Marcos Siega and Kevin Williamson both tweeted this morning to say that episode 102 of the Vampire Diaries will be directed by John Dahl, whose work includes episodes of True Blood, Dexter and Battlestar Galactica. The producers and cast have been saying all along that the TV version of the Vampire Diaries will be much more than the romance between Stefan and Elena, and will be darker than viewers might expect. So far the choice in Marcos Siega (also known for directing episodes of True Blood and Dexter) and John Dahl as directors certainly seems to back that up.
In other TV series news, Brazilian fans will be delighted to learn that they’ll be seeing the Vampire Diaries in Brazil. VampireDiariesBr.com has let us know that the Warner Channel will be showing the series, though no actual air date has been given yet. We’ll keep you posted.
First off, let’s get something straight right now: this talk of The Vampire Diaries cast looking like they didn’t want to be there during the panel? Come on. After you film ’til 6 a.m., hop on a cross-country flight, endure a day of non-stop appearances and press (answering the same questions over and over), and there’s no sleep slotted in there anywhere, see how you feel. I’m impressed they were able to form coherent sentences, let alone smile and make a marathon run of it like they did.
And it was a marathon. My (nowhere-near-as-hectic) day started off at the Lost panel – I’m going to miss that show so hard, guys, I can’t even tell you – and while there was no appearance from Mr. Somerhalder (see above), he was there in spirit during a hilarious and poignant “In Memoriam” tribute video that highlighted the various character deaths on the show. But, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Boone fans will have something to look forward to in Lost‘s final season – with the full cooperation of Vampire Diaries executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. As they commented during the panel, they’re Lost fans too, and friends with showrunner Damon Lindelof.
My cell reception in Hall H was crap, but somehow I managed to catch KW’s tweet that the Vampire Diaries signing at the Warner Bros. booth was happening at 1:30 p.m., not 3 p.m. as had originally been listed. I don’t know if it was bumped up due to a scheduling conflict with press or the vocal concern from a lot of fans that it was too close to the actual panel (yes, three hours is too close, trust me), but it was welcome news.
By the way, Vampire Diaries bags were everywhere all weekend, and they’re starting to pop up on eBay. I never managed to snag one, alas. I’m also told there were buttons at the WB booth but never saw them myself. I did, however, see the giant “Trio in the Grass” (as we’ve dubbed it) banner hanging from the ceiling for all to see, and that same image adorned the posters used during the signing.
If you’ve never been to Comic Con, it’s difficult to describe the size and scope of the WB booth, but it’s one of the cornerstones of the Exhibit Hall floor, and the crowd that gathers around it – especially with the constant stream of signings going on – is often ten people deep around the perimeter. After attempting to find the line for the signing and giving up, I just tried to snap as many (crappy) cell phone pics as possible to get up on Twitter immediately. Paul, Ian, Nina, Julie, Kevin, and Bob arrived about 10 minutes before the signing, hanging out on the second story and snapping photos with their phones.
If you were following my (and others’) woeful updates on Twitter this past Friday, you know that the line for Ballroom 20 was an intimidating sight to behold. Fresh off the plane and armed with a bottle of water (and guided by Paul Wesley, funnily enough), I managed to make it in just in time for the Dollhouse panel, where they screened the unaired ep “Epitaph One” – featuring Chris William Martin, who plays Zach in the Vampire Diaries pilot. Was the universe trying to tell me something?
In addition to Kevin Williamson, the TV Guide: SciFi Hot List panel featured a diverse mix of stars and showrunners from existing and upcoming Warner Bros. shows: Zachary Levi from Chuck, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang Theory, Rebecca Romijn from Eastwick, Scott Peters and Scott Wolf from V, Allison DuBois (the real-life psychic that Medium is based on), and John Cho and Marc Guggenheim of Flash Forward. The panel was moderated by Craig Tomashoff, executive editor for TV Guide Magazine.
Fortunately, KW was one of the more prominent speakers on the panel; his return to television is a big enough deal on its own, but that his new show is supernatural-based was of particular interest here. When asked what attracts him to television as a writer/creator, he talked of the medium’s “immediacy” and the ability to tell a long story that you can live with every week. “TV’s tough right now” – there’s a greater opportunity to develop the characters, and genre TV in particular has the ability to hook viewers. (And, I would add, genre TV tends to inspire intensely devoted followings – as the entire Con is a testament to.) He talked about his love for True Blood – which inspired big support from the crowd – and also name-checked The Six Million Dollar Man as the genre show he couldn’t get enough of in his youth. (Which makes me wonder if we were spot-on in wondering way back when if Elena’s mother’s maiden name of “Sommers” was a Bionic Woman reference?)
Of course the Twilight phenomenon came up and KW handled it much the same way we’ve seen the cast address it these past few months – acknowledge it, and then move on to why The Vampire Diaries is different. He seemed sincere when he said, “I’m having a good time.” We were also treated to the extended preview, which received a warm response, and Ian’s appearance onscreen brought a big cheer.
Here’s a cool behind-the-scenes video courtesy of TV Guide:
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.