Nina Dobrev is best known in showbiz for her time on The CW as the leading lady of The Vampire Diaries. She left the show in 2015 as a regular after six seasons, and she's been scarce on the small screen ever since. Now, Dobrev is returning to television for a brand new role that should let her stretch her comedy muscles. She's joining the cast of Comedy Central's Workaholics for a guest spot in Season 7.
No details are yet available as to what kind of character Nina Dobrev will play on Workaholics, but we can bet that it will be very different from anything she tackled on The CW. Even though she got to play multiple characters on The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff, none of them were exactly cubicle-bound slackers waiting for the next big bong hit. (Vampire High-aries?) Workaholics may present a different side of Nina Dobrev to the world, which could come in handy in the future. Considering that The Vampire Diaries is currently in its last season, she won't even have the option of returning as a regular to delight Elena fans everywhere.
Of course, she hasn't expressed any regrets about her decision to leave the show that made her famous. Nina Dobrev explained her exit from The Vampire Diaries by saying that she always imagined a six-season arc for Elena, and she hasn't even committed to returning for the series finale. A lot of fans have been counting on Elena waking from her magical sleep to rekindle her romance with Damon by the final moments of the series, and showrunner Julie Plec has said that she believes that Dobrev will be back for the end, but TVLine reports that The CW is currently only in discussions with her. Nothing has been finalized. If Dobrev doesn't end up appearing in The Vampire Diaries Season 8, her guest appearance on Workaholics may be the first time that fans will see her back on TV, at least other than a performance on Lip Sync Battle opposite Tim Tebow.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely that her guest appearance on Workaholics will result in an ongoing role. The Comedy Central series was at first going on an indefinite break after the conclusion of Season 7, but it was announced today it is ending. But Adam DeVine's career is booming now thanks to his years as Adam DeMamp, so there are worse connections for the actress to make, should she seek more comedic roles. She joins a long line of crazy guest stars, including Ben Stiller, Lorenzo Lamas, Katee Sackhoff and more.
There's no saying at this point whether or not Workaholics is a sign that Nina Dobrev is looking into returning to television full time. She has two big screen projects currently in post-production, with XXX: Return of Xander Cage premiering in January 2017 and Flatliners premiering in August 2017. Hopefully she'll manage to avoid any vampiric love triangles in her career for the foreseeable future. She's probably had enough of those for a while.
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