The Originals (TV series)

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The Originals
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Genre 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 44 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel The CW
Original release 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 and is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. 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 began on October 6, 2014; The CW announced the show's move to Mondays.[2]

On January 11, 2015, the CW renewed the series for a third season.[3]


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's 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's 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. While doing that they must also protect everything that they have built from the war brewing between the vampires, werewolves and the witches.


Actor Character Count Seasons
1 2 3
Joseph Morgan Niklaus Mikaelson 44 Main
Daniel Gillies Elijah Mikaelson 44 Main
Claire Holt Rebekah Mikaelson 22[1] Main[2] Recurring
Phoebe Tonkin Hayley Marshall 44 Main
Charles Michael Davis Marcellus Gerard 44 Main
Daniella Pineda Sophie Deveraux 9 Main[3]
Leah Pipes Camille O'Connell 34 Main
Danielle Campbell Davina Claire 35 Main
Yusuf Gatewood Vincent Griffith 21 Guest Main[4]
Riley Voelkel Freya Mikaelson 12 Recurring Main[4]

1. ^ This is the number of episodes in which Rebekah Mikaelson is portrayed by Claire Holt. Therefore, it does not include the episodes of the second season in which Rebekah was only portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who recurred for a total of 13 episodes.
2. ^ Main cast from episodes 1x01 to 1x16. Credited as "also starring" in episode 1x22.
3. ^ Main cast from episodes 1x01 to 1x13.
4. ^ Recurring cast from episodes 2x01 to 2x13. Vincent's body was possessed by Finn Mikaelson from episodes 1x22 to 2x15.

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.[5] This second spin-off attempt will be overseen by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[6] The Originals was officially picked up by The CW on April 26, 2013, for the 2013–14 season.[7] Season one of The Originals was set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15.[8] 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.[9] On November 11, 2013, the CW decided to order a full season for The Originals.[10]

Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast.[11] Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show, but she needs to spend time with her family first.[12]

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 October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)


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[13] May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 1.76[14] 2013–2014 #149[15] 2.61[15] 1.6/4
2 Monday 8pm 22 October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) 1.37[16] May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) 1.19[17] 2014–2015 #172[15] 1.81[15] 0.9/3

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[18] Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Joseph Morgan Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Claire Holt
Emmy Awards[19] Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series Colleen Labaff
Kimberley Spiteri

The Originals: The Awakening[edit]

The Originals: The Awakening is a webseries. The series explores the character Kol Mikaelson and his relationships with his siblings. Flashing back to 1914, Kol is on a quest to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. Awakening gives answers to some questions about Kol's past, including the origins of his rivalry with his family and the unique backstory he has with the New Orleans witches. Each webisode is approximately two minutes long.

Principal cast[edit]


Title Writer Director Airdate
1 The Awakening: Part 1 Carina Adly MacKenzie Matt Hastings November 10, 2014
2 The Awakening: Part 2 November 17, 2014
3 The Awakening: Part 3 November 24, 2014
4 The Awakening: Part 4 December 8, 2014


On January 27, 2015, the first book in a series of novels based on the show was released.[20]


-introductory text at the front page of every originals book.

  • The Originals: The Rise (January 27, 2015)

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy...especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne and falls in love with her, elijah recieves an house from a man. as elijah struggles to establish the originals territory in new orleans,rebekah falls in love with a french soldier.angry with the originals struggle for power the werewolves attack them only to kill viviane making klaus go on mad werewolf hunt.rebekah returns with her love and asks for permission to go away from new orleans for sometime and leaves .witches are to angry watching originals taking control of new orleans and unleash a supernatural hurricane over the city killing rebekahs lover. sad due to her loss rebekah returns. with the originals back together they drive witches and werewolves out of the city to rule new orleans alone.

  • The Originals: The Loss (March 31, 2015)

After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants his love. back.Finally he finds a witch who will perform the ritual to ressurect viviane his long lost love,but the situation takes a dark turn when the witch links him to her and unleashes undead witches over the city.but klaus leavs his siblings dealing with the problem and flees with viviane. rebekah follows them only to get daggered. but klaus takes out the dagger and leaves. on the other hand elijah forges an alliance with the werewolves at a high price to fight the witches. klaus realizes his mistake and returns and viviane sacrifices herself to save new orleans.

  • The Originals: The Resurrection (May 26, 2015)

Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure. In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can't have love, then he'll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious woman. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality. As the battle rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.

See also[edit]


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  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. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 11, 2015). "CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'Flash,' 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals,' More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rigby, Sam (May 12, 2015). "The Originals season 3: Riley Voelkel will be a series regular". Digital Spy. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 11, 2013). "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff, ‘The Originals’". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Philiana Ng (January 11, 2013). "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' in the Works at CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 26, 2013). "The CW Shows Renewed 2013 — ‘Hart of Dixie,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’". TVLine. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ Tim Kenneally (June 24, 2013). "The CW sets fall premieres: 'Tomorrow People,' 'The Originals'". Chicago Tribune. 
  9. ^ Gelman, Vlada (October 10, 2013). "The CW Orders Additional Scripts for The Originals, Tomorrow People and Reign". TV Line. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ 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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