The Vampire Diaries

9:30pm Friday, September 2 on TV2

Danger looms around every corner, but amidst the tension, romance blooms tonight in the Vampire Diaries.

Damon is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to prevent Elena from being a victim of Klaus’s (recurring guest star Joseph Morgan) plan to break the curse.

Damon’s actions put him at terrible odds with Stefan and the tension that started brewing between the brothers over their differing opinions of how to help save Elena’s life blows up into a full-scale conflict.

Meanwhile, Tyler returns to Mystic Falls after receiving a disturbing phone call. With the full moon marking the arrival of the sacrifice ritual, Stefan and Elena spend a romantic day together … afraid it might be their last.

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8:30pm Friday, August 12 on TV2

An unexpected arrival shatters the peace in Mystic falls tonight in The Vampire Diaries.

The appearance of the villainous Katherine (Nina Debrov) in Mystic Falls has thrown a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Debrov) and Damon (Ian Somerholder), and the other residents.

New and unexpected friendships will be forged, allies will become enemies and hearts will be broken. Plus, Stefan and Damon will be forced to face a villain more evil and diabolical than they ever believed possible.

Tonight, Elena and Alaric both lash out at John (David Anders) when Isobel’s (Mia Kirshner) unexpected arrival leaves Jenna devastated. Bonnie (Katerina Graham) works with Damon and Jeremy (Steven R McQueen) to find the spell they’ll need to harness her ancestors’ power, and a heartbroken Caroline (Candice Accola) doesn’t know what to do about Matt. Plus, Stefan and Damon realise they have a new secret weapon.

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Vampire Diaries wins at Teen Choice Awards

The Vampire Diaries has proved the big winner at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, claiming five awards in the TV categories. Glee, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars were also popular with voters.

Sheen says sacking saved his career

Charlie Sheen insists that his sacking from Two and a Half Men has saved his career. Sheen told TMZ: “I have always been told that I have nine lives, so it is going to be amazing to witness my own funeral, which is clearly a win-win situation because Ashton has just given me a tenth.”

Sheridan not returning to DH

Former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan has confirmed that she won’t be returning to the drama series for its final season next year. “I had an amazing time playing that character. I loved her dearly, but they killed her! She’s dead.”

DH producers want Delany back

Meanwhile, Dana Delany says producers of Desperate Housewives are looking to bring her back to the series in order to wrap up her storyline. 

Tyler seeking Idol payrise

Steven Tyler is reportedly seeking a pay rise on American Idol due to the fact Jennifer Lopez is negotiating a new deal worth about $20 million. Tyler however has already signed a two-year deal.

Lopez close to Idol return

Jennifer Lopez is believed to be close to signing a new deal for American Idol next year. Fellow judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have already confirmed their returns to the show as judges.

Heroes actor joins Vampire Diaries

Heroes actor Jack Coleman has joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries for its third season. Coleman, who played Noah Bennett on Heroes, will play a resident of Mystic Falls who is not keen on the town’s supernatural presence.

Franco returning to soap

James Franco will return to General Hospital, the soap that kick-started his acting career, for yet another guest appearance later this year.

TVNZ confirms RWC team

TVNZ yesterday confirmed their presenting line-up for their Rugby World Cup coverage later this year. Former All Black Jeff Wilson will join Martin Devlin, Simon Dallow and Andrew Saville will lead the coverage on TV One.

Boardwalk Empire wins at SAGs

Boardwalk Empire has continued its success in awards season by picking up two awards at yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Awardsfor Outstanding Ensemble, Drama Series and for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama for Steve Buscemi. Modern Family claimed Outstanding Ensemble, Comedy Series while Betty White was honoured for her role in comedy series Hot In Cleveland.

Directors Guild honours Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family

Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family have also proved successful at the recent Directors Guild Awards by claiming the top prizes for drama and comedy. Boardwalk Empire scooped the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series award while Modern Family took the same award for comedy.

Piers Morgan’s ratings drop by 75%

Piers Morgan has seen his ratings drop by 75% for his new CNN talkshow in the US, after drawing only 498,000 viewers for the latest episode. Piers Morgan Tonight peaked on January 17 with 2.1 million during his interview with Oprah Winfrey but dropped substantially for his chat with Kardashian sisters, Kim and Kourtney.

Vampire Diaries actor to guest on CSI: NY

Vampire Diaries actor Taylor Kinney will join CSI: NY for a guest role later in the show’s current season. Kinney, who played Mason on The Vampire Diaries, has also appeared in Bones.

8:30pm Thursday, January 27 on TV2

The drama continues tonight in TV2’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) puts herself in a dangerous position as she searches for the truth about Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) past and what her own future may hold. Knowing that Stefan (Paul Wesley) would never agree to her plan, Elena swears Caroline (Candice Accola) to secrecy. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) uses a newfound confidant to help him try to discover the real purpose and power of the moonstone. And Jeremy (Steven R McQueen) and Bonnie meet Luka Martin (guest star Bryton James, Family Matters), a new student with a surprising family history.

Modern Family leads SAG nominations

Modern Family leads the list of TV nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up four nods. The sitcom has been recognised for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series alongside individual nominations for Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell. Mad Men, Glee, Dexter and 30 Rock all picked up three nominations for the January 30 awards.

Parents group slams sexualisation of minors on TV

A parents group in the US has criticised the representation of teenage sexuality on TV shows coming out of the US. The Parents Television Council have targeted the likes of The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Glee and Two and A Half Men as being the leading contributors to the sexualisation of underage females. The group says: “TV executives have made it their business to profit off of programmes that depict teen girls blissfully being sexualised by casual partners… Clearly there are inherent dangers in having a cultural milieu that accepts and encourages this sexual contradiction of encouraging underage girls to look sexy, yet realising they know very little about what it means to be sexual.”

Alba to produce new comedy pilot

Jessica Alba has signed on to produce a new comedy pilot for American network CBS which has the working title of The Mother of All Something. Alba is named as a “non-writing producer” on the pilot which will centre on a Canadian blogger and tweeter.

Coro Street to move home

The set of Coronation Street is set to be completely rebuilt with ITV announcing plans recently to create a brand new production complex that will improve the quality of the show. The Manchester-based production will move to a new home at Salford Quays which is also home to a huge BBC development.

Dexter renewed for sixth season

Dexter has been renewed for a sixth season by its American network, Showtime. The drama series, which features Michael C. Hall, performed well during its fifth season in the US, recording its second highest audience for an episode in its history.

Amell joins Vampire Diaries

Actor Stephen Amell is joining The Vampire Diaries for a two-episode arc. The actor, who has had roles in the likes of CSI: Miami, NCIS and Flashpoint, was on the short list of three actors recently to be cast as the new lead in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Oprah gives viewers skewed view of Australia

Americans have been given an interesting introduction to what Australia is all about courtesy of Oprah and McDonalds ahead of the chat show host’s upcoming tour of Australia. McDonalds bankrolled a segment which featured on a recent episode of Oprah which painted a picture of Australians as a group of “blokes” and “sheilas” who met at “hip joints” called McCafes. The segment was delivered by former Rove presenter Carrie Bickmore who went on to say that the McCafe rendezvous are “all just a little bit fancy”.

Cheech Marin joins comedy pilot

Veteran actor Cheech Marin is returning to TV in a new pilot called Outnumbered which is based on the UK series of the same name. The actor will join the sitcom pilot which centres on a couple who are constantly overwhelmed by their three children.

Misfits pulls three awards nominations

C4 series Misfits has been nominated for three awards at the upcoming 2011 Broadcast Awards in the UK in the categories of Best Drama Series, Best Multichannel Programme and Best New programme. New Prime series Being Human is also up for the Best Multichannel Programme.

Vampire Diaries spin-off?

The creator of drama series The Vampire Diaries is looking to develop a spin-off which would run as a companion series. The series is in the very early stages of development currently.

Fran Drescher series picked up

A new Fran Drescher series, which centres on the actresses divorce, has been picked up in the US. The series will parallel Drescher’s real life by focussing on a woman who struggled to get back into the dating world after discovering that her husband is gay.

Seacrest signs TV development deal

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has signed a $60m deal with a US media conglomerate to develop TV content, a record label and a concert series. Seacrest will still continue his work on American Idol and his radio show in Los Angeles.

Dollhouse actress lands new pilot role

Dollhouse actress Eliza Dushku has signed on to appear in a new drama pilot called Bird Dog. The actress will feature in the pilot which centres on a father-daughter crime-fighting team who solve crimes in a sleepy rural town.

8:30pm Thursday, November 25 on TV2

The blood-lust is at an all-time high this week in TV2’s drama The Vampire Diaries when someone makes an unexpected return and wreaks havoc through the town of Mystic Falls.

Nina Debrov, who stars as the beautiful Elena Gilbert, reflects on the Vampire genre and its prevalence in mainstream media right now. “[Vampires] are not really a fad. [They’re] timeless. Vampires don’t die. They’re always around. They’re eternal. And it just seems like right now, people are really responding, and they really like it.”

Although vampires have taken over our screens – the big and the small – Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) believes The Vampire Diaries varied storylines contribute to its popularity and help it stand out among other vampire-inspired tales. “[The Vampire Diaries] is a weekly series, so there’s so much going on. There’s so many new relationships. There’s a lot going on in the show with vampires, but then there is personal relationships between all the characters. There’s non-vampires everywhere too.”

Katerina Graham who plays Elena’s best friend, Bonnie Bennett, also believes the show is unique. “It’s not Twilight. It’s not True Blood. It’s The Vampire Diaries. It’s completely different, and you’ll have to watch it. Obviously.”

In this week’s action-packed double episode things spiral out of control when when Elena arrives home to a nightmare, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is the first to realise Katherine (Nina Dobrev) has returned with revenge on her mind.

Elena arrives home to discover the horrific fate of Uncle John (David Anders) and Jeremy (Steve R McQueen). At the hospital, Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite Macintyre) is comforted by Matt (Zach Roerig), Bonnie and Damon while she waits to hear if her daughter will survive the car accident. After a confusing conversation with Elena about the night’s events, Damon is the first to realise that Katherine has returned.

Meanwhile, still reeling from his father’s death, Tyler is surprised when his charming and mysterious uncle, Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney), arrives to console the family.