Entertainment Weekly has an entertaining and VERY informative Vampire Diaries primer in anticipation of tonight’s episode, The Descent. It is also chock full o’ interesting tidbits, including this hint about The Dinner Party (EP215), aka the next flashback episode:
In addition to the point-of-view in the [Johnathan Gilbert] journals, ”We see Stefan’s side of the story, and we see Damon’s side of the story, and it’s told by both of them, to two different people,” she says. ”It has a lot of different meanings depending on who’s telling the story and who it’s being told to. It ends up hitting home with a lot of different people and affecting their decisions.” Williamson says it does relate back to the Elijah-Klaus story somehow, giving us more to ponder.
And is the Vampire Diaries set cursed? Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Michael Trevino, and Paul Wesley chime in on sickness, ankle and back injuries, and inclement weather.
“Oh yeah. We’re plagued. Plagued with injury,” exec producer Julie Plec told us in late December. “Nina [Dobrev] threw her back out and was sidelined for weeks. And then Paul Wesley fell and twisted his ankle and has been in a boot.” When we talked to Wesley earlier this month, the boot was off, and the actor, who was on crutches for three weeks and had to delay shooting, was nearly 100 percent recovered — except for maybe his pride. “I was running down the street in a pair of boots in LA, and it was raining, and I had an umbrella, and whatever, I fell on the curb. It’s ridiculous. I wish I had a better story for you. I wish I could have told you that I karate-kicked an assailant. But unfortunately, it was my own stupidity and clumsiness,” he said, laughing. “Very anti-Stefan. I think that would be great if Stefan was running down the street and he sprained his ankle. That would humanize him a little bit, you know.”
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive look at CW’s new mid-season promo. In addition to the new “Catch VD” tag line, we have a new one: “Got Wood?”
Asked whether this is yet another attempt to lure viewers with racy marketing, The CW’s Department of Double Entendres had no comment.
“Catch VD” on an all-black billboard? Okay, fine, whatever. We’re disappointed at the cheap joke (which, for the record, has been around far longer than this TV series and it was old and not entirely clever then). But “Catch VD” next to a photo of Paul, Nina, and Ian? Really? Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at the CW’s ad/billboard campaign for The Vampire Diaries. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know we’re not lacking in a sense of humor. So why are we left feeling that Vampire Diaries deserves so much better than this? (Click to see bigger version in the Gallery.)
Do you think we need to lighten up or are you left with a bad taste in your mouth? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments. We want to know what you have to say.
The fact we’re dedicating a blog post to this indicates we have no shame, but then we did dedicate an entire post to Stefan’s bedroom once upon a time. (Again, because we have no shame.) Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly gives Vampire Diaries fans a sneak peek at Damon’s bedroom (you’ll remember Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie also dropped some tidbits last month). Sadly, we have no pictures, but there are details of the “masculine, sexy” space galore, including:
“The one really amazing thing, of course,” [Somerhalder] continues, “[is] they had this bed custom-made. This thing, I’m not even kidding you, it’s gigantic. You splice together two king-sized beds… Damon could fit an entire sorority on this bed, which I’m sure at some point he will.” (Williamson likes to refer to it as Damon’s “throne.”)
You guys, we’re really having to restrain our commentary here, but we have no problem quoting the fabulous @abbygraham:
@tvdnews Hey, can we pile Damon’s nifty new bed with fans and send a snapshot to the Parent’s Television Council? ;)
Courtesy of Susan, via SpoilerTV, scans of the two-page Vampire Diaries spread in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Hopefully we’ll have some better quality scans soon, but in the meantime, check out readable versions by clicking the images below. (UPDATE: Thanks to Cindy of Salvatore Boarding House for the scans!) The article features soundbites from Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Candice Accola, Katerina Graham, Nina Dobrev, and Daniel Gillies. Check out some of the tidbits dropped in the article below the scans (highlight for spoilers):
- We will learn Rose’s fate by the end of next week’s episode, The Descent.
- Tyler will learn that Caroline has been lying to him. But Stefan is going to try and convince Tyler that werewolves and vampires don’t have to be enemies. Tyler will have to choose sides.
- There will be a “violent” confrontation with the werewolves in Daddy Issues and “retaliation” in Crying Wolf.
- Episode 215 will be a flashback episode, sparked by Elena’s discovery of more Johnathan Gilbert journals.
- According to Julie Plec, Bonnie is going to be “ready to rumble” by late February, after she discovers Luka and Dr. Martin are working with Elijah. And Kevin Williamson says Bonnie and Jeremy will kiss “sooner or later.”
- Paul Wesley says that we will see Stefan’s dark side again, but this time in the immediate afterman of the church-burning in 1864, and a particular character will be the one to pull him back from the brink. (He’s not saying who, so start speculating!)
- The Salvatores, out of concern for Elena’s safety, will be forced into an uneasy alliance with John Gilbert (David Anders) so they can learn more information about the Originals.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly catches up with Sara Canning to discuss what lies in store for Jenna in Season 2 now that she’s in a relationship with Alaric, how Uncle John may screw that all up, and hints that something more significant will go on between Jenna and Elijah (!!!), though she’s coy about what that means.
Speaking of the Originals, we know Elijah (Daniel Gillies), who’s posing as an author researching small towns, has already met Jenna, who got roped into playing Historical Society hostess in the last episode. Will they be seeing more of each other? “Yes,” Canning says. “When Elijah first comes to town, they have a pretty introductory kind of ‘hello, what are you up to here, this is what I do’ relationship. But we’ll see that grow into something else. And that is all I’m saying.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly caught up with Julie Plec to get an update on the search for Klaus. A few hundred actors have already read for the role and Julie says the show is getting “great” tapes from England and Australia, which may help in casting a fresh face unfamiliar to North American audiences.
They’re willing to think outside the box. “The big important elements of this character are charisma and gravitas. You’ve got to be able to be afraid of this guy, whether you’re afraid of him because he looks scary or because he’s so charming that the fact that he can snap your neck with his pinky would take you by surprise. So whether he’s an Old Word-flavored guy or new hip, contemporary, speedy kinda guy, that remains to be seen. We’ll see what actor we connect to the most.”
What say you, TVD fans? Would an unknown be the best bet? Or do you want to see a familiar face in the role? (And make sure you read Epic Vampire Diaries casting begins – why book & TV fans should be excited.)
Entertainment Weekly‘s TV Insiders podcast newest episode is live and they discuss tonight’s Vampire Diaries episode, By the Light of the Moon. Here are a few tidbits from the conversation. Listen to the entire podcast at EW.com. And read more about Kevin and Julie’s new project.
SPOILERS FOR TONIGHT’S EPISODE! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly chats with Nina Dobrev about this week’s mid-season finale, By the Light of the Moon. She chats about Elijah and the Originals, tough decisions, why Katherine shouldn’t go anywhere any time soon, and oh yeah, That Scene in the By the Light of the Moon promo.
“The one person I want to be stuck with, here he is, and now he’s got nowhere to go. I will seduce him, I will tease him, I will anger him.’ The line between love and hate truly is very, very thin,” Dobrev says. “So she has a chance to egg him on, and he can’t do anything about it. He has no choice but to listen, and yeah, it is a very kind of sexy, manipulative scene, and he gives in. It’s pretty crazy.”
Wow, you guys are feeling the Paul Wesley love when it comes to the EW’s Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year. You voted, and Paul was triumphant in the epic battle against Jared Padalecki. In round 3 he’s up against Criminal Minds‘ Thomas Gibson. Who’ll make it through, the vampire or the FBI agent? Work your voting magic, guys!