Didn’t think we saw enough of the supporting characters last season? Want to know more about them? You’ll be pleased to hear that Kevin Williamson told Hollywood Crush that we’re going to be finding out a whole lot more about Matt, Caroline, Tyler and Bonnie this season.
Actually, Kevin said he’s excited to give the show’s sideline characters a lot more camera time in season 2. “What’s nice about this is that Matt, Caroline, Tyler, and Bonnie were all sort of our secondary characters — they are not part of the triangle. Now, all the storylines I wanted to tell last year and didn’t have time, I can tell them. I’m grateful I can tell the stories I’ve been sitting on.
Yeah, I’ll be over here furiously waving my Team Matt flag. While I do that (though feel free to join me), you guys watch the video.
This tidbit is actually five days old but it’s a great nugget, so I’m blogging it now. In the May 17th edition of TV Guide Magazine’s Ask Matt column, a reader asks Matt Roush to address what she perceives as two glaring flaws in The Vampire Diaries: the “lack of kick-ass women” (she specifies that while many of the main female characters are strong emotionally, she wishes they were more physical, “ala Buffy”), and the glossing over of slavery and other social issues in the 1864 flashbacks.
I never expected the show to delve deeply into issues of race and sexuality as True Blood does so well, but it would be nice if the show at least acknowledged that there were other things going on besides vampire vs. human Mystic Falls conflicts.
Here’s part of Roush’s response:
I’m afraid I don’t take the show seriously enough to lament its lack of social/historical context. Where would they fit a lecture on the evils of slavery in a show churning this much juicy melodrama this busily? I suppose it would be interesting if some of the vampire revolt had to do with seeking vengeance against the mores and masters of the antebellum past, but it’s intriguing to me that characters like Bonnie and her grandmother (and their ancestors) nurture a supernatural power that seems to render them pretty “kick-ass.”
Both of these topics have come up in our forums before, but on the heels of the season finale (oh, hey, Uncle John – you need an ice pack for that?) I thought I could bring it up in the blog. I have my own thoughts on both points (for starters, the idea that a “kick-ass woman” must be defined by her physical bravery, no matter how smart, savvy, or emotionally well-adjusted she is), but I’ll turn it over to you guys. Have your own thoughts on both issues? Agree/disagree with Roush’s reply?
Courtesy of the CW we’ve got some more Vampire Diaries episode stills for you from the finale episode, “Founder’s Day”. The big day is Thursday next week – excited yet? ;)
Webclips for Isobel have hit YouTube. In the first, Caroline confronts Bonnie about Elena while Alaric, Stefan, Damon and Elena have a pow wow. In the second, Elena finally comes face to face with her birth mother.
This is it, folks. The final episode of the season we’ll be getting Vampire Diaries stills from. Seems kind of sad in some ways, but then we’ve got season two to look forward to once the Summer hiatus is over. “Founder’s Day”, in which Mystic Falls celebrates the town’s anniversary in style, with the promise from exec producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec that we’re going to have a whole pile of cliffhangers to drive us crazy over the Summer. Stills brought to you courtesy of KryptonSite.
As usual, a sample below, and you can view the rest over in the KryptonSite “Founder’s Day” gallery.
UPDATE: Added the stills to our “Founder’s Day” gallery.
Orlando native Candice Accola talks to the Orlando Sentinel about the Vampire Diaries, playing Caroline, what to expect in upcoming episodes, and where Matt and Caroline are headed for the rest of the season.
Q. What’s the appeal of playing Caroline?
A. “I loved Caroline from day one of auditioning for the pilot. I loved her vulnerability and her brutal honesty and that’s relatable. She’s trying to make everyone happy and make herself happy and make everything perfect the same way it’s playing out in her head. I think a lot of girls in high school have these thoughts and scenarios in their mind. They hope it works out in the real world, and it never does. As the season has gone on, her perspective is growing. Viewers will see a lot of growth in Caroline.”
Paul Wesley fans will be excited to learn that his angelic mini-series, Fallen, is due out on DVD on May 4th. It will be available as a full set of all three parts, and also split into two parts for those who like to have twice as much Paul on the covers of their DVDs.
Based on the popular books by Thomas E. Sniegoski, “Fallen” centers on Aaron Corbet (Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries,” Extra’s Breakout Star of 2009), a high school student with a promising future. Aaron harbors a secret crush on Vilma Rodriguez (Fernanda Andrade, “CSI: Miami”), a classmate from Brazil, and the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. On his 18th birthday, Aaron has more than unrequited love to occupy his mind when he learns that he is a nephilim — a “Redeemer” — who can return fallen angels to Heaven. Aaron holds the world’s destiny in his hands, as he battles warrior seraphs and ultimately confronts the diabolically proud angel that has tormented his dreams (two-time Emmy-Award winner Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” “Malcolm in the Middle”).
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.
The CW have finally posted webclips from episode 17, “Let the Right One In”. All you Vampire Diaries fans who were starting to worry they’d never be posted can now heave a sigh of relief, and watch the clips below.
Thanks to stvvideo for the clips, and Alexa for the heads up! UPDATE: Now featuring the CW’s clips!
Some more stills from the Pilot episode for you to enjoy. Seriously, how cool does Nina look propped up against that stone angel?
Here they are – the CW’s webclips for There Goes the Neighborhood. In the first, Caroline talks Elena and Stefan into a double date with her and Matt, and in the second clip, Pearl proves she has leverage over Damon. Enjoy!