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.
According to Marcos Siega, shooting for episode one of the Vampire Diaries begins in four weeks. From the way those dates stack up, it looks they’ll be heading off to Georgia (where Julie Plec is currently scouting for Elena’s house in Atlanta, if she isn’t lost in the airport) to start filming and then flying back for the panel at San Diego Comic-Con. (Who will be attending the panel is not yet known.) Quite what this means for the rumours that the pilot will be shown at Comic-Con remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Kevin Williamson is busy staying up late and working on the next episode, even if he is taking breaks to watch True Blood. We’d say he was paying far too much attention to the wrong vampires, but as it’s True Blood, we think we can let it slide. ;) [Um, I watch True Blood, too! -Vee]
On a tangent, we’re still getting a lot of comments on the subject of Elena not being blonde and how that ‘ruins’ the whole plot regarding Katherine. Putting all feelings of disappointment over Elena not being a blonde aside, we just want to say that Nina Dobrev is featured in an old photograph as Katherine in the extended trailer, and will have brown hair and eyes for both roles. The plot still works, they’re just both brunette instead of blonde. Hopefully that fact will help alleviate the worries some people have on the issue.
Toro Magazine has an interview with Canadian actress Cindy Busby, who apparently is in The Vampire Diaries pilot. Could this be the unidentified actress playing Brooke? Sure looks like her – and she confirms in the blog on her official website:
Last March I shot the pilot and first episode to the CW’s new show “The Vampire Diaries”… I’m so excited because I get to open up the series (meaning I’m the first actor you ever see in the show)… AWESOME!!!
Busby plays Ashley Stanton, a regular, on the CBC TV series Heartland. She’s also “a serious vampire fan.”
“I personally have always been a huge vampire fan. When I was a kid, it was all that I would ever have nightmares about, which is so weird. But at the same time, I enjoyed it. It was kind of like an enjoyable torture.”
Back in April, she wrote a brief post about her experience filming The Vampire Diaries pilot:
I got to realize a life long dream of being in a Vampire project. This week I shot some scenes in the new CW pilot called “Vampire Diaries” produced by the legendary Kevin Williamson! I was SOOO excited to meet and work with him. Mr. Williamson also gave me the best compliment… after hearing my famous scream, he said that I reminded him of a young Jamie Lee Curtis…. holy smokes, my jaw dropped! Everyone on the set was amazing and friendly and extremely professional, which is always such an enjoyable experience! I have a wonderful feeling that this show will be a hit!
Industry database Inbaseline.com is listing Bryan Holdman as Executive Story Editor for the 2009-2010 season of The Vampire Diaries. (So he’s the guy in charge of supervising the writers, banging the scripts into shape for production, etc.) Holdman was previously a writer and executive story editor for Kyle XY, which many of you know by now is TVDtv Executive Producer Julie Plec’s former show. He also wrote episodes for Everwood (which featured TVDtv actor Steven R. McQueen) and Hidden Palms (Kevin Williamson’s last television venture).
Andrew Kreisberg has joined the show as Co-Executive Producer (second-in-command, if you will). His previous producer credits include Eli Stone, Fringe, and Boston Legal, and he was also a writer and story editor on The Simpsons.
So, the Vampire Diaries chatter amongst the Atlanta acting community has been non-stop since the CW upfront, and just the other day director Marcos Siega confirmed he was headed to Georgia once he wrapped Dexter. And now we see that Atlanta is listed as the shooting location on InBaseline.com. So, yes, that all adds up to quasi-official confirmation that The Vampire Diaries is shooting in and around Atlanta, Georgia, as not-so-subtly hinted at by Williamson last month.
And, finally, Jezebel in the TVD forums alerted us to this nugget of information on Katerina Graham’s Wikipedia page and we’ve confirmed with Julie Plec: Bonnie’s last name is BENNETT in the pilot (not McCullough, and Plec does say “as of the current cut”).
Due to the influx of Vampire Diaries fans just hearing about the upcoming TV series – not to mention the resurgence of comments and email we’ve been receiving on the subject – we just wanted to make clear, again, that TVDtv producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have said Meredith WILL be in the show. (*tiny voice* There’s even a little note about it, right there, at the top of the middle column. And it’s on The Cast page.)
We don’t know how, or when, or – most importantly – who (that casting will be huge news in fandom at this point), but we’ve been promised that Meredith will live. Good news, yeah? You can read the original post from April 20th here: “Be patient, Meredith fans.” (The comment from Williamson is here.)
But for the record? No matter how many times we have to answer the “Where’s Meredith?” question, we think it’s pretty damn rad that so many people have been concerned for her existence on the small screen. Because who else will be the rock and the wit, all while remaining immune to Damon’s considerable charms?
Thanks in large part to the lovely Sucker for Vampires – who’s been translating a lot of our major news since early April (Olá!) – we receive a lot of hits from Brazil, so we’re pleased to point out that DARKSIDEsubs has added Portuguese subtitles to The Vampire Diaries three-scene teaser trailer and promo trailer. (SfV will have to let us know if the subtitles are any good, but here’s hoping!)
And it looks like The Vampire Diaries is plowing headfirst into pre-production with a (new?) production designer and writing officially begins (glance at clock) today. Really great to hear Marcos Siega will still be involved in the project.
Here’s the big one – we finally know for certain what the deal is with Fell’s Church vs. Mystic Falls, straight from Julie Plec:
Fell’s Church not clearable, like some of the characters’ names. Everything needs to be legally cleared.
Translation: It wasn’t an arbitrary change. They can’t use Fell’s Church.
So that answers that. At least we have Salvatore.
Marcos Siega has just twittered the news:
It’s official! Vampire Diaries is picked up!
Followed shortly after with a tweet from Kevin Williamson:
Just got a really nice phone call from Dawn Ostroff!!!!
Congratulations to everyone involved!
CW brass is said to be so high on “Vampire” that they are even considering launching the series as a tentpole on Thursday, capitalizing on the built-in sci-fi audience on the night as it is preparing to bid farewell to “Smallville.”
Keep an eye on this blog, we’ll update with more substantial news later when we get it.
It’s been a good, long while since we asked the question: what do you think about the cast? Since then, the Vampire Diaries pilot has been filmed, edited, and screened to the people at the CW network, and now we’re waiting for the 21st of May to see if the show gets picked up.
Many responses to the question about the cast were honest reactions from the heart. We know that a lot of people were upset at the casting, and you definitely let us know about it. Back then, the changes were quite a shock for fans of the books, and many of the opinions expressed reflected that initial outrage. Now that some time has passed, and you’ve been able to digest the news and pictures trickling in from the set, have those initial thoughts changed any in the past month and a half? Do you still feel the same way as you did when you first heard the news? If you’ve got something new to add, please share it with the rest of us in the comments.
While we’re on the subject of the TV series, Kevin Williamson tweeted something interesting this morning:
Going to Georgia to see if it can pass for Vancouver which passed for Virginia.
We can’t think of anything else that Williamson is working on that is set in Virginia and has been filmed in Vancouver. Whether or not it’s in relation to The Vampire Diaries, who can say? But the possibilities are certainly intriguing.