Thanks to Kyra over at MediaBlvd, we have a scan of Paul and Ian as “Hottest Brothers” in People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2009 issue (Johnny Depp on the cover). Click to see a slightly bigger scan in our Gallery.
We say there’s nothing sexier than a good sense of humor.
Starry Constellation recently interviewed Zach Roerig about Vampire Diaries, being blond, his project involving the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, using Twitter to communicate with fans (@zgeorge222), and his thoughts on Matt.
Two reasons I don’t think Matt should be messed with. First, because TV needs a nice guy like Matt, a guy that is pure and doesn’t have a motive at the end of the day. Second, you never, ever want to mess with the most polite, quiet athlete type because you know they’re always hiding some kind of secret and by the time you try to mess with them all hell will break loose. I think Matt’s got some hidden rage, I mean look at his life, he’s never exhibited any ounce of anger or emotion and so I feel like it’s going to be a Ned Flanders kind of explosion.
Movieline has just posted a fantastic conversation with Katerina Graham and Jasmine Guy that is a must-read for fans of The Vampire Diaries and fans of the real-life women. They each discuss their characters, the witches of Mystic Falls, their careers and influences, and what’s in store.
Is there a different viewer response to the witches than the vampires? Is there pro-vampire, anti-witch backlash?
KG: I haven’t had any backlash, and I think that’s because the character didn’t come off as a witch right away, we got to know and love Bonnie Bennett for who she was. And we’re with her when she discovers her abilities. I know Harry Potter had a backlash from certain groups for glorifying the witch story line, but I haven’t had any at all.
JG: To me, people are just curious as to how the witches interact with the vampires. I know some of the folklore, but not a lot of it. It’s interesting to watch the world we’re living in being created. It’s kind of like logging the forest as we step into it, and that’s kind of cool that I don’t what’s going to happen, and neither does my character. So there’s a suspense. I don’t have to think I know what’s going on.
The cast of the Vampire Diaries will be answering fan questions tomorrow. If you’re on Facebook you can leave your questions in a comment on their post on the subject, or you can tweet #tvdquestions along with your question to @CW_network if you’re on Twitter. They’re a little vague as to when exactly we’ll be seeing the answers to these questions, so we’ll do some investigating and then let you know.
Saturday Night Magazine interviewed Candice Accola, asking her about Caroline, her feelings before the pilot ratings came in, working on the show, and keeping quiet about spoilers:
Is it tough to keep any spoilers falling into the wrong hands?
Nope. We kind of live in our own working bubble here in Atlanta so there isn’t much of a chance to give away spoilers. We’re also kept in the dark until the scripts are perfected. So we don’t know too far in advance what’s going to happen. It keeps everything very exciting.
TV Guide has a Q&A with Matt Davis, who makes his Vampire Diaries debut tonight as Alaric Saltzman, Mystic Falls’ new History teacher. He hints at Alaric’s motivations, his past, his (possible) future with Jenna, and the on-running joke on the set.
TVGuide.com: Is Alaric a good guy or a bad guy?
Davis: It’s not so clearly defined. He has a dark side, and I think he’s not always going to do the right thing. How that compels him remains to be seen.
The NY Post’s PopWrap chats with Kevin Williamson about everything from possible guest stars and killing people to the show’s chosen “staking” effects and Elena’s parents. He also clarifies exactly who is included in the founding families and his favorite character(s) to write for:
PW: Is Damon your favorite character to write for?
Kevin: Clearly I enjoy writing him, but more than that I love putting the brothers together because they’re so different and opposing. The more you put Stefan with Damon, the more Stefan comes to life in these future episodes. I’m having fun opening him up because that’s the ultimate arc. Stefan’s going against the grain by denying his nature and everything he knows. He’s got the true inner struggle, which is what takes us over the long haul, whereas Damon will always be Damon.
And finally, Vee had a chance to interview Benjamin Ayres (the late Mr. Tanner, whom Alaric is replacing at MFHS) earlier today. She needs to transcribe the whole thing, but here’s audio of him talking about how he came to be involved in the show and his frustrated vampire ambitions.
Let Nina and Ian cut through all that Twitter fakery for you!
UPDATE: Says Nina, “And here’s another – for those of you who had doubts. ;)”
According to the Ausiello Files, Sean Faris has been cast to play a new character named Ben, an ex-high school football star-turned-bartender at the Mystic Grill. It makes sense, because we don’t see Sheriff Forbes letting the last one out of lock-up for quite some time after serving drinks to minors in last week’s episode.
“He’s Matt’s buddy,” says a Vampire insider. “He gets entangled in the group when a broke Matt takes a job at the Mystic Grill.”
The Vamp source also hints at a possible romance between Ben and one of the show’s females. But which one? Let the speculation begin in the comments!
Vampire Diaries Online has an interview with Katerina Graham. The interview was conducted with the ever-awesome Ms. Graham by Kaylie Rodrigues for her school newspaper. There’s a whole lot of interesting stuff in there for Katerina Graham fans, from Bonnie and the Vampire Diaries to more personal topics of conversation. Head on over and check it out.
People Magazine has a fun little feature: 100 Sexy Men in 1 Minute. Mostly notable for the fact that Vampire Diaries‘ Mr. Somerhalder and Mr. Wesley both feature it in, but it’s also a bit of fun naming everyone who flashes by while trying to avoid a bout of motion sickness caused by the speed of some of the images. ;)
Finally, we have a scheduled release date for the TV series tie-in cover of Dark Reunion. Like The Fury, no cover yet, but you can get your paws on it on the 25th May, 2010.
Mr. Ian Somerhalder is featured in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly and he offers up some amusing personal and pop culture tidbits. Top Chef, Taylor Swift, Bret Michaels, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Stephen Colbert all mentioned on the same page – impressive. Thanks to Arista over at MediaBlvd for the scan! (Click to see the full version in the Gallery.)
Fancast has an interesting quote from Kevin Williamson (buried in a post-Haunted piece):
So how much of the show does Williamson have planned?
“We have it mapped out for the first season and we pretty much have it mapped out for the second. A lot of that comes from the book,” he said. “We have a great last moment of the first season and we’re building towards it.”
Oh, to be a fly on the Writers’ Room wall…
UPDATE: CW press release, via TV By the Numbers – The CW’s Vampire Diaries sinks its teeth into first place among young women.
The CW’s freshman smash THE VAMPIRE DIARIES won the 8:00-9:00p.m. time period among women 18-34 (3.1/9), females 12-34 (2.8/9) and female teens (2.1/8), according to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. VAMPIRE DIARIES ranked second in adults 18-34 (2.3/7) and persons 12-34 (2.1/7), just 0.1 behind #1 CBS in both demos.
Just So You Know interviews Zach Roerig about the show’s success, whether Vicki’s fate is truly open-ended (or way final), and the minor panics that come with each new script (laughed so hard):
JSYK: Congrats on the show’s success. It just got picked up for a full season?
Zach: Yep, a full 22. Now I just have to hope I don’t get killed off before then.
JSYK: Do you think that is a possibility?
Zach: You never know. Every time I read that script and it says, “Matt enters the room and Damon follows” I’m like, ‘Oh my God…’
And finally, a big shout-out to fellow (mega!) fansite, True-Blood.net, who asked Vampire-Diaries.net to contribute to their True Blood-hiatus column, What To Watch. Guess what’s featured? Read what they (and we) have to say about The Vampire Diaries and stake your claim on a chance to win some cool Vampire Diaries goodies! Big thanks to Mel and Liz for asking us to participate (we’re fans of True Blood, too, so it was our pleasure).
Lots of tidbits today, so we’re splitting ‘em up into a few posts. Kayla Ewell sits down with TV Guide Broadband (taped pre-Haunted) and talks Vicki, vampires, and trailblazing.
The Vampire Diaries cast is collectively nominated for Portrait Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30″ list. If you’d like to vote for them, you can do so on the main page of Portrait’s site. Poll closes November 22nd. Thanks to eccentricpuzzle for the heads up.