Earlier this morning (very early for fans in the US), UK fans of the Vampire Diaries were able to catch Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder talking about the show on ‘This Morning’. For those who missed it, or aren’t in the UK, we’ve got video of the interview below.
For all you UK fans who have been wondering when the Vampire Diaries cast were going to be in England next, we’re happy to tell you that it will be next week. Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder will be attending a signing at HMV, 150 Oxford Street, London at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 3rd. Because they’re only going to be there for an hour, places are limited to 350, and you’ll need to obtain a wristband from the Oxford Street store on the day. They’ll be available from 9am on a first come first serve basis, so you’ll need to get in there quickly.
Have we mentioned lately how much we love Lorraine over at the L.J. Smith Cover Resource? She’s been working her cover voodoo and has come up trumps with all kinds of Vampire Diaries book cover goodies for us.
First up, to your left you will see the UK cover for The Return: Midnight (click on the image to view a larger version). This is the first cover we’ve seen anywhere for Midnight, and I’ve got to admit to a little bit of pride that the UK got in there first. While we may have a cover, we’re still seeing a range of dates for the publication date, from July of this year to November next year. As soon as we have something concrete, we’ll get it up on the website for you.
We’ve also got some more covers for other books in the series – from reprints to brand new publications in the UK, France, Germany and Japan. Read on to view all the new covers…
The CW have released a short series promo to let us know that the Vampire Diaries has “TV’s most smoldering cast”. We think they may be on to something there. ;)
ITV2 also have a promo up for episodes 12 to 14 in the UK, in which the cast is indeed looking smoldering (thanks, Denise!):
And finally, Denis has been in touch to let us know that The Return: Nightfall is set for publication in Bulgaria at some point in May. You can see the cover (which is a combination of the Bulgarian covers for The Struggle and The Fury) below.
Rogue Events’ Insurgence: Bloodlines – the fan convention originally scheduled for this month in Birmingham and now rescheduled for September 10-12 in London – has just announced Paul Wesley as a Guest of Honor. Please keep in mind (as we learned from Nina Dobrev’s cancelled appearance) that con guests are subject to change. For information on tickets and hotel, check out the official Insurgence: Bloodlines page.
And Indonesia’s DaMan Magazine (which featured Zach Roerig in December) just tweeted to say Paul will be featured in their April 2010 issue. DaMan says they interviewed Paul last night (“Super nice guy, btw!”) and we can get a sneak peek at photos on April 1st. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: DaMan also says Paul will be on the cover!
A couple of weeks ago we posted with a link to the first chapter of The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls, which ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. HarperTeen have decided that fans shouldn’t be left in the dark, and have made the first eight chapters of Shadow Souls available to read on their website. Many thanks to Michelle for the heads up.
Last night’s awesome episode of the Vampire Diaries, “Fool Me Once”, racked up 3.55 million viewers. Honestly, we’re kind of surprised it wasn’t more, because website activity last night was rocking, with the poll attracting a lot of voters and the forums seeing a lot of action (the thread for “Fool Me Once” looks like it’s going to be our most active episode discussion thread yet!). Anyhow, 3.55 million is the number reported, and that’s still excellent. From TV by the Numbers:
CW’s Vampire Diaries was down a bit and saw lows with adults 18-49 and even with Women 18-34 it was on the low side (perhaps a series low with a 2.4 W18-34 rating).
Speaking of people viewing the episode, “Fool Me Once” is now available to watch online from the following sources:
Canadian Fans: Watch for free on CTV
USA Fans: Purchase from Amazon
UK Fans: Purchase from iTunes
The Hollywood Reporter has some new Vampire Diaries casting news. Stephen Martines (The Closer, The Guiding Light, General Hospital) will play a vampire by the name of Frederick who was one of the vampires in locked up in the tomb. Looks like he’s set to cause trouble in Mystic Falls, and we’re not sure that Alaric will take kindly to another guy in town going by the name of ‘Rick’. ;)
The CW have a nice new Vampire Diaries feature on their website, displaying how all the characters connect to each other. Click on the characters to find out more information, a long with a few video interviews with the actors talking about their characters. So far there are videos with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
The Steven R. McQueen fans in the house are starting to get pretty vocal lately, so we’re sure they’ll all love Seventeen.com’s 17 Questions article, where you can find out about Steven’s first kiss, guilty pleasures, dream jobs, and how much cash he has in his wallet.
Finally, tomorrow is the final Hot Topic Cast Tour stop in Los Angeles. Sadly, wristbands for the signing are sold out but the Q&A is open to the public. So head on down to Westfield Topanga for 4pm to catch the cast and hang out with your fellow Vampire Diaries fans. We also suggest investing in some earplugs. The last two events were loud. ;)
Finally! A new Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls cover! For the longest time we’ve only had the cover for the USA to keep us going… and now we have one for the UK. Thematically on-topic, and a vast improvement on the apple (of which we shall not speak, beyond a brief mention that it bears an uncanny resemblance to a Twilight parody book… oh, the shame). Good job on this one, Hodder! Amazon are listing it as a paperback due for release on 6th May, 2010.
In other UK publication news, the TV series tie-in covers were also released last week. These are omnibus editions (check out the covers for volume one and volume two), and are available for order on Amazon (order volume one and volume two), or should be stocked in your local book shop.
Viewing figures are up for the Vampire Diaries with “Children of the Damned” drawing in 4 million viewers on Thursday night. From TV by the Numbers:
CW’s Vampire Diaries was mixed vs. last week, flat for adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating, but up 7% vs. the CW target to a 3.0 rating for women 18-34.
If you missed the episode (or just want to watch it again), “Children of the Damned” is now available to watch/download in several places.
USA Fans: Watch on the CW or purchase from Amazon
Canadian Fans: Watch on CTV
UK Fans: Purchase from iTunes
Katerina Graham appeared on KTLA recently to talk about the Vampire Diaries, and you can watch the video of it below. Thanks to @CW_VampDiaries for the heads up.
Thanks to Denise for letting us know about this. UK newspaper “The Independent” has some Vampire Diaries features up online. There’s a short video featuring Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley (sorry, no embed options), and also an article all about the show.
…it’s worth noting Williamson and Plec’s recognition that a world with vampires in it should not ever be too cosy recalls not Twilight but that other great icon of teen vampire stories, Buffy. Williamson agrees. “What I loved about the L J Smith books was the folklore they created,” he says. “We wanted it to be a modern-day, sort of sexy soap opera. The town of Mystic Falls has a lot of things that go bump in the night, and it’s not just vampires. It’s got a little bit of Buffy where there’s that mythology that goes beyond vampires. There are all sorts of creatures of the night yet to emerge.”
Nina Dobrev is featured on the cover of the February issue of Indonesian magazine “Go Girl!”. For those of you who understand Indonesian, you can read the entire article here. Thanks to @DesiPuspandini for the scans!
The second NYLON video interview with Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley has been posted on YouTube. If you missed the first one, you can catch that here, and then look forward to the final part next week.
On the subject of video interviews with the main trio, @jayyu_jp has pointed us at another one with ITV:
Viewing figures for the UK Vampire Diaries are in, with the show getting off to a decent start with 980K viewers (that number includes the +1 figures from an hour later). Now, before people start getting alarmed by those figures, it’s worth remembering that the UK is small, and those figures are respectable over here. Also, it left Caprica trailing in its dust. ;)
In an update to yesterday’s post about “The Awakening” being published in Romania, Vampire Diaries Romania have been in touch to let us know it will be published on February 15. Not long to wait, Romanian fans.
Finally, there’s some buzz around the internet that Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek may be directing an episode of the Vampire Diaries at some point. Digital Spy reports that James and Kevin Williamson have been talking about it, and we’ll let you know if we hear anything more on the subject.