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Are television promos ruining good cliffhangers?

I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers, as I’m sure most people do. Nothing is more exciting than a good twist, and nothing is more painful than having to wait to find out what will happen next. However, in today’s world of television speed-plotting, I find myself yearning for a genuine cliffhanger, particularly when it comes to mid-season and/or season finales.

What I realized last night is that speed-plotting isn’t the only problem for cliffhangers. In a lot of cases, the antithesis of a genuine cliffhanger seems to be an over-informative episode promo. You spend your summer waiting to find out if a character will live or die only to see them talking in a promo for the upcoming season, and all of a sudden, your urge for the show to come back is cut in half. For example, on this season of Parenthood, my biggest question has been, “Is Julia going to cheat on Joel?” And when promoting the show’s mid-season finale, they not only teased her temptation, but they gave me my answer … and  in a 30-second clip. READ FULL STORY

The art of the brotherly love triangle: What 'Reign' could learn from 'The Vampire Diaries'

Love triangles on television are equal parts frustrating and entertaining. Many times, they’re the reason we tune in and also the reason we spend the next hour screaming at the characters involved. But there’s one particular type of love triangle that’s a little more complicated than others. I like to call it the brotherly love triangle.

The brotherly love triangle — two brothers fighting over the same woman — is particularly popular among supernatural shows at the moment. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Witches of East End all contain a little brotherly love at the center of their stories. By making two sides of a triangle related, you increase the stakes. The familial aspect aside, there are multiple relationships at risk, both between the woman and each brother, as well as between the brothers themselves. Plus, the competitiveness between siblings always ups the ante.

With Reign being the newest show to join the brotherly love trend, I think it has a little bit to learn from say, The Vampire Diaries, which has done it so well for five years. Only five episodes into Reign‘s debut season, the love triangle is starting to feel a bit rushed, which, if the show isn’t careful, could damage its shipper component.

Our five favorite things about Elijah's epic scene in last night's 'The Originals' -- VIDEO

Warning: If you intend to read this post without falling in love with Elijah, you can’t.

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, know me personally, read my mind, or listen in on my weekly conversations with Mandi Bierly, allow me to fill you in on my biggest opposite-of-a-secret: Elijah Mikaelson is my favorite character on television. I quite literally love everything about him, from the actor who portrays him — Daniel Gillies! — to his attire, his actions, his hair, his hand gestures … everything.

Just in case you don’t watch The Originals and/or have never seen The Vampire Diaries, here’s a quick introduction to Elijah “BAMF” Mikaelson: He’s the eldest living brother in the Original family, which means he and his siblings were the first vampires ever created, and therefore, all vamps stem from them. But when a person becomes a vampire, there’s a dominant personality trait that becomes heightened, and unlike most vampires, Elijah’s is his morality. The man always keeps his word. He’s the Original you can trust, and he cares deeply for his friends and family. However, he’s also the commander. Although his brother Klaus might technically be stronger — Klaus is half vampire, half werewolf — Elijah is the most powerful. Other traits to note: He is level-headed. He is beyond elegant with his words (and pronounces Elena “E-lena”). He’s so powerful that he’s feared even though we’ve yet to see his fangs. His cheekbones and jawline are something of a masterpiece. Oh, and his cry face will destroy you.

So last night, viewers who didn’t know Elijah from The Vampire Diaries were introduced to a new side of him on The Originals. Sure, they knew he was compassionate, they knew he looked good in a suit (which he always wears), but they had no idea why he seemed to be the one in charge and/or the extent of his passion … until some witches messed with his family, and this happened:

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Too much exposition, not enough dialogue

When I was a teen, there was one summer that I designated as my soap opera phase. Every day, my best friend would come over at 1 p.m., and we would play cards and watch Passions and Days of Our Lives. The phase only lasted for that one summer, but there was a very important lesson that I took away from my days spent watching multiple actors play the same character and what was probably the worst/funniest tsunami ever shown on TV: Exposition is a must in soap operas … but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.

For those of you who don’t know, exposition is that moment in a television show when a character wastes his or her breath recapping background information that you already know in order to help you understand something else. It’s used a lot on soap operas because 1) They’re confusing, and their stories date back thousands of episodes; and 2) Most viewers can’t watch every single day, so it’s a quick and easy way to get caught up. It’s what most shows use the “Previously On” for, and yet there are still a few outside of soap operas that use a little too much exposition for my liking.

'The Vampire Diaries': Why is Silas (and new Stefan) so much hotter than old Stefan? PopWatch investigates!

For weeks now, I’ve been reading comments (and talking to my roommate) about how very attractive Silas is on The Vampire Diaries. It’s an odd conversation considering Silas is played by the always attractive Paul Wesley, who’s been on the show as Stefan for four years now. So what has changed? Well, at first, I thought it had to do with the character of Silas, which I do believe is part of it, but then when Stefan showed up on the scene without his memory and looking a little yummier than usual, the mystery grew.

What is it exactly about this season/these characters? Well, there are several reasons why Silas/New Stefan is more attractive than Old Stefan (who, just for the record, was always incredibly attractive):

Sunlight/You can actually see his green eyes: The cast and crew of TVD constantly talk about how dark their show is, and it’s on purpose. They’re always telling the lighting department to make things darker. And although that’s good and fine, it makes it difficult to decipher Wesley’s already-dark features. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' star Nina Dobrev goes topless for Obamacare -- PHOTO

There’s nothing new about using social media to make a political statement — but that doesn’t mean celebs have stopped having fun with it.

The latest trend on Instagram has celebrities posing while holding up the phrase #GetCovered to support the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare. Vampire Diaries leading lady Nina Dobrev, however, decided to take the whole political selfie thing one step further. This yoga-lover (who’s no stranger to showing off her ridiculous figure on Twitter) shows her support for coverage by stripping down. It’s a topless political statement — which is the best kind, really.


'Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev outs Kat Graham's celebrity crush -- VIDEO


Tonight, The Vampire Diaries returns for its fifth season (8 p.m. ET on The CW). How well do co-stars Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham know each other? We found out by playing an EW newlywed game with them on the set in Atlanta. Watch the video below, and you’ll also learn why Graham threatened to kill Dobrev. (Spoiler alert: our headline.)

'Vampire Diaries': Damon's best insults -- VIDEO

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, and though season 5 will have a lot of new faces (check them out here), some things will remain the same: We’re counting on Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to still have the show’s best lines. Below, revisit some of his best insults. READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries' star Kat Graham, more celebs band together for World Suicide Prevention Day -- VIDEO

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham, comedian Margaret Cho, athletes Chris Kluwe and Brendan Ayanbedejo, and more celebs participated in a public service announcement on suicide prevention.

In the video, the participants all take the “Talk to Me” pledge, encouraging everyone to respect each other regardless of sexuality, to pledge to listen seriously to someone contemplating suicide, and to call the Trevor lifeline (866-488-7386) when they or someone they know needs help.

The video was created by online news show What’s Trending in conjunction with The Trevor Project, which “is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24,” according to the Trevor website.

Watch the PSA here:

'The Vampire Diaries' turns 4 today! Here are 20 things we're thankful it gave us -- VIDEOS

Four years ago today, something supernatural happened: The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW. And just like that, we fell into the world of Mystic Falls, Va., where the hot new guy in town had a sexy (albeit dangerous) secret, Bonnie was “psychic,” Jeremy was in his drug phase, Elena was sick of faking a smile, and no one knew what a  “moonstone” was.

That, of course, would all change, just as we, the viewers, would change right along with it as TVD exposed us to countless wonderful things. Here’s our list of the 20 things we want to thank The Vampire Diaries for giving us:

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