Does Moving THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS Signal a Farewell to Fangs?

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The CW recently announced its midseason schedule, and one of the most notable changes coming in 2016 is moving Thursday night mainstay THE VAMPIRE DIARIES along with spinoff THE ORIGINALS to Friday nights beginning in January. Being moved to a Friday night is often viewed as the death knell for a series — one step away from cancellation — but does this mean that the TV tide is turning and viewers are less passionate about series with a supernatural slant? Let’s examine the state of the supernatural union and determine whether or not we’re looking at the last days of vampires, fae, werewolves, demons and other fantastical creatures on TV.

Do Friday Night Slots Mean Certain Death for a TV Show?
Now, there’s no saying that a move to Fridays has to be the end of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and/or THE ORIGINALS. The CW could establish a solid night on Fridays with these two shows for those dedicated fans that still watch it live. The main problem is competition from similar shows also on Friday nights. NBC’s GRIMM has been a Friday night niche success, but now FOX is moving SLEEPY HOLLOW to Fridays as well. My main concern is that there may be too much overlap between fandoms of these four series, which means casualties are a possibility. The last time a supernatural series that I loved moved to Friday didn’t go so well, i.e. when NBC paired CONSTANTINE with GRIMM during the 2014/2015 season.

Are Superheroes the New Vampires?
Superhero-centric shows are everywhere, and The CW is adding a third to its lineup in January with DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. In fact, it’s taking the Thursday night spot previously dominated by THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Although it feels like superhero series are everywhere right now, SUPERNATURAL continues to be a force to be reckoned with on The CW. More episodes of IZOMBIE have been ordered for Season 2. Also, to go back to CONSTANTINE for a moment, the ARROW Season 4 episode that featured the beloved master of the dark arts resulted in a ratings surge. It may just be vampire fatigue at the moment, but there’s still a demand for fantasy and horror, with AMERICAN HORROR STORY landing a sixth season and ASH VS EVIL DEAD getting a second season are any indication. Superheroes haven’t completely taken over the TV landscape.

Is More Traditional Sci-fi Coming Back to the Forefront?
THE 100, also airing on The CW, has been one of the most compelling sci-fi series on TV, with comparisons to epic series like LOST and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. This is the series taking over THE ORIGINALS’ Thursday night slot in January. For a while, even Syfy — the network that was once the leader in sci-fi programming — had more shows of the supernatural ilk than spaceships, time travel and robots. 12 MONKEYS marked a return to more sci-fi heavy programming, and it’s back with its sophomore season in 2016. KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER are also back in production for a second season. Upcoming new series include potential sci-fi powerhouses THE EXPANSE and CHILDHOOD’S END. Does this mean Syfy is abandoning fantasy/horror programming? Not a bit. THE MAGICIANS joins the Syfy lineup in January, and BITTEN returns for its third season. Plus, new series WYNONNA EARP is currently in production, and a female-led VAN HELSING has been acquired. While it may look like the end of an era, there’s still a heavy presence of the fantastical.

It’s easy to conclude that moving THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS to Fridays means they won’t be getting another season. With all of the options available to fans of fantasy/horror series, and fierce competition on Friday nights for this audience, it could be the greatest challenge these two series face. On the flipside, viewers have more tools at their disposal — DVRs, time shifting, and online viewing, to name a few — so live viewing is slowly becoming less of a factor. Networks are even starting to drop “live plus same day ratings,” focusing more on combined overall numbers. The instinct may be to cue up the funeral march, but Friday night doesn’t necessarily spell the end. Don’t put a stake in them yet.

If anything, viewers are becoming more sophisticated and selective with all of the options available, so if THE VAMPIRE DIARIES or THE ORIGINALS happens to die, it may not be due to a move to the Friday “death slot.” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in the current TV landscape, and could just be victims of too much on TV. Horror and fantasy are thriving alongside the superheroes and the sci-fi … there just may be fewer familiar fangs in the long run.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Duel?

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It is not easy to surprise someone who has been alive for 160 years, but tonight, Lily Salvatore (guest stare Annie Wersching) reveals things to her sons that they never knew on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

As Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) know, their mother has been in love with the sleazy, slimy Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) for over a century, but they had no idea that Lily had linked herself to Julian with magic.

If he dies, she dies.

Given the sons’ recent encounters with the Salvatore matriarch, being rid of Julian and Lily may not be the worst thing to happen.  They confront her about painful memories from their childhood and are left to question many things that they only thought they knew.

One solution for family rifts?  Thanksgiving with family and friends, of course.

Mix some cornbread, a turkey, some secrets and a confrontation between family members and get the traditional Thanksgiving.

Add a few blood bags and it is Thanksgiving with the Salvatores.

Holiday traditions are off to a rocky start.  Enzo (Michael Malarkey) challenges Julian to a duel, but something unexpected complicates matters.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Enzo start a new holiday tradition with a field trip through the Midlothian County Impound in search of Oscar’s car.

Bonnie accuses Enzo of caring less about stopping Julian, and more about winning Lily away from the psychopath.  Since Julian wants Oscar’s car and whatever secrets it could reveal, so does Enzo.

Caroline (Candice King) finds out some “life-altering” news from Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore). and Matt (Zach Roerig) continues to follow the trail of the mystery that he and Bonnie encountered last week at Lily’s party.

Then, there is that incident where Enzo challenges Julian to a duel…

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman.  Other guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Mommie Dearest,” are Gavin Casalegno, Jaiden Kaine and John Charles Meyer.  “Mommie Dearest” was written by Co-Executive Producers, Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux and directed by Co-Producer, Tony Solomons.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs on November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Shake Hands With The Devil

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Revenge is on the menu tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.  Stefan (Paul Wesley) is juggling Caroline’s (Candice King) disapproval of Valerie (who spent the night at Stefan’s) and Lily’s attempt to properly introduce her sons to the love of her life, Julian.

Lily’s plan?  Throw a soirée to introduce Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) to the remaining residents of Mystic Falls and hope that the dinner party will create an opportunity to call a truce between the Heretics and the rest of the town.

At the top of the guest list are Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) despite the fact they tried to help Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) burn Julian’s body before his resurrection.

Even though the brothers have a difference of opinion about how to handle the situation, both attend the party where Stefan plans to kill Julian.  Having found out that Julian caused Valerie to lose Stefan’s baby in 1863, the younger Salvatore is full of rage and ready to wreak havoc and exact his revenge (all while dressed up in a suit and deceptive smile).

Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Matt (Zach Roerig) also attend the party and stumble across a mystery that could affect others in the town.  Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis), having found out that the Phoenix Stone restored Jo’s (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) body with someone else’s soul is suffering from the traumatic situation.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Michael Malarkey.  Guest stars are Scarlett Byrne, Ethan Andrew Casto, Jaiden Kaine and Teressa Liane.  Executive Producer, Caroline Dries, wrote tonight’s episode, “Best Served Cold,” which was directed by Darren Genet.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on November 12 on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Evolve

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In a rare moment of self-evaluation last week, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerholder) decided that he was “a selfish friend, a jealous brother and a horrible son.”

His selfishness drove him to ask his best friend, Bonnie (Kat Graham) to resurrect the Heretic, Oscar (Tim Kang), using the Phoenix Stone even though the artifact has terrifying implications…all so he could trade Oscar for Elena’s coffin.

Damon’s jealousy toward his brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley), only grows now that Stefan and Caroline (Candice King) have become closer since the vervain spell has been removed.  Why should Stefan have a happily-ever-after when he has lost Elena for a lifetime.

His mother, Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), prefers her ad hoc family to Damon, which he concedes is because he is a horrible son. (Well, maybe Lily is not exactly “mother of the year” material, either.)

So where will this bout of self-realization lead the elder Salvatore brother?

Possibly he will become a better boyfriend.  In an unexpected move, he turned to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino in surprise cameo last week) to spirit Elena’s body to Los Angeles rather than selfishly hanging onto the coffin somewhere close to his mother’s treacherous reach.

Damon may become a better friend.  He warned Matt (Zach Roerig) to stay away from the Heretics to keep the deputy safe.  Even Lily was surprised at Damon’s move to become a protector.

Whatever Damon’s choices, he certainly is not the only Mystic Falls resident in transition.

Take Enzo (Michael Malarkey), for instance.  Saving Matt from certain annihilation by Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) was almost as strange to see as Damon’s veiled concern for the token human.  Enzo and Bonnie (Kat Graham) become uneasy allies to stop impending danger, but they find themselves at odds.

Bonnie continues to strengthen her powers to the point where Damon says that she is “officially the scariest person” that he knows.  Not only is she meeting with a Heretic, Bonnie is helping Alaric (Matt Davis) bring Jo back from the dead with the Phoenix Stone.  Distressing aspects come to light that force her to warn Alaric about possible ramifications of their actions.

Will what she learns change the sweet “Three Years From Now” scene with Alaric performing surgery on his twins’ doll?  It was a scene of domestic bliss, well, until Damon showed up at the door.

Domestic bliss does not seem to be in Enzo’s future, however, as it appears that Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) may derail the Augustine Vampire’s plan for happiness with Lily. Valerie fears Julian’s return as he kept her from Stefan back in 1863.

Perhaps the person with the most on the line tonight is Caroline.  The blonde beauty insists that Stefan meet up with Valerie to see if there is any residual chemistry between the defunct couple after 150 years.  While there may be no fire, there may be an explosion when Stefan finds out that Valerie was pregnant with his child in 1863.  Will that bond bring love back to the ill-fated pair, or will Steroline remain strong?

This week’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was written by producer Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by Kellie Cyrus.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs on November 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Preview: Dare To Have A Ball

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Halloween is nearing and very little is scarier than an angry Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder)…unless you count his vengeful mother, Lily (guest star Annie Wersching).

Having ripped the heart out of Lily’s favorite Heretic, Malcolm, Damon is now in deeper hot water with his mom than before.  He and Stefan began feigning fighting so Stefan could gather intel about where Lily hid Elena’s coffin and her other dastardly machinations.

Damon’s next move in the battle of wits was to find escaped Heretic, Oscar (guest star Tim Kang) and trade him for Elena.  It was a good plan until Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) ripped out Oscar’s heart to prevent him from telling Lily how to locate the evil Julian.

So what is an angry Salvatore vampire to do when his plan goes awry?  Resuscitate Oscar with the Phoenix Stone, of course.  Damon uses the talisman to reanimate the stoner Heretic with some interesting results and sparks some unwanted attention from Mary Louise (guest star Teressa Liane) and Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne).

Last week, Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Alaric (Matt Davis) decided to use the stone to bring Jo back from the dead, but something may happen that will leave their world turned upside down. 

Different complications may arise when Enzo (Michael Malarkey), suspicious of Valerie, makes it his goal to find out what she is hiding.

And what is the witching season without a Heaven & Hell Ball?  Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) spend the evening trying to distract the Heretic women at the Whitmore College event. 

With Caroline’s skin still emitting vervain, perhaps Paul Wesley will be able to avoid another dance scene.   Wesley told this year’s Comic-Con that dance scenes, which are shot without music for technical reasons, are difficult to do with no melody.

Will Oscar remain alive-but-dead?  Will Paul Wesley avoid another dreaded dance sequence?  What will everyone wear to the Heaven & Hell Ball?  These pressing questions will be answered in Thursday night’s episode, “I Carry Your Heart With Me,” which was written by Neil Reynolds and directed by Jeffrey Hunt.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan and also guest stars Jacob Garcia, Tierney Mumford, Heather Schell, Alan Wells and Marisol Correa.

You can also check out a live Q&A with Michael Malarkey on Facebook today (October 28) at 5:45pm ET/2:45pm PT.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs on October 29 night at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

We Countdown Nina Dobrev’s Top 10 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Moments


Nina Dobrev’s time as a series regular on The Vampire Diaries has come to end (I still have hope Elena won’t die and we will see her again). When something comes to an end, it is normally a good time to reflect all that has happened. So I’ve been reflecting on how awesome Nina Dobrev has been on this show. And since she is leaving us and the show, let’s talk about Nina Dobrev’s top 10 moments on The Vampire Diaries. Fair warning, please grab some tissues now because Dobrev likes to emotionally traumatized viewers.

Katherine as human (Season 5, Episode 2)
One of my favorite storylines is Katherine as human because it allowed for Dobrev to show a comedic side. I mean, Katherine running around as human is literally the funniest thing to watch. There were many great moments to choose from but this moment is the best from Dobrev. Katherine still has her standard sassy but Dobrev is able to show Katherine still somewhat vulnerable because she needs help, like needing Matt to buy her medicine.

Jenna’s Death (Season 2, Episdoe 21)
This wasn’t the first nor the last time Elena would face death. This moment has Dobrev very early on showing her emotional depth. She goes from showing strength and standing up to Klaus to fear for Stefan and then, of course, sadness for Jenna. I honestly can’t watch this scene without tearing up when I start to hear Dobrev sob and say, “Jenna, no.” And then I completely lose when she tells Jenna to turn it off so she won’t be scared anymore. And if you thought you couldn’t cry any more just wait for Dobrev’s wail when Jenna is really gone.

Nadia’ Death (Season 5, Episode 15)
There are many more Katherine moments on this list but this one is special because it is one of the rare times where Katherine showed emotion and compassion. Katherine’s face when Nadia rambles all the horrible attributes that describe Katherine is kind of heartbreaking. What I love about it best is that the face is different than any other face we’ve seen from Dobrev. She didn’t recycle a Elena face, it’s a pure Katherine face and one that viewers have never seen before. And somehow Katherine crying is just the saddest thing ever.

Katherine as Elena pretending to care that Jeremy was kidnapped
Katherine pretending to be Elena was one of my favorite storylines ever because it was amazing to see Dobrev switch between these two characters seamlessly. This moment in particular is on list because of the eye roll after Katherine sees the photo of Jeremy. Dobrev gives the best eyeroll when acting as Katherine. Plus, how she went from giddy about Jeremy potentially dying to crying in Stefan’s arms, well it was just fantastic.

Hunter’s Curse (Season 4, Episode 6)
Watching Elena deal with the hunter’s curse ghosts one of which is her mother is almost hard to watch because it hits so close to home for Elena. When Damon pulls her out of talking to said ghost mother and she very quick give a subtle look of sadness that her mother has left her again, it’s just gold.

Elena and Katherine’s first meeting (Season 2, Episode 4)
This is the first scene where Dobrev had to play both doppelgangers in the same scene. This is the scene where Dobrev had to establish a Katherine stand/look/attitude versus a Elena stand/look/attitude. Yes, Katherine had appeared in many scenes before this but when the two characters are standing next to each other, everything is amped up. Every moment of this scene is perfect so there is nothing I can say that will even describe its epicness so just watch and enjoy. Also, how great is that smile Katherine leaves the scene on?

Elena tells Damon she loves him Season 4, Episode 23)
This scene is acted perfectly by Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. Their speeches could have been too typical or cheeky but they weren’t. They were just perfect. The two actors played great off each other and some of the best moments are their reactions to the other’s speech. The best Dobrev moment? A tie between how she says “you’ve been a terrible person,” and her big breath/sigh before she says, “this will prove to the worst one.” Enjoy!

3 Doppelgangers (Season 5, Episode 7)
How can a scene be anything but epic when there are three doppelgangers! Dobrev again had to play different characters that were all standing directly next to each other and have the viewers know who is who. I mean, all of their voices sound different, how does Dobrev do it?! They all cry out in pain differently, how does Dobrev do it?! Watch and be amazed.

Jeremy’s “Death” (Season 4, Episode 15)
This scene has been talked about at length but it deserves every word said about it because Dobrev knocked it out of the park. Dobrev may have the best cry and cry face in the business. She completely murderers it and I can’t ever get through it without crying. Her spiral into complete despair and utter panic should be studied. I would explain more but the only way to understand this scene is by watching it.

Damon’s “Death” (Season 5, Episode 22)
More Elena cry face! I debated a lot on if this or Jeremy’s death should be #1 but I obviously concluded on this one. I love Elena’s face when Bonnie tells her that it is too late for Damon. I was sobbing at the point when Elena begs Damon not to leave. The main reason why I chose this one as the best Nina Dobrev moment is that she had to do a lot of this scene without Somerhalder in the room. She was by herself, with no one to play off of and was still able to completely empty out my tear ducts.

What are your favorite Nina Dobrev moments? Did I miss your favorite? Sound off below!

Should THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Continue without Nina Dobrev?


Nina Dobrev has announced that she is leaving The Vampire Diaries and I for one went into utter shock when I heard this.  I think we all knew that one of the main three actors could leave the show after this season but I without a doubt thought that it would be Paul Wesley.  Out of Elena, Damon and Stefan, Stefan seems like the easiest to remove plus that would open up Candice Accola to move to The Originals. But no, it’s Elena Gilbert leaving and I found myself asking if The Vampire Diaries should even continue without her. [Read more...]

Meet Mommy Not So Dearest: Annie Wersching Previews Her Arrival on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

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Just when you thought you met all of the Salvatore’s – there is a new one in town, sort of. The showrunners have decided to introduce to the fans Damon and Stefan’s mother, Lily Salvatore being played by the talented Annie Wersching. Wersching spent almost an hour talking with me about the role, what it’s going to be like, and that all is not what it seems. Check out part one of our interview below. [Read more...]

Hidden Gems: We Shine the Spotlight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Candice Accola and CHICACO PD’s Marina Squerciati


The Oscars airing last night made me think about some of the bad-ass acting we have gotten on television lately. And I’m here to shine the spotlight on a couple of hidden gems. Last week (and this whole season really) of television saw the emergence of two supporting actresses to full fledge acting powerhouses. The two in question here are Candice Accola as Caroline on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess on CHICAGO PD. Each of these actress showcased some high quality acting chops last week. [Read more...]

The Show Whisperer: Unsolicited Advice to the Showrunners of ARROW, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE ORIGINALS and REIGN

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Have you ever thought that you could improve your favorite shows with your awesome ideas for storylines?  Well, I not only think that, I know that my ideas would make for some darn good TV.  I have even dubbed myself “The Show Whisperer” (patent pending…).  Since no one involved with any of my shows will listen to my ideas (currently, that is), you get that luxury fellow TV Addicts. [Read more...]