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Posted by | April 9, 2014, 17:28 (MST) | 248 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries, What Lies Beneath (EP520), airing Thurday, May 1st at 8/7c. Highlight for spoilers:

A CABIN IN THE WOODS — [spoiler]When Tyler (Michael Trevino) turns up at the Salvatore house with the news that Markos’ (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) plan to break the witches’ curse puts Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) in imminent danger, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) suggests they hide out in the remote cabin once owned by Caroline’s (Candice Accola) father. Once there, it becomes obvious to Caroline that Stefan and Elena are keeping a secret, so Damon (Ian Somerhalder) comes up with a parlor game designed to expose the truth. A ghostly presence at the cabin uses violence and fire to make itself known. Meanwhile, Matt (Zach Roerig) takes charge of Tyler’s plan to get information from one of the Travelers, and Bonnie (Kat Graham) continues to keep the truth about the Other Side from Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), despite warnings from Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy). Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Elisabeth R. Finch & Holly Brix (#520).[/spoiler]

The episode was directed by Joshua Butler and written by Elisabeth R. Finch and Holly Brix.

Posted by | November 13, 2013, 20:55 (MST) | 1 Comment
Category: The Originals TV

The CW has released the official synopsis for The Originals: Reigning Pain in New Orleans (EP109), airing Tuesday, December 3rd. Highlight for spoilers:

NEW ALLIANCES ARE FORMED — [spoiler]Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) opens up to him about some of his past indiscretions. Cami (Leah Pipes) tries to make sense of cryptic messages she’s come across and is disturbed when she gains some insight into Klaus’ past. Meanwhile, in a surprising turn of events, the human faction takes matters into their own hands, resulting in a violent confrontation. Elsewhere, when Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns of a plan to harm the werewolves in the bayou, she turns to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) for help. After heading to the bayou, they run into a werewolf named Eve (guest star Tasha Ames), who has information that leads them to a shocking discovery.[/spoiler]

The episode was directed by Joshua Butler and written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

Posted by | September 19, 2013, 16:57 (MST) | 152 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The CW has released the synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: True Lies (EP502). The episode airs Thursday, October 10 at 8/7c. Highlight for spoilers:

MISSING PERSONS – [spoiler]Without telling Elena (Nina Dobrev) that Stefan (Paul Wesley) is missing, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) turns to Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) for help finding his brother. Elena and Caroline (Candice Accola) try to find out who is covering up a campus murder, and a fellow Whitmore student named Jesse (guest star Kendrick Sampson) gives Elena some intriguing information about Professor Wes Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett). While Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) struggles to return to his old life, he continues to be the only person who can see and talk to Bonnie (Kat Graham), but he can’t convince her that it’s time to let the others know that she sacrificed her own life for his. After learning that Silas is searching for Katherine, Damon asks Matt (Zach Roerig) and Jeremy to keep her out of sight, but the situation quickly spirals out of control. Finally, Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) uses violence to make a point about her own agenda.[/spoiler]

The episode was directed by Joshua Butler and written by Brian Young.

Posted by | May 14, 2013, 19:17 (MST) | 9 Comments
Category: Books, The Originals TV, The Vampire Diaries TV

XXAs The Vampire Diaries Season 4 comes to a close with this Thursday’s finale, Graduation (EP423), now seemed the right time to post in this here quasi-official-ish (that’s totally a word, shush) space that I (Vee) am co-writing the fourth installment of Love You To Death: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries (ECW Press) with episode reviewer extraordinaire Crissy Calhoun.

Those of you familiar with Crissy’s previous installments of Love You To Death know to expect: an in-depth episode guide with super-sized expansions on Crissy’s weekly Vampire Diaries In Review posts; a detailed timeline encompassing four seasons of significant events; a thorough index of music played on the show, listed by scene within each episode; sidebars full of fun show trivia and insight into filming; and a slew of interviews with the writers and crew that bring Mystic Falls to life every Thursday. Crissy and I are extra-excited about the interviews, so here’s a preview of who’s adding a special behind-the-scenes flavor to Love You To Death 4:

  • Joshua Butler, director of The Five (EP404)
  • Tyler Cook, editor
  • Caroline Dries, writer and co-executive producer
  • Jose Molina, writer and co-producer
  • Dave Perkal, director of photography
  • Michael Suby, composer
  • Pascal Verschooris, producer and director for O Come, All Ye Faithful (EP409)

And we’re working on more! (Yes, more! I know, right? Cross your fingers!)

The book will be out October 1, 2013 on ECW Press. It is already available for pre-order on Amazon US and Amazon UK, and you can even add it to your To Read list on GoodReads. And yes, it will be available on Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, and everywhere ebooks are sold. And hey, if you buy a hard copy of the book, ECW Press will give you the electronic version for free. Something to keep in mind!

Here’s the official book description and the full-size cover:

The fan-favorite Love You to Death series returns with an essential guide to the fourth season of The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The season 4 companion delves headlong into the twists and turns of each episode, exploring the layers of rich history, supernatural mythology, historical and pop culture references, and the complexities and motivations of the show’s memorable cast of characters. Add expanded chapters on the making of the show, the people who bring the world of Mystic Falls to life, and the intensely loyal audience that keeps it thriving, and you have a guide as compelling and addictive as the show itself.

Previous volumes of Love You to Death have featured exclusive interviews with executive producer Julie Plec, series directors and editors, guest-star actors, and fandom leaders.


Posted by | October 10, 2012, 14:10 (MST) | 36 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: The Five (EP404), airing Thursday, November 1st on the CW. Highlight for spoilers:

A FRAT PARTY AND A FLASHBACK TO 12TH CENTURY ITALY — [spoiler]Damon (Ian Somerhalder) goes with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) to visit Whitmore College, where Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay, “The Borgias”) is taking over the Occult Studies classes formerly taught by Bonnie’s grandmother. At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) attempt to buy Matt’s (Zach Roerig) forgiveness falls flat, but she is intrigued by unexpected news from Klaus (Joseph Morgan). When Stefan (Paul Wesley) questions Klaus about Connor’s (guest star Todd Williams) motives, Klaus reveals a long-ago encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters, but it’s Rebekah who delivers the information that stuns Stefan.[/spoiler]

The episode was written by Brett Matthews and Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by Joshua Butler.

Posted by | October 19, 2011, 20:00 (MST) | 45 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: Homecoming (EP309). The episode airs Thursday, November 10th. Highlight for spoilers or head to the Episode Index:

ROCK BAND MY MORNING JACKET PERFORMS — [spoiler]On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) opens up to Elena (Nina Dobrev) about why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are both shocked at Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) behavior throughout the evening. The night takes a surreal turn when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) puts his latest plan into action. Determined to outsmart Klaus, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) enters into a dangerous partnership, leading to a terrifying turn of events. The band My Morning Jacket performs in the party scenes. Paul Wesley and Kat Graham also star.[/spoiler]

The episode was directed by Joshua Butler and written by Evan Bleiweiss.

Excuse us as we LOSE OUR MINDS over this My Morning Jacket news.

Posted by | April 21, 2011, 15:58 (MST) | 13 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

Two new Mystic Diaries videos are up, this time featuring Nina Dobrev (again, busy lady!) and in his very first MD appearance, Mr. Matt Davis. With additional appearances by Sara Canning, Klaus director Joshua Butler, Paul Wesley (there is a hilarious Irish-Welsh-Scottish-Italian-French-German accent battle that veers dangerously close to Bill Cosby territory, and a click-o-the-heels!), Kat Graham, and Ian Somerhalder. Oh, and most importantly, the craft services truck and Lynx the Kitty Cat. Click the screencaps to watch the videos over at (international fans can view them).



Posted by | March 31, 2011, 14:54 (MST) | 29 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The CW has revealed the title and synopsis for the episode Vampire Diaries fans have been waiting all season for – Klaus (EP219) airs Thursday, April 21st. And guess what? Flashbacks! Highlight for spoilers:

KLAUS (GUEST STAR JOSEPH MORGAN, “BEN HUR”) IS REVEALED — [spoiler]Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are furious when they discover that Elena (Nina Dobrev) has defied them both to make a new ally and take control of the plan to out-maneuver Klaus (Morgan). Disagreement over how to protect Elena leads to growing tension between the Salvatore brothers. Meanwhile, Stefan has his hands full trying to keep a confused and frightened Jenna (Sara Canning) safe. Flashbacks to 1491 reveal Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) introduction to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse. Elena learns shocking new information about Klaus’ motives. Matt Davis also stars. [/spoiler]

Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.

Posted by | January 13, 2011, 13:07 (MST) | 37 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

Thanks to the CW, we have the official synopsis for Daddy Issues (EP213), airing February 3rd. This episode marks the return of David Anders as John Gilbert. Highlight for spoilers:

CHOOSING SIDES — [spoiler]Johnathan Gilbert’s (guest star David Anders) return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Caroline lets Stefan know about her conversation with Tyler, and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. Jeremy comforts Bonnie after her disturbing conversation with Jonas (guest star Randy Goodwin). When Jules (guest star Michaela McManus) takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation.[/spoiler]

The episode was directed by Joshua Butler and written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.

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