Meet the man who will become Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) new best friend! And possibly, could it be, something more?
We can reveal that CW vet Shaun Sipos (Life Unexpected, Melrose Place) has been cast on The Vampire Diaries as a new recurring character in season five.
Sipos will play Aaron, who comes to college to escape his tortured past. It’s there that he meets Elena, and the two will bond over the fact that they’ve both experience and survived dark family tragedies. Elena attracted to a brooding and handsome stranger? Color us shocked! But also color us intrigued, please.
We also hear that it’s possible Aaron will be on TVD for a lot longer than a few episodes, and we wouldn’t blame Elena one bit if she fell for the guy. Sipos kind of resembles a young Brad Pitt, no? Sorry, Delena and Stelena fans. Just calling it like we see it.
But for now, those partial to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena’s relationship can relax. Creator Julie Plec promised in a recent sneak peek at season five that the writers plan to keep the couple together and happy for the time being.
“We’ll see how well we do with that,” she said. With the addition of this Aaron character, the writers might have their work cut out for them.
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 10 on the CW.
The ex-True Blood shape-shifter has booked a potentially recurring gig on Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Gavankar will play Tessa, a beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.
She first appears in the CW series’ third episode, which is also a flashback hour, as executive producer Caroline Dries recently revealed to TVLine. Could Tessa have some serious history with a resident vamp?
Gavankar’s True Blood character met her demise in the Season 6 premiere. Her other TV credits include Arrow, The League and The Gates.
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8/7c.
The CW on Monday announced that the Season 5 premiere of TVD and the series premiere of The Originals will bow on Thursday, Oct. 3 starting at 8/7c, a week earlier than previously scheduled.
The following week, (Oct. 8), The Originals will move to its regular time slot at 8 pm Tuesdays, where it will lead into Supernatural‘s Season 9 opener — which was originally slotted for Oct. 15. (If you miss the Oct. 8 Originals, it will air as an encore at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10 after a new TVD.)
Reign, the network’s new drama about a young Mary, Queen of Scots, will now bow at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17, a week later than originally announced.
Other series, including the returning Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries and the new offering The Tomorrow People, are unaffected by the changes.
The revised CW premiere schedule looks like this:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (new series)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
8 pm Hart of Dixie
9 pm Beauty and the Beast
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
8 pm THE ORIGINALS (Time-slot premiere)
9 pm Supernatural
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
8 pm Arrow
9 pm THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New series)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
8 pm The Vampire Diaires
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (Episode 2 encore)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm REIGN (new series)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
8 pm The Carrie Diaries
9 pm America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls
Executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries joined stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday to tease Delena and Klaroline’s future, the looming Big Bad, Katherine’s phlegmy human obstacle and more.
SEASON 5 PREVIEW | A sexy sizzle reel (below) was capped off with a sneak peek at the new season: Silas (as Stefan) stands on a platform in the middle of a Town Square summer stage and talks about how much blood he’s consumed. He’s testing his powers to see how many people he can influence. Perhaps a whole crowd of compelled residents? Meanwhile, Bonnie lets out a chilling scream in the midst of the mob.
DELENA’S FUTURE | Now that Elena and Damon are finally a couple, will they get some joyful times? “There’s no drama in happiness,” Plec pointed out. However, “[We] try to keep them happy for a while in midst of all the bad things around them trying to tear them apart.” Somerhalder, who was surprised Elena chose his character (“I thought they were joking. Damon never gets the girl,” he marveled), added that the vamp is “smitten and sweet.”
SILAS MEETS HIS COMPETITION | “The Big Bad rarely launches the season,” hinted Plec. “The Big Bad often gets vanquished” by an even Bigger Bad, so Silas might need to watch his back. In the meantime, “we will catch a glimpse of what happened to get Silas the way he is,” the EP teased.
SCHOOL ROMANCE | The show’s vampire girls “can’t get by with the same tricks” at college as Mystic Falls, Accola noted. (A funny observation from Wesley: “Why are we pursuing higher education? We’re all murderers. We can steal whatever we want.”) And what’s college without some cute new boys? “There will be some apples to be picked,” the actress smiled. Best rest assured, Caroline’s “pretty determined to get Tyler to college so they can finally be together, since Klaus is gone.” As for whether the Original will return to the gal he’s enamored with, Plec said the question is, “Will Caroline have her hands full of Klaus in New Orleans?”
COLDS SUCK | How will Katherine deal with being human? “It’s not going to be good for her,” replied Dobrev “She’s going to be lost and weak and insecure.” And dealing with some particularly green phlegm from a cough, Dries teased.
CROSSING OVER | With Bonnie dead, viewers will get to see her perspective on the other side. She’ll also be dealing with the fact that she sacrificed her own life without really realizing it, and the grief that comes with that. At the start, the witch will only be able to communicate with Jeremy – who’s rooming with Damon – but “we’ll see for how long she can keep her secret – if at all,” shared Graham.
BACK FROM THE DEAD | Jeremy’s reappearance will be explained during a funny scene in which Elena rehearses him through his cover story: He faked his own death, burned his house down and ran away from home.
Even though some of our favorite vampires are heading to The Originals, there will be plenty of new faces on The Vampire Diaries in Season 5.
Kendrick Sampson (Greek‘s Woodchuck) and Olga Fonda (HIMYM, Nikita) have been tapped to recur on the upcoming season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Sampson will play Jesse, a fellow student who Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) meet on their first at Whitmore College. As we first reported in Mega Buzz, Jesse will catch Caroline’s eye. Meanwhile, Russian-born Fonda will play a mysterious European beauty who follows Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Matt (Zach Roerig) back to Mystic Falls. Both characters will first appear in the season premiere.
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.
Move over Katherine, there’s a new badass beauty coming to The Vampire Diaries.
Russian model-turned-actress Olga Fonda is joining the Season 5 cast as the fearless, worldly, guarded and vengeance-seeking Nadia, TVLine has learned.
The recurring character, who will be introduced in the Oct. 10 premiere, “will ally herself with anybody — and employ any tactic — to further her own mysterious agenda,” read the initial casting breakdown. “An emotional chameleon, she can flip from stone-cold to flirtatious as it suits her needs. But the loneliness of her singular quest has taken its toll on her humanity, and she finds herself increasingly lost when it comes to genuine human connection.”
Fonda had a supporting role in 2011′s Real Steel. She also had bit parts on Nikita and How I Met Your Mother.
Warning: The following article contains major spoilers from Thursday’s season finale of The Vampire Diaries. Proceed at your own risk!
Thursday’s season finale of Vampire Diaries delivered several juicy twists — Stefan is Silas’ doppelganger! Katherine’s human! Jer’s alive, but Bonnie’s still a ghost! — and left us with even more burning questions. Is the newly mortal Kat about to get killed? Will no one notice something’s off with Stefan? And is Tyler finally going to come home?
TVLine went to executive producer Julie Plec to get answers on that and so much more.
TVLINE | What’s Silas’ agenda as Stefan? Is he going to be sticking around town for some purpose?
I can’t say whether he’ll be sticking around town, although I can say that he’ll definitely be coming back to town when we get back into the next season. His agenda has always been to cure himself, to get rid of the other side so that he could then die and pass over and find peace. That will remain his agenda. The question is: How will he go about it? Everything he meant to do this year blew up in his face.
TVLINE | Can he really fool everyone into thinking he’s Stefan?
He’s going to give it a good college try. He is, after all, psychic, as well. So he can get inside people’s heads and make them think whatever he wants. It’s not like we’re going to play an entire season of The Parent Trap. [Laughs] But there will be some funny times right at the beginning of the season.
TVLINE | Now that Katherine is a human – and given that she’s pissed off her fair share of people in Mystic Falls – what’s to stop everyone from killing her?
Absolutely nothing is going to stop everyone from trying to kill her. That’s what puts her in a pickle that is going to have her seeking out protection from unlikely sources.
TVLINE | With Stefan gone, Damon with Elena, and Klaus and Elijah on The Originals, who is left to care about what becomes of her?
[Laughs] That’s the realization she comes to over her summer break. “Oh, boy, did I screw up, and now my chickens are coming home to roost.” She’s definitely going to find herself on the wrong end of a lot of vendettas.
TVLINE | So Nina [Dobrev] will be playing two characters again for a pretty significant portion of the next season?
Yeah. We’ll definitely see a great storyline with Katherine as a human, and a great, fun one with Damon and Elena trying to make their relationship work as she heads off to college and starts her new life.
TVLINE | Speaking of, why Damon? What were you hoping to get to explore in Elena choosing Damon?
Damon’s a character who’s been driven by feeling like he’s not worthy of love. Now that he’s on the receiving end of that love, what will that mean for him? And where will he have to make changes in him, in his behavior? Or will he still be, “I am who I am. You love me for who I am. I’m not going to change for you”? It’ll be a fun dynamic to see him either trying to exercise restraint or not being able to exercise restraint in the name of love of this girl, especially as he’s got a new houseguest. He’s [living] with Jeremy Gilbert as Elena goes off to college.
TVLINE | It seemed like Caroline and Tyler are poised for a reunion. Will Michael Trevino be back next season as a regular?
Michael Trevino is still under contract. When he’ll return, we can’t say yet. He is going to have the opportunity to return to Caroline’s life in Mystic Falls. The question is, will he want to take it, given everything he’s been through since he’s been gone, which will be fun for us to learn — like what kind of life he’s been leading on the run.
TVLINE | That last scene between Caroline and Klaus was so loaded with emotion and potential. Is there any chance at all of having Caroline move to The Originals? Or was that the capper on ‘Klaroline’ for now?
It’s not the capper, per se. We’ll have to be more judicious with the moments between them. We’ll see. Klaus has a long journey ahead of him. He’s got a very, very, very long road toward being a redeemed character. He hasn’t exactly been a peach. Even when he does nice things for Caroline, they don’t necessarily offset all the nasty things he’s done to her and all her friends. So as Caroline grows up and goes to college and experience a new phase of her life, we’ll see if she is still drawn to him and if he’s making the kind of changes that make her want to have him in her life at all.
TVLINE | Bonnie is still a series regular, so how does she fit into the scope of the show with only one person being able to see her?
She fits very much into the scope of the show as she tries to deal with the fact that what she thought maybe wouldn’t be so difficult actually is. The absence of physical touch and physical connection with the boy that she likes, just that alone makes her feel really distant. We’ll get to see her more in her own life a little bit as she tries to figure out ways to keep her secret — [and] also stay on top of her friends and what they’re doing and if they’re safe.
TVLINE | I’m surprised you didn’t find a way to keep Alaric (Matt Davis) around.
[Laughs] Put it this way, I was all on board with that pitch. I think it felt like if we kept everybody that we loved, we’d have an entire, new, double ensemble of series regulars.
TVLINE | Now that Katherine’s human, can Klaus use her to make more hybrids? Is that something he might be concerned about on The Originals?
Given his experience with his hybrids, he might be a little gun-shy about creating another army that could potentially be used against him.