We’ve been seeing this syndicated Zap2It article by John Crook pop up in various (abbreviated) forms the past 24 hours – I do believe it’s what a lot of you have been telling us about seeing in your city paper’s weekend sections – but this version seems to be the longest we’ve seen online. (All this news + a wicked head cold = I could not be very observant. Sorry.) In any case, maximum quote-age from Paul, Nina, Ian, and Kevin abounds (and bonus points for calling Ian’s eyebrows “Machiavellian”) :
For his part, Williamson says Vampire Diaries has become a real passion project for him. “Paul, Ian and Nina are in that first-season euphoria right now that is so contagious,” he says, laughing. “But it’s really a blast. I’m having a lot of fun. I haven’t been this excited about something in a really long time. Now we just have to wait and see if people respond to it. But it feels like we have something really special here.”
Some odds and ends to gather ’round. First up, thanks to Marissa for letting us know that The Vampire Diaries is scheduled to begin airing on the Go! Channel in Australia this October. Still no exact start date, but better than the general “end of 2009″ we’d been hearing. As soon as we have a date, we’ll let you know.
Many thanks to Caroline for these scans of Paul and Ian talking Stefan and Damon in the new issue of US Weekly (you guys can stop asking us about whether Paul is single now, thaaaaank you) and Ian in the Fall Preview 2009 issue of TV Guide.
And finally, CW Source has posted their Comic Con interview with Nina. She talks about the usual topics here, but also provides a teaser for the second episode, “Night of the Comet.”
Thanks to Nikki P. for the heads up on this: Looks like the CW has set up an official Vampire Diaries profile on Playlist.com, featuring separate playlists for Elena, Stefan, and Damon.
Elena [direct playlist link]
Features: Kate Voegele, Sufjan Stevens, A Fine Frenzy, Ray LaMontagne, Tori Amos, Coldplay, Sia, Cat Power, Kings of Leon, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie, Feist, The Killers, The Cure, Jenny Lewis, Jose Gonzales, and Lykke Li.
Stefan [direct playlist link]
Features: Metric, Silversun Pickups, Parachute, The National, Beck, U2, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, The Smiths, Doves, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead.
Damon [direct playlist link]
Features: Underoath, Linkin Park, Saosin, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Bullet for My Valentine, Flyleaf, Tool, Breaking Benjamin, A.F.I., and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
What do you guys think? Like/dislike the picks? What songs would you choose for Elena, Stefan, and Damon playlists? Sound off in the comments.
Many thanks to @Heaven314 for scanning these for us. This week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest contains interviews with Paul Wesley, Kayla Ewell and Zach Roerig, where they talk about working on the Vampire Diaries with each other and their previous work in various daytime soaps.
USA Today’s Robert Bianco picked The Vampire Diaries as #9 on his list of top 10 new fall shows:
Chances are, your first inclination is to think of Vampire Diaries as a rip-off of True Blood and Twilight — even though the book it’s based on predates both. But beneath the gothic trappings, Vampire (produced by Dawson’s Creek‘s Kevin Williamson) is just CW doing what it does: building a teen soap around the complicated lives of impossibly pretty, alarmingly worldly young people who manage to seem prosperous even with no visible means of support.
Er – okay? Can we hope it’s more than that? Read the entire article.
TV Guide conducted a research survey to determine which new fall shows were most anticipated by viewers. The Vampire Diaries was #5.
And CTV is pulling out the stops for the debut of Vampire Diaries on the Canadian broadcast network. From their release:
As a new moon rises on the fall television season, CTV presents one of the year’s most-anticipated new dramas – THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – premiering Thursday, September 10 in a special 8 p.m. ET timeslot on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). To get viewers in the mood, Canadians will be the first to see this deliciously dark drama series when CTV.ca presents an exclusive sneak peak from the first episode, premiering online at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, September 9 (11:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 8). Adding to the buzz, CTV.ca also presents a four-part Webisode series exploring the mythology of the new drama, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: A DARKER TRUTH, also premiering at 12 midnight Sept. 9. Based on the best-selling book series of the same name by L. J. Smith, this biting drama stars Canadian actress Nina Dobrev as Elena, a young girl who becomes the object of desire for two vampire siblings
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will also be available on demand on The CTV Video Player at CTV.ca the day following the broadcast and on MuchMusic Fridays at 8 p.m. ET beginning September 11.
New York’s WPIX-TV (Channel 11) – where Paul Wesley made an appearance this past Monday – will have a special event on Thursday, Sept. 10th, aka the day Vampire Diaries takes its bow on the CW.
Ian Somerhalder, former Lost castaway and current star of The CW’s Vampire Diaries and PIX are teaming up with the New York Blood Center to conduct a blood drive outside of PIX studios at 220 East 42nd Street on Thursday, September 10th, from 6am-11:30am.
PIX will be broadcasting LIVE from the event and our entire morning news crew will be on hand in support of the blood drive effort.
The CW has posted up the third episode of A Darker Truth. Many thanks to EMI for the headsup! This is little earlier than we were expecting, probably to do with the fact that the last episode of this would air after the Vampire Diaries premieres next Thursday if they kept it to weekly. Anyhow, in this episode our intrepid hero, Jason, makes a gruesome discovery in the forest…
On that note, there are links to videos with English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles for both previous episodes on our A Darker Truth page. The SRT subtitle files are also available there for anyone who’d like to translate them into other languages. Portuguese and Spanish subtitles are covered, but translations for any other languages would be very welcome.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Ken Tucker reviews The Vampire Diaries pilot, saying it “promises us a season of sharp-tongued amusement.”
You need to look elsewhere if you were hoping that The Vampire Diaries would mark the beginning of the end of the current vampire craze (Twilight, True Blood, Glenn Beck). Fun stuff mixing blood with soap, Diaries signals a welcome return to form for writer-producer Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream).
He gives the final product a B+. Read the whole review.
And we have another interview with Katerina Graham, who talks to Relate Mag about her career, the uncertainties of pilot season, her favorite set experiences, and the differences between her and Bonnie Bennett.
RelateMag: Is it difficult to play a character that’s so different from you?
Katerina: You just go to set as yourself, and then you become this character and you’re this character, and you go on. I have my recording studio at home with my pictures of all things that help me stay creative as a music artist. And then when I go to set, in my trailer I have pictures of all things Bonnie, things that she might like, things that she might do, all the back story, her favorite artists. So, as long as I get the essence of her, it’s good. Some days it’s easier to get into character than others, but I think that’s with any actor.
The CW now has part 2 of the Vampire Diaries web serial A Darker Truth up for you to watch. In this episode, Jason has found his prey and sets up some surprises for him…
While Jason is busy doing that, we get to see a lot of Stefan’s bedroom at the boarding house, as well as getting a glimpse at the true extent of his journalling habits. For those who missed it, you can find A Darker Truth Part 1 here.
Quick reminder that Paul Wesley will be on the NY PIX Morning News (on NYC CW affiliate Channel 11) tomorrow (Monday) morning at 7:45 a.m. ET. Watch their blog for photos/video or, if you’re in NYC, watch on TV.
Also, thanks to nysiren for the heads up that a photo of Paul and Nina is featured in the September issue of NYLON, with Anna Paquin on the cover. It’s their TV issue.
As for the CW Fall 2009 Preview Special, it featured the TVD extended preview, which was nice to see on a television versus the laptop. If you stuck around to watch the CW’s Daytime EMMY Red Carpet special, you caught a video message from Ian Somerhalder within the first 20 minutes. He introduced a clip from The Vampire Diaries pilot (Stefan and Damon in Stefan’s room), with Zach Roerig standing behind him. Hopefully that’ll pop up online at some point.
We have a feeling the next 10 days are going to be pretty non-stop with the promo/publicity. Should be fun.