First up, Mystic Falls’ hottest teacher and eligible bachelor, Alaric Saltzman, is on Twitter. Zach Roerig posted to let the cat out of the bag that Matt Davis can be found at @ErnestoRiley. Everyone pay him a warm welcome and see if we can’t entice him to tweet more.
We’ve got a few miscellaneous – and pretty! – Vampire Diaries images that have been sent our way today, so we thought it would be easiest to throw them all together in the same post.
Greystone Mansion (Andrew Eccles):
(Thanks, Ian Somerhalder Italy!)
Stills from “A Few Good Men” of Isobel (and the back of Alaric’s head):
All hail KryptonSite for sharing stills from episode 18, “Under Control”, complete with better pictures of David Anders. Looks like Uncle John is making sure he introduces himself to Alaric and both Salvatore brothers all in the same episode – that can’t be good.
UPDATE: Stills added to the Gallery!
If you remember the CW’s T-Mobile video interviews with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder, you’ll be happy to know they’ve added Steven R. McQueen, Sara Canning, Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Katerina Graham, Matt Davis, and Michael Trevino. That’s a bunch of interviews to work through – so have at it!
Hot Topic has also posted their own video of the Los Angeles Hot Topic Cast Tour stop. Thanks to @jayyu_jp for the heads up!
The Vampire Diaries TV fandom is still buzzing from this past weekend’s cast tour stop in Atlanta and now the CW has posted some great official photos and video from the event. Both feature a good look at the huge fan turn-out and you can catch some of the Q&A in the video, as well as the screaming – oh, the screaming. The entire principal cast – Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Katerina Graham, Steven R. McQueen, Sara Canning, Michael Trevino, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, and Matt Davis – was present, providing Atlanta fans an extra-special experience. (You may not get everyone, New Jersey and Los Angeles, but we’re sure that won’t deter you from the same level of enthusiasm. Don’t let us down!) Check out the photo set on the CW’s special Cast Tour page and watch the video below. (And how hilarious is this kid?) Thanks, CW!
Thanks to everyone who’s been sharing their experience and photos via emails, blog comments, and Twitter! If you have photos you’d like featured in our Gallery, drop us an email and we’ll upload them. Jamie A has a few snapshots which you can view in the Gallery. (Love those snazzy FLIP cameras the cast is using to film the crowd – can we hope their footage makes it to the eventual First Season DVD?)
Because so many fans have been linking up via these events, we created a special Fan Connections forum so you can share your Vampire Diaries experiences (meeting the cast, visiting the set, etc.) as well as arranging fan meet-ups. Sign up – the more, the merrier! (Be sure to read the guidelines.)
The intrepid and awesome Ella (who supplied us with some of the first set pics way back when the series started filming) paid another visit to Covington today, and got some shots of Paul Wesley and Matt Davis filming some scenes together. We’ve got a few for you here, and you can view the rest of the batch over in Ella’s album in our gallery.
If you’d like to feature these images on your own site, please make sure you contact Ella for permission.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush has an ever-so-rare chat with Steven R. McQueen about what’s in store for Jeremy on upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries. He has wonderful things to say about Malese Jow, who will be guest starring as Anna (J’s potential love interest?), calling her “very talented and very sweet.”
And we know from reading your comments in the blog and posts in the forum that what Damon did to Jeremy is a huge, HUGE point of interest, and you’ll be happy to know Steven plays a bit coy on that front (spoilery!):
It was way back in 2009, but you may recall that earlier in the season, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) pulled his special vampire brainwash-y powers out to erase Jeremy’s memory of his girlfriend Vicki’s death. The catch is, it’s not exactly clear what Damon did. “That’s something that’s going to unfold itself a little later in the series,” Steven said. “[Damon] did erase my pain and my grief and such, but I’m not sure what I can reveal of just how much he shut out of my memory — and if he put anything in there.” (Dun Dun Dun… )
And @LilMissX is being very, very good to Vampire Diaries fans in anticipation of the show’s return this Thursday. Check out our first look at Mia Kirshner as Isobel, Alaric’s wife, in this still (we know Isobel is set to debut in Bloodlines, but we’re not 100% positive that’s what the still is from) with Matt Davis (Alaric):
UPDATE: Thanks to KryptonSite, we now know the Alaric/Isobel still is from an upcoming episode called A Few Good Men.
According to this ITV2 press release, it looks like UKers can look forward to a Tuesday, February 2nd debut for The Vampire Diaries. And it gets better: The channel will be kicking off with a 9-11 p.m. double header of the pilot and Night of the Comet. Smart move, we say.
Speaking of air dates: The Vampire Diaries kicks off in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria tomorrow night! Though I suppose it’s already January 20th in your neck of the woods, so… Enjoy the show!
With all of the TVD cast appearances in magazines lately, we thought you might want to check out Katerina Graham pontificating on the particulars of her beauty bag in this Seventeen video, and Nina Dobrev Fan has nice, watermark-free scans from Nina’s very pink fashion spread in SELF.
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.