For CW President Mark Pedowitz, spinning off a show from his network's biggest hit was a no-brainer.
"I'm a big believer if you have something that is working and you can incubate it and find a way to get it on the air, it's a good way to get pilots done," Pedowitz said of the upcoming Vampire Diaries spin-off Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter previews.
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The pilot, which will air as an episode of The Vampire Diaries on April 25, will focus on Joseph Morgan's Klaus and the members of the Original Family of vampires in New Orleans. "Klaus was the founding father of New Orleans, and the show is set in that venue," Pedowitz said. "Klaus is just a great character and the Original Family has such dysfunctional family dynamics. We felt it was a great way to go to take the show."
Also on board for the show is Phoebe Tonkin's Haley, which Pedowitz said ruled out some rumblings about Tonkin playing the lead role in the network's Amazon, an origin-story take on Wonder Woman....
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Is the end of Dexter nigh?
The serial killer drama will return on Sunday, June 30 at 9/8c, earlier than its intended fall premiere, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins announced at the winter TV previews on Saturday. Dexter will act as a lead-in for new series Ray Donovan at 10/9c, having already proven to be a successful launchpad for Homeland.
How I Met Your Mother
Fans of CBS' comedies How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men can't rest easy quite yet, but could have good news soon.
"We will be happy to be reporting in a few days that things will be resolved," CBS chief Nina Tassler told reporters at the winter TV previews Saturday about the possibility of a Season 9 renewal for HIMYM. "We're confident and excited that things will work out. Almost everything is complete."
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Now that Once Upon a Time's Regina has been framed for murder, will she welcome her mother with open arms?
That will be the big question when Regina (Lana Parrilla) finally comes face-to-face with Cora (Barbara Hershey). Little does the Evil Queen know that mommy dearest actually framed her for the murder of Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge), who isn't actually dead! How will Regina now handle being shunned by the residents of Storybrooke? TVGuide.com sat down with Parrilla on the set of the ABC fairy tale drama to get the scoop:
New Girl fans, rejoice: True American is returning!
The Fox comedy's fictitious drinking game with no real discernable rules will return in an episode slated for the end of January, and TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look! However, this round will be quite different from the first time we saw the game. Why?
When choosing his next television project, former House executive producer Greg Yaitanes simply wanted to get out of a hospital.
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And so, he landed on Banshee, the latest sexy, pulpy thriller in Cinemax's expanding slate of original programming. Also produced by True Blood creator Alan Ball, the show takes its title from the quiet Pennsylvania town in which it's set. But the relative calm of the rural Amish country locale is quickly upset when a recently freed ex-con (Antony Starr) comes to town and, in a violent twist of fate, assumes the identity of the new town sheriff Lucas Hood.
Even though Yaitanes was looking to get away from lupus and lab coats, he says he found more similarities between Banshee and House than he first considered. "Lucas Hood and Gregory House both play by their own rules, and both characters are emotionally immature," he tells TVGuide.com. "They've been stunted in a moment in time...