The Vampire Diaries may have some new competition in the vampire department... from its own spin-off!
The Originals has been The CW's strongest rookie performer, with its latest episode drawing 2 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demographic, nipping at the heels of its predecessor, which drew 2.6 million and a 1.2 in its latest outing. The Vampire Diaries spin-off, which was picked up for a full season on Monday, also cracked the Top 5 in our Fall TV Popularity Contest, receiving a 57 percent approval rating from TVGuide.com users. (Fox's Sleepy Hollow came in first with 85 percent.)
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But it's not just the ratings that prove The Originals has found a following. After only a handful of episodes, The Originals has...
"Is it evil to take what one wants?"
This is the question Klaus (Joseph Morgan) poses to Cami (Leah Pipes) in this exclusive Originals sneak peek.
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The vamp seems determined to win Cami's loyalty in his fight against Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), but Klaus sees the futility of his usual ways — threats and bodily harm. Instead, he opens up that big ol' heart of his a bit and explains that he simply wants to protect Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and save Davina (Danielle Campbell).
For a hated vampire, The Originals' Marcel sure has a lot of admirers.
On last week's series premiere, viewers were re-introduced to New Orleans' ruling vamp Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who's gone to many lengths to make sure the city remains under his control. But with his former mentor's arrival, and the help of a few witches he's pissed off along the way, Marcel is faced with getting the Big Easy swept from under him. Good thing Klaus' sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) is coming back to town on Tuesday (8/7c, The CW) since the two have quite the history...
With its focus on power dynamics and war, The Originals appears to be the grown-up version of The Vampire Diaries. But executive producer Julie Plec promises the show will be chock-full of romance and angst too.
"The maturity of The Originals is rooted in a lot of that mafia-like tone, but when all is said and done, it's got not only the power of the family drama, but a romantic and bro-mantic history amongst all these characters."
On the Set with The Originals' Phoebe Tonkin: Can Hayley and Klaus get along?