Videos of the Vampire Diaries Comic Con panel are starting to crop up around the internet now (and it looks like people had a good time!). We’re compiling a list of them for you here, and will add more to this post as we find them. If you want to be alerted to new videos being added, we’ll be tweeting about them on twitter. We’ll be adding videos at the top of the post so they each cut a chance to be featured, while older ones will be slipped under the cut.
Update: Added video from Fearnet.com, a nice set of interviews with all of the producers and cast who attended the panel.
Update 2: New video of the Comic Con TVD panel from multipleverses.com. Vee informs me it’s a good, clear and professionally shot video. Alas, it isn’t available for viewing in ‘my area’, so I can’t watch it. Apologies to those in the same boat as I am, we’ll see if we can find a version everyone can see. :)
Update 3: Added another WB.com video, this time interviewing Ian, Nina, Bob Levy, and Kevin. Kevin has some wonderful things to say about L.J. Smith – very cool. Embeds are being mercurial, but you can view TVD footage at 1:54 in clip 24 on the WB’s Comic Con site.
Update 4: 5:25 mins of Nina, Paul, Ian and Kevin talking about the characters, Elena discovering Stefan’s secret, the Boone returning to Lost thing, the sex thing and Stefan and Damon’s rivalry. And it’s a video that everyone can view this time – hurrah!
Update 5: Thanks to the WB, we now have YouTube videos for the two videos posted earlier. They are shiny and viewable to everyone now!
Looking for some general reaction to tonight’s Vampire Diaries pilot screening at Comic Con? Check out our stream on Twitter.
The Vampire Diaries cast and crew presence on Twitter just keeps growing! Zach Roerig (who plays Matt Donovan) can be found @zgeorge222, and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore, of course) has set up shop @iansomerhalder1 (thanks to the folks over at MediaBlvd for helping confirm – yes, it’s really him, and he’s obviously in the process of reclaiming his name from a Twitter squatter, so here’s hoping he’s able to drop the “1″ soon). We eagerly await others to succumb to Twitter’s siren call – kinda makes the wait ’til September a bit easier, no?
A quick guide for reference:
@MSiega (Marcos Siega, director)
@kevwilliamson (Kevin Williamson, writer/executive producer)
@julieplec (Julie Plec, writer/executive producer)
@KaterinaGraham (Katerina Graham, “Bonnie”)
@iansomerhalder1 (Ian Somerhalder, “Damon”)
@zgeorge222 (Zach Roerig, “Matt”)
@paulmsommers (Paul M. Sommers, Director of Photography)
@M_Trevino (Michael Trevino, “Tyler”)
And if you’re already in San Diego for the Comic Con shindig, don’t forget that the Warner Bros. Pilot Preview Night, featuring The Vampire Diaries (along with V and Human Target) is tonight (Wednesday, July 22nd), 6-9 p.m., in Ballroom 20. If you see it, share your thoughts here (ix-nay on the book spoilers, unless you hide them!) or in the discussion forums.
If you miss the screening tonight, no worries – they’ll be showing the pilot again at Saturday’s panel.
So there’s this little event called Comic Con International happening in San Diego this week. The American half of Vampire-Diaries.net (that’s me!) will be there Friday afternoon through Sunday to stand in a lot of lines, stand in even more lines, and chug bottled water at every opportunity. It will be awesome.
Oh, and there’s Vampire Diaries stuff going on as well! Check out the full schedule. I’m sure there will be lots to say about the pilot screening, the Q&A, the laughter, the tears (guessing there will be screaming, too)… We’re rocking this trip in a completely last-minute, take-it-as-it-comes way and, hey, if we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong, right? This ain’t Vanity Fair.
Fair warning: If you follow us on Twitter (@tvdnews), please know that we’ll be very active on Friday and especially Saturday (the day of the Vampire Diaries panel). In addition to my tweets, Red will be up at some ridiculous UK hour to re-tweet others’ commentary and posting other interesting tidbits that come across the radar from San Diego. We’ll be making use of the #sdcc and #tvd hashtags if you want to follow the conversation that way. (Sorry, #vampirediaries eats up way too many characters.) We’ll also have a static blog post up that we’ll update throughout the weekend with news, links, etc.
Speaking of other interesting tidbits – that’s where YOU come in. If you’re going to the Con, we’d love for you to share your photos and video, your thoughts, and anything else you feel like tossing our way. You can @tvdnews on Twitter, drop us a line at cc [at] vampire-diaries [dot] net, or even leave comments here in the blog. This is TVDtv’s pop culture coming out party – they’ll be face to face with the fans (which is what Comic Con is all about) for the first time. It’s kind of a big deal, yeah? Let’s document it for posterity.
See you there!
Entertainment Weekly has a little Vampire Diaries snippet in their upcoming Comic Con preview issue (due out on the 24th of this month). Thanks to Adrienne, we have a scan of the article with a picture of Nina Dobrev in the foggy graveyard. It doesn’t tell us anything we haven’t already known for a while now and, sadly, it doesn’t give us anything really juicy. Though we’re willing to admit that we’re still stuck on those promo images from yesterday, so pretty much everything pales in comparison right now. However, it’s good to see the emphasis on the Vampire Diaries not being Twilight for television where a wider audience can see it. We’re also kind of tickled by the sentence describing the Vampire Diaries as “addictive novels”. Maybe that will entice a few more people to pick the books up and see what all the fuss is about?
Warner Bros. has updated their Comic Con website to reflect their booth signing schedule and, yes, The Vampire Diaries is on the list.
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, and Bob Levy will be signing autographs at the Warner Bros. booth in the main Exhibitor’s Hall on Saturday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. Yep, before the panel. We’ll add the info to the Big Fat TVD Comic Con Post of Doom.
Comic Con International has released its official programming schedule (except Sunday, so this list could very well grow). Some of this may be a little redundant now, but there is new info. Here’s everything in one post:
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 22, 6-9 p.m. in Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screening
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly present exclusive pilot premiere screenings of some of the most buzzed-about new TV series of the 2009–2010 season—Human Target, V, and The Vampire Diaries—as well as an exclusive preview trailer for additional upcoming shows.
We think the pilots will be airing in that order, but don’t quote us on that.
Friday, July 24, 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Ballroom 20
TV Guide Magazine: Sci-Fi Hot List
TV Guide magazine takes an in-depth look at some of the most buzzed-about new and returning TV series, featuring the hottest talent from in front of the camera and behind the scenes. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel that offers the inside scoop, along with special surprises. Scheduled participants include Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Scott Peters (executive producer, V), Rebecca Romijn (Eastwick), Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries), Scott Wolf (V), John Cho (Flash Forward), Marc Guggenheim (producer, Flash Forward), Allison DuBois (the real person behind Medium), and others.
Saturday, July 25, 1:30-2:15 p.m. at Warner Bros. booth
The Vampire Diaries Signing
Guests: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, and Bob Levy.
Saturday, July 25, 4-5 p.m. in Room 8
We Control The Vertical: Writing and Producing For Television
TV’s most talented writers and show runners discuss the writing and production of your favorite television shows, past and present, and share amusing anecdotes from the television trenches. Starring Dave Simkins (Warehouse 13, Blade: The TV Series, Dresden Files), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Day One), Charles Murray (V, Criminal Minds, Castle), Sarah Watson (The Unknowns, Parenthood), Gabrielle Stanton (Vampire Diaries, Moonlight), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Dead & Deader, V.I.P.), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Matthew Federman (Human Target, Jericho), and Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Moderated by Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Castle).
Saturday, July 25, 5:55-7 p.m. in Room 6BCF
The Vampire Diaries Pilot Screening and Q&A
The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Killer Movie), and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) appear with executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (Scream), writer Julie Plec (Kyle XY), and executive producer Bob Levy (Gossip Girl), as the series makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the much-talked-about pilot, followed by a Q&A. This edgy and romantic new drama, in which two vampire brothers—one good, one evil—are at war for the soul of one girl, is based upon the bestselling book series of the same name. Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly moderates. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM ET/PT this fall on The CW, premiering September 10.
Yes, as we pointed out on Twitter, it’s true: the True Blood and Vampire Diaries panels are overlapping on Saturday. Bummer.
As of right now, there’s no appearance/autograph schedule available for the Warner Bros. booth (which was insanity last year), but you can keep up with the studio’s plans at their Comic Con site and on Twitter (@thewbdotcom).
And yeah, we’ll have more about Gabrielle Stanton in a bit.
UPDATE: Yes, there is a lot of speculation floating about Ian Somerhalder possibly putting in an appearance at the Lost panel on Saturday (11 a.m.-12 p.m. in Hall H). Half the fun of the Lost panel is in the surprises – anything could happen. Regardless of whether Ian shows up or not, I’d urge any fan of the show to attend. It’s easily one of the most entertaining hours you’ll have while there.
Producer Kevin Williamson tweeted an interesting little snippet this morning:
It’s all about the Lockwood family today. Used to be Smallwood but you understand? Right?
Information floating around the internet had, until now, been listing Tyler (Michael Trevino) with the surname of ‘Stratton’. While it’s a little sad for some fans that ‘Smallwood’ isn’t being used (farewell, inappropriate jokes), ‘Lockwood’ is a substitute that we feel works well. Without dropping any spoilers, we have to admit that we’re curious to see just how much of the ‘Lockwood’ family history makes its way into the TV series (and how it will be expanded upon). We’re getting more excited about how the mythology in the show will unfold as details from the books come to life.
On the subject of Kevin Williamson on Twitter, we were treated to a few amusing tweets last night from his dinner with Julie Plec, Marcos Siega, and the cast, during which he was ‘harassed’ by Damon (who, it seems, not only likes to steal bread sticks from pretty girls, but also likes to steal fries from innocent producers – the fiend) and posted pictures of Ian Somerhalder and Katerina Graham and Katerina with Nina Dobrev and Kayla Ewell.
The Deadbolt has a feature up on the upcoming Vampire Diaries TV series – not really a review, but an overall look at the show and potential audience. There’s a bit of conjecture about changes from the books and producers’ motivation – hey, I know we’re huuuuge fans of speculation around here, but unless Kevin Williamson or Julie Plec offer up tidbits outright, it remains speculation – and while the article implies that the show will stick to the plot/themes from the original four books, there are a few quotes from CW Network head Dawn Ostroff that contradict that, via IGN (thanks, Lily):
It’s got a lot of romance, a little bit of scares and it’s got some of the mythology that’s very, very dense because the seven books [it's based on] have all the mythology written out. We felt that that would really help in terms of keeping the show different, unique. We know where the show is going. It’s not a guessing game for us.
We’ve been waiting on word about this since it was announced that Warner Bros. would be holding a Pilot Preview Night on Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at Comic Con, and now we can confirm:
The Vampire Diaries pilot will be shown in full at Comic Con at both Warner Bros.’ Pilot Preview Night on Wednesday, July 22nd AND at The Vampire Diaries panel on July 25th. (Source: E! Watch with Kristin)
UPDATE: Televisionary brings us the full WB press release – Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, and Nina Dobrev will be there, along with Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, and Bob Levy. Here’s the panel blurb:
The Vampire Diaries Pilot Screening and Q&A – Join The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Killer Movie) and Ian Somerhalder (Lost), along with executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (Scream), writer Julie Plec (Kyle XY) and executive producer Bob Levy (Gossip Girl), as the series makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the much-talked-about pilot and a Q&A. This edgy and romantic new drama, in which two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for the soul of one girl, is based upon the best-selling book series of the same name. Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly will moderate. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT this fall on The CW, premiering September 10. Room 6BCF.