Rebekah is my unicorn. Every time she talks, a rainbow appears. #TheOriginals
— Tiffany (@Angelized_1st) December 4, 2013
We’re almost there! Only one more day to wait until The Originals is back on our screens tomorrow evening. It’s been a long, dull hiatus (not even ONE massacre, you guys!) and we can’t wait to see what’s going on in New Orleans. Now is a great time to refresh your memory on all the things that happened before the break, we have episode recaps, a roundtable and plenty of Twitter reactions to get everyone back on track before The Casket Girls (EP110) tomorrow night.
After Klaus took it to the bridge in the previous episode, it’s not so surprising that The Originals would turn out a rather subdued mid-season coda (well, in comparison) that found our characters struggling to readjust to a new regime and forming new, tentative alliances.
The Originals In Review: Reigning Pain in New Orleans (EP109) – Exquisite Pain
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net
With its initial run of episodes complete as of tonight, the most impressive aspect of The Originals is how self-assured it is. The Originals knows the sorts of stories it wants to tell; it knows the sorts of characters it wants to have; it knows the overall tone it wants to take; and it knows the pace it wants to tell those stories at. While the first three of those are largely adapted from The Vampire Diaries, the last of those—pacing—is quite different. The Originals seems content to take a step back and breathe for a seemingly important episode, its midseason finale.
“Reigning Pain In New Orleans”·S1 / E9
By Rowan Kaiser, A.V Club
With The Originals first 9 episodes behind us and a full second half remaining when the show returns in January, it’s time for our TV Fanatic Round Table to break down the mid-season finale. How hot are Hayley and Elijah? Is Rebekah the most unlucky in love vampire ever to live? What’s Davina next move?
The Originals Round Table: “Reigning Pain in New Orleans”
By Leigh Raines, Don Forcella, Miranda Wicker and Heather Vee, TV Fanatic
- Persia White shared this great photo from the PCAs with Joseph Morgan. [@RealPersiaWhite]
- Joseph Morgan’s movie, Armistice, is now available on various video-on-demand services. [Armisticethemovie.com]
- Dread Central has an exclusive clip from Armistice for you to check out. [Dread Central]
- Kat Graham did a photoshoot with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson. [TV Fanatic]
- Handsome gent Kendrick Sampson is Mr. May in the Mirrors calendar, supporting the Reflect It Back project. He joins other genre tv hotties from the likes of Teen Wolf, The Secret Circle, and Arrow. [Reflect It Back]
- Nina Dobrev got a “Well Played” from the Fug Girls for her PCA ensemble. [Go Fug Yourself]
- Kat Graham will be traveling with UNHCR to see how they’re helping Syrian refugees. You can sign up for updates on her journey at their site. [UNRefugees.org]
Miss a post this week?
- Official Synopsis for The Originals: Dance Back from the Grave (EP112)
- Official Synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: The Devil Inside (EP512)
- TONIGHT – The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510 Encore) Airs at 8/7c
- EW Exclusive Webclip for The Originals: The Casket Girls (EP110)
- People’s Choice Awards 2014: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev & Joseph Morgan Win (VIDEO)
- Webclip for The Originals: The Casket Girls (EP110)
- PaleyFest 2014: The Vampire Diaries & The Originals Panels Announced
- TONIGHT – The Originals: House of the Rising Son (EP102 Encore) Airs at 8/7c
- New The Originals Trailer: Savages (VIDEO)
- Official Stills for The Originals: The Casket Girls (EP110) at TV Guide
- The Originals: New Promo Pics via E!Online
So glad these previews have returned! Executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci preview next week’s all new episode of The Originals, The Casket Girls (EP110), airing Tuesday, January 14th at 8/7pm on the CW.
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Originals: Dance Back from the Grave (EP112), airing Tuesday, January 28th. Highlight for spoilers:
FLASHBACKS TO 1919 — Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), still angered by recent events, refuses to help Klaus (Joseph Morgan) when a gruesome discovery is made in the Cauldron. Rebekah (Claire Holt) is on alert when she uncovers the remnants of a sacrifice down by the docks and immediately realizes that it’s the work of a dangerous warlock from their past. Meanwhile, when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) gets some information that Rebekah may be in trouble, he and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set off to find her. At Rousseau’s, Cami (Leah Pipes) comforts Marcel, who opens up and shares some details of his past with her, but things quickly spiral out of control when an unexpected visitor shows up. Finally, a violent confrontation ensues when Klaus faces off against a powerful force with an unmatched advantage over him. Daniella Pineda also stars.
The episode was directed by Rob Hardy and written by Michael Russo and Michael Narducci.
The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: The Devil Inside (EP512), airing Thursday, January 30th. Highlight for spoilers:
SEARCHING FOR THE HIGH ROAD — When Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) brings Damon (Ian Somerhalder) a gruesome present and insists that they bond by committing an act of revenge, Damon makes an effort to do the honorable thing. After finding himself in awkward and confusing conversations with Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda), Matt impulsively decides to throw a party, where Caroline (Candice Accola) makes a stunning confession to Elena (Nina Dobrev), then has to face the consequence of her actions with Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Tyler (Michael Trevino). Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos) does his best to make amends for his family’s past misdeeds and start a new life for himself. Finally, Elena suddenly finds herself in a life-threatening situation with only minutes to figure out how to save herself.
The episode was directed by Kellie Cyrus and written by Brett Matthews and Sonny Postiglione.
Tonight the CW is featuring an encore of the Vampire Diaries midseason finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson (EP510), at 8/7c. New episodes return in two weeks, on January 23rd, with 500 Years of Solitude (EP511).
Episode refresher course:
What’s Next . . .
- Tuesday, Jan. 14: The Originals: The Casket Girls (EP110)
- Tuesday, Jan. 21: The Originals: Apres Moi, le Déluge (EP111)
- Thursday, Jan. 23: The Vampire Diaries: 500 Years of Solitude (EP511)
The Originals returns with new episodes next week and Entertainment Weekly has another peek at the January 14th mid-season premiere. Elijah, Hayley, and a dress – head over to EW.com to see the clip.
Last night’s People’s Choice Awards yielded a handful of riches for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Miss the show? You can check out highlights below and a HUGE congrats to Joseph, Ian and Nina on their wins! Pat yourselves on the back, TVD and Originals fans.
First up, Joseph Morgan won for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series and was presented his award on the PCA red carpet before the show.
Joseph also introduced One Republic with Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale.
And Ian Somerhalder was also presented with an award on the pre-show red carpet: Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor.
And finally, Ian and Nina Dobrev took home the PCA for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry and gave what might have been the funniest and most charming acceptance speech of the night. (And Malin Ackerman may have given the most unique pronunciation of Ian’s name we’ve ever heard.)
The CW has released a webclip for the midseason return of The Originals, The Casket Girls (EP110), which will air on Tuesday, January 14th at 8/7c.
The Paley Center for Media has announced their full panel line-up for PaleyFest, an annual festival celebrating past and current television shows, and for a third year, they will feature a showrunner/cast panel for The Vampire Diaries and, representing for the first time, The Originals.
The full festival runs from March 13-28, 2014, but here’s the date you need to mark down on your calendars: The Vampire Diaries and The Originals panels are scheduled together for Saturday, March 22nd, 7pm at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Panel guests have yet to be announced.
Per the Paley Center website, individual event passes for the festival go on sale Thursday, January 16th at 9am PT for Paley Center members (which gets you first shot at tickets and discounted prices; details on becoming a member here), and to the general public on Sunday, January 19th, 9am PT.
We’ll post more details as they become available.