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'Vampire Diaries': Ian Somerhalder contemplates Damon's life with the cure, and casting Silas

The Vampire Diaries is back tonight to begin a new chapter, with an Elena who’s turned off her emotions to survive the pain of Jeremy’s death. How will it affect her relationship with Damon? “I think the loyalty part definitely went out the window,” Ian Somerhalder says. “I think the sire bond was more emotionally based, and now she doesn’t care about anything. He’s kinda screwed. She’s not havin’ it. And she doesn’t want the cure. She’s thinking You know what, I’m just so tired of being so vulnerable. This way, she walks out of the house, and she’s not worried about getting killed every five minutes. She’s now an empowered badass chick. So having said that, I think that Damon’s gonna have to abdicate that throne of being Sire Man.” READ FULL STORY

'Arrow,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS: LA': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Good day, Roomies!

Hope the world is treating you well. I certainly can’t complain. In the last week since we’ve touched base, I’m settled into my new L.A.-based digs, mourned the loss of my access to solid public transportation and purchased a car, and started a Fund the Veronica Mars movie piggy bank. Very busy, as you can see. But that brings me to the highlight of my week: Giving y’all scoop on the cool stuff coming up on your favorite shows.

Check out this week’s offerings below, and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask! SpoilerRoom@ew.com or on Twitter: @EWSandraG.

‘ARROW’ FINALE DISH

How great was Arrow’s Paley panel this weekend? (If you missed it, you suck. Kidding! You can watch it here.) But before the event, Spoiler Room hit the red carpet for some scoop on the finale that executive producer Marc Guggenheim says will find the conflict between Arrow/Oliver (Stephen Amell) and John Barrowman’s Merlyn coming to a big climax. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Stefan confronts Elena, helps her stretch -- VIDEO

We’ve already seen that no-humanity Elena isn’t shy when it comes to her body, and now it appears that the same thing goes for both her feeding habits and her flexibility. Yes, I said flexibility.

In the latest clip from next week’s episode, Stefan interrupts Elena’s cheerleading warm ups to question her eating habits. Apparently, the hospital’s blood supply is missing. But Elena assures her ex that she prefers something … warmer. And despite his best efforts to warn Elena about the darkness of ripper-hood, she decides that maybe this is better version of Elena Gilbert. Regardless, this is definitely the more flexible version of Elena Gilbert.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Grimm,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Psych,' 'Once Upon a Time': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

My lovely roomies, I hope you’re well. Hello from sunny California, where (#twist!) I now live! Exciting, right?

Now, it won’t really affect our weekly party, but I just wanted to share the news because we’re pals. Anyway, that’s my life update. Now for a juicy update on all your favorite shows!

Got lingering requests? Shoot me a note at spoilerroom@ew.com or ping me on Twitter. (@EWSandraG)

‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’: SCOOP ON ELENA’S NEW LOOK
Elena + pink streaks? It’s true! But this new ‘do is only part of the Elena makeover fans will be seeing from the sans-humanity Elena, reveals executive producer Julie Plec. READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries': Julie Plec talks last night's death, teases 'adventures of new vampire Elena'

DO NOT read the following story if you have not watched last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. It contains in-depth discussion of major plot points. You’ve been warned.

Last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was a true turning point in the life of this often bold series — from Elena letting go of her humanity to Jeremy’s indefinite exit from the land of the living. But chances are that after the tears finally dried up — or after you collapsed from emotional exhaustion — your attention was turned to the natural next question: What now?

Well, for the answer, we turned to executive producer Julie Plec, who offered up some insight into last night’s major developments and gave us a preview of what do expect when the show returns in March.
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'Vampire Diaries': Jeremy arrives home -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

According to an EW.com poll after last week’s Vampire Diaries cliffhanger, only 25 percent of viewers are absolutely certain that Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) will live again after Silas drained him of his blood and snapped his neck. Another 17 percent are nearly certain, while 37 percent think the odds are 50/50, and 22 percent believe we’ve lost him (and his white tanks) for good. Watch our exclusive clip below of Jeremy’s return home; you’ll know what Stefan would have voted. READ FULL STORY

'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

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