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'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

'Vampire Diaries': Candice Accola teases tonight's midseason finale

We know someone is going to die on tonight’s Vampire Diaries midseason finale (The CW, 8 p.m. ET), not that Candice Accola, who plays Caroline, will confirm it. “Well, it is a Christmas episode, and we do film the show in Georgia, and I will say that we did have fake snow, so there could be a horrific murder of Frosty the Snowman, who just couldn’t keep it together under the unusually warm weather in Georgia. I leaked it. You heard it here first!” she says, dodging a question about how many tissues we’ll need. But here’s what she will say about the hour, which finds Caroline and Stefan disagreeing with Tyler’s plan to take down Klaus:

• “Obviously the writers are gonna write an episode that will keep the audience questioning and being really excited to see what happens next when we come back [Jan. 17]. So sure, there is going to be a cliffhanger of sorts,” she says. “But what I think is more interesting about this episode is that there’s some big conversations being had between different sets of characters. There’s gonna be repercussions to discussions had in this episode.” (While we’re left considering what those repercussions might be, here’s what she’ll be doing over the hiatus: “My secret shame is that I just watched the whole two seasons of Homeland, essentially, in less than a week. That’s a lot of hours to dedicate to a show in one week,” she says. “Now I need to catch up on Breaking Bad, because I think I was just starting the third season. That will probably be my holiday show… Nothing says Christmas like a meth show.” READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': One of these six is about to die. Who will it be? Poll!

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On Thursday’s midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m. ET), death will again come to Mystic Falls. One of these six will die. Who will it be? First a refresher, then a vote! READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Drowning Elena on 'The Vampire Diaries'

In the May season 3 finale of The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev did some of the finest underwater acting ever in not one, but two drowning scenes — one that flashed back to the night Elena’s parents died and Stefan rescued her, and one in which Elena died after demanding that Stefan save Matt. Here, supervising producer Chris Grismer, who helped episode director John Behring helm the chill-inducing underwater sequence shot over three days, takes us inside the scene that changed the show forever. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Chris Grismer

I started the actors training for the scene about two months before we shot. They had to train every weekend with dive instructors. Nina Dobrev was already PADI-certified, but those who weren’t had to become. They also had to learn how to act underwater for a long period of time without air: They had to learn how to do a scene and then get air between takes from a safety diver, who was never more than five or six feet away, instead of coming back up to the surface, which I think was pretty terrifying for them. Some of them wanted to swim to the surface between takes, and I had to explain to them that if you start at the surface and swim 20 feet down, you’re kinda almost out of air by the time we say “action.” [Laughs] And then they had to learn how to do it in an enclosed space. I don’t know if you’ve ever been underwater in an enclosed space, but your body just doesn’t want you in there. The actors have to be pretty brave and pretty strong. Nina Dobrev took to it so unbelievably well. She was amazing. I think in the first two weeks, I saw some video of her inside pretending to panic, and I was just blown away by it.  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: Did that really just happen? TV plot twists

Deaths, daddy issues, and a “Did she just do that?!” moment. These five single moments had lasting effects on their shows — and their shocked viewers. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The couples we're shipping

Shipping is a time-honored tradition when it comes to the couples that populate our televisions. Here are our favorite twosomes that we rooted for in 2012.

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In the epic ongoing battle of which Salvatore brother is worthy of Elena Gilbert, the scales seemed to finally be even after Elena became a vampire and Damon accepted her darker tendencies while boyfriend Stefan (Paul Wesley) wanted to “fix her.” After breaking up with Stefan, Elena had sex with Damon in the Nov. 29 episode — but wait! Stefan thinks Elena has a rare sire bond to Damon, whose blood made her a vampire, and that’s why her feelings for him intensified — out of obligation, not love. And so the triangle continues…

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'Vampire Diaries' scoop: Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and more tease tonight's Miss Mystic Falls episode -- VIDEO

Get ready for a trip down memory lane (and no, I’m not talking about a flashback).

On tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, the gang crowns the next Miss Mystic Falls. “This episode is a party at the Lockwood mansion, where Stefan has concocted this kind of nutty plan that involves Jeremy and a number of people, and Damon truly disagrees with it,” said Ian Somerhalder (Damon), when we caught up with him on the Atlanta set recently. (Hmm, what else is new?)

Though Somerhalder wouldn’t say whether Damon and Elena (Nina Dobrev) get to sneak in a dance amidst the madness — as they did during last year’s pageant — he did say that both characters will recognize what took place between them before.

“Remember, in the first season they had this dance where you could feel, really for the first time, that cool chemical attraction that they had,” Somerhalder said. “Seeing this again … and seeing both of them recognizing it and sort of internalizing it, it’s cool.”

They’re not the only ones with romantic tension. Michael Trevino said his character, Tyler, goes to the dance with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) on his arm instead of Caroline (Candice Accola). “So, that might cause some problems,” Trevino teased.

Of course, there’s a lot more in store than just relationship drama. In addition to an appearance by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas (watch a video below to see what Dobrev had to say about working with the young gymnast), Accola said fans can expect things to take a turn for the worst. “Parties don’t usually go off without a glitch in Mystic Falls, there’s always something,” she teased. Meanwhile, co-star Steven R. McQueen ominously hinted, “There will be blood.”

We’d expect nothing less!

Watch the videos below for more scoop on tonight’s episode. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Candice Accola talks Klaus, Miss Mystic Falls, and a Winter Wonderland

The promo for this week’s Vampire Diaries doesn’t show what fan favorite Caroline (Candice Accola) will be up to now that she knows boyfriend Tyler (Michael) and his friend Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) plan to help hybrids break their sire bond to Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Here, she teases what’s next.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where does Caroline go from here?

CANDICE ACCOLA: I feel like this season, Caroline’s just trying to be a moral center for not only herself but also the people around her. For Elena, through her transition. For Tyler, just making sure nothing comes between them. She’s now very secure in who she is as a vampire, who she is as a young woman, and what she feels is the right thing to do in any situation. So we’re gonna see her in quite the pickle, to keep it in simple terms — if she needs to do the right thing for the right thing’s sake, or if she needs to make sacrifices for those around her.

One theory fans have is that she’ll spend more time with Klaus to distract him from what Tyler and Hayley are plotting. 

Caroline has definitely, in the past, used Klaus’ feelings toward her to distract him so that they can execute their plan and try to get ahead and beat Klaus at his own game. So we’ve seen this before, and we will definitely see it again. Caroline knows the kind of hold that she has over Klaus. I don’t think that she necessarily trusts fully that he will never just switch on a dime — I don’t think anyone can. I think that’s what so enticing for viewers to watch a character like Klaus. The second that you think he’s being the nice guy, then he’s the bad guy. The second you think he’s just a bad guy, he’s a nice guy. He isn’t a one-note bad guy. He does have a genuine side, and I think that through Caroline, we’re getting that perspective.  READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Grimm': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Even though New York is freezing, things are heating up in TV Land.

Okay, to be honest, it’s not that cold today; I just needed something to open the column with. Give me a break, you know how hard it is to come up with random openers every week? Does anyone actually read these two first paragraphs? Bueller? Bueller? Forget it. But don’t forget to send questions: spoilerroom@ew.com

‘THE WALKING DEAD’: MORE MAJOR CASUALTIES TO COME?
The collision with Woodbury is coming and Lauren Cohan couldn’t be more excited for fans of The Walking Dead to see it for themselves. “Maggie plays a big part in that,” she teases of the clash. “It’s going to be crazy!”

Crazy — and deadly, as one might expect. “The body count is not done,” she says. “That’s pretty much all I can say, but we’re not just going to see death. There’s going to be a whole host of challenges now that we’ve got the human threat. Woodbury is up to no good. The Governor is up to no good; it’s really scary. We’ve got some scary stuff ahead.”

And with the gang and Rick still reeling from at least two major losses (Carol = RIP?), exactly who will step up as the leader when the two camps finally meet is not entirely clear. The only guarantee? They’re going to have a formidable foe in the Gov. “It’s interesting to see within the prison [group that] people step up and lead even if they don’t want to. In Woodbury, the Governor steps up and takes control because that’s something he couldn’t have gotten away with in the real world. And that has absolutely no limits.”

In case you missed it, check out our longer chat with Cohan here.

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'Vampire Diaries': Three reasons to already love the upcoming Miss Mystic Falls episode -- PHOTOS

We do a love a good Mystic Falls town event, and it’s soon time for one of our favorites, the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Photos released from the Nov. 29 episode of The Vampire Diaries, “My Brother’s Keeper,” offer a few teases.

1. Elena and Damon may be reminded of that time he subbed for Stefan in the try-not-to-fall-walking-down-the-stairs-then-dance portion of the Miss Mystic Falls competition in season 1.

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'Vampire Diaries' hunter Todd Williams teases this week's 'Killer' episode

On Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, titled “The Killer,” Connor (Todd Williams) takes Jeremy, Matt, and April hostage at the Grill, and the Salvatore Brothers disagree on the best plan to save them. It’s an episode that provides a lot of answers about the vampire hunter, Williams says.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Connor is a character who, at the moment, is very easy to dislike. Is there something in his backstory that would surprise us?
TODD WILLIAMS:  That’s what this episode is about, basically shedding some light as to why Connor’s doing what he’s doing. It’s not as black and white as, Oh, vampires. I want to kill ‘em. That’s it. There’s definitely a story there, and this episode makes him a little more three-dimensional, just in terms of his humanity. You find out more about his relationship with Professor Shane and exactly what they’re trying to get from one another, why they have this alliance.  READ FULL STORY

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