All of us have that one character we feel just doesn’t get their proper due – so now’s the time to be loud and proud. Who was the Most Underrated Character of Vampire Diaries Season 2? Who deserves more recognition for who they are and what they do? Whose Season 2 efforts – be they main cast or guest star – have been so wrongfully overlooked by fandom? We’re excluding characters featured in the Season 2 MVP post so we can highlight the other vampires, witches, werewolves, and humans who had an impact this season. Pick THREE characters you feel were woefully underrated.
NOTE: Don’t confuse “underrated” with “underused.” That’s an entirely different poll!
And here’s an added bonus: Leave a comment on this post that makes a case for your picks and you’ll be automatically entered to win a copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries (co-edited by us and Leah Wilson), courtesy of Smart Pop Books. You have until Tuesday, June 21st at midnight ET to have your comment count as an entry. We’ll also only be counting ONE comment per person, but feel free to discuss away in the comments.
E!Online has more from the very busy Joseph Morgan and he’s not confirming and not denying a lot of what will go down in tonight’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries. He also talks a bit about Bonnie, Jenna, and Klaus’s (not confirmed, not denied) transformation. Oh, and about that Stefan stuff from last week…
What can you tease about the “interest” Klaus will take in Stefan [Paul Wesley]?
[Laughs.] I’ll tell you what. I’ve been reprimanded for teasing too much in that area already. I’m going to have to begrudgingly apologize and not go any further in this sort of pit that I’ve already gone. I stand by what I said: He will take a special interest.
[Now we feel mildly guilty for latching on to that tidbit last week. Sorry, Joseph!] READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH AT E!ONLINE.
WetPaint had their own chat with Joseph, touching on the hype leading up to the Klaus casting:
When did you realize how big of a phenomenon TVD was?
Well, the first degree of that was when I first read for the role. I knew I had a callback with the creators of the show, just to talk about it. And I thought, “Okay, I’m just going to do a little bit of research now, I’m going to look up on the Internet whether Klaus was in the books of The Vampire Diaries,” because I knew there were books before [the television show]. And I just typed in “Klaus Vampire Diaries,” and there were pages and pages and pages of “Who’s going to play Klaus?” It was just unbelievable to me, the volume of stuff just on this one character. Suddenly I started to feel like, “Oh, this is kind of a big deal!”
And StarryMag also interviewed Mr. Morgan and he has a message for TVD fans:
Q. What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A. Thank you, really. I said before from the beginning when I joined Twitter and I started asking questions of the fans and people were just so responsive and really helped me with where I needed to go with Klaus, and what kind of things people responded to, and what people found frightening about those things. It really helped me build the character and put it together. I just want to say thanks and keep watching guys because the best is yet to come.
Hollywood Life has a few teases from Vampire Diaries guest stars Michael McManus (Jules) and Lisa Tucker (Greta Martin). First up, Michael McManus has this to say about Jules:
“I don’t think Jules is evil, but I can see why people think that,” she admits. “I just feel very protective of her. I think everything she’s done comes from a place of wanting to safeguard Tyler [Michael Trevino.] You have to put yourself in her shoes. She’s been through a lot too.
“He’s the sweetest guy ever, but he plays such a jerk,” Lisa says — although I think “jerk” might be a bit of an understatement here. “Joseph is fantastic. And his accident his fantastic. He’s just so focused, and you can see that even when the cameras are down, he’s still in character. It’s great to see how dedicated he is, because Klaus is such a vital part of the end of the season.”
Taking a break from Caroline’s own love triangle with Matt and Tyler, Candice Accola chatted with MTV’s Hollywood Crush about who she thinks Elena should choose between the Salvatore brothers. Ms Accola speaks most wisely on the subject.
“I don’t know,” she said. “I’m excited to see what happens. I don’t like to choose sides in that…in those things because I feel like there’s so much story that’s untold yet.”
Candice cited some episodes to show that while it may seem like we’ve been besties with these characters forever, there’s still a lot of development to come, and it wouldn’t make sense to pick a side until all those layers really unfold.
Entertainment Weekly’s John Stamos got some teasers from Katerina Graham about the Vampire Diaries‘ own ‘Scooby Gang’ and the Bonnie/Jeremy relationship.
“It’s really great to see all the stories intertwining,” she says. “Right now, it’s sort of very similar to the Scooby-Doo gang: Everyone is working together to protect Elena [Nina Dobrev] and protect each other.”
That will include, she says, working with her new love Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) for the “greater good, and really getting together to be together.” “You’ll be able to see a lot of heartbreak between them both. Those characters are both character really go through it before the end of the season.”
Michaela McManus chatted with the TV Chick about being involved with the Vampire Diaries, Jules, Tyler and werewolves.
And obviously seeing as you are not a werewolf yourself (laughs), how do you relate to Jules?
That’s a good question, because obviously who knows what that feels like? (laughs) But the core of Jules is that she’s living with almost a handicap in a way. It’s this secret that she harbors and she has to deal with the consequences that this curse creates and her friend was killed (Mason) and so I think the core of her is that she wants to avenge her friend’s death and she’s very loyal. And she’s deeply wounded. And I think that’s where her anger comes from — her hurt and this desire for revenge. It comes from a very real place.
Gino Anthony Pesi (CSI: New York, NCIS) is set to visit Mystic Falls in the role of a warlock by the name of Maddox (scroll to the end of the article). We have no clue whose side he’s supposed to be on yet (Elijah or Klaus? Or could there be an outside chance he’s some Bennett Backup?), but it will be fun finding out.
And finally, Ian tells MTV’s Hollywood Crush what his dream season finale would involve:
When The Vampire Diaries returns tonight, we can expect more from werewolf newcomer Jules. Guest star Michaela McManus (with input from Julie Plec) gives TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross a few clues as to what to expect in the next few episodes.
Of course, Damon has no intention of letting Jules hang around. McManus says the two will absolutely butt heads, while executive producer Julie Plec adds that the “vampire/werewolf conflict is about to go from simmer to a boil.” “[Jules'] altercation with Damon is sticking with her and she’s not too happy. Now that she’s aware of Tyler’s true identity, she’s going to start filling his ear with some things,” Plec says.
Good news, UK fans. The return date for the Vampire Diaries was announced this afternoon by @itv2: Tuesday, 1st February at 9pm on ITV2. Yes, that’s right, we’ll be seeing the episodes here in the UK only a few days after the episodes have aired in the US, and a day after Australia (and the show returns for you guys on January 31st on the GO! Channel). No more running and hiding from spoilers for weeks on end.
As suspected, Vampire Diaries Online were able to confirm that Ian Somerhalder’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon tonight has had to be cancelled due to the knock-on effects of the recent Atlanta Snowpocalypse and scheduling changes.
Finally, the folks over at TV Guide’s Mega Buzz have a few words to say on the upcoming vampire/werewolf war on the show, and it looks like Jules may be starting to mark her territory a bit where it comes to her own kind.
Fans of Tyler Lockwood everywhere are having one lucky day today. More episode stills from Daddy Issues!
The lifespan of a TV drama usually goes a little something like this:
Season One – The show is finding its feet, establishing its mythology. It stumbles a bit at first but by the finale has built up a full head of steam.
Seasons Two/Three – Having settled into a groove with the writers, cast, and directors, the show becomes Pure Freaking Awesome. The story arc is amazing, engaging, full of character development and breathless action.
Seasons Four/Five – The show begins to falter as the original story arc expires. Typically by this point there are new writers. Old beloved characters are killed off and gimmicky plot lines appear and cause eyerolling among longtime fans. Oddly, some of the best individual episodes tend to come out of the worst seasons (witness Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More With Feeling”). They stand out all the more because of the overall decline in quality.
Seasons Six - End – At some point comes the official Shark-Jumping; die-hard fans hang on as long as they can, but even they have to admit watching has become a lot harder than it was in those halcyon early days. A large segment of the fandom takes refuge in fanfic. Cancellation happens, if fans are lucky, before it gets so bad that everyone is throwing things at the screen.
What does this mean for our beloved Vampire Diaries? Surely something made of such concentrated Awesomesauce will break the mold and be great forever…right?
Kecks’s Exclusives confirms that Michaela McManus will be sticking around as Jules for a few episodes yet (before she heads off to Hawaii Five-0 to play a district attorney), and Michaela has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about her character, Damon, Tyler and werewolves:
Asked if she’s gotten to film a transformation scene yet, she says she’s shot a partial one: “Coming out of it is what I filmed. When they turn, they transform into this beast, and the morning after, it’s discovering what happened last night. It’s kind of like blacking out when they turn. They’re not necessarily conscious of what they’re doing.” For the first time in her career, McManus is doing stunt work and she’s loving it. “Jules gets pretty physical, and I think people will be impressed with her skills,” she says. “[The show] is doing a lot more action. It’s something to tune in for.”
‘Tis the season for ‘Best of 2010′ lists, and the Vampire Diaries has made its way on to quite a few of them. Check out the list below (in no particular order):
It’s that time of year where media outlets begin rounding up their “best of” lists and Vampire Diaries is already receiving much-deserved props. E!Online places Vampire Diaries at #3 on its list of Top 10 TV Dramas of 2010 (yep, above True Blood and Dexter), saying:
Improbably excellent, The Vampire Diaries is addictive and involving television that deserves to be taken more seriously by critics everywhere.
And BuddyTV places Vampire Diaries at #5 on its Top 10 of ’10: Best Shows of the Year:
The Vampire Diaries started off strong in 2009, but 2010 saw the best of the storylines so far. We got Elena’s twisted genealogy, Caroline transformation into the town’s bitchiest vampire and Tyler’s sudden relevance as a werewolf. We also met Katherine. You can’t go wrong with Katherine.
Amen! And speaking of BuddyTV, the guys of Vampire Diaries made an impressive showing in their TV’s 100 Sexiest Men of 2010 list. Here’s how they placed: Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood (#59), Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood (#48), Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore (#18), and Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore at #1. Well done!
Finally – we’ll be meeting her character Jules for the first time tonight, but Vampire Diaries writer Mike Daniels (who just so happened to write tonight’s episode, By the Light of the Moon) tweeted this morning to announce that guest star Michaela McManus has joined Twitter: @MichaelaMcM. Give her a warm welcome! (We’re reserving judgment on whether her character deserves a warm welcome. For now. This is Mystic Falls, you understand.)
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly has a few more tidbits up from her interview with Julie Plec and throws some nice speculation into the mix. What lies in store for us during the next two episodes of The Vampire Diaries, The Sacrifice and (particularly) By the Light of the Moon? (Which will be the last new episodes until the show returns in early 2011.) What’s up with Jules (Michaela McManus)? What will Tyler’s transformation be like? (Will it be more up close and personal than Mason’s transformation in Bad Moon Rising?) Julie Plec also discusses the difficulties of having two characters out of what we like to call the Circle of Knowledge:
“Our challenge is, how can we use Jenna in stronger ways, so that the fact that she’s oblivious is helping us with our storytelling and with her relationship with Alaric? How can we build a story out of Matt being stuck between wanting to be with Caroline but becoming very suspicious of the friendship that’s been brewing between Caroline and Tyler? We love those characters [Matt and Jenna]. Everyday, we say this should be the episode where Jenna finds out just so she can finally get a good storyline, and then we have to talk ourselves off of that because the impact of that for the series is a little bit scary. Who knows? It could happen two episodes from now, or two seasons from now. It’s hard to say.”