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The Originals – Phoebe Tonkin Interview

September 6, 2013 Leave a comment
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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 & Originals Premiere Night Promo #2 (HD)

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

The Originals – Immortality Promo [HD]

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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The Originals (CW) “Marcel” Promo

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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The CW Unveils Fall 2013 Key Art for ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’ & ‘Reign’

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

The Originals – Extended Preview

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment
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The Originals – Leah Pipes Interview

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The Originals : Charles Michael Davis Interview

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The Originals – Jealousy Preview

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The Originals: Comparisons to Lost Boys, Daniel Gillies’ Scheduling Drama, Flashbacks and More

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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“It’s like the Lost Boys: Party all night and sleep all day.”

We’re not in high school anymore! Unlike The Vampire Diaries,The Originals wants to make it clear that the highly anticipated spinoff doesn’t have time for first loves or brooding over being a vampire as they are busy having too much fun. “This is a show that is not about struggling to be a vampire, it’s about embracing vampirism, it’s reveling in it,” executive producer Julie Plec said during the show’s panel at the CW’s presentation at the 2013 Summer TCAs Press Tour. Cue star Joseph Morgan comparing the series to the classic ’80s vampire flick The Lost Boys. Yes, please!

Plec, Morgan and Originals stars Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis also talked about what fans can expect from the new drama, including scoop on the romances, potential for crossovers with The Vampire Diaries and how much of fan favorite Elijah (Daniel Gillies) we’ll be seeing…

Speaking to the differences between The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Plec said, “[The Originals] is about the power of the family community and the power struggle over the family community and the supernatural community of an entire city. We like to look at it as we graduated from high school and went to college and are getting our master’s degree in The Originals.”

But we aren’t out of Mystic Falls just yet! Rebekah (Holt) will still be in town when The Vampire Diaries picks up, with Holt explaining that Rebekah and Matt (Zach Roerig) “traveled together over the summer to Europe and I think she realized the bond with her family is stronger than anything else and any fantasy she has about marrying the high school football star. I hope we’ll be able to go back and forth and I can still have a dalliance in Mystic Falls every now and then.”

But could a romance with Marcel, her brother’s enemy, be in the works? “I wonder if there’s a history there…they shared all those years together in New Orleans,” Plec teased.

Speaking of Klaus and Marcel’s “incredibly complex” relationship, Morgan insisted Klaus, who is arguably the most powerful creature in the world, sees his protege as a viable threat.

“We’re used to Klaus coming in with a bull-in-a-china shop mentality and dominating like a one-man army, but Marcel has an army, he has the numbers and he’s running the city,” he explained. “He has the witches under control…[Klaus] is going to have to employ more of his manipulative, backstabbing methods to get where he wants to be, to take back the throne.”

Davis, who actually knew Morgan before he was cast in the role as they played poker together, added, “Marcel is a pretty popular guy in New Orleans. I don’t think you earn any points for killing the most popular guy in New Orleans.” It was also revealed he’ll get to learn Marcel’s backstory in early episodes, with flashbacks to 1815.

Originally set to be on the panel, Daniel Gillies was unable to make it as he was working on his Canadian medical drama Saving Hope, which is shooting at the same time as The Originals. Does this mean we’ll get less Elijah in the beginning of the series?! (We shudder at the thought!)

“We actually switched while there’s an overlap to a Wednesday-Sunday shooting schedule,” Plec says of working around Gillies’ jam-packed schedule. “It certainly hasn’t been easy, but we’ve found some fun and clever ways…we’re making it work.”

The Originals premieres Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. on the CW.

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The Originals Boss Julie Plec: We’re Reveling in Being Vampires

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Get ready for vampires that are all grown up.

As the CW readies to launch The Originals, the spin-off to its hit series The Vampire Diaries, executive producer Julie Plec says the important difference between the two series is the maturity of the characters.

“The way we like to look at it is that we had an audience grow up with us [on The Vampire Diaries] for four years and it was a coming-of-age story with first love and struggles as vampires,” Plec told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Tuesday. “Originals is a show that is not about struggling as a vampire, but reveling in it. It’s about embracing vampirism.”

The Originals follows Vampire Diaries fan-favorite Original vampire Klaus (Joseph Morgan), who, along with his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and sister Rebekah (Claire Holt), return to New Orleans, the city they once built. There, Klaus reunites with his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis ), who now rules New Orleans and has managed to create an inner circle of vampires and witches who follow his rules. Although Klaus hesitates about whether or not to remain in the Big Easy, he learns that his one-night stand Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with a baby that could become heir to Klaus’ future throne.

Although the new series steeped with so much history, mythology and relationships from its mothership series, Plec says her goal is to establish a new audience and create a show that could stand on its own without The Vampire Diaries.

“It’s one of the most difficult tasks, but the most important,” she says. “How do we create a show that …  can draw in audience that hasn’t seen Vampire Diaries and capture an audience that can be a different group of people? [This] is like apples and oranges, and we make sure that a new audience can feel like this is a new show and that they’re joining in for the first time.”

But that doesn’t mean the shows won’t cross over.”What we would like be able to do is establish a show that works as its own and then as the story dictates have a little bit of a crossover,” Plec says. “We don’t want to pretend those [previous] relationships never existed.”

With a new show comes some notable changes for Klaus. “We’re used to Klaus coming in with a bull-in-the-china-shop mentality, but Marcel has an army of vampires,” Morgan says. “He’s running the city and has the witches under his control. That in itself is a challenge. He’ll have to employ manipulative backstabbing methods to take back the throne.”

And he’ll certainly have fun doing it. “There are more vampire parties and crazy indulgence,” Morgan says. “It’s like The Lost Boys: party all night and sleep all day.”

The Originals premieres on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c on The CW.

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Fall Premiere Shuffle: Vampire Diaries, Originals and Supernatural Get Earlier Start Dates

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment
 The OriginalsThose thirsting for a new season of The Vampire Diaries – and the debut of its offshoot The Originals – will get their fang fix earlier than expected.

The CW on Monday announced that the Season 5 premiere of TVD and the series premiere of The Originals will bow on Thursday, Oct. 3 starting at  8/7c, a week earlier than previously scheduled. 

The following week, (Oct. 8), The Originals will move to its regular time slot at 8 pm Tuesdays, where it will lead into Supernatural‘s Season 9 opener — which was originally slotted for Oct. 15. (If you miss the Oct. 8 Originals, it will air as an encore at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10 after a new TVD.)

Reign, the network’s new drama about a young Mary, Queen of Scots, will now bow at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17, a week later than originally announced.

Other series, including the returning Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries and the new offering The Tomorrow People, are unaffected by the changes.

The revised CW premiere schedule looks like this:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (new series)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
8 pm Hart of Dixie
9 pm Beauty and the Beast

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
8 pm THE ORIGINALS (Time-slot premiere)
9 pm Supernatural

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
8 pm Arrow
9 pm THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New series)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
8 pm The Vampire Diaires
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (Episode 2 encore)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm REIGN (new series)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
8 pm The Carrie Diaries
9 pm America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls

The Originals – Newest Promo – Comic Con 2013 Video

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment
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Is The Originals ’10 Times Sexier’ Than Vampire Diaries? Plus: Co-Stars’ ‘Awkward’ Hand-holding!

July 21, 2013 Leave a comment

The Originals – Jealousy Preview

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment
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The Originals – Series Preview

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The Originals Clip

May 17, 2013 Leave a comment
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The CW Orders The Originals to Series, Renews Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment

The CW has renewed Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie for Seasons 2 and 3, respectively, and also given a series order to The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. They join Supernatural, Arrow, and The Vampire Diaries on the list of shows confirmed to be returning to The CW for the 2013-2014 TV season.

Both Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie have been gutted by critics and are struggling to post 1.5 million viewers weekly (Hart of Dixie only hit the mark four times this season). But with only Arrow, Supernatural, and TVD actually earning (mostly) their keep, The CW needed to renew something.

The quick series pickup of The Originals comes the day after its backdoor pilot debuted as an episode of The Vampire Diaries, even though the well-publicized premiere was a slumber party away from a series low in total viewers and was a bit disappointing, according to TV.COM’s Cory Barker. Still, The CW apparently would rather take its chances with a new series that can sucker in a built-in audience.

The pickups mean The CW has programmed six of its 10 hours next season, with a seventh probably going to America’s Next Top Model. The CW has eight pilots in contention as well as decisions to make regarding Nikita and The Carrie Diaries and whatever stupid reality programs it can come up with (anyone remember Remodeled?). Optimistically, there are five spots available, taking midseason series and backup options into account.

Personally, I like The CW’s strategy of becoming a genre channel for young adults, and bringing back Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast definitely hinders the chances for the network’s cool-sounding sci-fi pilots. Doesn’t The CW know we all want to see The Hundred?

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