Thanks to CatChester for pointing out that Paul and Ian are both nominated for “Second Hottest Vampire” (it’s a Robert Pattinson-less poll) over at People.com. Let the page load, then click SEE ALL POLLS to get the “Who’s the second-hottest vampire?” category. Then vote, of course. (And while you’re in a voting mood, why not vote for Vampire Diaries as Favorite New TV Show in the People’s Choice Awards a gazillion bajillion times? You’d be making Julie Plec a happy bunny. Plus, Eastwick and Three Rivers have been knocked from the running.)
Ian Somerhalder is the latest star on Newsweek’s 7 Things feature. He talks about rescuing stray animals, going after and playing the role of Damon, his fascination for the vampire mythology, his early career, and his tattoo.
Thanks to Lindsay over at Newsweek for the heads up!
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.
Weird seeing a fandom pet name pop up in TV Guide Magazine. William Keck has just posted that actor James Remar, aka Harry Morgan from Dexter (aka One of the Greatest TV Shows There Ever Was), has been cast as Giuseppe Salvatore (Stefan and Damon’s father). He starts filming December 2nd and also reveals he may be making more than one appearance on the show.
Keck: You seem like a great choice to play Papa Salvatore. How did you get the role?
Remar: I was brought in by Marcos Siega, who has directed several episodes of Dexter and Vampire Diaries. He’s now the show runner on Vampire Diaries and thought I’d be right for this role.
Check out the interview at TV Guide Magazine. (Two of my favorite things colliding – thanks, Marcos!)
This week’s edition of Soap Opera Weekly features Vampire Diaries on its cover and a revealing interview with executive producer Julie Plec. She talks about the major events of The Turning Point, changes from book to screen, and why Damon’s every motivation can be traced back to Katherine.
“It’s going to be really interesting exploring that side of his humanity, because it runs so deep and it’s so profound that it actually make him even crazier and more evil than you might think,” warns Plec. “He’s willing to do anything and everything in the name of love!”
Click the images to see bigger versions in our Gallery. Thanks to Denise for the scans.
And yes, you read that opening paragraph correctly – looks like The Vampire Diaries does indeed start its holiday hiatus after next week (we haven’t seen CW’s official word on this yet, but it’s the first time we’re seeing it in print). That means Nov. 19th’s The Turning Point is the last new episode until January 2010. Keep in mind that the CW launched Vampire Diaries early. We’ll update with an official network release when we have it.
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.
Damon Salvatore has made Entertainment Weekly’s Best Bitches list, which will be featured in the magazine’s latest issue (available from tomorrow). There’s an amusing article on the subject up on their PopWatch blog in which we learn all about Ian Somerhalder’s reaction to fans asking him to bite them, and why he has to politely turn them down.
“One of them is legality. Another may be the fact that they’re extremely young and their 6’4″ father’s standing there with a baseball bat. Or that they’re married. Or that my lovely and wonderful girlfriend is standing next to me going ‘Uh-uh, it ain’t gonna happen.’”
Executive producer Kevin Williamson was recently interviewed by Jim Halterman. The interview covers what attracted Kevin to the Vampire Diaries project, the books, the story, flashbacks, gay characters (there’s apparently a storyline with Caroline’s dad coming up), and, of course, that really ugly cast they have working for them. ;)
JH: The back-story element with Damon, Stefan and Katherine is so rich. Is that something we’re going to see more of this season?
KW: I think we’ll see more of that periodically. We’re doing another flashback episode right now – episode 12 – and we’re actually going to go back in and show a little bit more and open it up a little bit. I think it’s important to do it if it’s going to propel our story forward.
Finally, there are CW Connect interviews with Sara Canning and Steven R. McQueen up on the CW website. Steven talks about Jeremy, Vicki, and that he’s sorry he’s not Margaret (though we don’t think he really needs to worry, a lot of fans are really liking Jeremy); Sara talks about Jenna as a person, the challenges she faces, and shooting in Atlanta. We’ll embed the videos for everyone to see when they’re uploaded to YouTube.
As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, The Vampire Diaries is a contender in the People’s Choice Awards. We first relayed their potential nomination in the Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show category weeks ago and encouraged you to vote – and vote you did! The Vampire Diaries not only made it into that category – where it’s up against Heroes, Lost, Supernatural, and True Blood – but it’s also up for Favorite New TV Drama (along with Eastwick, FlashForward, Melrose Place, Mercy, The Forgotten, The Good Wife, Three Rivers, NCIS: Los Angeles, and V). We think you know what to do: VOTE!
UPDATE: Looks like the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category is mobile-only. Sorry for the confusion!
TV Guide’s MegaBuzz has another Kevin Williamson-sponsored tease for upcoming episodes:
“We have another flashback episode scheduled,” says executive producer Kevin Williamson. “We’re going to learn more about the night [Stefan and Damon] died.” This flashback will give us more information about Katherine, which will eventually lead to a surprising reveal about the Elena doppelgänger.
Thanks to Denise for hooking us up with a few scans from the upcoming issue of TV Guide Magazine. First up, we have the inclusion of Vampire Diaries in a piece on how vampire shows are “hotter than hell,” and then a piece from Matt “I talked so much smack about this show after the pilot” Roush in which he changes his tune – for the most part.
Thanks to Marcos Siega for clarifying the director line-up for the next handful of Vampire Diaries episodes. J. Miller Tobin (Supernatural, Cold Case, did we mention Supernatural..?) is helming episode 11, the aforementioned Liz Friedlander will direct episode 12 (we incorrectly said episode 11 – oops!), Mr. Siega himself will step back behind the camera for episode 13, and Julie Plec mentioned some time back that Vampire Diaries editor Josh Butler will handle directing duties for episode 14 (re: production code 113).
For those of you wanting to see more interaction between Bonnie and Damon, the second “History Repeating” webclip certainly delivers. You have a whole scene between the pair.
CW Source posted a video interview with Candice Accola, in which she talks about the “Haunted” set, Caroline’s relationship with her mother, her relationship with Damon, working with Ian Somerhalder, Bonnie’s necklace, and the real-world vampire subculture and mythology.
Thanks to Reemy for the heads up!
Thanks to Vampire Diaries Show, a few new images from episode 10, The Turning Point. Click to see larger versions in the Media Gallery (including larger, unwatermarked versions of the IGN exclusive stills released yesterday).
“She comes on as Jeremy’s smart new friend, Anna,” series creator Kevin Williamson tells me. Hmm…just a ‘friend’? … “We’ll see how it goes,” teases Williamson. “Jeremy certainly turns her head. She gets a crush. It starts in one place and maybe ends someplace else.”
A few Kat Graham interviews for you: A “sit down” with Just Jared and talking “Stefan or Damon?” over at Hollywood Crush:
Though Kat wouldn’t rule Damon out completely for Bonnie, she said. “After doing a lot of backstory for the script and delving deeper into every single relationship that Bonnie has, I’d say that I wouldn’t completely cut off Damon. At first I was like ‘Oh, no way, that’ll never happen.’ Then the more research I do and the more pain I find behind Ian Somerhalder’s character as a reason that he is the way he is, the more compassion I feel for him. I think that Bonnie is no less than compassionate no matter what happens to her and I’m kind of with the fans where it could go either way.”
And SciFi Wire gives 7 Ways Vampire Diaries Changes Everything Tonight:
3. Damon and Stefan have to work together. For the first time, the brothers have to work together to solve the problem that Damon created. Damon even saved Stefan’s life after he took a wood bullet and was almost staked by one of the townsfolk council people. Seeing Damon rip the bullet out of Stefan’s chest and tell him that no one else was going to kill him told us volumes about their relationship. Almost as much as learning that the mysterious Katherine turned them both into vampires in the 1800s. There’s more to that story, and we can’t wait to see more.
That above scene may be my favorite in the show so far. No lie.