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INTERVIEW: Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson (Executive Producers) of The Vampire Diaries

October 21st, 2010

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It’s clearly The Vampire Diaries week here at The TV Chick. I have sung the show’s praises time and time again, and I stand by my assertion that it’s one of the best shows out there. Week after week, there are these amazing moments where I am left with my mouth agape at the screen. These magical twists are all the work of the brilliant executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. They are not afraid to kill off characters, turn others into vampires and werewolves, and even introduce a doppelganger. I recently had the chance to chat with both of them at New York Comic Con. They gave a big teaser about the flashback episodes coming up, talked about the decision to turn Caroline into a vampire, and Katherine’s master plan.

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INTERVIEW: Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) from The Vampire Diaries

October 20th, 2010

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I absolutely adore The Vampire Diaries. One thing I love is that despite having a big cast, the creative team finds ways to utilize every character in really fascinating ways. Some characters are oblivious to the goings on in Mystic Falls (Jenna), some are finding out more and more (Jeremy) and there’s even a newly turned vampire (Caroline). The show is off to an amazing start to the second season. I recently had the chance to chat with the cast and executive producers at New York Comic Con. Steven R. McQueen talked about what’s coming up for Jeremy in the next few episodes, if there will be a Jeremy/Katherine interaction and a possible love interest.

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INTERVIEW: Katerina Graham (Bonnie) from The Vampire Diaries

October 19th, 2010

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The Vampire Diaries is off to an amazing start to its second season. Any concerns (not from this TV Chick) of a sophomore season slump have been wiped away. There are crazy doppelganger hijinx, proving that Nina Dobrev really can do no wrong, and of course some incredibly sexy vampires and werewolves (I’m looking at you Uncle Mason!) One of the characters that has really come into her own this season is Bonnie. Her witch powers are developing and she isn’t afraid to take on the vampires to protect her loved ones. I recently had the chance to chat with Katerina Graham at New York Comic Con, and she talked about Bonnie’s powers, her motivations and maybe even a possible love interest.

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INTERVIEW: Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson (Executive Producers) of The Vampire Diaries

September 9th, 2010

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The Vampire Diaries returns tonight! The sizzling, action-packed, full of crazy twists second season premiere will leave you gasping at your television. Or at the very least, it left me doing that. I could not be happier that this show is back. I love being transported week after week into the mysterious Mystic Falls, and let’s be honest, the Salvatore Brothers are quite eye-pleasing. I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast and producers of the show. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, the absolutely brilliant (and super sweet) Executive Producers had a lot to say about the upcoming season, werewolves and flashback episodes.

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INTERVIEW: Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) from The Vampire Diaries

September 8th, 2010

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The Vampire Diaries is back on TV tomorrow night! The second season is picking up where it left off — a mysterious Katherine reappearance, Tyler Lockwood dealing with his new, scary self and his dad’s death and is Jeremy a vampire? Is he dead? So many questions which will all be answered tomorrow night! I can tell you this: there is no way you will be disappointed by the season premiere. I adored this show last season as it continued to get better and better while delving deeper into the mythology in Mystic Falls and the residents who cause trouble (human or vampire). I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast and producers at Comic Con. Ian Somerhalder talked about the upcoming season, his teetering humanity that we saw come out last season and how his motivations have changed since the first episode.

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INTERVIEW: Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) from The Vampire Diaries

September 7th, 2010

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The Vampire Diaries was one of my favorites from last season, prominently standing out as one of the best new shows in a crowded pack. Last season ended on a huge cliffhanger and this season brings a lot of surprises. There are supernatural beings and twists and turns that I’m not going to spoil for you. However, I can say that everyone is in for a treat because the premiere is absolutely amazing. And if you haven’t watched the first season, seriously, the show is out on DVD, what are you waiting for? At Comic Con, I spoke with the cast and producers of The Vampire Diaries. Paul Wesley talked about playing the darker side of Stefan, what his motivations are for the upcoming season and how is relationship with his super sexy brother Damon is going to change.

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INTERVIEW: Jeff Eastin and Jeff King (Executive Producers) of White Collar

September 7th, 2010

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White Collar is one of those shows that’s just fun to watch. Built on the premise of ex-con working with the only FBI agent who successfully caught him, White Collar is about more than just the cases. Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke work together on FBI matters but there’s also an overarching mystery of who killed Kate (Neal’s former girlfriend) and what significance does the music box play in all of it. It’s action-packed and full of cliffhangers and drama that keep you on the edge of your seat. I recently had the chance to talk to the Executive Producers of the show at Comic Con. Jeff Eastin and Jeff King preview the second half of the season, the significance of the music box and whether we might see a future love interest for Neal.

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INTERVIEW: Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey) from White Collar

September 7th, 2010

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Tonight is the big mid-season finale of White Collar and if it’s anything like the season one finale, it’s going to be a huge cliffhanger. Neal’s big mission this season has been trying to find out who killed Kate, in addition to looking super handsome while solving FBI cases. It really is a fantastic show that highlights the relationship between Peter Burke (played by the lovely Tim DeKay) and Neal Caffrey as they learn to trust each other and become friends in the process. At Comic Con, I had the chance to catch up with the show’s cast and producers. Matt Bomer talks about what the future holds for Neal and whether we might see him reprise his role on Chuck.

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INTERVIEW: Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) from The Vampire Diaries

September 6th, 2010

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This week (and next!) on The TV Chick might as well be called CW week. There are so many amazing shows premiering soon and I can’t wait. One of those shows is of course one of my favorites from last season, The Vampire Diaries. If you haven’t watched this show about Mystic Falls and supernatural beings, what are you waiting for? The Vampire Diaries is so much more than your quintessential teen drama; it really has it all. It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I can tell you the season premiere will not disappoint. This summer, I attended Comic Con, where I got to talk to the cast of the show. Steven R. McQueen, who plays Jeremy Gilbert (Elena’s brother), talked about what’s coming up this season for Jeremy, losing Anna, and his fragile relationship with all of the people in his life.

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DAY 1: San Diego Comic Con 2010: Charlaine Harris, Dexter & More

July 23rd, 2010

As you all know, I am in San Diego for Comic Con. Last night was preview night, or as I shall call it: Freebie Night. I got a bunch of awesome bags, some tee shirts, and other fun swag. Comic Con isn’t just about comic books any more, it has become the nation’s premiere arts and entertainment convention. Yesterday marked the beginning of events, and I started my day off with Charlaine Harris. She is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels which were turned into True Blood. I am a big fan of the books, so I was excited to see her.

Spotlight on Charlaine Harris: The event started with Harris being presented the Ink Blot award for Achievement in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, which is so well deserved. The woman who walked out on stage didn’t seem anything like the sultry heroines she writes about. She is demure, humble, and very sweet. The first words out of her mouth were thanking us for being here, because she knows Angelina Jolie is at the convention as well. She began by talking about how originally a lot of editors didn’t get the mix of blood, sex and tears in the Sookie Stackhouse books as well as the humor mixed in. She reveres Anne Rice, who she said is so original and innovative. Harris eventually signed up for Facebook and got a message from Anne Rice saying she was a big fan of the show. Harris quite fittingly told her she should read the books, and now they message each other from time to time. Vampire writer love! For those wondering, her grandmothers’s best friend’s nickname was Sookie, and she didn’t realize how hard it would be for people with fangs to say. She even has a pair herself! Someone asked her if she was ever going to intergrate anything Alan Ball wrote into her books and she quite appropriately answered no, they are separate entertainment vehicles. She did however concede that she loves the character Jessica and wishes she thought of her first. When asked about Alan Ball, she said she had total control over picking the person she gave her book rights to, and she knows she made the right decision. Her next Sookie book is due out in May and there will be a short story in another book with Sookie, Pam and a stripper pole that is due out in August. (Alan Ball, I’d be totally cool if you wanted to take this idea!) She also has a contract for three more Sookie books. When asked about if there were any characters on True Blood that looked exactly like she pictured, she said that Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) and Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) look like she wrote them. She said that she loves Anna Paquin, but Sookie is curvier. She didn’t meet Anna Paquin until after they were done filming the first season. Throughout the whole panel, her genuine, down to earth nature along with her infectious¬†personality truly shined. You could tell she was very touched by all her fans and loved what she did and talking about her writing. She was a pleasure to listen to!

Dexter Panel: The cast and Executive Producers of Dexter were out in full force, and Michael C. Hall looked fantastic. He is clearly as one fan astutely pointed “f”-ing cancer. They screened the new Dexter animated webisode (see below) and showed clips from the upcoming season. The moderator started by asking if Rita’s death frees the show up creatively, which was met with an overwhelming yes. Michael C. Hall talked about Julie Benz and how he loved working with her, and now she is on a new show with Michael C. Hicklis (ha!). She was such a huge part of the team and moved Dexter towards having human emotions. Jennifer Carpenter said that Deb will step up but might not be great at it. She admitted she hasn’t dropped the baby yet…on camera. Hall said it was a testament to the writing staff that Dexter finds new ways to go to uncharted territories. Someone in the crowd asked him if Dexter can be compared to Batman, and he said he was reminded of the scene in Batman Begins when Batman surrenders to all the bats. Dexter and his ways surrender to his darkness which is sort of like Batman in that way. I thought that was a clever and interesting comparison. When asked about their favorite twist, Michael C. Hall said the end of last season. Jennifer Carpenter said the twist hasn’t happened yet: it’s how Deb is going to react to finding out about Dexter. The producers then talked about the guest stars they have lined up for this season: Julia Stiles (who apparently is making her TV debut), Johnny Lee Miller, and Peter Weller. When asked about their favorite guest stars, Michael C Hall said “I’ve enjoyed everyone that I’ve killed.” Jennifer Carpenter said “Keith Carradine.” Another crowd question was about the rationale behind killing of Rita. Sara Colleton (EP) replied that it wasn’t necessarily a rationale but the question if Dexter can have it all. He was playing fast and loose, and the ¬†moment he thinks he has it all is when punishment comes. When asked if Julie Benz would ever come back (in a dream or conscious), the answer was no. I was a little surprised at how short the moderated portion of the panel was compared to the audience questions, but as I was reminded by my traveling companion and partner in crime, it is a fan convention. I thought the cast provided interesting insights into the show and the upcoming season. I am looking forward to a lot more panels in the upcoming days!

I was planning on going to the panel for White Collar but the line was so long that it seemed like an impossibility. I did however chat with the whole cast (Tiffani Thiessen was there and I was so thrilled to meet Kelly Kapowski!) and will be posting the interviews in the upcoming weeks. Tomorrow, I will be at The Walking Dead, The Cape, possibly The Big Bang Theory and True Blood. I am excited, if not a bit tired from the full day. Onward and upward as they say, I’m excited for what’s to come!

In the meantime, check out the clip from Dark Echo, the animated webisode from Dexter: