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Forgive us for ripping off a previous CW marketing campaign, but: OMFG.

There really is no alternate reaction to the trio of covers Entertainment Weekly just released in honor of The Vampire Diaries, specifically stars Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. All three are featured across the main cover and two collector's items, and nary a shirt is to be seen...

  • Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Naked!
  • Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev EW Cover
  • VD on EW

Copies of the issue go on sale Friday, while inside producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson dish on the challenge of writing for a show with dueling, passionate fan bases.

"When we want Stefan and Elena to have a moment together, how can we do that and not have our Delena fans outraged?” Plec asks.

We've got an idea, Julie: just take Damon's shirt off. That will satisfy all viewers.

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The Twilight Saga doesn't actually conclude until November 2012, but Ian Somerhalder doesn't care. He's already making a pitch to fans of that franchise.

“The whole Twilight thing is about to be over," The Vampire Diaries stars says in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, when asked about his show's competition. "And teenage girls can’t watch True Blood with their parents - that would just get weird. So we’re getting ready to kick some major ass this season.”

  • Vampire Diaries Trio
  • Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev

For more hot shots of this gorgeous cast, visit the official Rolling Stone website.

The season will include a blood-thirsty Stefan, as previewed in this trailer, along with a closer relationship between Elena and Damon, Caroline and Tyler.

How does the cast get along overall? It's "a total frickin' lovefest," Somerhalder said, and he should know: the actor is dating Dobrev.

Which vampire-themed franchise do you like best?

 

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Bubbles have never looked so sexy.

In a new promo for season three of The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder - who spent this week in front of Congress being awesome - dons nothing but soap in his role as lovable blood sucker Damon Salvatore.

The bad news? You need to wait until the very end to watch the scene. The good news? It's totally worth it.

For actual season 3 scoop, visit The Vampire Diaries spoilers section at TV Fanatic. Now!!!

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by Hilton Hater at

It's official and adorable: Domerhalder is a go!

A month after Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev were spotted vacationing together in Paris, the CW co-stars showed up on the red carpet of the MuchMusic Video Awards last night... hand-in-hand!

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Pic

"Who am I most excited to see tonight?" Somerhalder said prior to the event. "Nina Dobrev!"

These Vampire Diaries stars have actually been dating for months (a friend tells Us Weekly they are the "real deal"), but have impressively managed to mostly keep the relationship a secret.

No longer, however. With their on-screen characters locking lips to close season two, perhaps Ian and Nina are preparing viewers for a major taste of Delena on season three.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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by Hilton Hater at

Overshadowed by a certain other pairing of a fake vampire and his lady love, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev have managed to keep their relationship relatively quiet.

But the actor who makes women squeal on The Vampire Diaries and the actress who finally got to kiss him on the season two finale were spotted in Paris this week - arm in arm, strolling alongside their mothers. AWWWW!

  • Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev in Paris
  • Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Photo

Don't these two make for an adorable couple? They're just missing one vital item: a nickname!

Nian? Somerev? Submit your suggestions now!

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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It was hotter than usual in Miami over the weekend, but Florida's balmy weather was not responsible for this change in temperature.

At least not for the few hours on Saturday that Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley signed autographs for fans at a mall in the area.

As part of a Hot Topic-sponsored tour that also took them to Chicago and Dallas, the studly fake vampires answered questions, posed for pictures and made it clear which team they are playing for...

Team Damon Sign
  • A Studly Signer
  • Paul on the Mic
  • Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley
  • Ian at the Mall
  • Somerhalder on Stage

Click on the photos above, try to control your drool and decide: Who would you rather...

 

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by Hilton Hater at

It was written off as a Twilight Saga clone at first, but The Vampire Diaries has made a solid impression on viewers.

This is a truly intriguing drama on The CW, anchored by a gorgeous cast. It's led by Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley.

The threesome posed for a series of photos with Nylon magazine this week, with each answering a question about the surprising hit:

Dobrev, on similarities with other vampire franchises: "When the show first started... you automatically thought Twilight.  But once you continue, there's a whole other side of it that goes a lot deeper... It's about letting everyone know that we're different but we all respect each other."

Wesley, on gratitude for Twilight: "Do I thing the show would be successful as it is, if it weren’t for all that? No.”

Somerhalder, on initial reaction to Damon Salvatore: “[My character] is gonna be the coolest character on television. There was no doubt about it. It reminded me of Sawyer, Josh Holloway’s character on Lost. He was always the character I secretly wished I could play.”

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  • Three CW Stars
  • Nina and Her Boys
  • Ian Somerhalder in Nylon
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by Hilton Hater at

We gotta hand it to The Vampire Diaries.

Accused of being a rip-off of the Twilight Saga, even though the aforementioned book series came out prior to Stephanie Meyer's novels, The CW hit winked at the controversy this week.

During an exchange with another character, Damon Salvatore - played brilliantly by Ian Somerhalder - puts down the book he's been reading and says:

What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped!

We almost spit out our Strawberry Kimi Gatorade at the line. Damon then says the book "has it all wrong," regarding how humans are turned into vampires. It was a funny, unexpected moment; one we hope Twilight fans have a sense of humor about.

Damon Salvatore Picture

Considering the rave reviews Somerhalder has been receiving, it might be more apt to now ask again: Who makes the hotter pretend vampire?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Based on its impressive ratings to so far, millions of people around the country love The CW's Vampire Diaries.

But there's one important individual that is especially pleased with the series: L.J. Smith, the author that penned the novels on which this small screen version is based.

"I think they have done an incredible job of interpreting it, especially presenting it for a teen audience," she told MTV. "I love the music. I love the cinematography, I think the cast is fabulous. I especially like Damon. Ian Somerhalder does very well. But I really, really like the Elena that they picked, Nina Dobrev... she's a great actress. And I love the Stefan that they've picked."

We love them all, too, but we're especially taken with Somerhalder.

Facing inevitable comparisons to Robert Pattinson and the Twilight Saga, Somerhalder has created a unique character, one that can go from sweet to savage in seconds. These screen shots are a great example:

  • Ian as Damon
  • Fangs Bared

You really don't wanna make Damon Salvatore angry; or hungry, for that matter.

Have you been watching Vampire Diaries? Are you happy with it?

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Did you catch the series debut of The Vampire Diaries last night?

If not, you're in the minority: the show set record ratings for a premiere on The CW, as over 4.8 million viewers tuned in to see if Paul Wesley really could make people forget about Robert Pattinson.

The answer? Of course not. But the opening episode was still very entertaining and suspenseful. It was highlighted by Ian Somerhalder's turn as Damon Salvatore, a blood sucker fans can finally hate.

While 2009 has clearly been the year of the vampire, pop culture followers have been stuck with metrosexual, kind-hearted creatures of the night; from Pattinson in the Twilight Saga to Stephen Moyer's Bill Compton in True Blood. Even Alexander Skarsgard's Eric, from that same HBO series, lives by a certain code.

But not Damon, at least not yet. Check out a clip from last night's episode of The Vampire Diaries and see if you're as taken by this bad ass as we are:

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