Entertainment Weekly has launched their annual Entertainers of the Year poll for 2011 and Ian Somerhalder is up for Sexiest Male Entertainer of the Year.
…2012 is screaming towards us and it’s time to start looking back at the year that was, and the performers that left their marks on entertainment. This is your chance to be a part of our annual Entertainers of the Year issue.
More exclusive Vampire Diaries casting news, this time from Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly: Persia White, known for her role as Lynn on Girlfriends (she’s also had spots on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel!), has been cast as Abby Bennett, the mother of our resident witch Bonnie.
She’ll first appear in episode 312 and recur. Abby is described as a beautiful but troubled woman who is burdened by the secrets of her past that led her to leave Bonnie. She’s also “as determined and fiery as any Bennett woman.”
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the Nov. 10th episode of The Vampire Diaries, Homecoming (EP309), will be the last new episode of 2011 – thus marking the start of the dreaded holiday hiatus. That means we have only two episodes left before the dry spell. And if anticipation isn’t already high after watching the epic extended promo for Ordinary People (EP308), EW has this to say about Homecoming:
That said, remember that Nov. 10 is the last new episode of Vampire Diaries in 2011. Rest assured, it will be a big one — especially for Stefan fans.
So, brace yourselves, fandom.
In better, non-hiatus news? Early ratings are in and, according to TVLine, Last night’s Vampire Diaries garnered 3.15 million viewers – a season high in total viewers.
Have a burning question for Candice Accola? Want to get her take on recent events, or on Caroline’s Homecoming plans? Need a way to pass that last hour before the new episode, East Coast? Head over to EW.com for a live Q&A chat tonight, Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm ET. If you click over now, you can set up a reminder for yourself so you don’t miss it. (And if you do miss it, the chat transcript should be available to read later.)
Need more goodies to get you through until tonight’s episode? Well, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Steven R. McQueen about tonight’s episode, and he says we’ll be getting some new information. Spoiler Alert! Both interviews have spoilers in them for The Reckoning (EP305).
“Jeremy’s got ties to reality, Bonnie and his family, and now he’s got ties to people in his past, and they start to clash and wear on each other. It’s kind of ghost world versus reality, and Jeremy’s stuck making choices,” he says.
Meanwhile, Zap2it has an interview with Michael Trevino about what might be going on with Tyler and his new situation, and it sounds like there may be trouble on the horizon for Tyler and Caroline.
“We’re going to see that slightly cocky side of Tyler come back a bit,” Trevino says. “It’s a different confidence, it’s a different cockiness. Caroline’s not going to be happy about any of it.”
From the sound of these two articles, we could be in for a rough ride tonight, TVD fans! Only a few more hours to go.
AOL.TV has a preview of this week’s episode, Smells Like Teen Spirit (EP306). SPOILER WARNING: the cast does their very best to avoid spoilers (and they’re good at it!) but if you haven’t seen up through The Reckoning (EP305), think carefully before you click.
Hint: Turn your speakers up high, some of the actor interviews are on the quiet side.
Entertainment Weekly also has some exclusive pictures from Smells Like Teen Spirit, you can see them here. Is it Thursday yet?!
About.com caught up with Paul Wesley at the 2011 Scream Awards. The actor is a big advocate for Ripper Stefan and is excited for the new stories unfolding this season. Paul was full of praise for Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson and the rest of the writers, but wouldn’t give any hints as to how long Stefan will be staying in Mystic Falls. We’ll just have to wait and see on that one!
The Scream Awards will air on Tuesday, October 18th, 9pm EST on Spike. Paul is a presenter this year, so keep an eye out for him during the show!
There’s a lot of Vamipre Diaries news today but this is one article you definitely don’t want to miss. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Ian Somerhalder recently and got him to share some unique backstage shenanigans that bring to mind the age-old question: do your ears hang low?
“Well, you know, you open up the cover page of season 3, episode 1, and it’s, like, the first half a page, Damon’s already naked. So I’d spent almost two days on set completely naked, which is kinda awesome, because as if I wasn’t close enough to our crew members, I feel really close after that,” he laughs. “So our first AD Rudy, at like 8 o’clock in the morning, came up to me and says, ‘Hey listen, I have an idea.’
Want to know what happened next? Or maybe read a whole pile of season 3 goodies? READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT EW!
In other news, Paul Wesley talks with Ryan Seacrest about which episode of the new season is his favorite so far. We think this may have come from the CW Premiere Party. Enjoy!
Entertainment Weekly counts down their 40 most anticipated shows of the fall and, of course, The Vampire Diaries is included. In addition to a new still from The Hybrid featuring Elena and Damon (see more), they also have this tease from Paul Wesley on Stefan returning to his old lifestyle:
It’s not until the third episode that brooding Stefan becomes a guilt-free ripper, which Wesley embraces.
”Because Stefan doesn’t have the sarcasm, people assume he’s less of a threat. There’s a lot of hidden darkness people will be pleased and surprised to see,” he says, adding with a laugh, ”I’m kind of sick of always doing the right thing.”
They also touch on Tyler and Caroline, Jeremy and the ghost situation, and more.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly interviews Vampire Diaries guest star David Gallagher, who will be playing Tennessee werewolf Ray Sutton when the show returns on Thursday, September 15th. In addition to hinting at what his run-in with Klaus and Stefan will be like (not good? are we surprised?), and that his character’s arc lasts two episodes, he also reveals a cool piece of TVD trivia, with a bit more backstory from Executive Producer Julie Plec.
That casting of Gallagher is equally cool: He has a history with the show. He’d actually read for the pilot. “There was debate as to whether I was a Stefan or I was a Damon. I had read for both,” he says. “I think ultimately, it was sorta difficult to place me because lately in my career, I’ve been leaning toward things with a little bit darker sensibility [he'd guested as confirmed or suspected killers on Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, Saving Grace, and Without a Trace], and that clashed with the work people knew me for at the time.”