The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals has been picked up by The CW.
The story was introduced during the April 25 episode of the hit series. The CW President Mark Pedowitz announced on Friday that the series would be heading to the network next season.
“As soon as we saw last night’s episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ we knew we wanted more of ‘The Originals’ — Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for ‘The Originals.'”
The Originals wasn’t the only announcement the CW president made on Friday. The network revealed that Arrow, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries would return for another go-around next season.
Pedowitz also announced that The CW would also move forward with new episodes of Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie.
“Both series continue to be creatively strong and compelling, and their fans are incredibly passionate. I’m very happy to have all three series on the schedule for next season,” he explained.
Although it’s certainly no surprise that The Vampire Diaries and Arrow are coming back next season, many fans were shocked that The Carries Diaries and the action-packed Maggie Q series Nikita were missing from the list.
Reports suggest that Nikita could return for a much short season in order to wrap up the story. However, nothing about the show’s return has been officially announced by the folks at The CW as of this writing. The fate of The Carrie Diaries also remains unclear.
The Originals did struggle a bit out of the gate on Thursday. The episode which introduced the spin-off only managed to bring in around 2.2 million viewers. However, this apparently didn’t stop the network from seeing the show’s potential.
Are you looking forward to the Vampire Diaries spin-off?