One key member of The Originals won’t return to New Orleans for a potential season 5.

Showrunner Michael Narducci, who was a veteran of The Vampire Diaries, has left the spin-off show for a two-year deal at ABC Studios, EW has confirmed. TVD and The Originals creator Julie Plec will serve as showrunner if a season 5 is greenlit by The CW, her publicist confirmed to EW

Since The Originals debuted in 2013, Narducci has executive-produced all 66 episodes and written 17. He produced TVD from 2011 to 2013 and wrote 10 episodes. Narducci has worked with ABC previously, inking a deal to develop and adapt Vertigo comic book Unfollow in November 2015.

As a midseason show, The Originals was not given a season 5 order, but it’s still a possibility. “Julie and I spoke ahead of time about this,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday. “The Originals has not yet premiered for the season. It’ll probably be a discussion in May. I’m a big Julie Plec fan. I’m hoping The Originals will continue. A lot of it will depend on performance.”

The Originals season 4 premieres on March 17 on The CW.

When The Vampire Diaries ends, will The Originals continue on past the flagship?

The Originals was not among the seven CW series that scored early renewals on Sunday, mostly because the show doesn’t launch its new season until March 17. But its future remains up in the air as TVD ends its run.

“Julie [Plec] and I spoke ahead of time about this,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday. “The Originals has not yet premiered for the season. It’ll probably be a discussion in May. I’m a big Julie Plec fan. I’m hoping The Originals will continue. A lot of it will depend on performance.”

For its upcoming season, The Originals will jump ahead five years, picking up at least two years ahead of The Vampire Diaries’ timeline. However, that doesn’t negate crossover before TVD goes off the air, as Matt Davis’ Alaric will make his way to New Orleans in the eighth episode of The Originals‘ new season.

The Originals returns Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


Oh no… It looks like there’s another painful death coming! TV Line shares;

When TVLine asked if Tyler was the last major character fans would have to say goodbye to before the series wraps on March 10, executive producer Julie Plec merely replied, “Nope.” When pressed for more information, she simply offered unpleasant adjectives like “painful” and “terrible.”

While death has always been woven into the CW drama’s fabric, can we really afford to lose any more characters from the pile of dwindling fan-favorites? (Depending on where Alaric’s upcoming crossover to The Originals falls timeline-wise, he could be one of the only safe bets to survive the series.)

Speaking of death, we can expect plenty of carnage from Stefan now that Cade’s newest man servant has flipped his humanity switch.
“Stefan’s never been good with temptation while in ripper mode,” Plec reminds us. “We know from past experience that Stefan has a threshold, and it’ll be Damon’s job to monitor his brother and make sure he stays on the good side of that threshold. If he crosses it, there’s a risk of losing him forever.”

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After seven long seasons, The Vampire Diaries has finally reunited Matt Donovan with his estranged father — but their road to recovery is only just beginning. TV Line has some interesting spoilers;

“Giving Matt those answers — Who is his father? Does he even exist? Why did he leave? — was important to us, because it was a dangling thread we’d never been able to tell a story about,” executive producer Julie Plec explains to TVLine. “I swear, all Zach Roerig does this season is cry, at least in his first few episodes.”
Adds Roerig, “Everyone has always wanted Matt to find some closure — with Penny’s death, or Vicki’s death, or even with the Elena thing at the beginning of the show — so he can finally understand why everything happened. … Matt’s a good dude, so I’m sure it’s hard for him to think, ‘Why wouldn’t my dad want to be a part of this? I’m badass!’”

Friday’s episode, during which Matt’s dad finally began to comprehend the depth of his suffering (“How did it come to this?”), marked the beginning of a long journey for the Donovan men.
“It’s sad if you think about everything Matt has been through, and that’s ultimately what he has to make his dad understand,” Plec explains. “It’s not just that he left, but the life he left Matt with took such a turn to sadness. That’s been the biggest struggle Matt’s had to fight against growing up.”

Roerig also extends kudos to the casting department for placing Joel Gretsch (NCIS, Witches of East End) in such a pivotal role.
“[Joel] could be my real dad, it’s crazy,” he notes. “He was born in Minnesota, not far from where my father was born in Minnesota — and the skin tone, and the eyes. He’s also just a really good dude and good actor; we really clicked and bonded well. … I like the idea of Matt not being a bastard. Whether it was tumultuous, or whatever issues there were involving his abandonment, at least people know that this is Matt’s dad — proof of his genetics. Maybe it’ll help Matt solve the mystery of why he feels so compelled to stay in Mystic Falls.”

Georgie’s death on Vampire Diaries reminded me of Katherine’s. Does this mean we could see Katherine again in hell? — Jules
Nothing would make me happier than seeing Katherine again in the show’s final season. And it sounds like that’s not completely out of the question. When asked if Katherine is in hell, showrunner Julie Plec says, “I will confirm nothing, but the visual similarities are not accidental.” Does that mean there’s hope? Maybe. One thing’s for sure: Hell is the focal point of what’s to come. “The big question of the season is: How do our characters fit in this world?” Plec says. “Are they all doomed? Is there a chance for redemption? Can you earn your way back out of a one-way ticket to Hell? And even characters that have been heroes, are they already marked? If so, what the hell are they going to do about it?”


There’s a lot of darkness in The Vampire Diaries’ eighth and final season. With the sirens as this year’s villains, the show has introduced its version of hell complete with Cade, its very own devil. But what will that mean for our favorite heroes (and villains)? Could the series end with everyone we love having to pay for their sins?

The short answer is: Yes, it could. But more than anything, Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec says this story is about bringing things to an end. “There’s this sense of finality that we needed to accomplish this year which meant that characters that we’ve introduced and loved over the years, even the series regulars, had a journey that had to come to an end,” Plec says. “As we ask the question, ‘What does hell mean?’ and eventually ask the question, ‘Does peace exist?’ — that question will exist for each and every one of our characters. Now I’m not saying you’re going to watch them all die on camera, but the question is going to exist for everybody.”

That includes our beloved Tyler Lockwood, who was last seen lying dead in the trunk of a car (courtesy of Damon Salvatore). And yet, that’s not necessarily the last we’ve seen of him. “Is this the end of Tyler’s journey? Or is there more suffering or more spiritual beauty in store for him,” Plec teases. “And as for Damon, does this, among the many, many, many other terrible things that he’s done, cement his fate in a dark way? Does it make it completely impossible for him to ever come back from this? That question will make him first want to give up and then ultimately hopefully fight even harder.”

But in all of this darkness, there has been one piece of light: Stefan and Caroline got engaged at the end of the season’s second hour. Suddenly, the promise of a June wedding feels attainable. “Once we started talking about the season and deciding that it could be the end, that’s a path that we knew we wanted to get on and so this is the time to do it,” Plec says of the engagement.

“They’ve been growing as a team, they’ve had their ups and their downs, they’ve had a lot of hurdles preventing them from being able to be happy and we knew we did need some happiness in this otherwise bleak scenario,” Plec continues. “It was important for us to be able to celebrate a relationship. We can’t celebrate Damon and Elena right now; Elena’s in a coffin. And we’re celebrating Bonnie and Enzo all the time but they’re new so they have so many more roads to travel before they get to that conversation, so it was fun to be able to give Stefan and Caroline a sense of a happy ending to come, even if it doesn’t get that far. It’s going to be a fun road to travel.”

It will be fun… unless their journey ends with meeting Cade.

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


The Vampire Diaries couldn’t have a final season without Tyler Lockwood — Matt’s best friend, Caroline’s ex, and of course, the show’s introduction to werewolves (and hybrids). And in the third episode of the show’s final season, Tyler won’t only be back, but he’s bringing some important information with him.

“Tyler’s return is pretty impactful because we’ve never really explored it on camera, but he’s been working for the Armory, as we learned when he took Elena’s body away,” TVD showrunner Julie Plec tells EW. “He’s the one that knew where Elena’s coffin was, he’s the one that brought Enzo into the fold against his will in the beginning. So he’s been off doing that.”

And because of Tyler’s involvement with the Armory, Plec says, “He’s remained firmly embedded in the supernatural universe, so he’s got information that our heroes don’t have, which is pretty key in the moment when it’s revealed. And there’s a great emotional component to his return that ties into all our characters as well.”

EW has the exclusive first look at Tyler’s return, which not only involves Damon, but also, some new facial hair.

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


The Vampire Diaries’ 8×02: “Today Will Be Different” airs tonight on The CW and executive producer Julie Plec previews the episode;

The Vampire Diaries’ aired its 8th and final season last night and executive producer Julie Plec discussed the series finale with ET Online and even says Nina Dobrev wants to be there;

ET: Let’s get right to the big pink vampire in the room. How are things going with getting Nina Dobrev to reprise her role as Elena?
Julie Plec: I feel very good about it! She and I have spoken and I know that she 100 percent wants to be there and I, of course, 100 percent want her to be there, and so it just comes down to stupid things like scheduling. Honestly, let’s put it this way: I would be devastated if it weren’t to work out, so I have a feeling the cards will be in all our favor.

If Nina does come back, how excited are you to watch that vision you’ve had for her all along come to life in the series finale?
[Laughs] Oh, I am very excited. We get little hints and teases of her face all through the season. Damon’s memories of her play a big part of the season, and I was just looking at a scene yesterday and being able to see her face brought back so much emotion and nostalgia and sweetness. It’s lovely to have her in the narrative in the way that she is.

We had the pleasure of debuting an exclusive sneak peek clip of the premiere earlier this week with Damon reading Fifty Shades of Grey. What was the decision behind that fandom crossover?
[Laughs] Well, Erika [Mitchell], who writes the books, is a friend of mine. We became friends because we met right after all the rumors that everyone wanted Ian Somerhalder to play Christian Grey. She and I got to have a great sort of fun with that, and a great laugh over that, and we became buddies, so it was fun to give a little shout out to her universe.

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Holding out hope in the face of impossible circumstances has been a steady theme throughout The Vampire Diaries’ run — whether it’s Elena holding out hope that Stefan will find his humanity, or just about everyone holding out hope that happy endings do exist. And when season 8 kicks off, it’s Stefan who’s trying to hold onto the hope that he can save his brother.

Season 8 picks up a few months after the events of the season 7 finale, which saw Damon and Enzo off on a killing spree after being influenced by, well, whatever was in that fault. Meanwhile, Stefan, Caroline, and Bonnie have had no luck in finding either of them. “They’ve been following one trail of dead ends after another, and we pick them up trying to hold onto any remaining hope that they can that there’s a way to come back,” showrunner Julie Plec tells EW.

The problem — or rather, another problem — is that whatever got to Damon and Enzo is still out there, which means more of our Mystic Falls favorites could fall under its spell. “This particular beast has quite an influence over people mentally,” says Plec. “It’s hungry for death, and right now, Damon and Enzo are its faithful servants.”

But thankfully, there’s one thing this villain can’t kill, and that’s love. “There’s a strong romantic core to this season,” Plec says, promising “lots of big moves and big declarations” in the show’s final 16 episodes.

Furthermore, those big moments will be contained within the show’s central characters. “We really boiled it down to a very small group of core characters, so that does leave limited room for new relationships because they’re all in relationships,” Plec says, adding that the season’s “got a lot of love in it which is one thing that I’m really enjoying.”

Could that love extend to past characters fans would love to see return? Long story short: Plec has a plan. When it came to creating the Other Side, Plec says, “I took a lot of s— and I don’t care because I loved how easy it was for those who were deceased to return. I loved the Other Side; I thought the Other Side was very special to our show. It did give us that ability to stay close to those we’ve lost even after they might have left us tragically. So much of the show is an exploration of death, and I love being able to explore the idea that people remain with us in some way or another.”

As for what that means for season 8, when the Other Side no longer exists, Plec says, “I got something up my sleeve, but it’s not Other Side-y. That one’s gone for good.”

Be sure to tune in tonight for The Vampire Diaries’ return at The CW!

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