There have been a lot of questions about how the fall premiere of The Originals will work, since we’ve already had a backdoor pilot. Fortunately, Zap2it has some answers for us, as well as some hints about a new character we’ll be seeing in the fall.
Chronologically, the new “Originals” premiere will follow the backdoor pilot. That episode — and everything that happened in it — will still exist in the show’s universe. The purpose of the new premiere is instead to move the story forward and to introduce the characters and concepts to new viewers who may not have watched “The Vampire Diaries” in the past.
Meanwhile, in Mystic Falls, Graduation (EP423) has picked up some nods over at Entertainment Weekly‘s 2013 Season Finale Awards. The Vampire Diaries comes away with wins in the following categories: Best Non-Romantic Cliff-Hanger, Best Fight (Verbal or Physical), Most Disturbing Image and Most Rewound Moment.
Want to know which scenes got the nods? FIND OUT AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Ah, remember the old days when we met the Originals and they were so incredibly awesome and we all thought, “That family needs its own series!”? TV dreams do come true, my friends, but rarely do they look so good (and sound so good) as The Originals did on Thursday night. Serving as the backdoor pilot for the series — which has already been picked up! — the episode was framed with Mystic Falls action, but its heart was in New Orleans.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly interviews Vampire Diaries guest star David Gallagher, who will be playing Tennessee werewolf Ray Sutton when the show returns on Thursday, September 15th. In addition to hinting at what his run-in with Klaus and Stefan will be like (not good? are we surprised?), and that his character’s arc lasts two episodes, he also reveals a cool piece of TVD trivia, with a bit more backstory from Executive Producer Julie Plec.
That casting of Gallagher is equally cool: He has a history with the show. He’d actually read for the pilot. “There was debate as to whether I was a Stefan or I was a Damon. I had read for both,” he says. “I think ultimately, it was sorta difficult to place me because lately in my career, I’ve been leaning toward things with a little bit darker sensibility [he’d guested as confirmed or suspected killers on Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, Saving Grace, and Without a Trace], and that clashed with the work people knew me for at the time.”
In case you haven’t heard (but you have, right?), The Vampire Diaries will have a new 9 p.m. partner this fall on the CW: The Secret Circle, based on L.J. Smith’s trilogy of the same name, adapted for the screen by Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries) and Andrew Miller (creator, Imaginary Bitches web series). Yep, an Alloy Entertainment/L.J. Smith/Kevin Williamson block on Thursday nights, which has us long-time fans of both series pinching ourselves and wondering what year it is. (The Secret Circle was originally published in 1992.)
The series stars Britt Robertson as Cassie (center) and (left to right) Thomas Dekker as Adam, Jessica Parker Kennedy as new (i.e.: non-book) character Melissa, Louis Hunter as Nick, Shelley Hennig as Diana, and Phoebe Tonkin as Faye.
The short version: We really, really liked The Secret Circle pilot.
NOTE: Yes, there are major changes from the books, but we think most fans are braced for that and we won’t dwell on the details here. (Tierney Bricker has an excellent breakdown if you’re curious about books vs. pilot. Please be aware that there have been changes to the pilot since the posting of the article.)
Sometimes things are too incredible not to share: The signed Vampire Diaries pilot script auction ended only moments ago and the top bid hovered near $800 for most of the evening. Then, in the last ten minutes, there was flurry of furious bidding. The final result?
HUGE CONGRATS to the lucky winner and to Chloe and Amber of Vampire Support for rocking in those funds for the National Wildlife Federation! Next time someone tells you fandom can’t make a difference? Tell ‘em where to stick it.
Back on June 3rd, Deadline Hollywood reported that the CW had launched its first ever Emmy campaign, highlighting the Warner Bros.-produced shows Gossip Girl, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. DH provided a look at the CW’s For Your Consideration insert in Emmy Magazine (the brainchild of WB TV’s chief marketing officer, Lisa Gregorian) and revealed that a DVD with special Emmy promo trailers of the aforementioned shows had been included. (Any chance the general public will get to see this Vampire Diaries promo trailer at some point?)
A few days later, Vlada of TV blog Staying In provided more detail about the OMFG FYC insert, mentioning that the network had submitted the Vampire Diaries Pilot and Lost Girls. Vlada had this to say in regards to the CW’s chances for Emmy recognition:
While I don’t think that most of the CW shows can compare to the glory days of the WB, least of all Emmy-nominated shows like Mad Men, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some underrated talent on the network.
Now Zap2It’s Carina MacKenzie has chimed in on the CW’s Emmy chances, reinforcing the point that while CW shows may not stand a chance in the Emmy race, there’s something to be said for the CW roster’s influence on pop culture and the strength of some of its stars:
That’s not to say that Ackles won’t deserve [an Emmy] eventually. In fact, we think The CW is currently grooming the actors who will be tomorrow’s greats. Nina Dobrev’s subtle shifts between her two characters, Katherine and Elena, in “The Vampire Diaries” finale are very telling of her natural ability and dedication to the craft. Ian Somerhalder has spent a decade on television, but it wasn’t until he hit The CW that he truly found his stride with Damon Salvatore.
What do you guys think? Is the campaign ballsy or futile? Agree with the Vampire Diaries episodes submitted?
Get a closer look at the CW’s Vampire Diaries page from the OMFG FYC insert below, courtesy of Carina MacKenzie. Click for a bigger version in our Gallery.
You knew it was only a matter of time, right? We love our polls and this one’s big: Narrow down your favorite Vampire Diaries: Season One episodes to your TOP THREE. (I can do four, so I’m sweating a bit.) Which episodes made you yell at your television with joy or frustration? Challenged or solidified your allegiances? Turned your character perspective upside down? Which episodes left you with an emotional hangover the next day and had you dissecting it, minute by minute, scene by scene, in blog post comments or in forums? Which three episodes reel you back in, over and over again?
For the first time, we’re going multiple choice. Check your three favorite episodes and see where your fellow fans land. And if you’re so inclined, let us know how and why you settled on your picks.
The anticipation has been building all month and the moment has finally arrived: Tune in to The VRO at 9pm ET tonight as Vampire Diaries executive producer/writer Julie Plec fields your questions. As she tweeted earlier, “I’m happy to defend it, explain it, or revel in it w u, depending on topic. Or we can just talk about Paul’s abs.” Word on the street is that tonight’s show is going to be extra-special so, whatever you have to do, make sure you’re there. We have a feeling it’s going to be lots of fun.
If you missed this week’s interviews, you can listen to them in full over at Blog Talk Radio: Paul M. Sommers and Marguerite MacIntyre. And tune in for Malese Jow on Friday night and Susan Walters on June 1st.
And tonight at 8/7c, the Vampire Diaries Season One encore officially begins on the CW. The Moonlight pairing kicks off next week, June 3rd.
And, if you follow Kev and Julie on Twitter, you know the writers returned to work this week to begin Season Two. Yes, as you read this, they’re plotting how to drive you all insane. Exciting, isn’t it?
Lots going on behind the scenes here at V-D.net (good stuff!) so bear with us as we work back into a groove. It’s becoming a very interesting summer indeed.
It’s hard to believe the season one finale is only five weeks away. Doesn’t seem that long ago that there was a write-up in Variety, announcing that a Vampire Diaries pilot had been ordered. Take a walk down memory lane with a slew of official episode stills and behind the scenes photos from the first 10 episodes of The Vampire Diaries. We teamed up with Vampire Diaries Web to bring you over 400 new images. Click on a header to see that particular folder in the Gallery. Enjoy!
Special note: For the true die-hards and trivia buffs…pay close attention to the Haunted stills and see if you notice something interesting in the scenes with Elena, Vicki, and Jeremy. Oh, and be sure to check out what “Elena” was writing in her diary in the Pilot.
Some more stills from the Pilot episode for you to enjoy. Seriously, how cool does Nina look propped up against that stone angel?