Seriously cute! Thanks to People.com for the article.
Elena and Stefan are together again!
On Monday, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley, who starred in The Vampire Diaries as love interests Elena Gilbert and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, reunited in a sweet snap on Dobrev’s Instagram, joined by Wesley’s wife, Ines de Ramon, and their dogs.
“Hard to teach a buncha old dawgs new tricks. #PuppyPlayDate,” Dobrev, 31, captioned the epic selfie.
The actress then commented on her own post, jokingly writing, “a Dobrev and Do(g)brev Wesley sandwich.”
“Poor Greggy in this photo,” Wesley, 38, wrote on his former costar’s post, referring to he and de Ramon’s adorable pup.
“Smooshy greggy,” Dobrev wrote back with a smiley face emoji.
Although the stars have remained good friends since The Vampire Diaries wrapped, Dobrev revealed in an interview in June 2019 that she initially wasn’t too fond of Wesley when they met on the beloved CW series.
“Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show,” Dobrev said on the Directionally Challenged podcast hosted by her and Wesley’s fellow TVD alums Candice King and Kayla Ewell.
“I remember everyone would walk up to me after the show aired and they’d be like, ‘Are you and Paul dating in real life?’ Because everyone thought that we had such good chemistry,” she recalled. “And we despised each other so much, that it read as love. We really just didn’t get along the first maybe five months of shooting.”
However, Dobrev went on to clarify that out of the entire The Vampire Diaries cast, she is probably closest with Wesley today.
“Maybe we had a moment where we actually connected, and he looked at me and he was like, ‘10 years from now, when we’re not on this show, you’re gonna really miss me. You’re gonna miss these times; you’re look back, and this is gonna be the good old days. We’ll appreciate each other in 10 years,’ ” Dobrev recalled Wesley telling her.
“He was so f— right,” she added “We ended up getting to a good place and it was fine. Of everyone, I think I probably see him the most and hang out with him the most. We’re probably the closest. We hang out a lot. We’re really good friends. I love his wife. It’s so funny how time changes everything because I never thought he would be one of my best friends.”
The Vampire Diaries aired on the CW for eight seasons from 2009 to 2017. The show also starred Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, and more.
A giant thank you to Claudia at Never Enough Design for our great new themes here at the site. This is the ninth version of the site (still amazed that it has been 10 years!) I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do!
Recently EW.com did a look back and shared some information from the 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries.
As part of EW’s Fandom Week — a weeklong celebration of fandoms and pop culture — we’re looking back on 8 seasons of vampire drama, love triangles, and more doppelgängers than we can count with 10 things you might not know about The Vampire Diaries.
1. The pilot episode attracted 4.91 million viewers, the largest premiere viewership for any series on The CW at the time.
“The day after it aired and the ratings were huge and it had exceeded all expectations, everybody was celebrating,” Julie Plec remembers.
2. Stefan’s opening voiceover was added at the last minute after audience testing showed interest didn’t pique until something supernatural happened. They paired his voiceover with leftover footage from Vicki’s attack.
As Kevin Williamson previously told EW, “What happened was: If you look at the first act of the show, it very much was your typical CW show: Young girl writing in her diary, she gets up, you meet the troubled brother, you realize the parents are dead, and the vampire did not show up until I think it was minute 8 or 11. When we tested the show for the first time, you know the moment when Stefan compels the woman behind the front desk? The testing score was dead until that moment, the first moment of something supernatural.”
3. Co-creator Kevin Williamson put his career on the line to ensure Ian Somerhalder got the role of Damon, even after Somerhalder blew his first audition for the part.
The role of Damon Salvatore came down to Ian Somerhadler and one other actor, and when Somerhalder’s audition wasn’t perfect, Williamson put his foot down. “It was the only time in my career where I said, ‘If he doesn’t get the part I’m going to have to leave the show,'” Williamson told EW. “That’s how much I didn’t want the other person to get the part.”
4. Paul Wesley originally auditioned for the role of Damon because he was told he was “too old” to play Stefan. It wasn’t until Ian Somerhalder was cast that they agreed to see him for Stefan.
“It was one of those auditions that everyone was vying for, all the young actors were vying for Damon and Stefan because they were such breakout roles,” Wesley previously told EW. “And they wouldn’t see me for Stefan because they thought I was too old. [Laughs] So I went in and read for Damon and had a callback and did okay. Then I didn’t hear anything and went on with my life. I actually think I tested for another show. Then I got a call that they were having a bit of a hard time and had done all these tests and they thought they found the guys and they didn’t.”
5. Nina Dobrev is six months younger than Steven R. McQueen who played her younger brother Jeremy.
Not only was Dobrev younger than McQueen, but she was only 18 months younger than Sara Canning, who played Aunt Jenna. (Jenna was only supposed to be in grad school, but that still puts her at quite a few years older than Elena.)
6. The Vampire Diaries is the longest-running vampire show on television with a total of 8 seasons. True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer each had 7 seasons.
And that’s not including the many shows it spawned, from The Originals’ five-season run to Legacies, which is still on the air.
7. On the show, Katherine Pierce is Eastern European and speaks Bulgarian. Nina Dobrev was born in Bulgaria and speaks the language fluently.
Dobrev’s Bulgarian came into use mostly in flashbacks on the series.
8. According to showrunner Julie Plec, there were discussions in the writers’ room about killing Damon instead of Stefan in the series finale.
“There were two pitches on the table: one that gave perfect closure to the season and then another that gave closure to the whole series,” Plec told EW at the time of the finale, adding that there were “just as many discussions over killing Damon as we did over killing Stefan, and let me tell you, for a very long time the pendulum swung the other way.”
9. In season 2, Williamson and Plec came up with the series’ ending, but when Dobrev left the show in season 6, it was no longer a possibility. In their original ending, both brothers died to save Elena and the series ended with them watching her, side-by-side, as ghosts.
As Plec told EW at the time of the finale, “Back in season 2 when Kevin and I were sitting in the mall and we had fallen in love with this series and this story about two brothers who loved the same girl and the love triangle was kicking into high gear, we said to ourselves: When all is said and done, when this show is over, both brothers should die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghosts — because we had introduced the Other Side — as she went off into the sunset to live her life and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but that those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live. That was the thing that made us cry all the tears in season 2.”
10. The last words of the series are the same as Damon’s first words spoke in the pilot: “Hello, brother.” Originally, they were going to have the final line be one of Damon’s classic snarky one-liners, “Oh, I see they have hero hair in heaven.” The writers changed it to make the finale more emotional.
Damon’s last “hello, brother” wasn’t the only call-back to that pilot moment in the series finale. Earlier in the hour, Katherine Pierce turned to the Salvatore boys and said, “Hello, brothers.”
Former Originals star Danielle Campbell returns to The CW tonight (9/8c) with the network premiere of Tell Me a Story, which finds the former TV witch falling under someone else’s spell for a change.
Though Tell Me a Story already enjoyed a two-season lifespan on CBS All Access, Campbell says it makes “perfect sense” for The CW to give its viewers a chance to experience the “thrilling, sexy, mysterious” anthology series for the first time. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the fairytale-themed drama comes from the mind of Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and co-stars Paul Wesley, the man formerly known as Stefan Salvatore.
When the series first premiered in 2018, “a lot of people were comparing it to Once Upon a Time [because of its fairytale themes],” Campbell says. “But it’s really fairytales reinvented. What’s unique about this show is that we’re retelling the stories in a modern-day setting without a lot of those fairytale elements. These things are happening to real people in the real world.”
The show’s first season finds Campbell playing a Little Red Riding Hood-inspired character named Kayla, a California girl who is forced to relocate to New York City with her dad after the death of her mom. “She doesn’t really know her grandmother [played by Kim Cattrall], so she isn’t happy about moving in with her,” Campbell says. “And she’s really angry with her dad. Basically, she’s mad at the world looking for any way to stir up trouble — and she finds it.”
Her trouble comes in the form of Nick (Billy Magnussen), a charmer with a dark side. “Not everybody is what they appear to be,” Campbell says of Kayla’s new man. We don’t think we need to spell out which character from Little Red Riding Hood served as the inspiration for Magnussen’s devilish character. (Grandmas, beware!)
The show’s first season — which includes elements from The Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel — also stars Dania Ramirez, Davi Santos, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Michael Raymond-James, Sam Jaeger, James Wolk and Zabryna Guevara.
As we arrive at the final day of Comic-Con@Home, TVLine has one more blast from the past to share — and this one really bites. (Sorry, our vampire puns aren’t what they used to be.)
Prior to The Vampire Diaries ending in 2017, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and the rest of Mystic Falls’ finest were among our favorite regular guests in TVLine’s Comic-Con suite. We were even fortunate enough to score the cast’s last-ever Comic-Con interview back in 2016. (Hint: It’s the one where they’re all drinking.)
Highlights include: Somerhalder and Wesley bickering like true siblings, Wesley and Candice King sharing radically different recollections of how “Steroline” came to be, and Matt Davis muttering something about a three-way ‘ship between Alaric, Elena and Bonnie.
But upon reviewing all of this old footage, we’d have to say our favorite new discovery is Kat Graham’s incomparable ability to shoot the perfect glance at the camera that just screams, “These people are insane. I’m so sorry on their behalf.”
Kevin talks to the New York Post on Tell Me A Story and the move to the CW.
Horror maestro Kevin Williamson’s latest show, “Tell Me a Story,” is being resurrected.
The fairy-tale inspired thriller aired on CBS All Access for two seasons (2018-20) before being axed by the streamer.
It’s getting a new life on The CW after the network’s summer programming slate was rejiggered amidst the pandemic shutdown.
“I never had [this experience before] but we’re also living in a new world,” Williamson, 55, tells The Post. “I feel like the TV landscape with streaming and networks and the state of things in our world has led to all of these new avenues that everyone is exploring.
“[‘Tell Me a Story’] just didn’t come to fruition for CBS All Access,” he says. “I thought it was over and gone, so it was disappointing. When The CW [picked it up], I was very excited.
“I did sort of say goodbye to it,” he says. “But not quite yet. It’s kind of like ‘Scream’ — it just keeps coming.”
The anthology series, adapted from an Argentinian miniseries, follows several intertwining stories: Jordan (James Wolk) a restaurateur seeking revenge for his fiancee’s death; Eddie Longo (Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”), a bartender who moonlights as a thief; and Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”), a former chorus girl.
Season 1 premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m.
“I love the way [the original Argentine show] sort of deconstructed fairy tales in a dark sinister way,” Williamson says. “That’s something that is in my wheelhouse. Horror, drama, melodrama. And I’ve always loved fairy tales, ever since [Stephen] Sondheim did ‘Into the Woods.’ The way he deconstructed them was kind of the inspiration for ‘Scream.’ ”
Williamson’s prolific career spans two decades and includes teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” — which launched James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes into stardom — horror (“The Faculty,” the “Scream” franchise) and sometimes a combination of the two (“The Vampire Diaries”).
“It’s my favorite genre — not just horror, but the thriller, the mystery,” he says. “Those are the books I navigated to as a kid. And I also I watched soaps as a kid, all the nighttime soaps and the teenage shows. I’m a mixture of all those things. Teenage emotions are so extreme [and] that lends itself to the horror genre. I think it all connects.
“That’s my happy place.”
Williamson has also pivoted to stories featuring older characters such as “The Following” (2013-2015), “Stalker” (2014-15) and now “Tell Me a Story.”
“My interests have gone a little more adult of late because I am an adult,” he says. “As much as I walk around as a 15-year-old kid in my head, I am 55. And so my storytelling has expanded beyond just the teen genre. But I would be lying if I said I’m not working on something that’s teen-related right now. I’ve always got something going that has young characters in it.”
He’s also currently working on “Scream 5” for the big screen.
“We’re caught up in the rest of Hollywood with COVID sort of holding us back from shooting and everyone trying to figure out what the protocols are,” he says. “We’re in heavy prep in North Carolina, in Wilmington — where we shot ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ which I’m ecstatic about. Any time I can shoot in North Carolina, I’m thrilled. So they’re prepping, they’re ready to go … The goal is to shoot it this fall.”