con? Check out our stream on Twitter.
If you’ve been to the Con, you’ve seen these bags – you can fit two or three fangirls in them. From the WB press release:
Created annually since 2006 by the Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing unit specifically for Comic-Con, the bags are distributed – on a first-come, first-served basis – exclusively at the Studio’s two-story nearly 3,000-square foot booth (#4329) on the convention floor. More than 50,000 total bags will be circulated by the Studio throughout the five days of Comic-Con, including Preview Night.
The combo TV bag revealed today boasts “Human Target” stars Mark Valley (“Fringe”), Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies”) and Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) on one side, with “The Vampire Diaries” stars Nina Dobrev (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Paul Wesley (“Killer Movie) and Ian Somerhalder (“Lost”) in silhouette around a bloody heart on the other. “Love Sucks” indeed.
(Click on the image for the hi-res version.)
Warner Bros. is not playing around. These bags will be EVERYWHERE. Very nice.
The Vampire Diaries cast and crew presence on Twitter just keeps growing! Zach Roerig (who plays Matt Donovan) can be found @zgeorge222, and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore, of course) has set up shop @iansomerhalder1 (thanks to the folks over at MediaBlvd for helping confirm – yes, it’s really him, and he’s obviously in the process of reclaiming his name from a Twitter squatter, so here’s hoping he’s able to drop the “1″ soon). We eagerly await others to succumb to Twitter’s siren call – kinda makes the wait ’til September a bit easier, no?
A quick guide for reference:
@MSiega (Marcos Siega, director)
@kevwilliamson (Kevin Williamson, writer/executive producer)
@julieplec (Julie Plec, writer/executive producer)
@KaterinaGraham (Katerina Graham, “Bonnie”)
@iansomerhalder1 (Ian Somerhalder, “Damon”)
@zgeorge222 (Zach Roerig, “Matt”)
@paulmsommers (Paul M. Sommers, Director of Photography)
@M_Trevino (Michael Trevino, “Tyler”)
And if you’re already in San Diego for the Comic Con shindig, don’t forget that the Warner Bros. Pilot Preview Night, featuring The Vampire Diaries (along with V and Human Target) is tonight (Wednesday, July 22nd), 6-9 p.m., in Ballroom 20. If you see it, share your thoughts here (ix-nay on the book spoilers, unless you hide them!) or in the discussion forums.
If you miss the screening tonight, no worries – they’ll be showing the pilot again at Saturday’s panel.
We tweeted this earlier today, but if you’re not on Twitter and somehow missed it (been spreading like wildfire): @LilMissX posted a behind-the-scenes shot of Ian, Nina, and Paul from the Greystone Mansion photoshoot. (It is not, as has been inexplicably popping up elsewhere, a set photo.) As we mentioned before, the photographer is Andrew Eccles.
Check out the photo. Looks like the final spread is going to be quite atmospheric and lovely.
(Why are we not posting it here? Reposting photos from Twitter is a gray area. We don’t repost production photos from Marcos Siega’s Twitter account at his and the studio’s request and it’s just become our de facto rule of thumb. Hope that clears things up.)
So there’s this little event called Comic Con International happening in San Diego this week. The American half of Vampire-Diaries.net (that’s me!) will be there Friday afternoon through Sunday to stand in a lot of lines, stand in even more lines, and chug bottled water at every opportunity. It will be awesome.
Oh, and there’s Vampire Diaries stuff going on as well! Check out the full schedule. I’m sure there will be lots to say about the pilot screening, the Q&A, the laughter, the tears (guessing there will be screaming, too)… We’re rocking this trip in a completely last-minute, take-it-as-it-comes way and, hey, if we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong, right? This ain’t Vanity Fair.
Fair warning: If you follow us on Twitter (@tvdnews), please know that we’ll be very active on Friday and especially Saturday (the day of the Vampire Diaries panel). In addition to my tweets, Red will be up at some ridiculous UK hour to re-tweet others’ commentary and posting other interesting tidbits that come across the radar from San Diego. We’ll be making use of the #sdcc and #tvd hashtags if you want to follow the conversation that way. (Sorry, #vampirediaries eats up way too many characters.) We’ll also have a static blog post up that we’ll update throughout the weekend with news, links, etc.
Speaking of other interesting tidbits – that’s where YOU come in. If you’re going to the Con, we’d love for you to share your photos and video, your thoughts, and anything else you feel like tossing our way. You can @tvdnews on Twitter, drop us a line at cc [at] vampire-diaries [dot] net, or even leave comments here in the blog. This is TVDtv’s pop culture coming out party – they’ll be face to face with the fans (which is what Comic Con is all about) for the first time. It’s kind of a big deal, yeah? Let’s document it for posterity.
See you there!
Entertainment Weekly has a little Vampire Diaries snippet in their upcoming Comic Con preview issue (due out on the 24th of this month). Thanks to Adrienne, we have a scan of the article with a picture of Nina Dobrev in the foggy graveyard. It doesn’t tell us anything we haven’t already known for a while now and, sadly, it doesn’t give us anything really juicy. Though we’re willing to admit that we’re still stuck on those promo images from yesterday, so pretty much everything pales in comparison right now. However, it’s good to see the emphasis on the Vampire Diaries not being Twilight for television where a wider audience can see it. We’re also kind of tickled by the sentence describing the Vampire Diaries as “addictive novels”. Maybe that will entice a few more people to pick the books up and see what all the fuss is about?