Ian dropped by MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung today to talk Vampire Diaries and Damon Salvatore and his return to Lost (as in he’s getting on a plane to Hawaii this Friday with a 36-hour turnaround for filming – Boone will appear in three episodes). He also name-checked Barnabus Collins of Dark Shadows as the best vampire ever, and discussed how he thinks there’s always room for more vampires on TV, calling Kevin Williamson “a genius,” and praising the show’s ensemble cast.
We’re waiting for the video to post on MTV. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s up and add it to this post.
UPDATE: We have a photo of Ian on set at Alexa Chung today, courtesy of MTV.
UPDATE 2: Video’s up! Many thanks to Lora for uploading to YouTube so everyone can enjoy.
Also, thanks to lilacstar1 on YouTube, we have the Daytime EMMY Red Carpet pre-show snippet of Ian introducing a clip from The Vampire Diaries (we’ve edited it down to just Ian’s segment – and hi, Zach!):
Many thanks to @Heaven314 for scanning these for us. This week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest contains interviews with Paul Wesley, Kayla Ewell and Zach Roerig, where they talk about working on the Vampire Diaries with each other and their previous work in various daytime soaps.
We’ve got some episode stills from episode three (production code #102) of the Vampire Diaries TV series, ‘Friday Night Bites’. As the title implies, it’s a very football-focused episode, with a lot of Stefan in a football shirt (and both Vee and I agree that our favourite number is ’7′, so Stefan being ’17′ kind of tickles us). We’ll be adding our spoilery observations to the Friday Night Bites spoiler zone later on.
Quick reminder that Paul Wesley will be on the NY PIX Morning News (on NYC CW affiliate Channel 11) tomorrow (Monday) morning at 7:45 a.m. ET. Watch their blog for photos/video or, if you’re in NYC, watch on TV.
Also, thanks to nysiren for the heads up that a photo of Paul and Nina is featured in the September issue of NYLON, with Anna Paquin on the cover. It’s their TV issue.
As for the CW Fall 2009 Preview Special, it featured the TVD extended preview, which was nice to see on a television versus the laptop. If you stuck around to watch the CW’s Daytime EMMY Red Carpet special, you caught a video message from Ian Somerhalder within the first 20 minutes. He introduced a clip from The Vampire Diaries pilot (Stefan and Damon in Stefan’s room), with Zach Roerig standing behind him. Hopefully that’ll pop up online at some point.
We have a feeling the next 10 days are going to be pretty non-stop with the promo/publicity. Should be fun.
In case some of you aren’t following Vampire Diaries supervising producer/director Marcos Siega on Twitter, he was kind enough to post a photo of Paul and Nina during a “beautiful scene” on Friday night. Moonlight, a fountain…certainly looks romantic from where we sit.
Speaking of Twitter, Julie Plec is just a little bit evil – and we love it.
In case you missed our update to the previous post: My sound card was down when the “Squeamish” promo hit, otherwise I would have been sure to tell you sooner that the track used is “Hang You from the Heavens” by The Dead Weather. (Yes, it has me very excited – it’s shaping up to be my album of the year. And yes, I keep track of these things.) Jack White’s ending up with quite the TVD connection, what with the Raconteurs’ “Consoler of the Lonely” used in the pilot n’ all.
And if you haven’t checked out the official Vampire Diaries site over at CW.com lately, go take a look! They’ve updated with shots from the Greystone Mansion shoot, cast bios (not for everyone yet), videos, and more. Participate in the Vampire Diaries forum, fan the official TVDtv Facebook page, and generally make merry.
IESB has a thorough compilation of Paul Wesley quotes from the Television Critics Association press tour last week. Most of this you’ve already seen elsewhere, but there are some new nuggets buried in there.
Michael Trevino posted a few pics from the set on Tuesday afternoon, including what we shall call “Portrait with Shoulder Pads” – a candid of himself with Zach Roerig and Paul Wesley, all decked in football practice gear. They look hot. No, really – we hope there was an arsenal of bottled water and spray misters. (And yes, they’re the Mystic Falls Timberwolves. We know Kevin Williamson confirmed the mascot would be Wildcats – as some of you reminded us on Twitter – but circumstances are circumstances, and hey, we think Timberwolves is rather clever. You never know, maybe they’ll appear as a rival team at some point.)
Hollywood Crush has an article and video interview (only viewable in the USA) with Kevin Williamson in which he reassures readers that Vampire Diaries “isn’t Twilight at all”, and more of a “modern-day sexy Dark Shadows“. Seems like a good thing to us.
A short ‘TV to Talk About’ promo clip has turned up on YouTube with Paul Wesley, Candice Accola, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Katerina Graham all making an appearance.
Vampire Diaries BG passed along a photo of Vampire Diaries elevator door advertising in Los Angeles that appeared in a Bulgarian newspaper. We also hear TVD has a definite presence in NYC’s Times Square right now (if you have pics, we’d love to see them!), as well as throughout the city.
Finally, our caption contest ends tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. Western U.S. time. There are Vampire Diaries bags, posters and buttons up for grabs (pictured below), so head on over to the contest post, take a look at the pic and wow us with your witty one-liners before the entry deadline.
Now that filming for the Vampire Diaries is underway in Covington, Georgia, a lot of fans are heading down there to watch it as it happens. By all accounts we’ve seen so far the cast and crew are a really laid back, friendly and genuinely nice to the fans who turn up. Ella (who provided us with the earlier photo of the Mystic Grill) headed over there recently to meet the cast and get some behind-the-scenes pictures of filming taking place, and has been kind enough to share them with us. We’re only highlighting a few here (click on the thumbnails for the larger images), but Ella has a whole bunch more that you can see in her Photobucket account.
Paul Wesley seems to be somewhat elusive in these pictures at the moment (he’s a mysterious blur above). Looks like he’s taking Stefan’s sneaking abilities very seriously. ;) If you’d like to use Ella’s pictures, please don’t just take them – you should contact her for permission.
The Vampire Diaries cast and crew presence on Twitter just keeps growing! Zach Roerig (who plays Matt Donovan) can be found @zgeorge222, and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore, of course) has set up shop @iansomerhalder1 (thanks to the folks over at MediaBlvd for helping confirm – yes, it’s really him, and he’s obviously in the process of reclaiming his name from a Twitter squatter, so here’s hoping he’s able to drop the “1″ soon). We eagerly await others to succumb to Twitter’s siren call – kinda makes the wait ’til September a bit easier, no?
A quick guide for reference:
@MSiega (Marcos Siega, director)
@kevwilliamson (Kevin Williamson, writer/executive producer)
@julieplec (Julie Plec, writer/executive producer)
@KaterinaGraham (Katerina Graham, “Bonnie”)
@iansomerhalder1 (Ian Somerhalder, “Damon”)
@zgeorge222 (Zach Roerig, “Matt”)
@paulmsommers (Paul M. Sommers, Director of Photography)
@M_Trevino (Michael Trevino, “Tyler”)
And if you’re already in San Diego for the Comic Con shindig, don’t forget that the Warner Bros. Pilot Preview Night, featuring The Vampire Diaries (along with V and Human Target) is tonight (Wednesday, July 22nd), 6-9 p.m., in Ballroom 20. If you see it, share your thoughts here (ix-nay on the book spoilers, unless you hide them!) or in the discussion forums.
If you miss the screening tonight, no worries – they’ll be showing the pilot again at Saturday’s panel.
Thanks to the folks over at SpoilerTV and the CW, you can now view an extended trailer (five whole minutes worth) of the Vampire Diaries TV series that was shown at the CW upfront. It contains a lot of footage that hasn’t been seen in the previous trailers, and Vee and I will no doubt give you some more in-depth observations about the footage later on.
We would like to say that we’re impressed with what we’ve seen here, especially with regards to Paul Wesley. Speaking as hardcore book fans, he may not be who we would have picked as Stefan, but his performance is something that leads us to believe that the guy can pull it off. Hopefully after seeing this, others of you might be willing to give him a chance, too.
No, we’re not dead – just taking a bit of a breather. We said BRING ON THE PROMO and the past few days have certainly obliged! A few things:
A big “Hola!” to our new affiliates: Vampire Diaries Web (a new fansite for the TV series), Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Somerhalder Online. And a special shout-out to Jen (of Nina Dobrev Fan) and Eny (of Ian Online) for being so supportive and so cool.
And thanks to everyone who’s been hitting the site like crazy this week; luckily we were prepared for the traffic onslaught. Also, thanks to all of the sites who have been linking to us for more info on all things Vampire Diaries. Now that the TV series is a go, expect lots of analyzing and updates throughout the site. (Especially in the Vampire Diaries Wiki, hurrah!)
Most of you have probably seen these already, but in case you haven’t: CW Upfront and After-Party photos can be seen at Vampire Diaries Web, Nina Dobrev Fan, and Ian Online. Looks like Zach Roerig (who is playing Matt Donovan) was also in New York for the shindig.
There is an alternate promo pic of Somerhalder, Dobrev, and Wesley that you can also see over at Ian Online.