Stars: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Pineda, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes
Premiere date: October 3
A spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals follows the Mikaelson family— Klaus, (Joseph Morgan) and his half siblings Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies)—introduced in its parent drama as the original vampires, from which all other bloodsuckers have decended from. However, there's something special about Klaus: he's a hybrid, part vampire and part werewolf.
Years after being run of New Orleans by his stepfather, Mikael, Klaus returns to reclaim the throne of the city, which his protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has taken control of. Upon Klaus' return, he's confronted by a werewolf, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), who comes with news that she's bearing his child. Thus, not only must he redeem his family's place in New Orleans, but also protect his legacy.
Witches, werewolves, vampires—the CW doesn't run out of supernatural creatures to populate its lineup. But who's complaining? Considering the success of TVD, The Originals has plenty of promise. —TA