As all of you know by now, this past weekend was Nina Dobrev’s 21st birthday party in Las Vegas and there’s been a bunch of red carpet photos and video floating all over. (We’ll update this post with some of it soon.) But it wasn’t all play – she had an interesting tidbit to drop about the upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries, Bloodlines, in this Just Jared video (at the 3:29 mark).
Elena is… She’s just had this insane car accident and we’re going to pick up where we started and see what happens, and who rescues her, and where she goes. And she’s going to go on a little bit of a road trip. Let’s just say she’s going to find out a lot of shocking things. The end of this next episode is going to be extremely shocking and it’s going to take everyone by surprise. People are not going to expect what’s going to happen.
UPDATE: A selection of photos and a video from the Studio 54 red carpet, courtesy of Getty Images and the ever-awesome Nina Dobrev Fan. In attendance: Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Katerina Graham, Sara Canning, Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen, Kayla Ewell, and we know Michael Trevino, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis, and Julie Plec were there as well. (For those who’ve been asking us where the photos of Ian and Paul are, this may have something to do with it.) You can see more photos in the Gallery.
Thanks to RadarOnline for dropping us a line this morning about their chat with Sara Canning. (Which perked us up, must say. Think the only thing rarer than a Sara interview is a Steven R. McQueen one – cough.) She talks about moving in with Nina Dobrev, adjusting to Atlanta’s decidedly non-Canadian weather, and hints that those meaningful glances between Jenna and Alaric might graduate to…oh, well, who knows with this show? At least she seems to love working with Matt Davis, whom she deems “hysterical.” (But will Jenna come up with a snappy nickname for Alaric? “Scumfell” was a beautiful thing.)
Canning is definitely having fun with her role despite not being one of the high school characters. “I think Jenna is really fun to play because she is a parental figure on the show but is still really young herself,” the 22-year old actress said. “She is really feisty, spirited, and headstrong. And she’s still going through those rough patches with guys.”
The CW had a cocktail party following the TCA panel this past Saturday (Bloody Marys in honor of Vampire Diaries, nice one) and they’ve released some photos from the event, which you can view below, courtesy of Cynthia over at SFUniverse. (That’s CW president Dawn Ostroff with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder). Note the Love Sucks threesome poster (the other one) – slightly different version than ones we’ve seen before.
@LilMissX has also posted some nice behind the scenes candids from TCA, including shots of Kevin Williamson and Nina, Ian with Dawn Ostroff and Nina and Ian playing with some Vampire Diaries promo goodies.
Lots of recaps coming out of the TCA panel, but this tidbit in particular gave us a good laugh this morning (and we’re begging the PTB to include this on the season one DVD set, por favor) – courtesy of Teen Television, re: on-set bloopers:
Paul: There was that blooper when you [Nina] were Katherine, and you had that really long dress and fell. She was trying to be all sexy.
Ian: Adorable and sexy.
Paul: And then she was “Boys, chase me”.
Ian: And then she like “wham,” and all you just see are her knickers.
Nina: And then I couldn’t get up because it was so much dress that I was just sitting there, like “save me.”
Paul: We’re hysterically laughing. Then we were like, “Are you okay?”
Ian: We didn’t even help her! It’s on camera. [She falls] and her petticoat goes up.
TV Guide has a Q&A with Matt Davis, who makes his Vampire Diaries debut tonight as Alaric Saltzman, Mystic Falls’ new History teacher. He hints at Alaric’s motivations, his past, his (possible) future with Jenna, and the on-running joke on the set.
TVGuide.com: Is Alaric a good guy or a bad guy?
Davis: It’s not so clearly defined. He has a dark side, and I think he’s not always going to do the right thing. How that compels him remains to be seen.
The NY Post’s PopWrap chats with Kevin Williamson about everything from possible guest stars and killing people to the show’s chosen “staking” effects and Elena’s parents. He also clarifies exactly who is included in the founding families and his favorite character(s) to write for:
PW: Is Damon your favorite character to write for?
Kevin: Clearly I enjoy writing him, but more than that I love putting the brothers together because they’re so different and opposing. The more you put Stefan with Damon, the more Stefan comes to life in these future episodes. I’m having fun opening him up because that’s the ultimate arc. Stefan’s going against the grain by denying his nature and everything he knows. He’s got the true inner struggle, which is what takes us over the long haul, whereas Damon will always be Damon.
And finally, Vee had a chance to interview Benjamin Ayres (the late Mr. Tanner, whom Alaric is replacing at MFHS) earlier today. She needs to transcribe the whole thing, but here’s audio of him talking about how he came to be involved in the show and his frustrated vampire ambitions.
Kayla Ewell unloads quite a few tidbits about Haunted and upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries over at TV Guide. She talks about “divas” on set (not the girls!), whether Vicki is a good vampire or a bad vampire, who is or is not safe on the show, and the upcoming introduction of Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman.
TVGuide.com: Katerina Graham told me that the Halloween episode is very emotional.
Ewell: It is. It was emotional for everyone. We can’t really say why yet. There’s something that happens that’s very shocking. It will be shocking to the viewers. It’s going to be great; it’s going to create such an uproar. It’s going to make the show that much more popular and bring a lot of attention.
Ian Somerhalder is featured in the latest CW Connect video, where he talks about the Salvatore brothers’ relationship, Damon’s love for Stefan, his inspiration for playing Damon, and the vampire powers and mythology used in the show.
We’ve got a couple of pictures from the Vampire Diaries set cropping up featuring Matt Davis as Alaric now. Nina Dobrev has tweeted a picture of Zach Roerig, Matt and Katerina Graham, while @LilMissX tweeted the picture below of Matt with Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
For the ratings geeks among you, TV by the Numbers has the DVR/live-plus figures breakdown, and the Vampire Diaries has gained another 1.4 million viewers on top of Thursday’s live viewing figures of 3.8 million.
Finally, the Vampire Diaries is up for nomination in the 2010 People’s Choice Awards Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy show. You can vote in the entire thing, or be naughty and skip to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Thanks for the heads up, @Emmett2025!
One of the moments that a lot of Vampire Diaries book fans have been waiting for is finally here. We have our Alaric Saltzman! Keck’s Exclusives at TV Guide Magazine has reported that Matt Davis (What About Brian, Legally Blonde) will be playing the role of our favourite substitute history teacher, and will be making his first appearance (a little later than originally anticipated) in the November 12th episode of the show.
Is it November yet?