Pilots Take Leaf Out of Vampire Diaries

Tonight’s season premiere of The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.30) coincides with news of star Claire Holt (Rebekah) landing her own spin-off series, The Originals.

The backdoor pilot for the sister show will be Diaries’ April 25 episode in the US; Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) will co-star.

According to the publicity, “The Originals centres on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).”

Deadline reports The Originals leads an upsurge in vampire dramas that includes:

  • NBC’s Dracula, which has been commissioned without a pilot (The Tudors’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars);
  • Starz developing Vlad Dracula with Spartacus’ Rob Tapert;
  • Showtime ordering as a series Penny Dreadful, in which Dracula heads an ensemble of “literature’s most famously terrifying characters”; and
  • ABC greenlighting the pilot Gothica, a modern-day take on classic horror characters.

Meanwhile, Dairies and two of TV2’s other fantasy series, Supernatural and the mid-season drawcard Arrow, this week were renewed for another year.

Also resuming tonight is Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30), with the town of Storybrooke awakening from the Evil Queen’s curse.

TV Guide’s Matt Roush warned of a “dark” creative side to season two.

“Last season, I found myself much more entranced with the revisionist back-stories in Fairy Land than what was going on in Storybrooke.

“This season, with flatly played new characters introduced in the world of fantasy, I found myself itching to get back to Storybrooke, although the way the lands eventually intersect makes for a nifty cliffhanger.”

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8 Responses to “Pilots Take Leaf Out of Vampire Diaries”

  1. Wonder if we will have a TV show with vampires and zombies? 🙂

  2. More a question of will we get a new show without vampires and zombies, frankly there is nothing new to either genre, both elicit a large dose of zzzzzzzzzz

  3. There should a new TV show like Legend of the Seeker better yet … a third season 🙂

  4. I would welcome a third season of Legend of the Seeker. Not going to happen though, unfortunately

  5. You are sadly probably right Mark, just finished the 2nd season DVD so I will continue the adventures in my head with the books 🙂

  6. Will the most recent seasons of Vampire Diaries and The Originals appear on TV2 in the near future?

  7. There’s no sign of them in the advance schedules ending June but I imagine they’ll air late night in the third quarter.

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