The Originals (TV series)

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The Originals
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Genre Horror, Fantasy
Created by Julie Plec
Starring
Composer(s) Michael Suby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 38 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Original run October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present
Chronology
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]

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Count Seasons
1 2
Joseph Morgan Niklaus Mikaelson 38 Main
Daniel Gillies Elijah Mikaelson 38 Main
Claire Holt Rebekah Mikaelson 21 Main[1] Recurring
Phoebe Tonkin Hayley Marshall 38 Main
Charles Michael Davis Marcellus Gerard 38 Main
Daniella Pineda Sophie Deveraux 9 Main[2]
Leah Pipes Camille O'Connell 30 Main
Danielle Campbell Davina Claire 29 Main
Yusuf Gatewood Vincent Griffith/Finn Mikaelson 17 Guest Main[3]

^ 1. Main cast from episodes 1x01 to 1x16. Credited as "also starring" in episode 1x22.
^ 2. Main cast from episodes 1x01 to 1x13.
^ 3. Recurring from episodes 2x01 to 2x13.

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

Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast.[10] Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show, but she needs to spend time with her family first.[11]

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[12] October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) [13]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
episodes
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18–49
rating
(average)
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[14] 2.61[14] 1.6/4
2 Monday 8pm 22 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[15] Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Joseph Morgan Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Claire Holt
Emmy Awards[16] 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]

Episodes[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

Novels[edit]

On January 27, 2015, the first book in a series of novels based on the show was released.[17]

  • 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. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

  • 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 power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

  • 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]

References[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. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 11, 2015). "CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'Flash,' 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals,' More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 11, 2013). "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff, ‘The Originals’". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Philiana Ng (January 11, 2013). "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' in the Works at CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 26, 2013). "The CW Shows Renewed 2013 — ‘Hart of Dixie,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’". TVLine. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tim Kenneally (June 24, 2013). "The CW sets fall premieres: 'Tomorrow People,' 'The Originals'". Chicago Tribune. 
  8. ^ Gelman, Vlada (October 10, 2013). "The CW Orders Additional Scripts for The Originals, Tomorrow People and Reign". TV Line. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2013). "CW Gives Full-Season Orders To Freshman Series ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’ & ‘Reign’". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://tvline.com/2014/03/11/the-originals-claire-holt-exits-as-rebekah/
  11. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/the-originals-2013/community/post/the-originals-paleyfest-2014-139558972438/
  12. ^ http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/08/raina-reveals-exclusive-spoilers-and_21.html
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2015). "The CW Sets Season Finales for "The Originals","The Flash", "Arrow", "Jane the Virgin" & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Teen Choice Awards. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Emmy Nominations". Emmy Awards. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.amazon.com/The-Originals-Rise-Julie-Plec/dp/0373788894/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=11YQAXW7641780B8KBY6

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