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'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

'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.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev), The Vampire Diaries

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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