Great news for “Vampire Diaries” fans — next season on The CW, you’ll be getting double the drama. The network has officially picked up “The Originals,” lead by Joseph Morgan as Klaus, to go to series for the 2013-2014 season.
“As soon as we saw last night’s episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ we knew we wanted more of ‘The Originals’ – Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for ‘The Originals,'” says CW President Mark Pedowitz.
This week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries” served as a planted spinoff backdoor pilot for “The Originals,” as Klaus traveled out of the usual Mystic Falls setting to lusty, sultry New Orleans, where a group of long-oppressed witches are sowing the seeds of a supernatural revolution. In a polarizing moment, he was shocked to learn that, through a “loophole of nature,” the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is carrying his child.
Now, in order to protect his family and lay claim to the city he once founded, Klaus is infiltrating the hierarchy with the intention of overthrowing the “king” of the quarter, his old friend Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). He’ll be joined by his long-suffering siblings, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt).
Daniella Pineda plays the vengeful witch Sophie, and Leah Pipes stars as the sole human series regular, the inquisitive Camille. Danielle Campbell did not star in the backdoor pilot, but will join the series as Marcel’s favorite young witch, Davina, when it begins filming this summer.