After putting Josh Rosza through the wringer for the past four seasons (RIP, Aiden!) The Originals is finally giving the club kid-turned-vampire exactly what he deserves, TV Line says;

Steven Krueger has been promoted to a series regular for the CW drama’s upcoming fifth season, TVLine has learned, ensuring that Josh will remain in the Mikaelsons’ orbit for the foreseeable future. When last we saw Josh in the Season 4 finale, he was convincing Marcel and Sofya to ally themselves with Klaus & Co. in order to stand against the followers of The Hollow.

Though little is known about the show’s future, its fourth season ended with the Mikaelson siblings being forcibly scattered to the winds — gotta keep those Hollow pieces separate! — and Hope entering her first year at Alaric and Caroline’s school for supernatural tinies in Mystic Falls. Additionally, a massive time jump is in order, after which teenage Hope will be played by 17-year-old Danielle Rose Russell.

The Originals will air its fifth and final season in the spring of 2018. Executive producer Julie Plec just announced it. The cast and crew will say their final goodbyes during this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Klaus Mikaelson and Caroline Forbes-Salvatore may be crossing paths sooner than either of them expected. Candice King will reprise her Vampire Diaries role on The Originals‘ fifth season premiere, TVLine has learned exclusively. Unfortunately, no further details about King’s appearance, slated to air sometime in 2018, are available.

While it’s possible that Caroline will make the trek from Mystic Falls to New Orleans, it’s also entirely likely that her scenes will take place at the Salvatore Boarding House, where Klaus’ daughter Hope is enrolled. (In other news, Season 5 will begin with a major time jump, complete with a new actress playing teenage Hope.)

To say that Caroline has a complicated history with the Mikaelsons would be an understatement. Following a tumultuous romance in Seasons 3 and 4 of The Vampire Diaries, Caroline and Klaus eventually reunited (albeit over the phone) in Season 7. A key moment in the show’s series finale involved Klaus gifting his old flame with a hefty donation for her and Alaric’s supernatural school.

At the time of the TVD finale, Plec told TVLine that Klaus’ donation was a “wish, not a promise. … I think The Originals has the opportunity to visit with some of these characters, and I think there are future shows down the line that can be spawned out of this world and could tell good stories.” (Wish granted!)

After spending eight years in the supernatural world of The Vampire Diaries — and directing five episodes of the series — Paul Wesley decided to stop through New York to visit the arguably more supernatural world of Shadowhunters. Wesley directed Monday’s episode, which sees Clary and Jace embark on a mission while Simon contemplates telling his family the truth about what he is. But before Wesley could step behind the camera, he had to brush up on the new, very complicated Shadow World. sits down with Paul Wesley to talk about the differences between directing Shadowhunters and The Vampire Diaries;

“They sent me a PDF with a bit of backstory on all the characters,” Wesley tells EW. “Then, honestly, I went on the Wikipedia page and looked at that.”

Unlike his past experiences on TVD, he not only had to get to know a new world on Shadowhunters, but he also had to get to know the actors. “I don’t know their mannerisms and I don’t really know any of these cast members very well. On The Vampire Diaries, I sort of understood how the actors functioned, so I was able to direct them and guide them,” Wesley says. “There was a bit of an advantage there. With this, it was more acquired knowledge. That was the biggest difference. It was actually, I thought, really refreshing to have to learn a new set of skills.”

One of those skills was directing an hour with a lot of green screen, which required Wesley to put his trust into the digital effects department. Another skill? Directing with the flu. “I was sick,” Wesley says. “I had like a 103-degree fever while I was shooting all those exterior scenes. All these pictures came out where I look like an Eskimo and literally I had a massive flu. It was like -10 out. And it was my first show that I directed outside of the series I had been on and I really wanted it to come out well.”

Shadowhunters airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. confirms that Danielle Rose Russell is set to play Hope Mikaelson as a teenager for The Originals’ fifth season;

The Originals’ fourth season kicked off with a five-year time jump, which introduced viewers to a 7-year-old Hope Mikaelson, played by Summer Fontana. And in the show’s fifth season, there will once again be a time jump and, along with it, a new Hope.

EW can exclusively reveal that 17-year-old Danielle Rose Russell (Wonder) will play a teenage Hope, joining the cast as a series regular for the fifth season. But could there be more to Hope’s future?

There have been rumors of a potential spin-off for the character, who ended season 4 by attending Alaric and Caroline’s school. And even though there’s no official word on that front, showrunner Julie Plec told EW back in March — when Vampire Diaries ended — that although she couldn’t make any promises, they purposefully left a few things open-ended. “While I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally,” Plec said. “They’re open with a hope, not a promise.”

It’s been more than four months since The Vampire Diaries wrapped its eight-season run on The CW, and some people are still angry about the way things ended for Stefan Salvatore — but his portrayer, Paul Wesley, isn’t one of them. TV Line sits down with Paul Wesley to talk about the series finale and Stefan’s ending;

“It was something I was really hoping for,” Wesley tells TVLine of Stefan’s untimely demise, which came less than 24 hours after he and Caroline Forbes became husband and wife. “I’d put in a good word, because I felt it needed end that way. I thought he really needed to die.”

Unlike many of the fans who forgave Stefan for his (countless) transgressions over the years — because, come on, it’s a show about vampires! — Wesley isn’t about to let his character off so easily.

“It was important poetic justice for all the bad things he’d done,” Wesley continues. “He was a murderer ultimately. He’d found so much redemption, yet was still tormented. For me, him making that ultimate sacrifice was a great way to say goodbye.”
Wesley’s line of thinking certainly lines up with that of showrunner Julie Plec, who had this to say about Stefan’s death back in March: “When we landed on the idea of Caroline needing to leave [Stefan] behind in honor of protecting her family, and then him needing to leave her behind in honor of protecting his, it felt somehow like the responsible outcome of a responsible relationship.”

Question: Desperate for some Originals scoop! What do you have?! — Chloe
Ausiello: It’s not exactly earth-shattering, Chloe, but let’s see if this at least makes things rumble: The CW drama’s fifth season will introduce a “calculating” vampire (aren’t they all?) named Margot, whose glory days trace all the way back to 1920s Europe. Two things you should know about Margot: She recently moved to New Orleans, and she has an “almost zealous devotion to her family.” Sounds like she’ll fit in just fine.

[TV Line]

When asked about a potential cameo on The Originals next year, Paul Wesley told TV Guide the following;

“I don’t think so. I think Stefan has been laid to rest … I’m trying to sort of do the opposite of what I’ve being doing for eight years for the most part. I don’t think I’ll be doing a supernatural show anytime soon, that’s for sure. I’m trying to branch out and do different things.”

The Originals will return in the spring of 2018.

SHADOWHUNTERS – “Day of Atonement” (Freeform/John Medland)

After a trip to the Seelie Queen threw a wrench in Simon and Clary’s relationship when Clary was forced to kiss the man she had feelings for and that man was Jace, it’s fair to say the love triangle is now even more complicated. And in the episode airing July 17, Clary will find herself alone with Jace when the two of them go on an unsanctioned mission to test out some new rune powers. As for Simon, he struggles to tell his family the truth about what he is. (Thankfully, Maia’s there to help him.)

All of that action will be brought to Shadowhunters fans by former Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley, who directed the July 17 episode.


The Hollywood Reporter spoke to outgoing showrunner Michael Narducci, who is exiting for an overall deal at ABC Studios, about writing an episode with plenty of closure, Vampire Diaries crossovers and where the story will go in season five.

The episode provided a lot of closure — does that mean the end of some characters?
I think there’s always more story to tell. This is a family that’s been around for a thousand years, and they’ve had all kinds of turns along the way. We knew we wanted to provide a satisfying season finale. It was not our intention for it to be the series finale, but we also knew that if the worst case scenario did happen, there were some things we wanted to be able to address. So as we approached the writing of the finale and talking about it in the room —and actually, the entire season — we talked about ending a chapter but definitely having there be room for more to come. And I think it’s pretty obvious that there is a lot more story to tell, and I am very excited to see what they’re going to do in season five.

Was the idea always to send Hope to the Salvatore School?
In terms of The Originals, New Orleans is a very important place and it always will be a very important place for their family. But Julie [Plec] and the writers of The Vampire Diaries had this brainstorm to create the school for supernatural children, and she really loved that idea. We have Hope and she is a very, very powerful witch. We’ve talked a lot about how she needs guidance, she needs mentorship. We even chose our villain of this season to be a witch who was so powerful and perhaps did not have guidance. She was a threat who became this grand evil, and the idea was there but for the grace of god go Hope. And so how do you take a child with all this power and provide for her the mentorship she needs? …That felt like a great place for Hayley having to choose to send her to school. It felt like a nice bit of closure.

You’re not involved in the show anymore, but what can you say about where each of these storylines can go?
We knew that we had to provide some type of closure for the fans, but we wanted to not tie it off for good but to tie it off so we had a satisfying season ender. With Hope at the school, it does feel to me like there’s a lot of story to come. What’s going to happen next with Rebekah and Marcel? What’s going to happen next with Kol? Is he going to make good on this idea to propose to Davina? What’s going to happen next with Elijah, who seems to finally be free of this vow that brought out a lot of his worse aspects? And what’s going to be next for Klaus, who, for the first time, is completely unmoored from his family and also his child? There’s a lot there to explore with the family as individuals, and will they ultimately return together? That’s something I definitely, as a fan, want to see.

What can you say about the reports of a potential Originals spinoff?
Every show, as a matter of pride, hopes for success and imagines that their characters are so amazing, that their storylines are so rich and have such depth, that there’s a spinoff element possible. We’ve always joked about what spinoffs we could tell on our show. Certainly, since my days on The Vampire Diaries, we’ve talked about what the show would look like from the werewolves’ point of view or from the vantage point of the witches. Julie and I had had some preliminary discussions and she had pitched me some ideas, but all of that going forward exists in the mind of Julie Plec. I definitely think there’s some amazing potential.

This season introduced a lesbian relationship between Freya (Riley Voelkel) and Keelin (Christina Moses). What was the discussion surrounding that?
Freya was a character who had been unexplored in certain [areas]. We saw her having this great responsibility with her family, and we saw her having a little bit fun, i.e. going to parties and things, but we never saw an intimate dramatization of her romantic life, and at the same time we wanted to get more characters on the show that represented different [supernatural] factions. … Pretty early in the process we had pitched [the story]. We wanted to tell a really good love story.

Is LGBTQ representation something you talk about a lot in the room?
It’s something that matters to us — how to have representation, and then given representation, how to tell the best stories. It’s as simple as that. If you take characters of a diverse nature — gay characters, straight characters, male characters, female characters, characters of different backgrounds and ethnicities, supernatural components — and you put them all together and you just try to tell the best story you can, then you’re cooking with gas.

Klaus has really evolved as a character this season. Do you think he’s finally redeemed himself?
It’s hard to say that about someone who killed Aunt Jenna and killed Mayor Lockwood and tried to kill Elena 100 times, who has done terrible, despicable things throughout his existence, up to and including daggering his own siblings and threatening to throw them in the ocean. He’s not a hero and we have to acknowledge that. I know a lot of fans want to talk about how he can be changed by love, by romance, certainly this affection he has for his daughter. I think those are important things to explore when you’re telling a story. At the end of the day, we took him from a guy who found out he was going to have a kid and didn’t care at all to a guy who was willing to sacrifice himself and did sacrifice himself — he spent five years tortured and in solitude, and then coming out of that experience, while he was still Klaus, he was still capable of doing awful things to his enemies. He had changed and he did very much care about this child up to the point where he gave up the thing that was most important to him, his family, in order to protect her and save her. I do think that’s growth.

A lot of this season hinged on young Hope, who was played by Summer Fontana. Did you worry about that when casting her?
if you take one thing from this interview, please know that with all my heart I believe that Summer Fontana is going to be a big, major star. She was phenomenal. Everything that we gave her to do she was incredible. She exceeded all of our expectations.

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