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Among the more anticipated series headed to TV in the upcoming season is likely The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spinoff, which focuses on the Original Vampire family, including Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid. The trailer teases the struggle for power, loyalty and family among the supernatural underground in the city of New Orleans.
The CW's official description for the series breaks down the plot and the characters a bit further.
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie.
Given the popularity of The Vampire Diaries, it won't be surprising if The Originals takes off, though it'll be interesting to see how the series does as the story progresses. I'll also be interested in seeing how it does paired with Supernatural, and whether the show adopts a substantial amount of new viewers apart from those TVD fans who will be tuning in. The CW is probably taking a chance in trying to spread out their vampire dramas rather than putting TVD and The Originals together on the same night, but that may pay off.
In addition to the trailer, the CW also released this clip, which offers a pretty major reveal for Klaus…
The CW has The Originals set to air Tuesdays before Supernatural starting this fall. Check out the CW's full fall schedule here.