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Jan 23rd: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ bosses reveal the seven biggest debates from the writers’ room, and the two smallest

Jen | Categories: Interviews, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, The Vampire Diaries, TV Series, TVD 100th Episode | Comments Off on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ bosses reveal the seven biggest debates from the writers’ room, and the two smallest

Five seasons in and 100 episodes later, the writers behind all things related to Mystic Falls, the Salvatore brothers, and of course, doppelgängers have given us countless twists, turns, and heartbreaking memorable moments. But what were the stories that turned out differently than they expected? And if that’s the case, what had been their original plan? Was Elena originally going to remain a vampire? Actually, no. Was Jeremy always going to come back from the dead? Again, not so much. We caught up with executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries to get a look back at seven of the biggest debates from the writers room over the past 100 episodes, as well as a glimpse into two storylines they never questioned and the real reason why the Originals are immortal (Hint: It wears a suit.).

Check out the biggest debates below:

Will the show have flashbacks? Believe it or not, those flashbacks that you have come to know and love were not always in the playbook. “It was one of the most hotly contested debates of our entire experience because Kevin [Williamson] was very very very aggressively opposed to the room’s desire to do flashbacks and basically tortured us for a good month and kept explaining all the reasons why flashbacks were not good writing and why it would be a terrible mistake and kept playing devil’s advocate, forcing the room to fight harder and harder and harder for why flashbacks would work, and I’m sitting there in the middle being like ‘Oh God, I don’t know,’” Plec said. “And then Kevin finally harrumphed and insisted that we take a vote, and it was very intense and very scary. It was a blind vote, and everybody had to write down yes or no and put it in a hat. He was playing the role of stern father very well and when we counted all the votes and he finally showed what his vote was, his vote was yes. That was the resolution of whether there would be flashbacks on The Vampire Diaries, so I think what he was doing was just making us really fight for it and prove that it was a necessary element to the show, and it turned out to be a good thing for him to make us fight because we realized all the great ways we could make them work, and they’ve worked like a charm ever since.”

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Jan 23rd: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Hits 100 Episodes: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Execs Tell All

Jen | Categories: Ian Somerhalder, Interviews, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries, TV Series, TVD 100th Episode | Comments Off on ‘Vampire Diaries’ Hits 100 Episodes: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Execs Tell All

By the time 2008 rolled around, vampires were well established in the zeitgeist with a surging Twilight film series and the beginnings of HBO’s True Blood. The CW, a joint venture of CBS Corp. and Warner Bros., put its hat in the ring with The Vampire Diaries — and the risk paid off. Based on L. J. Smith’s young-adult novels, the show centers on a parentless teenage girl who catches the eye of two vampire brothers while navigating adolescence, the supernatural and death. Lots of death. Any talk of Diaries just being TV’s Twilight clone subsided when it debuted Sept. 10, 2009, to 5.7 million viewers and became The CW’s highest-rated show among younger viewers, with an enviable median viewer age of 34.5. While season-five ratings average 3.8 million, its social media reach is far-ranging, with nearly 18 million Facebook fans and 420,000 Twitter followers (more than 17 million if you count the cast’s and producers’ followers). It ranks as the fourth-most-social broadcast series, behind American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor, according to Trendrr, and it’s seen in more than 180 countries. The key players of Diaries spoke candidly with THR about the success of the series.

THE TWILIGHT EFFECT

PETER ROTH, Warner Bros. TV Group president and chief content officer: At the time, Alloy Entertainment, now a part of Warner Bros., were our partners. Through that relationship, we were exposed to The Vampire Diaries and were so taken with these characters.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON, executive producer: A long, long, long time ago, Alloy had brought the books to my office, saying, “What about a movie?” I basically didn’t read the books. I said no on the premise and the idea. It just seemed, in the wake of Twilight, that it shouldn’t be the direction I take. Then, years later, The CW came to me with it.

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Jan 21st: (SPOILERS) More Cast Interviews talking about TVD’s 100th Ep

Jen | Categories: Interviews, Kayla Ewell, Kevin Williamson, Malese Jow, Spoilers, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, TVD 100th Episode, Videos, Zach Roerig | Comments Off on (SPOILERS) More Cast Interviews talking about TVD’s 100th Ep

SOME VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Remember Kayla Ewell on The Vampire Diaries? The actress looks back on her time as Vicki here.

We love Marguerite MacIntyre as Sheriff Forbes on The Vampire Diaries. She talks about that show and about The Originals here.

Caroline Dries is one of the producers of The Vampire Diaries. She celebrates a milestone in this video.

We all fell in love with Malese Jow on The Vampire Diaries. The actress talks about her character of Anna here.

Kevin Willamson has been involved with The Vampire Diaries since the beginning. He takes a look back in this exclusive interview

We’re on the red carpet here with Zach Roerig. It’s a celebration of The Vampire Diaries turning 100!

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Nov 10th: The Vampire Diaries 100 Episodes Celebration Photos

Natalie | Categories: Candice Accola, Charles Michael Davis, Daniel Gillies, David Anders, HQ, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan, Julie Plec, Kat Graham, Kayla Ewell, Kelly Hu, Kevin Williamson, Matt Davis, Michael Trevino, Nathaniel Buzolic, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Phoebe Tonkin, Photos, Sara Canning, Season 5, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, TVD Family, Zach Roerig | Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries 100 Episodes Celebration Photos

Added 51 HQ photos of the cast of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals at the 100th Episode Celebration last night!

Check them all out, UNTAGGED, by clicking the preview photos below!

Nov 13th: Order The Vampire Diaries: Cast & Creators Live at PALEYFEST (2012) DVD from Amazon

Jen | Categories: DVD/Bluray, Interviews, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, The Vampire Diaries, TVD Family | Comments Off on Order The Vampire Diaries: Cast & Creators Live at PALEYFEST (2012) DVD from Amazon


Available onThursday, Nov. 15
$14.99 @ Amazon

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Oct 3rd: Showrunners 2012: ‘The Vampire Diaries” Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (Q &A)

Jen | Categories: Interviews, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, The Vampire Diaries | Comments Off on Showrunners 2012: ‘The Vampire Diaries” Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (Q &A)

From their obsessive rituals (Peppermint Patties! Oatmeal! Bruce Springsteen!) to the parts of their jobs they hate most (killing characters off, dealing with agents), TV’s most influential writer-producers featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the Top 50 Showrunners come clean about the people, things and quirky habits that keep them — and their shows — alive.

Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

The TV show that inspired me to write:
Plec: I watched soap operas religiously when I was a kid; I used to sneak them in when I was in elementary school with my cousin, who was my babysitter. In junior high, when we got our first VCR, I used to tape four soaps a day. I was a diehard General Hospital fan from when I was nine to 25.

My big break:
Plec: I didn’t get paid to write professionally until my first episode of Kyle XY, which was the fourth episode of the first season

My TV mentor:
Plec: Prior to working for Kevin Williamson, I was so in love with the shows Zwick and Herskovitz produced, like My So-Called Life, Once & Again. I loved David E. Kelley, everything he did from Ally McBeal to The Practice. Greg Berlanti, one of my closest friends from college, and who was a staff writer on Dawson’s Creek the year I worked on the show, he and I would – on the weekends – watch Ally and The Practice.

My proudest accomplishment this year:
Plec: When it got to season three, we thought, “Gosh, we really did it well for two years and now’s the time to maybe rest a little” but instead, we wanted to work harder because we wanted it to be even better. When it’s all said and done, as we go into our fourth season, there’s not a single episode of Vampire Diaries where I would hang my head low.

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Jul 16th: {SPOILERS} Comic-Con 2012: The Vampire Diaries Panel With Season 4 Footage

Natalie | Categories: Candice Accola, Conventions, Events, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Season 4, Spoilers, Steven R. McQueen, The Vampire Diaries, Torrey DeVitto, Videos, Zach Roerig | Comments Off on {SPOILERS} Comic-Con 2012: The Vampire Diaries Panel With Season 4 Footage

You can now watch the entire SDCC Vampire Diaries Panel with the exclusive Season 4 footage. Check it out here. Beware, there are major spoilers in this video so don’t watch if you don’t want to know!

Vampire Diaries Season 4 premieres on the CW/CTV2 on October 11th. No word on Season 4 premiere anywhere else in the world.

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Jul 15th: Event Photos: Vampire Diaries Cast at Arrivals and During Comic Con Screening

Natalie | Categories: HQ, Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Photos, Season 4, Steven R. McQueen, The Vampire Diaries, Zach Roerig | Comments Off on Event Photos: Vampire Diaries Cast at Arrivals and During Comic Con Screening

Added 44 HQ and MQ (mostly HQ) photos of Nina Dobrev, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kevin Williamson, and Julie Plec from the Vampire Diaries Comic-Con Screening Panel and Arrivals:

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