As part of their fall TV preview, Entertainment Weekly talked to Julie Plec and Nina Dobrev about the various transitions – including high school graduation – coming up for characters on season 4 of The Vampire Diaries. We’ll avoid the slightly spoilery specifics, but Julie Plec had this to say about these transitions in general:
“But look, what I’ve been saying a lot about this season to the people at the network and in general is that the writers and I are really focusing on that time in your life as your adolescence is coming to an end, that milestone of graduation, and you are making decisions: Do I leave home for good? Do I stay? Can I part with this town that’s been so important to me? Do I part with these people who have been so important to me? Am I going out into the world and starting a life and growing up?”
There’s more, including Paul Wesley‘s take on Stefan’s eternal youth and Nina‘s hopes for a certain big senior year event.
Still waiting for your copy of the Vampire Diaries season three DVDs/Blu-Rays, out today? Here’s a TV Guide exclusive clip from the Stefan’s Descent Into Darkness bonus feature to tide you over.
Friday Night Bites is a weekly round-up for various tidbits of show and cast/crew news not quite big enough to warrant a blog post, not strictly Vampire Diaries-related, or that somehow just fell through the cracks. Please insert theme song by Explosions in the Sky here and enjoy.
- Watch for Nina Dobrev in Fashion Magazine’s September issue.
- Behind the scenes of Nina Dobrev’s Fashion Magazine shoot (video above).
- Remember that super-sweet congrats video the TVD cast did for U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas? Watch her (and her family’s) reaction to the video.
- Damon crowned Ultimate Bad Boy by TV Line. Way to go, fandom!
- If you’re looking for Sebastian Roche, check the hospital. Well, check General Hospital, at least!
- Kayla Ewell isn’t done with the undead.
- Kelly Clarkson visited the set of The Vampire Diaries. Claire Holt tweeted this picture of the two of them together.
- Close-up picture of Nina Dobrev’s cool heels from the Teen Choice Awards.
- Kat Graham goes shopping with The Hollywood Reporter. (Video)
- Jared Leto hung out with Barack Obama and Ian Somerhalder at a fundraiser recently and Ian neglected to invite Julie Plec.
- Episode 3 of Candice Accola’s Dating Rules From My Future Self is live!
- Phoebe Tonkin arrives in Mystic Falls!
Wondering where the various love triangles of The Vampire Diaries will be when the show returns in October? TVLine has the goods, straight from Julie Plec. On Elena’s future:
“All these things that she’s experienced with Damon and with Stefan will have different context for her as she’s becoming this new person,” previews Plec. “This circumstance, which is pretty horrific, is going to make them all care about each other even more deeply and argue even more intensely and fracture even more greatly and love as deeply as possible.”
There’s more about Elena/Stefan/Damon, plus intel on Caroline/Tyler/Klaus and a potential new triangle or two.
October 11th and the new season of The Vampire Diaries creeps ever closer (okay, okay, it’s still a long way off) and info on what we can expect is filtering out in bite-size chunks. Zap2It reports that TVD Season 4 will be super-sized this season: 23 episodes (all previous season were 22 episodes). So that’s one extra episode of angst and cliffhangers and audience torture. Sounds good to us! Julie Plec also hints at Elena-Stefan-Damon triangle dynamics (it’s complicated!), just how far Klaus’s body-swap antics will play out (also complicated!), and confirms that Meredith Fell will have a bigger role to play in the new season:
Plec confirms that Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) will be a significant part of the fourth season. Though not a love interest, Meredith might be a stabilizing force for Damon. “Damon is minus a drinking buddy and minus a friend,” Plec says. “We’ve already established Meredith as a day-drinker, so if I was going to pick somebody out of a hat, to be Damon’s new drinking buddy, it would be Meredith. The question is whether she’s down with that. Is she okay with being his vampire-human partner in crime? I don’t think she’s going to be as easy to sway as Alaric was, but there’s going to be a buddy bond that forms between them, which will be fun.”
Need some more Season 4 intel to keep you going? Check out this interview with Julie Plec at Fanhattan, in which she discusses transitions, vampire hunters, and more. We won’t get into the (slightly spoilery) specifics, but she had an interesting comment on balancing the need for conflict with wanting characters to be happy:
“So I do think that there’s a potential for people to be happily in love. I just think that we’re not there yet. Honestly, I think that as much as anybody thinks they want something to go their way, after about five episodes, they might say, ‘Oh, what’s next.’ So we’re always trying to keep it fresh and keep it interesting and switch things up as much as possible.”
Need a little something to perk up your Monday? Entertainment Weekly has some Season 4 scoop for us, as well as some answers to a few frequently-asked questions about where things left off in last season’s finale. The teases cover everything from romance to murder, so it sounds like Season 4 will be kicking off in true Vampire Diaries style.
Julie Plec revealed the title of EP402 via Twitter this evening – Memorial.
Any of you guys got x-ray vision? We’re mighty curious as to what’s behind that cover page!
Comic-Con 2012 is the gift that keeps on giving; we expect more of these posts before the end of the week. Check out the first batch here and TV Fanatic’s video interviews. Want to watch the entire panel with a teeny sneak peek at Season 4 footage? Warner Bros. was extra-nice this year.
First up: Another great Comic-Con 2012 portrait of the TVD cast (above), this time courtesy of TV Guide Magazine.
Starry Constellation Magazine
Synergistic Productions (VIDEO)
I Heart The Vampire Diaries (VIDEO – Press Room)
TV For The Rest of Us (VIDEO – Press Room)
More Comic-Con goodness today! TV Fanatic has a set of individual interviews from the TVD cast members who convention, along with Julie Plec. Watch Julie’s below, and then click on each name below to see the cast interviews. As always: beware of spoilers!
THANK. YOU. WARNER BROS. The WB has released shiny, official, crystal-clear footage of the Vampire Diaries Comic-Con panel in its entirety, INCLUDING the two brief new Season 4 scenes. ENJOY. This post is a sticky! Please keep scrolling down for new posts.