CW President on Vampire Diaries Spinoff: A Focus on Klaus, "Dysfunctional" Originals

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The CW President Mark Pedowitz took center stage this morning at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and, as you might expect, spent a portion of his question-and-answer period focusing on that network's latest big news:

A potential Vampire Diaries spinoff titled "The Originals."

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"The genesis of that came from a conversation with Warner Bros. and Peter Roth," Pedowitz said. "I'm a big believer if you have something that's working and you can incubate [it], it's a good way to get pilots on the air... We're basically going to go and focus on the Original family."

And the head of that family, of course, is Joseph Morgan's Klaus, who viewers will learn in the April 25 TVD episode was a founding father of New Orleans. Pedowitz confirms he will be the lead character, but:

"Hopefully some of his siblings will come along. Klaus is just a great character and the Original family has such great dysfunctional family dynamics, we felt that was a great way to take the show."

Phoebe Tonkin will will also "be coming on board the spinoff," the executive  said, adding that he very much wants her part of "The CW family."

The Originals will be set in contemporary New Orleans and will fit in tonally with The Vampire Diaries.

Among other highlights from Pedowitz:

  • A ninth season of Supernatural sounds like a strong possibility: "We are pleased with how Wednesday night has worked out with Arrow and Supernatural. Creatively, the show is in a great place. There’s always a good shot [it could return].”
  • All 13 episodes of Emily Owens, M.D. will air: "We’re very proud of the show. For whatever reason, we couldn’t get it fully sampled.”
  • No word yet on a new season of 90210, but if it ends this season, fans can expect a major send-off.
  • There is no final script yet for Amazon, but it will be an "origination" story along the lines of Smallville and casting is underway.

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They need to locate the show in England! And what about Rebekah? Not a single mention of her in the press release, does that mean she is to be destroyed in TVD?


This could be a good idea... Klaus is an amazing character and doesn't seem to have much place left on the vampire diares amongst all the Damon/Stefan/Elena drama which just keeps going on and on...
I hope they take some other characters from the show with them too and then I will have no reason to watch TVD anymore....

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I'd love to see more of Elijah, and the others would be a bonus(if Klaus would stop crying) but what exactly would this show be about? The Originals are ridiculously powerful, impossible to kill and ancient. They work as antagonists, vague threats(remember how exciting Klaus and Elijah were in season 2!), but to make a show all about them? They would have to make them emotionally vulnerable, but ugh, there is no way I'm watching a show about four angsty serial killers having messy lovelives, no matter how sexy they are.


I'm really excited about this spin-off.
I'll finally be able to watch great characters like Klaus and Elijah without all the pathetic and boring drama between Damon, Stefan and Elena.
Can they please put Caroline and Jeremy on the spin-off too? That way, I won't need to watch TVD anymore. I really hope this works out. A spin-off running at the same time as the original show can be really great. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are a perfect example.


This is just the dumbest idea ever. And i'll miss Klaus on VD...what will we be left with to watch then? More dull/boring Elena's brother troubles? Oh boy. How fun!


i hope Elijah is in this spin off sometimes !!!!


Saw Phoebe Tonkin in an Australian movie, over the weekend, called, "Tomorrow, After the War Began." It was grade B, at best, but it was fun to see her as a blonde, with some other pretty Australian young people :)

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Some stories on the originals might unlock some new clues and ideas to what they're really up to but we'll have to stay tuned to see what we get from out of them(when I mostly want the show to run or feel like season 1 again). ;P =O =|


Klaus is one of the worst characters I have ever seen. Elijah on the other hand really great. It would have been a great idea for a summer movie. To feed the fandom of the originals but not a series. Nikita still the best show on CW.


Finally, no more originals. Go to your own show and never come back to TVD ever again!


Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.