Julie Plec announced during San Diego’s Comic-Con Panel that The Vampire Diaries will end after eight seasons. The cast and crew say goodbye and thank the fans for their love and support in the video below;

Joseph, Phoebe, Daniel, Charles Michael, Danielle, Yusuf and Riley are at San Diego’s Comic-Con;

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that The Vampire Diaries will end with its eight season;

The news, announced Saturday at Comic-Con, comes after stars Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham previously signaled that the end of the series was in sight.
It’s official: The CW’s The Vampire Diaries will end with its upcoming eighth season.

Producers made the announcement Saturday during the show’s annual trek to San Diego Comic-Con, though the decision to wrap the series created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec comes as little surprise.

Stars Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham had both signaled that the end of the drama was in sight. Both actors had previously indicated their plans to do one last season of the series, though Somerhalder later retracted the comments.

“We all have discussed it and we’ve made the decision that this is it,” Plec told fans Saturday. “This is going to be the final season of The Vampire Diaries. It’s bittersweet and emotional and we’re all going to be crying in a minute. It’s been a beautiful run.”

While once the cornerstone of The CW, the series based on the books of the same name has, like many other veteran series, begun to show its age. In the past few years, the drama was bypassed as the network’s most-watched show by The Flash as The CW has made DC Comics fare (including Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and CBS import Supergirl) a priority.

Renewed for an eighth season earlier this year when the network picked up nearly its entire scripted slate (save for Plec’s since-canceled Containment), the series was moved to the typically low-rated Fridays — where, paired with spinoff The Originals, it faced lower expectations from the network. In their new homes, both series ultimately helped improve The CW’s performance on the night year-over-year.

Speaking to THR following female lead Nina Dobrev’s exit in season six, executive producer Plec said her staff had pitched season eight as the series was rebooting itself for season seven.

“We’ve always said as long as we feel like we can keep the show fresh and moving forward, we can keep making it,” she said last May. “We have a lot of actors that love remaining with the show, and we have writers who are thrilled to remain with the show, and crew who would love to keep going. As long as people keep watching, we’ll try to keep making it until we run out of ideas. We run out of ideas or we run out of viewers; whatever comes first. (Laughs.) But we’re really committed to the show. When it is time to end, we all agreed we’ll decide that together, and we want to go out sailing.”

The decision also comes as The CW seemingly has an overabundance of scripted fare with 11 returning series, three new ones and an 11th-hour renewal for Supergirl, which will move from CBS to The CW for season two. That’s 15 originals — one more than the network has already aired this season that also includes the final run of Beauty and the Beast.

If Allison Scagliotti thinks stitching her friend into dead people’s memories is a tad on the unusual side, just wait until she steps foot in Mystic Falls, TV Line confirms;

Scagliotti, who also stars on Freeform’s Stitchers, will recur in The Vampire Diaries‘ upcoming eighth season — premiering Friday, Oct. 21 at 8/7c on The CW — as Georgie, TVLine has learned, an occult reach intern “driven by a horrific darkness in her own past.” (So, yeah, she’s got some demons.)

Georgie, who “channels her existential anxieties into a new field of study that will force her to confront her deepest fears,” makes her first appearance in the Season 8 premiere.

Much of The Vampire Diaries’ eighth season is being kept under wraps; when last we spoke with executive producer Julie Plec, she couldn’t even reveal the name of the mysterious creature that turned Damon and Enzo evil in the season finale. Plec did, however, tell us that she’s “really excited” about the show’s new theme, “which should become very clear the minute [The CW starts] announcing episode titles.”

Yup, you’ve read it correctly! The Vampire Diaries’ Chris Wood (Season 6’s Kai) joins Supergirl’s Season 2 as a “surprise” series regular, TV Line confirmed;

It’s safe to say someone over at The CW is a big Chris Wood fan.
The veteran of Vampire Diaries, Carrie Diaries and, most recently, Containment, is joining Supergirl in a series-regular role that’s shrouded in secrecy, TVLine has learned exclusively. All that we know is that the actor will be playing a surprise DC Comics character, and that he’ll make his debut early into the series’ second season.

Supergirl has made a number of significant casting moves as it transitions from CBS to The CW, most notably tapping Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin to guest-star as Superman. Other key hires include erstwhile Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, as president of Supergirl‘s United States, Cougar Town alum Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, a journalist appointed by Cat (Calista Flockhart) to serve as the editor-in-chief of CatCo Magazine, and Floriana Lima (The Family) as gay Metropolis Special Crimes Unit captain Maggie Sawyer.

Wood, meanwhile, recently landed a recurring role in the second season of PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street. He’ll play Lance Van Der Berg, a handsome Union captain lodging at the Green home, where he strikes up a budding romance with AnnaSophia Robb’s Alice.

Supergirl Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.

The CW’s “Containment” will not live to see a Season 2, but for those looking for hope amidst this disappointing news, there is a silver lining. When executive producer Julie Plec’s limited series got the axe, it instantly freed up the cast members to work on other series. And since Plec is the Shonda Rhimes of the CW, many of the actors will be sticking within the network family, and choosing to remain under Plec’s wing.

According to TV Line, Christina Moses, who played Jana, is heading to “The Originals” as a bi-sexual werewolf for the series’ fourth season. Kristen Gutoskie, whose character met her tragic demise in “Containment’s” penultimate episode, will be heading to Plec’s other popular series, “The Vampire Diaries.”

Who else will be joining Plec’s magical vampire world is yet to be seen. She says that she is dreaming up scenarios to also “get George Young, Demetrius Bridges and Zach Unger somewhere into the universe.” But what viewers are really dying to know: Will Chris Wood, who starred as Jake Riley on “Containment,” return as Kai on “The Vampire Diaries”?

Kai was the wicked witch everyone loved to hate, and just because he technically died on the series doesn’t mean he can’t come back. We’ve seen so many characters get resurrected in so many different ways that it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility. Especially with the crossover emotions that could happen if Kai returned to Mystic Falls and met Gutoskie’s character. This would wholly satisfy all sad “Containment” fans. It would be such an epic Katie/Jake reunion, and also such an exciting Kai/new love interest story, fans’ heads might explode.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, all it takes is one look at Plec’s Instagram to see that Nadine Lewington, who played Suzy on “Containment,” also might be joining the “The Vampire Diaries” party in Season 8.


While fans of The Originals are justifiably disappointed that they’ll have to wait until early 2017 for their fix of Mikaelson madness, The CW’s decision to delay Season 4 actually worked in the show’s favor — at least as far as its timeline is concerned.

“When they shifted the air date, it actually gave us the freedom, weirdly, to shift the timeline in our favor so that we could have more time pass in The Originals between seasons than The Vampire Diaries,” executive producer Julie Plec explains to TVLine. “So we get to add an extra couple years on to our time lapse between seasons. It’s actually a good thing. It’s positive to not have to worry about being side by side.”

As for TVD — which returns Friday, Oct. 21 at 8/7c — Plec says she’s “really excited” about Season 8’s theme, “which should become very clear the minute [The CW starts] announcing episode titles.” Sadly, that theme probably won’t involve the return of a certain ’90s-loving Gemini witch, much to Plec’s dismay.
“Every day in the writer’s room, we’re pitching Kai comeback ideas,” she says. “Maybe one day we’ll hit on a good one!”

On the bright side, Containment‘s Christina Moses will remain in the fold, playing a bisexual werewolf in The Originals‘ fourth season, while Kristen Gutoskie is joining The Vampire Diaries as the nanny of a pair of supernatural girls. Plec says her dream is “to be able to find ways to get [Containment‘s] George Young, Demetrius Bridges and Zach Unger somewhere into the Vampire/Originals universe.”


This morning The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley fired off an open letter aimed at Publix’s CEO, urging the company to “join virtually every major restaurant chain, food manufacturer, food service company, and grocery chain, in committing to a timeline for eliminating the sale of eggs from caged chickens.”

In his letter aimed towards Publix’s CEO, Paul describes the abhorrent conditions in which caged hens suffer:

As you are aware, each caged chicken is provided less space than this very sheet of paper on which to live for her entire life. She’s nearly immobilized, unable to spread her wings, and is prevented from engaging in behaviors that allow even a remotely decent life—like walking, perching, scratching, dust bathing, and laying eggs in a nest.

Publix is the only remaining major grocer of the top 25 in North America that has yet to enact a policy or timeline for adhering to the highest animal welfare standards available, igniting The Humane Society of the United States to launch its Caged For Publix campaign.

Paul concludes;

Publix serves the Southeast region where I live when I’m filming The Vampire Diaries and I’d feel a lot better patronizing an establishment that values the humane treatment of animals. Please don’t be complicit in cruel farming practices

before asking his 4 million Twitter followers to tweet their dismay at Publix.

Other influencers who have supported The HSUS’s farm animal protection efforts include Kate Mara (House of Cards), Ryan Gosling (The Notebook), Brad Pitt (Fury), and Nikki Reed (Twilight).

Containment might not live past its first season at The CW, but a couple of its stars will. EW has confirmed that both Kristen Gutoskie and Christina Moses have joined the casts of Julie Plec’s other shows, EW.com confirmed;

Gutoskie, who plays Katie on Containment, will joins The Vampire Diaries’ eighth season as Seline. The official character description says she’s “a warm, nurturing nanny of two young kids by day, and a small-town girl trying to find her place in a dangerous world by night. Bonded to her new ‘family’ in ways she can’t explain, Seline will fight desperately to protect the ones she loves.” Gutoskie will launch her recurring role in the first episode of season 8.

As for Moses, who plays Jana on Containment, she joins The Originals for its fourth season as Keelin, who’s described as “a smart, strong resourceful ER doctor — and the last living werewolf of her line. Keelin is openly bisexual, warm and unguarded by nature; but after the rest of her family was hunted to extinction, she went into hiding and since then she’s deliberately avoided getting too close to anyone. She lives in fear of being discovered by the wrong people and has no idea that she’s currently on a collision course with the Mikaelsons.” Moses will recur beginning with episode 401.

The Vampire Diaries is set to return Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET with The Originals slated for 2017.

EW.com has just revealed The Vampire Diaries’ eight season will start on October 21st later this fall on The CW!

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