Exclusive Interview: Julie Plec vamps on THE ORIGINALS and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Daniel Gillies as Elijah, Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley, Charles Michael Davis as Marcel, Joseph Morgan as Klaus, and Claire Holt as Rebekah in THE ORIGINALS - Season 1 | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

Julie Plec has her hands full executive-producing series for the CW. She’s still on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the series she and Kevin Williamson developed from L.J. Smith’s novels, now entering its fifth season Thursdays at 8 PM. Plec is also one of the executive producers on THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, a thorough going revamp of a British series about teenagers with some powers that may indicate a change in human evolution, which premieres next Wednesday at 9 PM. Last but not least, Plec is both creator and executive producer on THE ORIGINALS, the VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off that premieres Thursday October 3 …Read On »

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SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

SPARTACUS WAR OF THE DAMNED | (c) 2013 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

ZYour time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EMPIRE STATE – A decent action flick set in the 80s about a robbery that took place at an armored truck company that gets investigated by a hard nosed cop thinking that it was an inside job. Turns out he was right as Chris (Liam Hemsworth) fails …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mia Kirshner tricks out DEFIANCE

Mia Kirshner in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, which has its first-season finale Monday July 8 at 9 PM – it’s been renewed for a second season – Mia Kirshner plays Kenya Rosewater, the human proprietor of a bar/brothel that caters to humans and aliens of all genders.Kenya’s sister Amanda (Julie Benz) is the new mayor of the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,Missouri, and both women have an interest in the recently appointed town Lawkeeper, Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler). Kirshner, who hails from Toronto, is no stranger to the science-fiction and fantasy genres – her first on-camera work was in an episode of WAR …Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kinney chats CHICAGO FIRE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Taylor Kinney in CHICAGO FIRE - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Matt Dinerstein

On CHICAGO FIRE, in its first season NBC Wednesdays at 10 PM, Chicago firefighter Kelly Severide is having quite a year. First he was feuding with fellow first responder Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) over who was responsible for the death of a friend and fellow first responder. Then Severide suffered a back injury, which he hid from the department. The secrecy and physical pain led to Severide getting addicted to drugs. Finally, he had experimental back surgery, and lately he’s engineered a reunion between his ex-fiancée and her brother. In short, Severide’s been through a rough time. However, Taylor Kinney, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING’s creator Kevin Williamson talks serial killers and Season 1

The FBI dive deeper into the mind of serial killer Joe Carroll in THE FOLLOWING | (c) 2013 David Fiesbrecth/Fox

Kevin Williamson famously created the big-screen SCREAM franchise and, as executive producer/writer brought L.J. Smith’s VAMPIRE DIARIES novels to television in the successful series still running on the CW, where Williamson had previously created DAWSON’S CREEK. Williamson’s new series creation, THE FOLLOWING, is both bloodier and more serious than his previous work. THE FOLLOWING, which airs on Fox Mondays at 9 PM, deals with haunted FBI Special Agent Ryan Harding, played by Kevin Bacon. Ryan once before put away charming, brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), at great psychological and personal cost. In the first episode, Joe escaped from …Read On »

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News: The CW gives the scoop on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off THE ORIGINALS – TCA 2013

Joseph Morgan in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Before Sunset" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

It was recently announced that The CW is creating a spin-off to their popular THE VAMPIRE DIARIES series and now The CW President Mark Pedowitz has revealed some more details about what will be called THE ORIGINALS. At today’s The CW Winter 2013 session, Pedowitz revealed that THE ORIGINALS will focus on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and the Original family of vampires and this is going to be a backdoor pilot that will be part of DIARIES. Phoebe Tonkin will also be reprising her role of Hayley. “If you have something you can incubate and get it on the air, it’s …Read On »

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News: How THE FOLLOWING is different from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – TCA 2013

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Michael Lavine

The new Fox thriller THE FOLLOWING debuts January 21 and stars Kevin Bacon as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy who is called back into service when serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison (who captured him many years before). At today’s Fox Winter 2013 TCA session, executive producer and creator Kevin Williamson spoke about THE FOLLOWING and how different it is from his other cult hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. “When you’re doing one thing, the next thing you do, you don’t want to do the same thing,” admits Williamson. “So you’re always looking for the differences and what …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 15, 2012 At least in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” we find out that Elena (Nina Dobrev) isn’t really just losing her mind after taking her first human life. Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) actually had a death curse that released when Elena killed him last episode and he is haunting her in an effort to get her …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Killer”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "The Killer" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 You might think that the title of the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Killer” would be a nod to Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams), but I really feel that it is referring to the killer inside of Elena (Nina Dobrev) that breaks the surface in this episode and shows us all just how close to coming apart she really is. I love …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Five”

Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Bret Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Joshua Butler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 With the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Five”, we’ve entered the dangerous territory of too much mythology layered in upon itself. This is a trap that a lot of genre television falls into where the writers have painted themselves into a corner and need to create new mythology to get them out of it and move forward. It kind of reminds me of …Read On »

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