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'Revolution' 2.1: 'The Last Surviving Friend'

September 25th, 2013 11:05pm EDT
Revolution
Revolution was back for the debut of its second season tonight, with a line that typified how far civilization had fallen. Walking through a ravaged excuse for a carnival town, a barker inveighs Charlie with the opportunity, right in that tent, to see David Schwimmer, "the last surviving friend".

This is what the United States has come to, in the wake of the nuclear missiles that were launched in the brief window of time in which the electricity was back on:  Atlanta and Philadelphia were destroyed, and our band of heroes is in worse shape than ever.   Not only is the sad sack of Friends ...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On The CW & CBS

September 4th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Arrow
The CW and CBS are complete opposites. The CW shouldn't be in business, and CBS is THE business. The CW aims for teenagers to lose their sh!t on social media. CBS aims for the median age of the people in my office. I've never understood the Blue Bloods audience more than in the last year. My interest in The CW is odd and possibly unhealthy. I'm endlessly fascinated with its shows and attractive actors. I'll watch Reign just for Adelaide Kane. I'm not endlessly fascinated by CBS. CBS lulls me to sleep. I never wrote about Elementary's "Pilot" because I went to sleep mid-episode. I never watc...
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'Twilight' Saga Leads Teen Choice Award Winners

August 12th, 2013 11:01am EDT
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II' was the big winner at last night's Teen Choice Awards, picking up seven prizes.

The final movie in the popular vampire franchise picked up the Choice Movie accolades in both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Romance categories, while its star Kristen Stewart took home Movie Actress in both categories. Her co-star and former boyfriend Robert Pattinson scooped Choice Movie Actor: Romance, while Taylor Lautner picked up the same prize in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section, while Kellan Lutz took home Choice Movie Scene Stealer from the fan-voted ceremony.

Elsewhere, '...
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Nina Dobrev Sizzles In The September Cosmo

August 10th, 2013 10:10am EDT
Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev shows off her long, sexy legs on the cover of the September issue of Cosmopolitan. The The Vampire Diaries star discusses yoga, what kind of guys she likes (she recently split from Diaries costar Ian Somerhalder) and the pressure she puts on herself over not finishing school.

"I can take a lot of pressure though. I’m constantly trying to make myself better, to learn more. I didn’t finish college, so I feel like I’m always having to prove myself. I don’t want to feel like the smallest person in the room," she says about the career pressures she puts on herself.

The actress, a b...
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Ian Somerhalder no longer accepting fan letters via mail

July 11th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Ian Somerhalder
Actor and activist Ian Somerhalder has decided to stop accepting fan mail through the post in an effort to save trees.

The Vampire Diaries star has instead set up a specially-dedicated email account and is encouraging all devotees to do good by the planet by making use of the new online mail box.

In a series of Twitter.com posts, he writes, "Good news/bad news! Bad first - I will no longer be accepting mailed-in paper fanmail.

"Good news is I want to find a way to REALLY connect with you & written mail is too hard to keep up with and a DRAIN on our earth's resources. Email me IanSomerhal...
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Ian Somerhalder's Twitter hacked

June 14th, 2013 5:13pm EDT
Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder has thanked fans for their help in tracking down an Internet prankster who hacked the actor's Twitter.com page on Friday (14Jun13).

The Vampire Diaries star was alerted to the security breach by his followers when strange messages and links began popping up on his page on the social networking website.

Somerhalder responded quickly and struck up a dialogue with the hacker, urging the perpetrator to leave his account alone with the message, "You are an a** my friend. Get out of my acc (sic)."

The actor later posted a screen grab of his private conversation with the hacker,...
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Husband of accused ricin letter-sending actress files for divorce

June 13th, 2013 8:54pm EDT
Barack Obama
The husband of the actress accused of mailing letters laced with ricin to U.S. President Barack Obama has filed for divorce.

Texas-based Shannon Rogers Richardson was taken into custody by police last week (09Jun13) over allegations she sent three poisonous notes to Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, threatening harm if they continued to push for tougher gun control laws.

The actress, who had bit parts in U.S. TV shows The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, originally claimed her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, was responsible for the crime, and now he has filed ...
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Amazon.com To Start Selling Fan Fiction Via New 'Kindle Worlds' Program

May 24th, 2013 4:27pm EDT
The Vampire Diaries
Fans who can't get enough of their favorite Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl characters have reason to rejoice.

Amazon.com recently announced a new program for its Kindle e-reader: Kindle Worlds, which focuses on publishing fan fiction to the platform, and the three hit shows are the first properties to be licensed to the new service.

Kindle Worlds will allow writers of fan fiction to cash in on their stories and earn a little money for their stories. Fan fiction prices will range from $0.99 to $3.99 per story, and authors will receive a 20 percent revenue for stories ...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 4 Finale Review 'Graduation'

May 17th, 2013 9:22am EDT
'The Vampire Diaries' Season 4 Finale
The beat goes on and the beat goes on, doesn't it? Never trust a CW promo when said promo promises an epic season finale. The swelling of contemporary music had an epic feel to it. Stefan and Elena's relationship was epic. The story of the season was not epic. The deaths, the resurrections, et al, are the stuff fan videos are made of. I'll be stunned if a new Bonnie/Jeremy video doesn't post on YouTube by midnight. The Silas plot had an epic build and its payoff was okay. Silas' helpful piece of exposition in the final scene helped make sense of his appearances this season. The ever-changin...
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TV Upfronts: The CW Has New 'Vampire' Spinoff 'The Originals,' Confirms End Of 'Nikita'

May 16th, 2013 11:32am EDT
The Originals
The CW this morning announced its fall schedule - biggest news from the network included a new spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," titled "The Originals," as well as some time slot changes that include "Supernatural" and "Hart of Dixie." Also big news for CW fans, it was announced that "Nikita" will be entering its final season with six episodes starting midseason.

The following below is the press release from CW as well as its new primetime schedule:

“We had a terrific season last year, growing our audience on-air, digitally and socially.  Now we are building on that success by continuin...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'The Walking Dead'

May 10th, 2013 9:24am EDT
The Vampire Diaries 'The Walking Dead': Candice Accola as Caroli
Silas failed as a villain. The best villains this season were the vampire hunters. In next week's epic season finale, the vampire hunters will threaten the town's vampires in their pursuit of the cure. Nonsense needed to happen for the vampire hunters to make their triumphant return, but the nonsense is worth it. Season 4 may not totally be a weird homage/ripoff to the entire Whedonverse if the nail the finale.

One of the trademarks of TVD, after the surprising twists and crazy character deaths, is their rockin' penultimate episode. Two years ago, I thought the penultimate episode of seaso...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'She's Come Undone'

May 3rd, 2013 9:30am EDT
'The Vampire Diaries' Review 'She's Come Undone'
I listened to the most recent Sofa Dogs podcast because Tim Minear discussed his "Darla" episode of ANGEL with the podcast's host, John Pavlich. Minear brought up the obvious parallels between Angel getting a soul in the flashbacks, and Darla getting/realizing her soul's existence in the present. Whether a writer refers to a vampire's morality/humanity as a soul or a switch, the point is that a human quality lives in the heart and mind of every vampire. Vampires are cursed with souls on vampire even though having a soul in fact saves them. The humanity switch allows for more choice and a to...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'The Originals'

April 26th, 2013 8:24am EDT
The Vampire Diaries 'The Originals'
Julie Plec recently revealed the original plan for Joseph Morgan's Klaus: he was going to die at the end of season three. Big Bads come, torment the good guys, make their lives hell, and then get defeated in the last or second to last episode of the season. TV's about as organic as any medium gets. For every Joss Whedon, David Chase, Matt Weiner, and David Simon, who all claim to have a grand plan for their series, there also exists the show runners who let the story take them wherever it may. The LOST show runners, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, tried to convince their fans about a plan....
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'Pictures Of You'

April 19th, 2013 9:45am EDT
The Vampire Diaries
Finally. The Vampire Diaries' fun prom episode happened. Best friends tried to kill each other; Silas took on the guise of more characters to fool other characters; Steven R. McQueen revealed the worst accent of all-time. Prom episodes are usually great for nonsense drama, confrontations, and wistful sentimental nostalgia for days gone by. Mystic Falls' prom committee chose the unimaginative yet thematically relevant prom theme--pictures of you. Pictures of the senior class lined the path into the prom. There were pictures from freshmen year, of happiness and innocence before supernatural n...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review 'American Gothic'

March 29th, 2013 9:34am EDT
The Vampire Diaries
I feel like I'm seeing intentional nods to Buffy and ANGEL, Joss Whedon's old shows about vampires, on two genre shows lately. One show that seemingly freely borrows from Buffy/ANGEL (more Buffy in TWD's case) is The Walking Dead; the other is The Vampire Diaries. Indeed, this is nothing new for the latter show. The similarities between The First and Silas are staggering. TVD's similarities are more than just Silas/season 7. It also involves the active redemption of a brutal villain. Case in point: Klaus. He's killed characters who are close to the beloved characters of the show, he chased ...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'Because The Night'

March 22nd, 2013 9:42am EDT
Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert
The switch, like the Krusty the Clown doll in “Treehouse of Horror III,” is sort of confusing. The difference between one whose switch is on and one's whose switch is off is a matter of emotions. When the switch is off, the vampire doesn't feel. TVD seems to use the switch to untangle a difficult knot. Elena's going to do something terrible, but her 'out' will be the switch. Damon delivers a monologue to her about the consequences of living without the switch on. "Because the Night" provides a motive for why Damon killed Lexi in season one. She tried to help him, and he tried to kill her fo...
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Let the Bad Guys Be Bad Guys: A Review of 'The Vampire Diaries' 4x16: Bring It On

March 17th, 2013 11:05am EDT
The Vampire Diaries
What Vampire Diaries fan wasn’t excited at the prospect of seeing Elena execute her inner-Katherine thanks to Damon turning off her humanity in the previous episode?

Of course, Elena’s inner-Katherine involved biting some cheerleader competitor… and stealing the ribbon in her hair.

OK, sure, Elena did try and kill Caroline and even hurt her mom, the Sheriff, but unless we see her actually succeed at any of this, will there have been any purpose to the storyline of her turning off her humanity?

Even Klaus has been neutered on the series at this point. The gang failed to “cure” him and he ...
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The Vampire Diaries Review: 'Bring It On'

March 15th, 2013 10:02am EDT
TVD
Pop-culture websites interviewed Julie Plec a couple of weeks ago for reaction about the important plot developments in the last episode. One question Ms. Plec was asked was how the she and the writers made Elena different from Katherine. One major difference between the doppelgangers is the hair style. Elena continues to wear her straight while Katherine wears her hair in sultry curls. Katherine conveys a myriad of emotions in her facial expressions and in her body language. The character is a ball of energy. Humanity-free Elena doesn't smile, doesn't emote, stands very still, and speaks i...
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'The Vampire Diaries' 4x15: Stand By Me [RECAP]

February 23rd, 2013 4:35pm EST
The Vampire Diaries
Jeremy doesn’t come back to life by the end of this past week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries – far from it in fact – but we learn that not only is it possible for him to come back, but a LOT of characters we lost over the years could come back. Including many that we wouldn’t want to see return.

The episode opens with Elena cradling Jeremy's body, praying the ring brings him back. Stefan brings Damon up to speed—including reminding him that Jeremy was one of The Five and therefore supernatural, meaning the ring won't work anymore. Elena and Stefan return home with Jeremy's body and Elena...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review 'Stand By Me'

February 22nd, 2013 9:14am EST
Bon Voyage, McQueen
Ah, now I get how they'll tell fun stories about prom and graduation in the fourth season. I was worried.

"Stand by Me" is sort of a culmination of the series since season three's premiere "The Birthday." The final images of the show are of the Gilbert house burning to the ground. Elena's lost everyone she ever cared about in her life. The memories are too painful, so she burns the house of memories to the ground. Nina Dobrev's been spectacular through the near-four years of the show but she hasn't had many scenes that pierced the heart like the one in the penultimate act when she's basica...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: 4x14: 'Down The Rabbit Hole'

February 16th, 2013 2:19pm EST
The Vampire Diaries
One of the most interesting parts to come out of the storyline involving the cure is determining who wants it and who doesn’t. Of course, all of that goes out the window once we learn there’s only one dose and Katherine makes off with it. But we’ll get to that…

The episode starts off with Damon tied up to a tree by one of the members of The Five, named Galen Vaughn, who has a tattoo that completed when Jeremy's did.

With Damon missing in action, Elena calls home to fill Caroline in on everything that's going on and to ask her to get the hunter's sword from Klaus so they can translate Jere...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'Down The Rabbit Hole'

February 14th, 2013 11:08pm EST
TVD--Down the Rabbit Hole
I fall for The Vampire Diaries' bait-and-switch every season.

In season two, Elijah threw coins through a coffee shop window, and I announced, to myself, "Here is the Big Bad of Season 2." The writers introduced Klaus later that season and he would go on to kill Aunt Jenna, which was the show's announcement of "Here's your Big Bad." Season three got a bit wacky. Plot threads split off into other threads that split into other threads. Stefan was brutally killing folk for awhile. Mama Original came out to play. Klaus seemed less of a Big Bad when his mom wanted to kill him until mama Origina...
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The CW Renews 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural' and 'Arrow'

February 12th, 2013 11:30am EST
The Vampire Diaries
Sci-fi is the new black! The CW has renewed its strongest series in the fangtastic “The Vampire Diaries,” the superhero saga “Arrow,” and the downright demonic “Supernatural,” TVLine.com reports.

Diaries’ renewal for a fifth season was the safest best as it is the network's most-watched show, and a spin-off called “The Originals” slated to air in April.

“Arrow,” the action-packed freshman drama based on DC Comics' Green Arrow, was an instant hit, thanks to the talents of star Stephen Amell and those gratuitous work-out sequences.

“Supernatural,” starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles...
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The Vampire Diaries 4x13: Into the Wild [RECAP]

February 10th, 2013 11:53am EST
The Vampire Diaries
This week’s The Vampire Diaries gave us a ton of exposition, with one potentially hard to pronounce/spell name, as well as a reprise of some ongoing fights—some played out in new and different ways, some that just seemed repetitive.

The show opens in a flashback to a year ago when Shane is running through the woods. Or, more accurately, he's running away from something in the woods. He enters a cave and sees something, at which point we flash back to the present where rafts are pulling up on shore. The expedition to find the cure has already arrived at their destination. We learn quickly t...
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The Vampire Diaries 'Into the Wild'

February 8th, 2013 9:48am EST
Into the Wild TVD
I do wonder how The Vampire Diaries will weave in stories about the high school prom and graduation this season. Right now the characters are 200 miles off of Nova Scotia, on an island populated by some witches, some hunters, a crazed professor that believes in ghosts, with a trap set to make them the third massacre that'll usher in the rise of Silas and all who've died. Yes, The Vampire Diaries is playing in quite the narrative playground.

I should've known "Into the Wild" is the first part of a two part story about finding the cure. I just assumed the story would move as fast in "Into th...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Review: 'A View to a Kill'

February 1st, 2013 7:12pm EST
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries can still do intense. Damn. "A View to a Kill" is a crazy episode that takes a giant and unexpected step in the search for The Cure. I don't know why I thought the series would wait until May to get to The Cure. I've seen the previous three seasons. The pace of The Vampire Diaries isn't like the pace of any other network dramas.

Kol wasn't a compelling character last season. Among the five Originals, Kol was the second worst, with the guy whose name I don't remember nabbing the top spot. Rebecca Sonnenshine's script captured something different for Kol. Since his return...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Recap 4x12: 'A View To A Kill'

February 1st, 2013 10:50am EST
The Vampire Diaries
If you doubted that the Originals could carry an entire show by themselves, this was the episode you needed to watch. Kol gets a personality for the first time in the entire show—and it turns out he’s played by a capable actor. Klaus is less straight-up evil and instead, is conflicted like Damon. And Rebekah, as my friend Laney said, is the most human of all the vampires. (Next to Caroline.)  We learned and saw all that in more in “A View to a Kill.”

This episode takes place the morning after the last episode ended. Stefan looks like he has buyer's remorse when he wakes up next to Rebekah—...
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'The Vampire Diaries' 'Catch Me If You Can' Review

January 25th, 2013 9:55am EST
The Vampire Diaries
Initially, "Catch Me If You Can" seems like it's going to be like one of those insane episodes of The Walking Dead, when zombies attack Rick and the gang from every direction, until Rick is bloody and half-mad but yet his hair is still a gelled masterpiece. Jeremy needs to kill twelve recently turned vampires before they kill Matt. Klaus compelled the vampires to do so so that Jeremy is forced into killing and, thus, completing the hunter's map. The initial plan lasts less than an act. There's an abrupt turn in the story when Kol shows up and murders the vampires. And a typically enjoyable ...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Recap 4x10: After School Special

January 21st, 2013 12:07pm EST
The Vampire Diaries -- After School Special
It’s obvious by this point that Rebekah is done being a vampire. She wants the cure to experience life as a human. (She wants Matt after all).

But did we have to suffer through a boring Breakfast Club-esque episode to set up the ending where she and Stefan will partner together to find it? (By the way, this is my theory that Rebekah wants to be a human again. She claims that she wants the cure just to turn Klaus into a human to watch him die).

Put aside the exposition dump to remind us what’s happened thus far in the season that happens in those scenes and a lot actually happened in last ...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Gets A Spin-Off

January 14th, 2013 10:36am EST
The Vampire Diaries
The hit CW series "The Vampire Diaries" is getting a spin-off called "The Originals." The series will focus on Joseph Morgan's character Klaus Mikaelson as he returns to New Orleans, Louisiana, to reunite with his protege.
 
Also set to co-star is Phoebe Tonkin, who plays werewolf Hayley in the supernatural drama.
 
According to Entertainment Weekly, the new show's pilot will air on April 25. If it receives a full series order, "The Vampire Diaries" executive producer Julie Plec will work on both programs.

"The Vampire Diaries" premiered in 2009. The series is based on the young-adult book...
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