Happiness is always a rarity on The Vampire Diaries, but it sounds like the drama’s Jan. 22 return (The CW, 8/7c) will find our favorite couples more divided than ever — at least initially.
With seven days until TVD‘s glorious return, TVLine caught up with executive producer Julie Plec for seven teases about what’s to come. Think of this interview as your personal vampire-themed Advent calendar — or you can just read all the answers in one sitting. This is America.
Young fans of the CW television network won’t have any suspense about their favorite programs. The CW said Sunday that all eight of the scripted series that were part of its fall lineup will return again next season.
The order includes the freshman series “Jane the Virgin,” a critical favorite that is still seeking a larger audience. Other returning shows include “Arrow,” ‘‘Reign,” ‘‘Supernatural,” ‘‘The 100,” ‘‘The Flash,” ‘‘The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
The CW has achieved modest success with a lineup heavy on zombies and vampires. CW President Mark Pedowitz said the network is slowly broadening its audience by attracting more men. Roughly 60 percent of the CW’s audience is women.
The early order of new seasons for its series gives producers more time to develop stories and plot twists moving forward, Pedowitz said.
via Access Hollywood
Jeremy Gilbert will officially say goodbye to Mystic Falls.
The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec reveals to EW that Steven R. McQueen will no longer be a series regular as of episode 14. Though Jeremy has left town before—and even died at one point—he really is leaving this time.
“It’s time for him to go out and live his life and we’re actually going to say goodbye to Steven R. McQueen as a series regular,” Plec says. “He’s growing up and moving on. He will be out living a real life.”
The catalyst for Jeremy’s story coming to a close springs from the show nearing its conclusion. “We’re in the third act of our storytelling of the show,” Plec says. “Everything that we’re doing is moving towards the end. Over the course of the next few years, we will need to start having the characters make choices about what they want with their lives and say goodbye to some people. It’s all part of moving toward the end, however long that takes.”
Still, there is a chance we could see him on the show again. “He could show up at weddings, funerals and series finales for sure, but this journey is taking him to another place.”
Fantastic news for those of you sick of the sight of Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (just joking, how could you ever be sick of those two!?), The Vampire Diaries is adding a new recurring character to the cast!
Drew Stephenson will appear as Collin in two upcoming episodes of the show! We don’t know too much about Collin, but the actor tweeted back in November that he was “Preparing for my last scene with Caroline Forbes…” which definitely means we’ll be seeing him alongside our fave blonde vampire!
Collin’s appearance on the show could possibly have something to do with Caroline’s latest storyline, involving her mom, Sheriff Forbes, being diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer cannot be cured with vampire blood. In addition, the synopsis for the winter premiere for the second half Season 6 says that we can expect to see Caroline and Stefan traveling to North Carolina to look for a cure. Who knows, maybe there they’ll run in Collin?
There’s also a theory that Collin could have something to do with Sarah Salvatore, who is currently at Duke University, which just happens to be in North Carolina! Maybe Collin is Sarah’s friend or boyfriend?
We can speculate all we want, but all we know at this point is that Collin is on his way, and I can’t wait to meet him!
The Vampire Diaries returns January 22nd.
6.12 Prayer For The Dying
THE MERGE – When Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke’s (guest star Chris Brochu) father arrives to town to celebrate their birthday, they try and convince him to let Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood) take their place in the merge ceremony. After Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds out that the merge is happening sooner than he expected, he urges Liv to let him talk to her father. Meanwhile, after Caroline’s (Candice Accola) plan to cure her mother takes an unexpected and devastating turn, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) gather at the hospital, while Jo attempts to save Sheriff Forbes’ (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) life. Lastly, with the merge set to take place, Damon’s risky plan quickly sends things spiraling out of control, forcing one of the twins to take matters into their own hands. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Brett Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine