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'Vampire Diaries' promo: What's Jeremy's fate? -- VIDEO

If you think that’s a spoiler in the headline, it’s not really: Even those of us who saw last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries have no clue what’s happening with Jeremy! He had his resurrection ring on, so shouldn’t he rise again after thawing Silas drained him and snapped his neck? But then why is Meredith asking Elena to release “the body” to her in the extended promo for the Feb. 21 episode? Why isn’t Jeremy waking up? Does him being a member of The Five, or something having to do with Silas, negate the ring’s power? Watch the teaser below to see how badly Elena takes (possibly) losing her last family member. As Damon says, “I’m not enough, not this time.”  READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan talks cure answers and spinoff hopes

, ‘We’re uploading the satellite thing now.’ There’s that kind of feel to it.”

As we’ve been pointing out in our recaps, we’ve never actually heard what form the cure takes and how many people can partake in it. That will change this week: “It’ll become a lot clearer,” Morgan says. “We find out a lot more about what the rules are concerning the cure.” Something else to look forward to: Klaus’ incarceration will leave him understandably pissed: “They killed his brother, he saw it, it was right there in front of him. And to top if off, Tyler spent the next two episodes taunting him. I don’t know if we can get quite as glorious as the slaughter of 12 hybrids with an ancient sword, but he’s certainly going to come out looking for vengeance.” (Klaus won’t be in the Feb. 21 episode, “Stand By Me.” Says Morgan, “That’s because of the way he lays it down in this episode.”) READ FULL STORY

The CW renews 'Arrow,' Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural'

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It’s good day for sci-fi shows on The CW: Freshman action-drama Arrow, mid-run hit The Vampire Diaries and veteran series Supernatural have just received early pickups for next season.

All will return this fall.

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Not only do [all three] perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”

This will give a second season to Arrow, a fifth to Vampire Diaries (which is also nursing a spinoff pilot this season, The Originals) and a ninth for the Winchester brothers of Supernatural. All three shows were expected to return and represent easy decisions for the network. The choices get tougher from here, with the network probably reserving several of its more difficult calls until after its had a chance to see its pilots. Click here for Pedowitz’s hints last month about which CW shows will get renewed.

The Women Who Run TV: Q&A with 'Vampire Diaries' EP Julie Plec

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, we speak to the women behind the shows we love, and that includes The Vampire Diaries‘ exec producer Julie Plec, who weaves an epic tale of vampire romance — and loneliness — with twists that make us gasp, swoon, and sob. Here, Plec, 40, shares how she went from TV fan to showrunner, where she gets her inspiration, who is her secret weapon, what she and Kevin Williamson were doing when they “met and fell in love,” and when they decided how TVD would ultimately end.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you first moved to LA, what did you set out to do?

JULIE PLEC: I embarrass myself repeatedly when I say this, because I find it to be so terribly shallow. I wish I could say, “Oh, having read Shakespeare, I just really wanted to be a storyteller.” No. I wanted to work in Hollywood. I was captivated by it. I read Premiere magazine, and Movieline magazine, and Us before it was a weekly magazine. I read Tiger Beat and Bop from the time I was 9, 10, 11 years old. I loved movies. I saw E.T. seven times. I used to yell at people who called me when L.A. Law was on because they should know better. So I just have been so in love with the business of Hollywood since I can remember. And I just sorta said, “Well, I ‘m gonna go. I’m gonna do something.” And what’s hilarious is that I was a film major at Northwestern, and I transferred out of the film program halfway through because I thought, “Well, I don’t want to be a director, and I can’t write, and producers are only into the money, so I don’t know what the hell I’m gonna do.” I ended up with an interdepartmental major where I did a lot of theater, a lot of communications, and some film work. I learned more about who I am, and how to be a great worker, and a great artistic worker, from doing student theater. I was a stage manager, I was an assistant stage manager, I was on the running crew. I did probably 25 shows at Northwestern, all musicals of course. [LaughsREAD FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Ian Somerhalder explains why Damon gets tortured with his shirt on for a change

Ian Somerhalder will be the first person to admit that the race for the cure isn’t exactly going well for Damon on The Vampire Diaries. “It’s getting to a point now where only living for Elena’s well-being and getting this cure is starting to take a serious toll, and it’s starting to become not the healthiest thing in the world,” he says. “But he’s gonna do it anyway.”

In this week’s episode (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW), Damon’s still being held captive in the Salvatore family cellar because Kol compelled him to try to kill Jeremy. Stefan asks Klaus to babysit Damon, which results in Klaus promptly letting slip that Stefan slept with Rebekah. Damon will, of course, get out of the cellar at some point, because we’ve already seen shots from the Feb. 7 episode, “Into the Wild,” of him joining the Professor Shane-led expedition to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia in search of the cure. “You have Elena, Damon, Stefan, and Rebekah all sitting around a campfire looking at each other. What an odd moment. Everyone has basically slept with each other,” he says, laughing. “Pretty funny.” But as so often happens on this show, things do take a serious turn. Photos from the Feb. 14 episode, “Down the Rabbit Hole” (pictured), reveal that Damon suffers more than awkward moments on that island: He runs into a skilled Hunter named Vaughn (guest star Charlie Bewley), one of The Five, who banters with him but also beats him. We’re used to seeing Damon tied up and tortured, but usually with his shirt open. What gives? “I think A.) it’s really cold in Georgia, so we opted against that,” Somerhalder says, laughing again. “But I just thought, ‘You know man, I would love to get my ass kicked once but have clothes on.’ And it wasn’t like it was Rebekah, or Katherine, or some awesome lady [doing it], it’s a guy in the woods.”

The knocks will keep coming off-screen as well for Somerhalder, who’s set to take part in DirecTV’s 7th annual flag-football Celebrity Beach Bowl this Saturday (along with Nina Dobrev). “I think what I’m gonna do is just eat a lot, because a guy like Deion Sanders or someone hits you, you better have some cushion,” he says of his preparation. And p.s., just like TVD, the game should have a great soundtrack: “When they do the football game, they say, ‘Hey, if you were to score, what kind of song do you want to play?’ So apparently they play one over the speakers, which will be cool. I’ll be curious to see if you like my song.”

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‘Vampire Diaries’ spinoff may use regular flashbacks

'Vampire Diaries' spinoff may use regular flashbacks

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The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff won’t just takes viewers to New Orleans, it’ll also go back in time.

As fans know, writer-producer Julie Plec’s upcoming backdoor-pilot episode of Vampire Diaries will serve as the launch pad for a potential spin-off series and will be set in the present day. But if greenlit to series, she also hopes to include regular flashbacks going back decades or even centuries, possibly quite like the flagship show. “It will be about both the contemporary [story] — where we are now and what we are up to — and also will flash back to show what the f–k happened to us to bring us to this moment,” said co-star Daniel Gillies on the red carpet for EW’s annual SAG party in Los Angeles last weekend.

Sources close to the show say Plec’s current plan is to use flashbacks to explore New Orleans up through the early 20th Century when Klaus and his family left the city behind. It’s yet not clear, however, how frequent those flashbacks will be and whether the storytelling style will ultimately be different than Vampire Diaries. For instance, The CW’s Arrow flashes back to Oliver Queen’s five years spent marooned on an island in each episode, while TVD semi-regularly uses flashbacks, including to tell the origin story of The Original Family in the show’s third season. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' goes 'Into the Wild' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The race for the cure leads the three teams to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Feb. 7 episode of The Vampire Diaries, appropriately titled Into the Wild since, in our exclusive first look photos below, Shane (David Alpay) is seen offering Damon sunscreen and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is brandishing a machete. Is Professor Shadypants leading them into a trap? Click on the images for larger versions. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' star Kat Graham teases tonight's big episode for Bonnie

On tonight’s Vampire Diaries episode (The CW, 8 p.m.), Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) and Mayor Hopkins (Rick Worthy) won’t be the only ones questioning Shane (guest star David Alpay). Bonnie (Kat Graham) will have some of her own. “This is an important episode that I don’t think people should miss. After this episode, the sh–‘s gonna start to hit the fan,” she says. “Everything that you guys know about Shane, Bonnie’s gonna find out eventually. It’s going to affect how she feels about him. It’s gonna have her change her perspective in either a really positive way, so she’ll have compassion for Shane and think he’s doing the right thing, or she’s gonna think he’s nuts and try to get away from him.”
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'Vampire Diaries': Julie Plec talks new Delena (and Stebekah?) developments

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen this week’s “After School Special” episode of The Vampire Diaries, stop reading now. The central love triangle took another interesting turn. We asked showrunner Julie Plec for a hint of what’s to come.  READ FULL STORY

Julie Plec talks potential 'Vampire Diaries' spinoff, 'The Originals' (and Klaus' 'hard-partying' protege Marcel)

Last week, news broke that the CW was actively developing a Vampire Diaries spinoff with showrunner Julie Plec that would center on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) — working title The Originals — and that the April 25 episode of TVD would serve as a backdoor pilot. Though she doesn’t want to say too much about a show with a fate unknown, EW was able to get a few teases from her.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The idea of doing a spinoff has been around for a while. Why was the time right to pull the trigger?

JULIE PLEC: It’s actually something that we’ve been talking about for two years, that we contemplated trying to get off its feet last year, but there was just too much work to do in too little time. So that gave us an opportunity this year to spend a lot more time putting it together — seeing if, obviously, our actors had any interest whatsoever continuing the life of these characters [Laughs] and if there was a story to tell. It all came together in a way that we finally felt would not detract from our most important baby right now, The Vampire Diaries, and would give us a chance to expand the universe with characters that we’ve had another year to get to know.

What can you tease about the April 25 episode?

The idea is that a turn of events in Mystic Falls sends Klaus to New Orleans to solve a mystery. He gets word that some people are making a move against him that might concern him. So he heads to New Orleans to try to figure who’s plotting against him and what they’re up to. And in unfolding that mystery, it takes him back to a town that several hundred years ago, he was actually one of the original settlers of and helped build. He reacquaints himself with a vampire that he actually turned back in the day, Marcel, who has created a whole set of rules and a whole society for the supernatural community that he’s in charge of — sort of tipping his hat to Klaus and saying, “You taught me everything I know.” So Klaus’ protegé is now the big king of the supernatural community in New Orleans and Klaus is stepping back into that.  READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' star Claire Holt talks Rebekah's return

After a month’s hiatus, The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday (The CW, 8 p.m. ET) with a new episode that begins a new chapter for the show — the war for the cure. Claire Holt’s Rebekah returns after (once again) being daggered by her brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and she wants two things: Revenge and an update. “Rebekah gathers Stefan, Elena, and Caroline in the high school and she basically psychologically tortures them,” Holt says. “She questions them about the tattoo, and the cure, and Stefan and Elena’s relationship, and it brings some uncomfortable truths to light. It’s definitely going to be much more difficult for Caroline, Elena, and Stefan than it is for Rebekah.”

Some of the those “uncomfortable truths,” when spoken, will draw audible gasps/empathy groans from fans. The script certainly elicited a response from Holt. “I was so excited, I texted [showrunner Julie Plec] immediately after I read it, and I was like, ‘Ohmygosh, thank you so much. I love this episode,'” Holt says. “It was one of the few moments where Rebekah truly is in control and she loves that. It was so fun to play this ‘Truth or Dare’ game. It was one of my favorite episodes.” READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' spinoff pilot coming to The CW

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Huge Vampire Diaries news: The CW is officially developing a spinoff for the Thursday hit and you’re going to have a chance to see the pilot.

After years of rumors about extending the supernatural franchise, The CW has decided to launch a backdoor pilot for a spinoff within the show’s current fourth season. The story centers around the original family of vampires and stars Joseph Morgan (Klaus). In the episode, Klaus “returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Phoebe Tonkin, who plays sexy werewolf Hayley on TVD, is also set to star. The episode airs April 25. The working title of the spinoff is The Originals.

Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec will write the episode and serve as showrunner on the new project if it earns a series order.

Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will also serve as executive producers. Vampire Diaries showrunner Kevin Williamson, who also has his upcoming Fox show The Following, is not involved with the spinoff. The show is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

'Vampire Diaries' midseason finale postmortem: The fallen speaks!

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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (our full recap), stop reading now. Tyler’s scheme to take out Klaus didn’t exactly go according to plan. Who paid the price? READ FULL STORY

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