When The Originals returns for its fifth and final season in 2018, things will be a bit different: the series will pick up eight years later, and things are as complicated as ever, TV Insider published;

“[The family is] still apart, because they can’t be together,” executive producer Julie Plec told TV Insider at San Digeo Comic-Con. “Hope is 15 years old in the boarding school. Hayley is now the mother of the alien-like child who is misbehaving; [Hope] misses her dad, and her dad is off trotting the globe, murdering people and being at his nastiest and most wicked. Elijah is playing the piano in France, having absolutely no idea his entire family of a thousand years is out there looking for him and wondering about him.”

And while there is relative peace in New Orleans when The Originals returns, Plec teases, “Of course, everything is going to start going terribly wrong, because that’s just what we do.”



We knew that romance (of various sorts) was in store for the Mikaelson women in The Originals‘ fifth and final season, but now we can finally put some faces to names. TV Line published;

First up is Declan, the flirty Irish chef with whom Hayley will be involved — at least physically, if not romantically — following the eight-year time jump between seasons. Per EW.com, he’ll be played by CW veteran Torrance Coombs, best known for playing Bash in the first three seasons of Reign.

And then there’s Roman, the charming vampire who meets grown-up Hope (now played by Danielle Rose Russell) at school and takes an interest in her family after a “mysterious incident” occurs. He’ll be played by Jedidiah Goodacre, best known to Disney Channel viewers as Prince Chad in the Descendants movies.

The Originals‘ final season premieres in 2018.



The Originals’ final season will start next year and here are the episode titles for the first five episodes:

5×01: Where You Left Your Heart
5×02: One Wrong Turn On Bourbon
5×03: Ne Me Quitte Pas
5×04: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
5×05: Don’t It Just Break Your Heart
5×06: What, Will, I, Have, Left



Daniel Sharman landed the lead role in Netflix’s “Medici”, Variety.com confirms. Daniel played Kol Mikaelson in The Originals.

The producers of Netflix and Rai’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the grandson of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which has been mismanaged by his father.

As Lorenzo, his brother, and Botticelli set about trying to make Florence a great financial and cultural center, they face off against the Pazzi family, and Pope Sixtus IV, played by Raul Bova (“Alien vs. Predator”).

Sean Bean had already been announced as the Medici family’s nemesis Jacopo Pazzi. Lorenzo’s mother is played by Sarah Parish “Hatfields & McCoys”) and his mistress by Alessandra Mastronardi (“Master of None”).

The series is produced by Italy’s Lux Vide, public broadcaster Rai’s drama unit, and Frank Spotnitz’s company Big Light. “The X Files” writer Frank Spotnitz created the series with “Star Trek’s” Nicholas Meyer. Jon Cassar, executive producer and director on “24: Legacy” and “24: Live Another Day” will direct.

“Medici: Masters of Florence” will be a Netflix Original in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Taiwan and Rai is the broadcaster in Italy. Altice Studio is a co-production partner and has it for its SFR Play streaming service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In Spain, it is with Telefonica’s Movistar Plus.



Nina Dobrev will not be returning to her supernatural roots — at least not on the small screen, EW.com says;

Some fans had hoped that Dobrev, who starred as Elena Gilbert (and her doppelgängers) on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries might reprise her role in the fifth and final season of the show’s spin-off, The Originals. But the actress squelched those hopes during a recent interview with EW, saying, “No, I will not be on The Originals, no.”

Asked if she would ever want to head back to Mystic Falls, Dobrev says she has her eye on other projects, “We literally just wrapped a few months ago. I doubt that would be in the books for me,” she says. “But, yeah, no, I’ve been so busy with all kinds of other things going on right now that I don’t know that I’d be able to sign on.”

And she has another reason. “I’m not a young twenty-something anymore. I don’t think I could play a vampire,” she adds, laughing. “I’m getting old.”

Back in March, Julie Plec, who served as showrunner for both Vampire Diaries and The Originals, suggested the possibility of a revival in the distant future. “I could see our universes coming together in five years, 10 years, when people miss the shows,” Plec told EW. “There’s still stories to be told for The Originals that our characters here very smoothly and seamlessly fit into, so if we don’t get to do that while The Originals is still on the air, I think that one day, if somebody wanted it badly enough, it could exist.”

At least fans will be able to catch Dobrev on the big screen this fall; she stars in the remake of the 1990 paranormal film Flatliners, alongside Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and James Norton. Flatliners opens in theaters on Sept. 29.



“The Originals” Season 5 won’t premiere until next year, but fans are already getting some details on what to expect in the new season — or more accurately, who to expect. It seems the eight-year time jump means that the Mikaelsons will have lots of new friends and enemies. While the incoming cast members have not been announced, several descriptions of the new characters have been released. IBTimes has the details about those four new characters;

Margot: Another sexy vampire is coming to New Orleans. Margot is described as “calculating” and an accomplished vamp, according to TVLine. She has a history that goes back to 1920s Europe, and it seems like Margot will have a few things in common with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his siblings. She has an “almost zealous devotion to her family.”

Declan: At San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Julie Plec told Entertainment Weekly that there will be the new man in Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) life in “The Originals” Season 5. “Hayley’s got a friend with benefits,” Plec revealed. “Hayley’s getting some.”

Thanks to TVLine, we have a little more information. Declan is a charming flirt but he also has a red hot temper. Perhaps that’s why Hayley knows she can’t keep secrets from him for long. Though he has no knowledge of the supernatural side of New Orleans when he meets Hayley, Declan will be introduced to the Original family “by the woman he loves.” That description makes it sound like Hayley and Declan are a lot more than friends with benefits.

Roman: Plec revealed that Hope (who will be played by teenager Danielle Rose Russell in Season 5) will get a love interest. A special boy will catch her eye while she’s at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted. He recently became a vampire and he’s very charming. He and Hope will bond over their messed up families, according to EW.

Antoinette: It isn’t clear if this vampire is friend or foe yet. Knowing the Mikaelsons’ complex relationships, she could be a little of both. Antoinette is a free-spirit but also an “old-school vampire.” Like most of the Originals, she’s charming and intelligent, and she uses that to hide her dark past. Could this be one of Margot’s family members?



The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz told sources that there are conversations about a Hope-centric spinoff, TV Line confirms;

“There’s been many conversations about the character Hope,” Pedowitz told reporters, before cautioning that “it’s too early in the process” to offer any concrete details. “Nothing has come out of it yet. [Series creator] Julie [Plec] really wants to get the final season of The Originals done.”

Plec previously told TVLine, “I think there are future shows down the line that can be spawned out of this world and could tell good stories.”



Question: I’ll take anything from The Originals’ final season. Like, anything. —Charlotte
Ausiello: I think this qualifies as “like, anything”: Season 5 will introduce viewers to Antoinette, a free-spirited “old-school vampire” whose charm and wit mask her dark history. (Gee, are we sure she isn’t related to the Mikaelsons?)

[TV Line]



The cast of The Originals sat down for their final interview with TV Line during San Diego’s Comic-Con. We will definitely see Caroline (Candice King) in the season premiere, but who else will we see? Who else does the cast want to see return? Find out in the interview below.



The cast of The Originals are live on Facebook during San Diego’s Comic-Con.



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