Jul 3rd: Can We Talk About Nina Dobrev?!

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A recent post on the TheTVAddict about the brilliance of Tatiana Maslany (which is every bit deserving) brought up some thoughts I had while watching Orphan Black. I recently started watching Orphan Black as well and found myself just as mesmerized as Victoria Nell. I too had to pause and remind myself that I was watching one actor play all these different characters (There’s no way Maslany is playing Cosima… she can’t be, right? I’ve convinced myself they don’t even look alike) but I also found myself thinking about another actress that has to play multiple characters. Nina Dobrev.

I’m not taking anything away from Maslany because as I said, she is fantastic and there are many reviewers/bloggers/journalists that rave about how difficult it is to play multiple characters. Yet, they don’t give any recognition to Dobrev which she without a doubt deserves. Well, fellow Addicts, that stops now!

Dobrev acts her ass off over on the little show that could, The Vampire Diaries. In fact, most of the actors on this show do but its Dobrev that rises above them all. Among the many, and I mean many, changes the character of Elena has had throughout the last 5 seasons, Dobrev also has to portray Katherine, her doppelganger. Dobrev has to have chemistry with both Stefan and Damon from two characters’ perspectives. Katherine and Elena are both interested in these guys but for different reasons and at different levels yet because of Dobrev I never confuse how Katherine feels about Stefan compared to how Elena feels.

Dobrev changes everything about how she acts from Elena to Katherine. She could be wearing the same clothes/have the same hairstyle (which happens more often than not) and be standing right next to each other and I would know immediately who was who. And that is all based on how well Dobrev distinguishes the two from the way she carries herself to the way she speaks to her facial expressions.

Dobrev not only is great at acting multiple characters but she also is just plain good in the show. I dare you to watch her goodbye to Damon in season 5 or her realization that Jeremy might be dead for real (Spoiler alert/shocker of the century, he wasn’t) in season 4 and not sit back and feel like you just got gutted emotionally. Dobrev kills everything the amazing writers of this show give her, drama/comedy/you name it.

On that note, while I’m spouting off about how great Nina Dobrev is, I should add that The Vampire Diaries as a whole is one of the best written and focused shows out there. I never feel let down by a season and I always know Julie Plec and company are headed in a direction that I may not see at first but will love in the end as it happens every season.
End of rant.

via thetvaddict

Tags: Nina Dobrev, playing multi characters, The Vampire Diaries

Jul 2nd: From 'Arrow' to 'Vampire Diaries': Warner Bros. TV announces Comic-Con lineup

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The bros are getting the whole gang together for Comic-Con. And by the whole gang, we mean everyone from Kevin Bacon, to the guys from Supernatural, to Mike Tyson.

In a press release, Warner Bros. Television group announced plans to pull together 15 different series, including five shows making their debut at the San Diego convention. They’ve previously announced a three-hour event on July 26 which will include the premiere of the anticipated Batman-prequel Gotham and footage from the upcoming pilot for The Flash, but they’re also promising the return of several of their biggest shows.

Participating in the convention in San Diego will be: the Following’s Kevin Bacon; The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder; Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins; The Flash’s Grant Gustin (Arrow); Constantine’s Matt Ryan and Harold Perrineau (Lost); The Originals’ Joseph Morgan; Childrens Hospital’s Rob Corddry; Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Mike Tyson; and cast members from Gotham.

Producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Greg Plageman (Person of Interest), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Jason Rothenberg (The 100), Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZOMBIE, Veronica Mars), Kevin Williamson (The Following, The Vampire Diaries), will also appear.

In addition to the announced screenings of The Flash‘s pilot, there will also be complete screenings of Constantine and iZombie, which follows a medical student (Rose McIver) who has to readjust her life goals after becoming one of the undead. There will also be footage from a new episode of Teen Titans Go!

The timing of WBTV’s panels can be found here.

via ew.com

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