Awesome news, PaleyFest attendees: Claire Holt has been added to The Originals guest line-up for the festival, which means the Mikaelson clan will be fully represented. The Vampire Diaries/The Originals panel takes place Saturday, March 22nd at 7pm at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Check out the full list of confirmed guests for both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals panels, and if you haven’t picked up tickets yet for the big event, it’s not too late!
The Vampire Diaries is off this Thursday (and next) because of the Olympics, but we’re getting a special Thursday night rerun of The Originals! So take some shelter from the snow blanketing much of the country and tune in to the CW at 8/7c for The Casket Girls (EP110). New episodes return on Tuesday, February 25th.
Episode refresher course:
What’s Next . . .
- Tuesday, Feb. 25th: The Originals: Long Way Back from Hell (EP114)
- Thursday, Feb. 27th: The Vampire Diaries: No Exit (EP514)
- Tuesday, Mar. 4: The Originals: Le Grand Guignol (EP115)
- Thursday, Mar. 6: The Vampire Diaries: Gone Girl (EP515)
The CW has issued early renewals for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, which means TVD Season 6 and OGs Season 2 are officially a go.
From Deadline, re: The Originals:
After an inauspicious launch behind mothership series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has flourished in the Tuesday 8 PM slot despite gloom and doom predictions about its face-off with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Its potent pairing with Supernatural has doubled the CW’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers (3.2 million vs. 1.7 million) versus last season.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the casts, writers, producers, and crews of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals!
UPDATE: Here’s the press release from The CW!
THE CW ANNOUNCES EARLY PICKUPS FOR
THE 2014-2015 SEASON
February 13, 2014 (Burbank, California) – The CW Network has ordered early pickups for the 2014-15 season for its hit series ARROW, REIGN, THE ORIGINALS, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL,which will be returning for itstenth season next fall. The series pickups were announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
“This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series THE ORIGINALS paired with SUPERNATURAL, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is #2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with ARROW continuing to gain among young men, and REIGN growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said Pedowitz. “I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”
The CW’s lineup of breakout freshman hit series THE ORIGINALS and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL has doubled the network’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers (3.2 million vs. 1.7 million) versus last season. In its ninth season, SUPERNATURAL has seen double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently had its most watched episodes since 2010.
In its second season, ARROW is The CW’s most-watched series (3.9 million), and is #1 in its time period among men 18-34 (1.4). THE VAMPIRE DIARIES remains the network’s highest-rated show in all key demos in its fifth season, and season to date is ranked #2 in its time period among adults 18-34 (1.8 – tie), and #3 in adults 18-49 (1.8), ahead of ABC and NBC. Season to date, REIGN has improved its time period in total viewers (+4%, 2.35 million) and in women 18-49 (+8%, 1.3).
This season, both ARROW and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES have also seen a 25% jump in digital viewing versus last season, and SUPERNATURAL has seen a huge 57% jump in digital viewing over last year. THE ORIGINALS was also named the most social new series of the fall season by ListenFirst Media.
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: Gone Girl (EP515), airing Thursday, March 6th at 8/7c. Highlight for spoilers:
FLASHBACKS TO NADIA’S SEARCH FOR KATHERINE — [spoiler]While Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) remembers her centuries-long search for her mother, Stefan (Paul Wesley), Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt (Zach Roerig) come up with a desperate new plan to save Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) life. For the second time, Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) must turn to Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) for help. Damon baits Tyler (Michael Trevino) into a nasty confrontation, then takes off to seek revenge on Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett). Caroline and Tyler come to a new understanding. Finally, Bonnie learns of a terrifying secret that will threaten the lives of all her friends.[/spoiler]
The episode was directed by Lance Anderson and written by Melinda Hsu Taylor.
The CW has released the episode synopsis for The Originals: Le Grand Guignol (EP115), airing Tuesday, March 4th at 8/7c. Highlight for spoilers:
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA — [spoiler]In a series of flashbacks to 1919, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) opens up to Cami (Leah Pipes) and reveals details of the devastating secret Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) were trying to keep from him. Elijah (Daniel Gillies) forms an unlikely alliance with Monique (guest star Yasmine Al Bustami) and asks for her help in locating Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane.) Elsewhere, Thierry (guest star Callard Harris) is reluctant to get involved when Marcel and Rebekah approach him with a plan to take down the witches. Meanwhile, in the bayou, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is at her wits’ end and holds Sabine hostage in an attempt to get information that will reverse the curse on Hayley’s werewolf clan.[/spoiler]
Chris Grismer directed the episode, written be Declan de Barra and Diane Ademu-John.
Following up our first look from Entertainment Weekly yesterday, ScreenFad has a fresh batch of stills from The Originals: Long Way Back from Hell (EP114), airing Tuesday, February 25th at 8/7pm. Check out a still below and see the rest at ScreenFad.
UPDATE: Photos added to the Gallery.
And more good news for UK fans: ITV2 has announced that The Vampire Diaries will return on Tuesday, February 25th. The show picks back up with The Cell (EP509).
You’ve been so patient, UK fans: SyFy has just confirmed that new episodes of The Originals resume on Tuesday, March 4th, starting with The Casket Girls (EP110). Click the image to check out the promo!
PaleyFest has released their guest line-up for the Vampire Diaries and The Originals panels on Saturday, March 22nd in Los Angeles.
Need tickets? They’re still available! And see you there!
Confirmed guests are:
The Vampire Diaries (moderated by Kristin Dos Santos from E!News & E!Online)
- Nina Dobrev
- Paul Wesley
- Ian Somerhalder
- Caroline Dries
- Julie Plec
The Originals (moderated by Jarett Wieselman from BuzzFeed)
- Joseph Morgan
- Claire Holt
- Phoebe Tonkin
- Daniel Gillies
- Charles Michael Davis
- Leah Pipes
- Danielle Campbell
- Julie Plec
- Michael Narducci
Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive stills from the February 25th episode of The Originals, Long Way Back from Hell (EP114). The stills feature Rebekah and Genevieve in a flashback and they’re dressed as nurses.
When The Originals returns on February 25, we’ll get a glimpse into Genevieve’s (Elyse Levesque) history with Rebekah when our favorite Original sister finds herself locked in the same sanatorium where she and Genevieve once worked in 1919. As Rebekah realizes that Genevieve is out for revenge and could reveal a secret that would destroy her, Rebekah immediately flashes back to a the early days of their relationship.