Paleyfest 2010: The Vampire Diaries

The 2010 edition of Paleyfest, a celebration of television’s rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium, is continuing for another week; and on Saturday night, March 6th, there was a panel for The Vampire Diaries. Very few spoilers have leaked out so far, but there are a couple we can share along with some photos from the event.

As you’d expect, Executive Producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec were on hand, as were another Exec. Producer, Bob Levy, and stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder. @PaleyCenter is live tweeting each panel during the Fest, and here’s what we learned about TVD from its feed:

  • Kevin Williamson’s initial feelings about doing the show after reading the first 47 pages of the book: “I don’t want to do this; this is ‘Twilight’.” Followed by, “Oh, this is ‘Dark Shadows’!” after finishing the first book and realizing that he wanted to do the project.
  • “The Vampire Diaries” has the same special effects people as “True Blood”.
  • With regard to differences between the show and the books, Williamson said, “We got rid of the fog. In the books the fog follows them around.” Plec adds, “We were afraid of letting the fans of the books down” and promises the online and book fans that Damon will peel an orange in an upcoming episode.
  • What can fans expect at the end of this season? “I grew up with the ‘Knots Landings’ of the world, so I love my cliffhangers!” says Williamson of his favorite writing style; as a result, there will be between 7 and 9 cliffhangers in the final episode.
  • That’s about it for the juicy stuff except one other spoiler tweeted by @insidethetube: Viewers will learn the identity of Elena’s mom when The Vampire Diaries returns to the CW Network on March 25th.

    @CW_VampDiaries took over 150 pictures during the course of the evening; here are two of the TVD crew getting ready; that’s Kevin Williamson taking his seat in the bottom view.

    Paleyfest 2010: The Vampire Diaries

    Paleyfest 2010: The Vampire Diaries

    Paleyfest 2010 runs through March 14th at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills, California.

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