The Originals (TV series)

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The Originals
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Genre Supernatural drama, Horror, Fantasy
Created by Julie Plec
Composer(s) Michael Suby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel The CW
Original run October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present
Related shows The Vampire Diaries
External links
Official website

The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series premiere aired after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013. A week later, on October 8, 2013, it moved to Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central) in its regular timeslot where it led in to Supernatural.[1]

On February 13, 2014, The CW renewed the series for a second season. The second season will resume on October 6, 2014; The CW announced the show will be moved to Mondays.[2]


The Originals is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries which centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus' child and would therefore join the cast. The show begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus' protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them.


Actor Character Season
1 2
Joseph Morgan Niklaus Mikaelson Main[3]
Daniel Gillies Elijah Mikaelson Main[4]
Claire Holt[1] Rebekah Mikaelson Main Recurring[5]
Phoebe Tonkin Hayley Marshall Main[6]
Charles Michael Davis Marcellus Gerard Main[7]
Daniella Pineda[2] Sophie Deveraux Main
Leah Pipes Camille O'Connell Main[8]
Danielle Campbell Davina Claire Main[9]
Yusuf Gatewood Vincent Griffith/Finn Mikaelson Guest Main[10]

^ 1. Main cast from episode 1 to 16 and in episode 22.
^ 2. Main cast from episode 1 to 13.

Production and development[edit]

On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus and titled The Originals would air sometime in April for a potential series pick-up for the 2013–2014 season. On April 26, 2013, The Originals was confirmed for a full series.[11] This second spin-off attempt will be overseen by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[12] The Originals was officially picked up by The CW on April 26, 2013, for the 2013–14 season.[13] Season one of The Originals was set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15.[14] However, on July 29, 2013, The CW announced that the series premiere would instead air on October 3, 2013, following the fifth season premiere of The Vampire Diaries in order to attract fans of the series.[1] On October 10, 2013, the CW ordered three additional scripts for the series.[15] On November 11, 2013, the CW decided to order a full season for The Originals.[16]

Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast.[17] Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show but she needs to spend time with loved ones first.[18]

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot 1 April 25, 2013 (2013-04-25)
1 22 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
2 22[19] October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) TBA


Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 8pm 22 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) 2.21 May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 1.76 2013–2014 #149[20] 2.61[20] 1.6/4
2 Monday 8pm TBA October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) 1.37 TBA (TBA) TBA 2014–2015 TBA TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama The Originals Nominated
Favorite Actor in a New Series Joseph Morgan Won
Teen Choice Awards[21] Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Joseph Morgan Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Claire Holt
Emmy Awards[22] Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series Colleen Labaff
Kimberley Spiteri

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (July 29, 2013). "The CW Moves Up 'The Originals' Premiere to Follow 'The Vampire Diaries' + 'Supernatural' Gets Earlier Start". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 13, 2014). "'Reign', 'Arrow', 'Supernatural', 'The Originals' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Renewed by The CW". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
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  5. ^ Comic-Con: 'The Originals' Season 2 Trailer Debuts, Boss Teases 'Dark, Warped Fairy Tale' (Video)
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  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 11, 2013). "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff, ‘The Originals’". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Philiana Ng (January 11, 2013). "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' in the Works at CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 26, 2013). "The CW Shows Renewed 2013 — ‘Hart of Dixie,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’". TVLine. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ Tim Kenneally (June 24, 2013). "The CW sets fall premieres: 'Tomorrow People,' 'The Originals'". Chicago Tribune. 
  15. ^ Gelman, Vlada (October 10, 2013). "The CW Orders Additional Scripts for The Originals, Tomorrow People and Reign". TV Line. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2013). "CW Gives Full-Season Orders To Freshman Series ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’ & ‘Reign’". Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
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  20. ^ a b "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Teen Choice Awards. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Emmy Nominations". Emmy Awards. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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