Between San Diego Comic-Con, TCA, and general summer distractions, some things inevitably fall through the cracks, so let’s catch up on some news and interviews we’ve missed in the past week or two. And never fear: Things will be gearing back up soon, as we’re only about seven weeks away from the joint premiere night for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals on the CW on October 3rd at 8/7c and 9/8c, respectively. (The Originals will then move to its normal Tuesday timeslot.)
- Julie Plec on Syncing Up THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, and Retelling THE ORIGINALS’ Backdoor Pilot [Give Me My Remote]
- Moving On Out! Claire Holt Reflects on Transitioning From THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to THE ORIGINALS [The TV Addict]
- THE ORIGINALS: Joseph Morgan on the ‘Incredibly Rewarding Opportunity’ to Further Explore Klaus [Give Me My Remote]
- The Originals Scoop: All My Children Star Cast as Wild and Sexy Witch Leader [E!Online]
- The Showrunner Chronicles: Julie Plec Talks THE ORIGINALS and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES [The TV Addict]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’: Kat Graham on Bonnie’s Costly Sacrifice and Season 5 Hints (Video) [The Hollywood Reporter]
There’s no rerun of The Vampire Diaries on the CW tonight, because they’re airing the Young Hollywood Awards. But you might want to tune in, because Ian Somerhalder is among the presenters! The ceremony and TV broadcast begin at 8/7c. Reruns return next Thursday, August 8th, with Down the Rabbit Hole (EP414).
In the meantime, let’s catch up on some of the coverage from the CW’s presentation at TCA press tour this week, which included a panel on The Originals!
- Deadline: TCA: CW’s ‘The Originals’ Is About “Embracing Vampirism” Says EP
- Give Me My Remote: The CW at TCA: Panel Photos for THE ORIGINALS, REIGN, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, and WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
- Give Me My Remote: The CW at TCA: Party Photos!
- Give Me My Remote: THE ORIGINALS at TCA: Live-Blog
- HitFix: Press Tour: ‘The Originals’ stars talk vampire fatigue, mermaids
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘The Originals’ Boss Targets Broader Audience for ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff
- IGN: The Originals Embrace Their Vampirism
- TV Guide: The Originals Boss Julie Plec: We’re Reveling in Being Vampires
And the TCA Press Tour interviews continue. Christina Radish of Collider talked to Joseph Morgan about some of the thought he’s put into his portrayal of Klaus. On his attitude toward backstory:
“There’s a certain amount that’s developed for you, through the flashbacks, and then you fill in some of the gaps. I tend not to make up too many solid events that he’s been through because then that informs what I’m playing, and then that’s redefined by the writers anyway. When I joined the show, I didn’t know that Stefan and Klaus had a history together. . . . So, it’s useful, to a certain extent, to make backstory and think about that, but to create anything that’s too solid is detrimental, when you’re playing things, later on.”
And on the appeal of vampires:
“I think there’s something that people can relate to, especially teenagers, with the idea of someone who has an older, dark secret and is struggling with something inside themselves and to be accepted because there’s a part of themselves that they’re ashamed of, and yet they really would just like to be like everybody else. I think that’s something that’s instantly relatable to teenagers.”
Joseph also discusses his move to Atlanta, his favorite thing about Klaus, the show on which he’d like to guest star, and much more.
Vlada Gelman of TVLine also interviewed Joseph about Klaus’s love interest, family dynamics, and more. On his brothers:
“What’s wonderful about that is that the writers have really worked to make these two guys individual. It’s not just like there are these two badasses, and they’re both the same and you can’t tell them apart. They really have distinct personalities, just like Elijah and Klaus are very different. … You can’t say Kol is ‘kind of like Damon’ or Kol is ‘kind of like’ that. They’re really not. They’re on their own, and they have distinct motives and relationships.”
On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Joseph Morgan represented The Vampire Diaries at the 2012 Winter Television Critics Association, where he joined Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki, Nikita‘s Shane West, Hart of Dixie‘s Wilson Bethel, and Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick on the Bad-Ass Boys of the CW panel. We live-RTed many of the critics in attendance and we’re collecting some of the commentary here. (And be jealous of the nifty planners the CW handed our, featuring network characters/quotes.)
Photos (via Joe Magnani/CW & Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images):
- The Wrap: Jared Padalecki, Ed Westwick, Shane West, Other CW Men Ask, ‘What Is Badass?’
- The TV Addict: Winter TCA Press Tour 2012: “The Bad-Ass Boys of The CW” Live Blog
- The Hollywood Reporter: TCA: 10 of the Funniest Quotes From the CW’s ‘Badass Boys’ Panel
- HitFix: The bad boys of the CW debate their bad-ass quotients
- @VladaGelman: CW’s Paul Hewitt congratulates #Supernatural and Nina Dobrev on their People’s Choice Awards.
- @JarettSays: The Bad-Ass Boys of the CW video sizzle reel is 90 seconds of pure sex #PostThisImmediatelyCW #TCA12
- @HitFixDaniel: Finally catching last week’s “Vampire Diaries” reminded me: Joseph Morgan is *damn* good.
- @danielletbd: “Whoa, whoa, whoa” – @jarpad disagrees when @josephmorgan is called “most legit evil” on this panel #CW #TCA12 #sexytime
- @JimHalterman: @JosephMorgan says he trusts Kevin/Julie in keeping Klaus a bad ass. #sexytime
- @VladaGelman: Joseph jokes his hair in Klaus flashback pic was modeled on Jared’s. #TCA
- @JimHalterman: @JosephMorgan says Klaus is a bigger badass than brothers because he’s also a hybrid. #TVD @CW_VampDiaries #sexytime
- @TVGMDebra: Joseph Morgan on the brothers who’ll be joining him on #vampirediaries: they’ve got to learn coming into the modern world #tvd #tca12
- @danielletbd: .@JosephMorgan says the sociopathic nature of Klaus is his fave part. “He could kiss you or kill you and it’s all the same to him” #TVD
- @KSiteTV: “I think Gordon Ramsey’s pretty bad ass” – Joseph Morgan “GORDON RAMSEY? Paula Deen is more bad-ass than Gordon Ramsey!” – Jared Padalecki
- @danielletbd: .@josephmorgan says @PaulWesley is a bad-ass, but so is Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt. But this is boys… #CW #TCA12 ##TVD
- @BuzzSugar: This Bad Boys of #CW feels like it’s turning into a @JarPad and @JosephMorgan wit-off. Loving it
- @JimHalterman: @JosephMorgan says the way everyone embraced him and were so welcoming is badass. #TVD @CW_VampDiaries #sexytime
- @JimHalterman: That’s a wrap from the Bad Ass Boys panel. Good, fun stuff…and the majority of the room (if they weren’t already fan girls) are now. :-)
Joseph Morgan was at the TCA Press Tour yesterday, so he’s going to be popping up here on the blog a lot today – but after Our Town (EP311), we kind of doubt you’ll object to that. Danielle Turchiano at The Examiner has a great interview with Joseph about the way Klaus’s character is evolving as the series progresses:
“You know, I think the more we go into this series, the more we’re going to see more layers to [Klaus],” Morgan pointed out. “So certainly there’s a– I wouldn’t say softer, but a more caring side, a more tender side, a more human side that we’re going to see. I don’t think it’s a front that he puts on; I think it’s a switch. I think it’s a choice to say ‘I’m going to tear your head off,’ and it’s in a heartbeat that he switches, you know? It’s really one of the frightening things to a sociopath, which I believe he is. I don’t know that I believe he’s growing in that direction, I just think we’re seeing more. He’s been in Mystic Falls long enough that maybe he’s letting more people in that he didn’t let in before.”
Zap2it has an interview with Joseph Morgan as well, but we don’t want to risk spoiling those of you who haven’t seen last night’s episode yet. Let’s just say that Joseph had some interesting comments on Klaus’s many motives!
At the TCA press tour last night, IGN‘s Eric Goldman talked to Kevin Williamson about everything from decapitations to the evolution of the relationships between Damon, Stefan and Elena to the future of the Originals to the pure awesomeness of Caroline. (Warning: The interview contains spoilers through the most recent episode, The New Deal (EP310).) Will we be seeing some of our favorite Originals again soon?
IGN: Might [Rebekah] or Elijah pop up again in the not too distant future?
Williamson: Look, I love Rebekah. I think Claire Holt is amazing in this role. And Elijah… I can’t decide which one I like better: Klaus or Elijah. They had such a great dynamic and they’re so opposing in personality, that on screen together they have an electricity, which is kind of exactly what Julie and I always wanted – to have the same brother dynamic that Damon and Stefan have. I feel like with Elijah and Klaus, we have it. I think that’s just going to fuel a bunch of stories, so I’m very excited about that.
And on getting away with murder:
IGN: Have you been surprised by the content you’ve been able to include? You’ve gotten away with some pretty notable kill scenes!
Williamson: You know what though, The CW has been amazing, because they’ve been so supportive of it. And we get away with stuff that other shows don’t because they’re vampires. There’s a thing with Broadcast and Standards where it’s “fake.” It’s vampire violence, so it’s not “real” violence. If they weren’t vampires and they had guns, we’d be having a different conversation. They’re vampires with fangs and there’s decapitations, so there’s something unreal about their strength. So for some reason, the Broadcast and Standards is not that tough on it.
Kevin also talks about how to convince your friends that The Vampire Diaries isn’t just a girly show and gives some scoop on his new pilot for FOX, so make sure you read the whole thing!
The CW has posted a brief interview with Kat Graham, filmed on the CW/Showtime/CBS TCA party red carpet earlier this month.
TVLine caught up with Kevin Williamson at the TCA Press Tour and talked to him about what’s coming up for Damon and Elena in season three:
“It’s not so much about, ‘Are Damon and Elena going to fall madly in love and live happily ever after?’” says Williamson. “It’s, ‘Are Damon and Elena going to be able to find the man they both love?’ … It’s going to be fun to watch Damon and Elena form this relationship that at its core is about a search for the man they both care about.”
With Stefan gone, Damon and Elena will have to settle into a new dynamic.
“It’s about defining their roles,” says Williamson of the arc. “Are they going to be friends? Lovers? How are they going to define themselves? Because it will be a defining moment for both of them.”
Kevin Williamson fielded a few Vampire Diaries questions during The Secret Circle portion of the Television Critics Association press panel today. Here are some choice snippets via Twitter by attending press:
@VladaGelman: Tyler/Caroline/Matt triangle going to be right alongside Stefan/Elena/Damon.
@TVGuideMagazine: Bonnie will be “front and center” during the new season of #VampireDiaries says Kevin Williamson
@TVDWetpaint: A witch is at the root of the Original families mythology – so Kevin Williamson says Bonnie will be at the center of Season 3.
@LauinLA: And Bonnie’s story is integral to next season of #TVD, she’s at the center of both Jeremy’s story and the Stefan/Klaus/hybrid arc.
@BuzzSugar: #VampireDiaries fans: don’t get your hopes up for a cross over with #TheSecretCircle. Kevin Williamson says it ain’t happenin’
During the CW panel at the Television Critics Association press day today, new CW president Mark Pedowitz commented on the lack of an additional episode order for The Vampire Diaries (which had some fans up in arms last night). Turns out keeping Vampire Diaries Season 3 to 22 episodes was by Kevin Williamson’s request. Via @TVGMSchneider:
Kevin Williamson didn’t want to do more than 22 episodes of the #VampireDiaries which is why it didn’t get more eps like other #thecw shows.
The reason? TVD’s tight production schedule and the wish to not sacrifice the show’s quality for quantity. No reason to panic.
To read more about Pedowitz’s comments, you can read select tweets on the @tvdnews timeline and head over to Zap2It for a breakdown. Pedowitz touched on watching the show (he’s halfway through Season 1), DVD sales for TVD (question for the WB, but he thinks it does well), and whether additional L.J. Smith works are in development (he doesn’t think so – and we think that’s highly unlikely).
Kat Graham and Kevin Williamson represented The Vampire Diaries at last night’s TCA CBS/Showtime/The CW party. Check out photos of Kat below (UPDATE: Added a few pics of Kat, Kevin, Thomas Dekker, and CW president Mark Pedowitz courtesy of Kat Graham Source and the CW Network):