The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev Is Returning To TV For A Dark New Series

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Nina Dobrev is not staying away from TV for long. The Vampire Diaries actress is returning for a dark new series after her brief stint with comedy on CBS. Dobrev will be traveling back in time for the new show, which is not an entirely unfamiliar situation for Dobrev after her time on The Vampire Diaries.

On The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev wore many costumes when The CW drama would flash back to the past with the doppelganger of Dobrev’s Elena, whom Dobrev also played. Fast forward to 2020, and Dobrev is slated to star in and executive produce in a historical thriller called Woman 99, per TVLine.

If that title sounds familiar, it is probably because the show is an adaptation of Greer Macallister’s 2019 historical fiction novel, also titled Woman 99. Who is Nina Dobrev playing in it? Dobrev will be taking on the starring role, which is that of a young woman trying to free her sister from a mental institution.

It is said that Nina Dobrev’s character will risk her “safety,” “sanity,” and “her life” in her bid to free her sister. It sounds like Woman 99 will be a far cry from Dobrev’s last television show entitled, Fam. The CBS sitcom managed to take over the Murphy Brown revival’s spot in the Eye Network’s schedule, but it did not manage to stick around.

After some speculation regarding the show's uncertain future, CBS made its decision, cancelling the comedy after a single season. While many fans of Nina Dobrev have been hoping that she will put in an appearance on The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff, Legacies, it has yet to happen. Dobrev had explained she was too busy with Fam to make a stop by the show.

Now that she has Woman 99 coming up, that answer will probably stick for a while. It is not clear how many episodes the historical drama will run for, so it is unclear how long it will fill up her schedule. After Fam ended, Nina Dobrev signed on to star in and executively produce the indie movie, Sick Girl. So, she has remained busy.

If Woman 99 is a limited series, it would be a one and done situation. It sounds like it will be a short-run show, but who knows. Big Little Lies seemed like it would have one season, and it came back for another one as hope swells for a third. Speaking of which, Big Little Lies’ Bruna Papandrea will executively produce Woman 99.

It might be a while before the project makes it to your screen. Aside from the issues with the production halts in the entertainment industry, Woman 99 does not have a writer or a network lined up quite yet. I do not know about you, but this sounds like a TV show for Netflix. Otherwise, HBO Max would be a good fit too.

There is currently no premiere date for Woman 99, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can watch Nina Dobrev during her days on The Vampire Diaries. The series is currently streaming in its entirety on Netflix alongside 2020 arrivals. For further entertainment, check out this fall’s premieres.

Britt Lawrence

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