Here comes trouble – and no, we’re not talking about the Vampire Diaries summer hiatus inching closer. Isobel – manipulative wife, wayward birth mother, all vampire, and played by guest star Mia Kirshner – gets an entire episode named after her tonight on the CW and we’re not sure that’s altogether promising for those hoping there will be sunshine and puppies (with cute, floppy ears). If this was real life, we’d be begging for someone to give Elena a break after the events of the past three weeks but, since this is television, we’re not expecting a smooth ride for any of our favorite characters. In fact we’re thinking it might be time for Alaric to upgrade to absinthe.
THIS IS THE LAST EPISODE BEFORE NEXT’S WEEK’S MAY 13th SEASON ONE FINALE!
REMINDER: Nina Dobrev will be on NYC’s PIX Morning News May 6th, 7:50am! And, West coasters/Mountain timers, you still have time to catch Nina on Jimmy Fallon, 12:35am/11:35pm!
Catch up on this past week’s posts:
- Ian in Louisiana to help out with oil spill disaster (video)
- The Vampire Diaries in the May 10th issue of TV Guide Magazine
- Nina on Jimmy Fallon tonight & PIX Morning News tomorrow + Matt Davis, Kelly Hu & Michael Trevino on The VRO
- More stills from season finale episode, Founder’s Day
- The VRO’s Vampire Diaries Month kicks off tonight with Rob Pralgo + more Stefan stills from Miss Mystic Falls
- Katerina Graham’s Lyme Disease PSAs (video)
- Two Malese Jow interviews, Matt Davis knows the cure for Alaric’s ills + spoilerific spoilers are spoilery
- The Vampire Diaries featured in Australia’s Girlfriend Magazine
- ‘Cast to Watch’ at Young Hollywood Awards, interview with head make-up artist, cast members on The VRO + cast members on Lyme Disease awareness
- Blood Brothers (EP20) ratings & downloads + CW Tweet Week Vampire Diaries line-up
- Complete songlist for Blood Brothers (EP20)
- Reaction post and poll: Vampire Diaries – Blood Brothers (EP20)
- CW Source: Kevin Williamson talks season finale (video)
- Behind the scenes stills from Blood Brothers (EP20)
- Romanian book cover for Dark Reunion
- SciFi Wire interviews Matt Davis, MTV recaps Sara’s Avenue interview + Nina to receive Young Hollywood Award
- Talking Vampire Diaries: Interview with the hosts of The VRO
Sometimes a spoiler is a spoiler…and sometimes it’s a promotional campaign! Looks like the CW is putting the focus on Elena’s biological mother, Isobel, as we head into the home stretch of season one. If you’re looking for some background, head over to the Watch with Kristin blog, and below is E’s first look at the Isobel & Elena promotional poster – Connected to her mother by blood, not love.
Are you looking forward to Isobel’s arrival in Mystic Falls?
The L.A. Times’ Carina MacKenzie talked with Melinda Clarke about her time on The Vampire Diaries, and she hints that tonight’s episode may leave a door open for a return to the show. She discusses why Kelly Donovan and the O.C.‘s Julie Cooper are very different, shooting in a harsh Atlanta winter, the producers’ strategy telling the Vampire Diaries story, and why she thinks the series has been so successful. (She touches on her role in the CW’s Nikita pilot, too.!)
Kelly had some very, very emotional scenes last week when she found out that her daughter’s body had been discovered. How’s she going to process her grief?
What’s great about “The Vampire Diaries” is what’s not said. Kevin and Julie give a lot of credit to the audience, letting viewers read between the lines. Let’s just say that based on Kelly’s track record, I wouldn’t expect her to get any mother of the year awards after Friday night. There’s a pretty intense thing that happens between her and Matt. These stories are a little bit of a tickle and a taste of what’s to come. I have no idea what will happen in the future, but for right now, we leave Kelly in a very, very satisfying place.
Malese Jow wants to spread some love for the lady vampires and she’s asking fans to help her out. She posted a video to YouTube this morning detailing exactly what you can do to become a certified member of Team Anna. So watch the video and get to work! (And don’t forget to friend Malese on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.)
We have a handful of weeks to wait until the arrival of his character Jonathan Gilbert in Mystic Falls on April 15th (see a first look here), but David Anders recently spoke with Starry Constellation Magazine to talk Vampire Diaries. He drops some interesting tidbits about his role as Elena and Jeremy’s uncle, how he’ll be going head to head with Damon, Stefan, and Alaric, and how long we can expect Jonathan to stick around Mystic Falls (it’s longer than you’d think!).
Q. Executive producer Julie Plec has said your character will further complicate matters, can you tell us a bit more about your characters relationship with Damon?
A. Just like his great grandfather, the original Johnathan Gilbert in 1864, he knows far too much about vampires, more than he should know about vampires. So I’m a know-it-all and I hold the information that I have over Damon and Stefan’s heads threatening to expose them in Mystic Falls if they don’t play ball with me. There is a lot more than that which I can’t really go into.
Read the entire interview at StarryMag. Cool factoid: His girlfriend was a big book fan back in the day!
The CW has posted a new still from A Few Good Men, this time featuring Melinda Clarke as Kelly Donovan, Matt and Vicki’s mom. Our first (uh, smokin’ hot) look at Kelly, from There Goes the Neighborhood (EP16), was this past weekend, but as Red just put it, Ms. Donovan’s smirk here rivals Damon’s. See more A Few Good Men stills in the Gallery.
Via Michael Ausiello, there’s more casting news out of Mystic Falls: David Anders, seen most recently on 24, will guest star as…
The Alias and Heroes alum will play Elena and Jeremy’s uncle, Jonathan Gilbert, who comes to Mystic Falls to “cause some trouble,” teases an insider.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because, well, it should. Johnathan Gilbert is the name of Elena and Jeremy’s circa-1800 ancestor. Old school Johnathan debuted via flashback earlier this month as played by Joe Knezevich.
Read the notice over at Ausiello Files. Anders is set to appear in April. (OMG it’s SARK!)
UPDATE: TV Guide reports Anders’ first episode will be April 15th (episode 18/#117 – if the show runs with no breaks upon its return on March 25th).
The Vampire Diaries will start the new year with another hot guest star, Dillon Casey (recently seen in Being Erica and showing off his assets in MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives). According to executive producer Julie Plec, he’ll be playing a character named Noah who becomes obsessed with Elena, much to Stefan’s concern. Looks like the path to true love is going to be as rocky as ever for Elena and Stefan.
Turkish fans will be delighted to learn that the Vampire Diaries is airing in Turkey now. You can catch it on Fridays at 21:30 on the Mymax channel. Thanks to @Ozge_Lydia for the information.
Production on the Vampire Diaries in Atlanta is on hold now for the holidays, and will resume in January. As we understand it, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder will be doing some promotional work for the show before they take a proper break, so hopefully we’ll get news on that to post soon. We’d like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work, dedication and obvious love for this show. The fact you completely won over a couple of hardcore book fanatics like myself and Vee speaks volumes. ;) We wish you all a very happy holiday, and good luck for the new year.
Finally, it’s Ian Somerhalder’s birthday tomorrow (December 8th). Vampire Diaries Online have set up a group card for fans to sign, so head on ever there to add your birthday messages for him.