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.”



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.



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!)



A day after the presidential election, a writer on “The Originals” turned in a script that featured a female character getting beat up by a man.

There were reasons for this: It was a memory — a flashback to centuries earlier. They were wearing period garb. “The Originals” is a supernatural show, and yes, demons can be awful, even the ones searching for redemption.

“But he beat her up,” said executive producer Julie Plec. “We realized at that moment they can’t be together anymore. And we killed a love story on that day. One that people who watch the show are probably rooting for. Narratively we were going down this path, but my conscience can’t advocate that kind of violence.”

A lot of things changed for storytellers in light of a Donald Trump presidency, but the depiction of females — and violence against women — especially became more relevant for filmmakers and showrunners in light of what had just happened. Plec was one of several producers discussing the impact of Trump on TV at an ATX Television Festival panel.

“If the day-to-day culture is saying it’s OK to not be inclusive or tolerant, that it’s OK to be bigoted, then it’s your responsibility to double down and make it OK in storytelling to be inclusive and tolerant,” Plec said. “The weight of that is always hanging, but in a good way.”

Plec noted that Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” about a post-United States society where women are completely oppressed, took on a much more urgent meaning once Trump was elected.

“I watch it and think, if Hillary [Clinton] were president, this would be a very entertaining and intelligent show,” she said. “Donald Trump is president, and I want to vomit. It’s so harrowing in the context of the reality we live in. The speculative fiction feels so presently of today in a way that it absolutely wouldn’t have if Hillary were president.”

Similarly, Plec last season was developing The CW pilot “Rise,” about a homegrown coup, in which a Clinton or Obama-like president is overthrown and replaced by a somewhat fascist leader.

“When we were developing in a Hillary future it was smart, riveting fun entertainment,” Plec said. “When the election happened it suddenly felt too close to home, uncomfortable, too political. In the span of two weeks, we went from high priority at the network to not getting ordered at all. Nobody said it was because Trump is president. The ripple effect of the content was instant… Instead of it feeling delicious and a speculative fiction adventure, it felt preachy and too political for some.”

Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) said his new series, Hulu’s futuristic Mars drama “The First,” was conceived in a very different climate. “It takes place 15 years in the future, and you have to speculate what the world will look like 15, 20 years from now. Prior to November 8, 2016, what that world looked like was perhaps a lot different.”

As for “The Originals,” Plec explained that the villain in question is a character who is constantly battling the fight between trying to be the most moral upstanding creature and yet has a very deep, dark place borne out of being a creature of the night for thousands of years, and has worked so hard to overcome it.”

But in an episode that just aired, “his subconscious took control over his consciousness and he exposed that really dark side.” Female characters trying to help tame the bad boy is a staple of romance stories, but Plec noted, “in the context of the election, and all of us as women being particularly put off by what we saw as a misogyny, a sexism and a bullying that we watched on live TV, it just felt like that old chestnut was suddenly uncomfortable.”

On “The Originals,” she added, “we had witnessed was a woman getting beaten up by a man that we loved. We just drew a line for ourselves not to demonize the character who did it, and yet not to make excuses for it either… There are a lot of things you do in a supernatural universe that can toe the line and cross the line. This moment in time and this feeling that we had, we just felt dirty. And we wanted to do something about it.”

Plec said the Trump victory awakened her to embracing and mobilizing more powerful depictions of women. “It just felt like such a defeat for women,” Plec said of Trump’s win. “And I had to mourn that just as other women I know, politics be damned.”

[Indiewire.com]



The Originals’ fourth season is coming to a close and TV Line says that its fifth season could set the doors open for another spinoff;

Warning: This article contains a major spoiler from The Originals‘ upcoming fourth season finale. Proceed at your own risk!

Hope Mikaelson is about to hit another growth spurt.
Though neither The CW nor Warner Bros. TV are commenting, sources confirm to TVLine that The Originals is bracing for a significant time jump, setting the stage for a much older Hope — think late teens — to be introduced in Season 5. The time jump could arrive as soon as the June 23 season finale (The CW, 8/7c); casting for the “new” role, currently being portrayed by the phenomenal Summer Fontana, is now underway.

We also hear there’s potential for adult Hope to snag her own spinoff, though neither The CW nor Warner Bros. TV would comment on that either. Of course, if Hope does end up at the center of a third series in the Vampire Diaries universe, it would be sort of like a prophecy coming to fruition — albeit one foretold by executive producer Julie Plec.
“I think there are future shows down the line that can be spawned out of this world and could tell good stories,” Plec told TVLine back in March while discussing the letter Klaus sent to Caroline in the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. “It’s a hope for the future if nothing else.”

As for what else the future might hold for Hope, Plec reminded TVLine that “the idea of [Caroline and Alaric’s] school as a safe haven for young supernatural beings certainly has a lot of relevance for Hope,” leading many viewers — including the one currently typing this — to believe that Hope will relocate from New Orleans to Mystic Falls by the end of the season.



[Spoilers for The Originals follow. Read at your own risk!]

Sometimes you have to dig deep for spoilers on your favorite show, but sometimes they’re accidentally dropped right in your lap, which was the case today for fans of The Originals.
While talking about the end of The Vampire Diaries with Entertainment Weekly at the ATX Television Festival, Julie Plec let it slip that Hope Mikaelson (Summer Fontana) might be Mystic Falls-bound. “Alaric (Matt Davis) and Caroline (Candice King) are running the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted where Hope Mikael– sh** never mind. Keep watching…”
It’s no surprise that Hope might end up at the Salvatore magic school, given that The Originals has made a point multiple times this season that Hope is lonely without other children around and doesn’t have a great handle on her powers yet. Alaric pretty much gave her an engraved invitation to become a student during his crossover earlier this year.

We’ve also had our suspicions that Season 5 of The Originals could include this magic school storyline (and Caroline Forbes by extension) given how well it fits into the spinoff’s existing plot.

[TV Guide]



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