With the end of The Vampire Diaries fast approaching, all eyes are on star Nina Dobrev. Will she reprise her role as leading lady Elena Gilbert before the series signs off for good?

"The best way I can answer that is, [executive producers] Julie [Plec], Kevin Williamson, the studio and The CW promise a fantastic series finale," The CW President Mark Pedowitz cyptically teased Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter previews.

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The always charming head of the network was similarly tight-lipped regarding the future of The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, which returns for its fourth season Friday, March 17 at 8/7c and was not among the seven shows that earned early renewals from the network Sunday morning.

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"I hope The Originals can continue. A lot of it depends on its performance," said Pedowitz. "I'm counting on Julie to deliver for this season."

The Vampire Diaries returns for its final episodes Friday, Jan. 13 at 8/7c on The CW.

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