TV Line caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Daniel Gillies to discuss the Original family, recent developments following Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), and a few hints at Elijah’s mindset as we head into tomorrow night’s new episode, All My Children (EP315). Obviously the interview is highly spoilery if you’re behind, so proceed with caution! Oh, and then there’s this:
“I’m really eager to look at that kind of unity between them, because it’s exciting for me when I watch the Originals working together,” he adds. “They look like a new television show.” (Yes, he’s aware of the fans’ pleas for an Originals spin-off and says he’ll do “whatever they tell me. I’d love to be a part of something new like that.”)
Yeah, we knew some of you would like that. And if you’re concerned about what Daniel’s new show, Saving Hope, means for his future on The Vampire Diaries, you may be encouraged by what he has to say.
Headed to Orlando’s MegaConvention this weekend, Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th? Joseph Morgan, David Anders and Lauren Cohan are all scheduled to appear, and it looks like the Vampire Diaries panel is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, 11:40am-12:30pm in Room 224.
For more info on tickets, autographs, photo ops, and the schedule, be sure to visit the official MegaCon website.
After this week’s episode, All My Children (EP315), The Vampire Diaries will be going on a brief hiatus. We know, we know – major suckage. But the show returns with 1912 (EP316) on Thursday, March 15th – a flashback episode! The February 17th issue of Entertainment Weekly teased that this particular episode will “explain how Damon became the Casanova we know (and love-hate) today” and Julie Plec says:
“We get to see the birth and rebirth of that wicked, wonderful character.”
And to add to the awesome, TV Guide has our first look at 1912, including Damon in a sharp suit and guest star Cassidy Freeman as Sage. Says Freeman:
“[Sage is] really aware of what being a vampire is and owns it,” says Freeman, who says it “has been a dream to play a vampire” and that she was “jumping for joy” when she got the part.
FYI, book fans: This Sage is completely unrelated to the Sage of the book series. In case you were wondering!
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Joseph Morgan, and Claire Holt were featured on MTV’s 10 on Top yesterday morning, previewing this week’s upcoming (and highly anticipated) episode, Dangerous Liaisons (EP314). (Speaking of, Daniel Gillies tweeted out an AMAZING Original family portrait of sorts last night, courtesy of director/producer Chris Grismer.) It goes without saying, but spoilers through Bringing Out The Dead (EP313), UKers-who-don’t-iTunes-it.
Are you ready for the return of The Vampire Diaries this Thursday? Feel like celebrating by supporting an awesome cause and possibly getting your hands on a unique piece of TVD memorabilia?
This week’s episode, Bringing Out The Dead (EP313), was penned by Al Septien and Turi Meyer and they’ve donated a signed script to an eBay auction raising funds for Thomas Starr King Middle School, a public school based in Los Angeles. The script is signed by Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Matt Davis, Kat Graham, Joseph Morgan, Persia White…and others. (Watch tomorrow night!) You can also bid on a Season 2 cast and crew hoodie!
From the school’s website:
We envision a school in which all students will be equipped with meaningful life tools, such as skills in literacy; critical thinking; basic academics; technology; the appreciation of art; democratic values of acceptance, participation and accountability, and the ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
Now is the time for TVD fandom to rally and do what it does best: Support a worthy cause. ALL proceeds from the auction go to helping Thomas Starr King Middle School continue its mission of providing a quality education for its students. That’s an amazing thing for the fandom to be a part of, don’t you think? Please spread the word through Twitter, Facebook, your blog – everywhere!
TV Guide has an exclusive on another Gilbert coming to Vampire Diaries – but with a twist: Lindsey Garrett (who you may recognize from the Revenge pilot) will play Samantha Gilbert. In addition to giving a few details on Samantha’s deal, TV Guide also confirms that EP316 will be titled 1912 (flashbacks!) and (presumably) air Thursday, February 23rd.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Torrey DeVitto to talk about the mysterious Dr. Meredith Fell – her motives, her past, and her upcoming interactions with Alaric and Damon. She also gives her perspective on the evolution of Stefan’s character, the expectations of book fans and the book adaptation she would be nervous to see on-screen.
Getting back to Meredith, is there anything you’d like to see her get to do during her time in Mystic Falls?
I just keep going episode by episode because I have no idea where exactly they’re taking her, what’s gonna happen to her, what’s gonna happen next. I just keep riding the ride. Obviously for the sake of Alaric, I would like for things to work out for maybe a millisecond at least, so that he’s not so tragic all over the board. I just hope as the character goes on I make the TV fans happy and also the [Vampire Diaries] book fans happy. I know how that goes. I get so obsessed with books, and turning them into movies and TV shows, you get so stuck on these characters. I know there’s a lot of book fans that love Meredith, and I know she’s a little different on the show, so I just hope I do the book fans justice.
TVLine is reporting that Cassidy Freeman, who you may have previously seen on Smallville or The Playboy Club, has been cast as Sage, a “sexy and fearless” character who will appear in flashbacks and have connections to both the Salvatores and the Originals. Intriguing! She will first appear in Episode 316, and the role may be recurring.
Last week, a long-awaited (and much-beloved) book character finally made her TV series debut and Zap2It has a thorough and excellent interview with Vampire Diaries newcomer Torrey DeVitto, aka Dr. Meredith Fell. While Torrey cautions that there will be inevitable differences between book!Meredith and TV!Meredith, she has read the Vampire Diaries books and understands why her arrival is kind of a big deal.
Good news, Meredith fans — your favorite is in good hands, as DeVitto is, herself, a fan of the novels. “Well, when the pilot came around, I picked up the series and actually read the entire series without stopping,” she tells us. “I had just finished the ‘Twilight’ books and was so smitten with Edward, so I saw that this was vampires and I was like, ‘Great! I’ll read all of them!’”
That said, of course, she’s intentionally creating some distance between the book character and the TV writers’ reinterpretation. “I remember Meredith, but I don’t remember her completely and perfectly,” she says. “She’s very different on the show, so I didn’t really go back into the books and re-read, because I didn’t want to get too many conflicting ideas. I thought that was so cool to come on and not only be a part of the show, but also, I’m honored to be a part of something that the book’s fans are going to recognize and hopefully appreciate.”
Torrey also reflects on Dr. Fell’s involvement with Alaric “Has Bourbon, Will Mourn” Saltzman and his less-than-rosy love life (hint: his love interests turn into vampires and die), the potentially tense interaction between Meredith and Damon (YAY), coming to The Vampire Diaries three seasons in after being part of the off-screen TVD family, and her dedication to raising awareness about hospice care and Global Roots (alongside Paul Wesley). We also can’t help but wonder if the good doctor will be the one to finally restore respect for Fells amongst the Founding Families…and stuff.
Okay, so The New Deal (EP310) was a big deal for a whole slew of reasons (those are spoilers we can continue to suppress here for the international fans), but we know that fans of The Vampire Diaries book series had reason to be very excited about last night’s episode. After nearly two and a half seasons, a fan favorite book character finally made her debut on TV: Say hello to Dr. Meredith Fell, played by Torrey DeVitto.
If you’ve been following this website since the beginning, when we were covering the pilot’s development and production – waaaaaay back in early 2009 – you know there was a big sticking point with book series fans: Where’s Meredith? We blogged about it one, or two, or three times. In April 2009, Julie Plec acknowledged Meredith’s absence from the pilot for the first time, saying: “Be patient, Meredith fans.” And now here we are.
Zap2It has a nice write-up on Julie and Kevin Williamson finally making good on their promise to bring Meredith into the TV series fold. As is to be expected, there have been some changes made to the character in translating her from page to screen – TV!Meredith is now a Fell and is older than her book counterpart – but Julie hints that the good doctor will have a bigger role to play as we head into the rest of Season 3:
Book Meredith is unique in that she’s one character who is completely unaffected by Damon’s charms — in fact, she makes him a little bit nervous. Most of Meredith’s scenes are with Alaric and Damon, so viewers can look forward to seeing just how Damon reacts to a little romance getting in the way of his bromance. “She’s a Fell, so she’s got a point of view about how to handle the vampire business in this town,” Plec teases. We’re sure Damon will be thrilled.
We know she had a very brief appearance on last night’s episode, but how do book fans feel about finally having Meredith on their TV screens? Let us know in the comments!