If you’ve ever been moved to tears by The Vampire Diaries, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone: Executive Producer Julie Plec picks her eight favorite TVD “cry” moments for Entertainment Weekly‘s 2011 round-up, and chances are at least one of your picks is also on her list. (We know quite a few of them have been mentioned in recappers’ Top 3 Moments.) Julie not only talks about the moments themselves but gives insight into how some of them came to be, the themes at work within the overall story of The Vampire Diaries, and why she cries every time she hears Birdy’s “Skinny Love.”
I think that our most successful emotional moments on the show — I go back and look at Rose’s death, when Damon has to put her out of her misery — they’re all very human, real moments. It’s a guy who just needs to hear the voice of his touchstone, of the love of his life, to let him have a better day. It’s about a girl wanting to be reunited with her mother who she was lost from. It’s about a woman admitting at first she’s afraid, but then that she’s okay to die, and a guy who has intimacy issues being willing to end it for her so she can have peace. It’s all rooted in very simple and very primal human emotional instincts, which I think is why it strikes people in their gut a little.
And more Best of 2011 goodness!
- First: Have you voted for The Vampire Diaries and cast in TV.com’s Best of 2011 poll? No? Well, it’s not too late: Voting ends January 2nd, so that’s plenty of time to give TVD’s checkboxes a tick in the following categories: Best Overall Series of 2011, Best SciFi or Fantasy Series, Best Teen Series for Grown-Ups, Nina Dobrev in Best Dramatic Actress, Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert in Favorite TV Couple, Damon Salvatore and Caroline Forbes for Most Lovable “Monster”, Klaus for Biggest Badass, and you can let TV.com know your favorite 2011 TV quotes here.
- Thanks to V-D.net forumite DianaPauline for the heads up that Entertainment Weekly has named The Reckoning (EP305) as one of the top 10 TV episodes of 2011 in their December 23/30 issue. It clocks in at #10.
Julie Plec gave Entertainment Weekly some Caroline scoop for the second half of Vampire Diaries Season 3 (starting Thursday, January 5th) and looks like Elena won’t be the only one celebrating an on-screen birthday this season:
Executive producer extraordinaire Julie Plec recently dished to EW about the second half of the season, which will find Caroline celebrating her 18th birthday — but there’s one small issue. She’s technically not aging anymore, leaving Caroline experiencing a bit of a “teenage life crisis.”
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!