Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Vampire Diaries - Tessa Has Been Cast

Janina Gavankar has been cast to play Tessa in The Vampire Diaries. Tessa is described as a beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame. She first appears in the third episode, which is also a flashback hour.

The Originals - Sabine Has Been Cast

Shannon Kane has been cast as Sabine in The Originals. Her character is described as wild, bold and sexy. Sabine is a street-smart tour guide in New Orleans who also happens to secretly be a leading member of the French Quarter's witch community.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Caroline Dries Teases Season 5

This is a pretty big year for you with the show. How are you feeling about taking on this new role?
It's really intimidating because the show is so hard to think of ideas for. It's so hard to break episodes and Kevin Williamson, EP and Julie have set the bar so high. At the same time, I've been working under them since season one when, for whatever reason, Kevin decided to invest his time in me. I just cherish that so much. I realized, they are their harshest critics, so when we break stories, I try to see things through their eyes. With such good teachers, I feel like my gut instinct is very close to what the right instinct is. I'm a fan of the show, I was a fan of the show before I started working on the show, so it's a matter of thinking about what the fans want to see because we want to reward them. It's easy to get bogged down in the mythology, so I just take a step back and think, what do the fans want to see? Do they want to see a moonstone or do they want to see Damon kissing Elena? Hello! [laughs]
OK, so, what do the fans want to see?
That's a good question [laughs]. With a show in its fifth season there's a bit of a sense of "What haven't we seen?" What's great about our show is that all of the characters have so many dimensions, so we can see multiple sides to the characters. In season three we had Stefan as Ripper Stefan, but it was still Paul Wesley. This year we have Stefan as Silas, but it's still Paul Wesley, so I think what fans want to see is familiar characters working in different dynamics. They want to see what I want to see: sexual tension, love, romance, heartbreak; that's what any fan wants to see.
Which storyline do you feel is the most heartbreaking this season?
For me, it's very obviously Stefan's storyline. And yes, Stefan does have a storyline even though he's trapped in a safe dying. It's so beautiful.
Logistically is it tough to write for a guy trapped in a box?
[laughs] Um ... yes. For a while we toyed with the idea of showing Stefan once and then not seeing him again. But then we remembered he's a main character on this show [laughs]. So we sat and wondered about the best Stefan storyline to tell, and I think we landed on a good one.
I remember watching a documentary about the movie The Bone Collector where the director talked about an on-set contest to find new angles to shoot Denzel Washington's character from. Anything like that going on with Stefan this season?
Are you saying we should have rewards for being creative? [laughs] Actually, I remember we had to name a group at the college and we couldn't think of a good, new name, so I just told everyone to start naming words [laughs]. That's the key, to see things from a different angle. Julie will often say that the reason we like an idea is because it was familiar. If that happens, she tells us to do the exact opposite, and that's such good advice. So if a scene or an idea or a line of dialogue feels too familiar, do the exact opposite with the moment and make it uncomfortable.
How integrated is the college atmosphere?
I feel like when Dawson or Buffy or 90210 went to college there was always a weird shift in the show paradigm, so I'm hyper aware of TVD not suddenly feeling like a new show, and so is Julie. Hopefully it unfolds in an elegant way, but doesn't take over the Mystic Falls storyline. Plus the first chapter of season five is a bit more Mystic Falls centric, and then as the girls get to know college better, we'll let that world unfold a little more. It's not college all the time at first.
This season also features a Damon we haven't seen before. What was it like writing for Damon in love?
When I sat down to write Damon happy, I was like, "Oh my god!" [laughs] I had no idea what he sounded like as a happy character. Damon's never been in a relationship; he's slept with girls and had girl/boy dynamics in his storyline, but he's never been overtly open about his feelings. But he's still Damon. That's what Elena signed on for. You don't start dating Mick Jagger and suddenly hope he becomes this other person. You get the rockstar. I think episode one is a good balance of him being loving towards Elena without giving up who he is.
What are you excited for fans to see in season five?
I really hope they like it, but I also hope they appreciate that these are the same characters they've been following for five years. We've earned their love stories, this isn't a show where they're in love, out of love, get back together, break up. I mean, I would watch that show too [laughs], but that's not what The Vampire Diaries is. Because we've spent so long earning these love stories, you feel like you're in their relationship, so the audience will feel like the love is earned. That's what I’m happiest about.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Julie Plec Teases Season 5

Damon and Elena
So, what’s ahead for these two besides all that hot lovin’? Plec, who recently said the duo will be happy this year, explains that Damon and Elena will face real-life relationship conflicts “in which one is keeping a secret from another trying not to hurt their feelings, trying to make them happy, little things that any normal couple would fight about and then hopefully make up over.” Adds Plec: “The biggest hurdles in their relationship come from external sources, people, ideas, notions that are trying to say they’re not supposed to be together. It’s really going to be more about them fighting to prove that they should be together and it’s okay.”
Human Katherine
After a summer of trying to take care of herself, Plec says that Katherine will turn up in Mystic Falls looking to a Salvatore for some assistance. “Certainly her determined presence in Mystic Falls and in the Salvatore house itself will definitely be a little bit of a sore spot,” says the showrunner, who teases that Katherine will become very attached to the Salvatore.
Don’t expect Stefan to come out of the quarry unscathed. Plec hints that when he finally emerges from confinement, he’ll be both the same and drastically different. “There’s a little bit of a riddle attached to that which I can’t really expand on, but it’s going to be a fun ride for Paul Wesley to play as an actor,” teases Plec.
Klaus and Caroline
Klaus may be in New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for him and Caroline. Plec says that there is a chance Caroline will turn up in the Big Easy. “I think that there are a lot of complicated elements that go into trying to make this happen, but I’ve talked about it with Candice and I’ve talked about it with Joseph. There’s a million logistics to work out and you never know, but it’s something we’d like to do and hope to do.”
Mystic Falls’ finest will be attending Whitmore College this fall — the same school where Jenna pursued her graduate degree and Grams and Shane were professors. “We definitely did not want to have it be the college down the block that all of a sudden out of nowhere there’s a Mystic Falls University, but we knew we had to keep them close enough to home so that they could come and go as they pleased with a little bit of a road trip,” explains Plec. Though the group will be separated, Plec promises that the core will stay intact. “It’s so fun because you have this whole fresh new story at college, in the midst of which Damon has to show up there to solve a problem or Elena has to rush home to solve a problem or Caroline comes home for a holiday, so I think that we will have conquered the college curse pretty well.”
No season is complete without the demise of a major character, and this year is no exception. Says Plec: “I think we’ve got some juicy villains that need some vanquishing and there’s always a possibility that one of our beloved heroes will kick the bucket. When, who, or how, I’ll never tell, but it’s definitely in the cards.”

Spoiler From TV Line - 30th July 2013

Consider this a request for some general, non-specific Vampire Diaries intel.

The show is doing the time warp again. Exec producer Caroline Dries tells us that Episode 3 will be a flashback episode. “It is a decade we haven’t seen before,” she shares. “It’s going to be very good.”

Spoiler From TV Guide - 30th July 2013

Any scoop on Matt and Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? I heart them together!

While we won't rule out the opportunity for crossover episodes, Claire Holt seems pretty sure that the two are dunzo for now. "In the last episode, Matt told her, 'I have to keep my life vampire-free,' so she knew going into it that they would have a little fun, travel the world together and now she's ready to move on and take down more men in New Orleans," Holt says.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Originals - Josh Has Been Cast

The Originals has cast actor Steven Krueger as Josh. Krueger will appear in three episodes as Josh, a young tourist whose night out in New Orleans takes an unexpectedly dark turn when he ends up at Marcel's bar.

Monday, 29 July 2013

New Premiere Dates

The official statement is as follows:

July 29, 2013 (Burbank, CA) ─ The CW Network has shifted some premiere dates of its 2013 fall season schedule, allowing for additional exposure and time to launch.  The series premiere of THE ORIGINALS will now debut on a special night and time on Thursday, October 3, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, the network announced today.   THE ORIGINALS series premiere will follow the season premiere of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which is bowing one week earlier than previously announced, Thursday, October 3, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, giving THE ORIGINALS the additional exposure of premiering behind the network’s highest-rated series.
The following week, THE ORIGINALS will then move to its regularly scheduled night and time Tuesday, October 8, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, followed by the 9th season premiere of SUPERNATURAL, 9:00-10:00 P.M. ET, a week earlier than previously announced.   An encore of THE ORIGINALS second episode will air Thursday, October 10, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, again following an original episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
The CW will launch the highly anticipated premiere of its Mary, Queen of Scots drama, REIGN, on Thursday, October 17, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, a week later than previously announced, allowing for even more time and opportunity to promote the series.
The schedule is as follows:
8:00-9:00 PM         THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (New Season Premiere Date)
9:00-10:00 PM         THE ORIGINALS (New Series Premiere Date)
8:00-9:00 PM         THE ORIGINALS (Time Period Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM                 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM               THE ORIGINALS (Episode 2 Encore)
8:00-9:00 PM         THE ORIGINALS (Original Episode)
8:00-9:00 PM         THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Original Episode)

The Originals - Recurring Role Being Cast

A new recurring role is being cast for The Originals. The role is for Josh. The casting call states that The CW is looking for an early 20's male for the role. Josh is described as a “hot and naive but curious gay tourist partying with friends in New Orleans.” But like most people who cross paths with the supernatural world of “The Vampire Diaries,” Josh ends up in “the wrong part of the French Quarter” -- and unfortunately his trip has “dire consequences.”