Industry database Inbaseline.com is listing Bryan Holdman as Executive Story Editor for the 2009-2010 season of The Vampire Diaries. (So he’s the guy in charge of supervising the writers, banging the scripts into shape for production, etc.) Holdman was previously a writer and executive story editor for Kyle XY, which many of you know by now is TVDtv Executive Producer Julie Plec’s former show. He also wrote episodes for Everwood (which featured TVDtv actor Steven R. McQueen) and Hidden Palms (Kevin Williamson’s last television venture).
Andrew Kreisberg has joined the show as Co-Executive Producer (second-in-command, if you will). His previous producer credits include Eli Stone, Fringe, and Boston Legal, and he was also a writer and story editor on The Simpsons.
So, the Vampire Diaries chatter amongst the Atlanta acting community has been non-stop since the CW upfront, and just the other day director Marcos Siega confirmed he was headed to Georgia once he wrapped Dexter. And now we see that Atlanta is listed as the shooting location on InBaseline.com. So, yes, that all adds up to quasi-official confirmation that The Vampire Diaries is shooting in and around Atlanta, Georgia, as not-so-subtly hinted at by Williamson last month.
And, finally, Jezebel in the TVD forums alerted us to this nugget of information on Katerina Graham’s Wikipedia page and we’ve confirmed with Julie Plec: Bonnie’s last name is BENNETT in the pilot (not McCullough, and Plec does say “as of the current cut”).
MTV has an article up in which Ian Somerhalder talks about how the success of Twilight has meant that the Vampire Diaries was able to be turned into a TV series, how he likes playing a vampire, and a little bit of an insight into his thoughts on Damon’s nature.
There’s also a short video, which is essentially what is already stated in the article, but I’m sure you all want to take a look anyway. Apologies to non-US fans (or it may just be UK fans), MTV won’t let us watch it. If we find a version that everyone can see, we’ll let you know.
CW Source has posted a more in-depth interview with Paul Wesley about The Vampire Diaries.
And we’re sure most of you have already heard but according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Vampire Diaries has been picked up by Canadian broadcaster CTV for air on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Due to the influx of Vampire Diaries fans just hearing about the upcoming TV series – not to mention the resurgence of comments and email we’ve been receiving on the subject – we just wanted to make clear, again, that TVDtv producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have said Meredith WILL be in the show. (*tiny voice* There’s even a little note about it, right there, at the top of the middle column. And it’s on The Cast page.)
We don’t know how, or when, or – most importantly – who (that casting will be huge news in fandom at this point), but we’ve been promised that Meredith will live. Good news, yeah? You can read the original post from April 20th here: “Be patient, Meredith fans.” (The comment from Williamson is here.)
But for the record? No matter how many times we have to answer the “Where’s Meredith?” question, we think it’s pretty damn rad that so many people have been concerned for her existence on the small screen. Because who else will be the rock and the wit, all while remaining immune to Damon’s considerable charms?
Nina Dobrev Fan posted a few interesting items this evening. First up, we have a video of Nina at the CW upfront talking about her role as Elena in The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, and the built-in vampire fanbase.
And secondly, via Nina’s MySpace, there’s a candid snapshot of Ian, Nina, and Paul in the NDF Gallery that some of you might get a kick out of. There’s something oddly appropriate, Salvatore-wise, about this photo. Can’t…quite…put our finger on it…
Via The CW Source on YouTube, in case you missed it: clips from The Vampire Diaries and the brief interview with Paul starts at the 3:00 minute mark. He talks about the plot of the show, playing Stefan, and the Salvatore brothers’ relationship.
Also, THIS? Is pretty freakin’ adorable and bang on.
We thought we’d point out some details that caught our eye in all of the recently released footage from The Vampire Diaries pilot. How about you guys – notice anything significant? Speculate away!
We’ve lumped the more spoilery stuff near the end, so here’s the Obligatory Spoiler Warning for those who’d rather not make any possible connection between plot points in the books and the TV series.
- The names of Elena’s parents: Grayson Gilbert and Miranda Sommers Gilbert. Elena’s parents are never named in the books, so this is a special bit of canon unique to the TV series. (Intentional Batman and Bionic Woman references? Probably not, but we’re geeks – sue us.) Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, we might add, died on May 23, 2009 – yep, yesterday, and two days after the upfronts.
- We note a distinct lack of Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena and Jeremy’s aunt, Jenna Moyer (Sara Canning), in any of the footage. And though it’s not so notable that Mr. Tanner didn’t make it in there, we’re thinking of you, Ben “OMG, it’s Cowboy from jPod!” Ayres fans.
- Why, hello there, significant glance between Stefan and Matt.
No, we’re not dead – just taking a bit of a breather. We said BRING ON THE PROMO and the past few days have certainly obliged! A few things:
A big “Hola!” to our new affiliates: Vampire Diaries Web (a new fansite for the TV series), Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Somerhalder Online. And a special shout-out to Jen (of Nina Dobrev Fan) and Eny (of Ian Online) for being so supportive and so cool.
And thanks to everyone who’s been hitting the site like crazy this week; luckily we were prepared for the traffic onslaught. Also, thanks to all of the sites who have been linking to us for more info on all things Vampire Diaries. Now that the TV series is a go, expect lots of analyzing and updates throughout the site. (Especially in the Vampire Diaries Wiki, hurrah!)
Most of you have probably seen these already, but in case you haven’t: CW Upfront and After-Party photos can be seen at Vampire Diaries Web, Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Online. Looks like Zach Roerig (who is playing Matt Donovan) was also in New York for the shindig.
There is an alternate promo pic of Somerhalder, Dobrev, and Wesley that you can also see over at Ian Online.
Thanks to Jen over at Nina-Dobrev.info (and Lily!) for pointing us at this. It looks like it could be the first Vampire Diaries promotional poster from the CW.
Not sure about the photoshop work on this, though…
After the explosion of news, photos, and video these past two days, you’re probably wondering what sort of excitement the CW brought to the upfront party, Vampire Diaries-wise. And the answer would be…yeah, not much. (It’s a bit like the day after Christmas for the fans right now. Or not.)
BUT we did get the synopsis attached to the CW schedule. And running commentary on Twitter from the likes of the LA Times and Michael Ausiello, who at the start of the trailer (not sure if it was the same footage that appeared last night) described it as “90210 with teeth” and then “I take it back. It’s Supernatural with teeth.” Then “Guess I’m investing 2 hours in the CW on Thursdays this fall! Very cool.” (Which then disappeared from his feed, but SupportSPN retweeted it.) And then a final: “Vampire trailer ends. Tim Stack gives me the ‘not bad’ nod. Agreed.”
And it wasn’t just him – seemed like a lot of critics tweeting the upfront started out mocking it and, by the end, were impressed. TVGuide said: “I love me some ‘Lost Boys,’ so CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries’ gave me goosebumps. Gonna be a nice match with Supernatural!”
Who from The Vampire Diaries was there: That we know for sure? Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore – how good is it to type that in context of the TV show?), Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), and Julie Plec (Executive Producer). You can see a photo of the main trio here.
And apparently the talent walked out onstage at the end of the whole shebang? Feel like we missed something in there, but – yes. There it is. We’ll update with details throughout the day.