The Originals (TV series)

The Originals
Genre Horror
Created by Julie Plec
Composer(s) Michael Suby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present
Related shows The Vampire Diaries
External links
Official website

The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW on October 3, 2013. Created as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, the series follows vampire Klaus Mikaelson as he and his family become embroiled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans.

The series premiere aired after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013. A week later, on October 8, 2013, it moved to Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central) in its regular timeslot where it led into Supernatural.[1]

On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season consisting of 13 episodes, which is set to premiere on March 17, 2017.[2]

Series overview

The Originals is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries which centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus's child and would, therefore, join the cast. The show begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus's protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. While doing that they must also protect their city from a war brewing between vampires, werewolves and witches. Over time new and old friendships are formed, love is in the air, death surrounds them and most of all they learn more about their own family past. The 2nd season, describes how Klaus's mystical child is going to be born and speaks of the threats that all of the family together must keep away from her. The 3rd season shows the Mikealsons facing a prophecy that speaks of their fall.

Cast and characters


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotApril 25, 2013 (2013-04-25)
122October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
222October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06)May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)
322October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)
413March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)[3]TBA


On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus and titled The Originals would air sometime in April for a potential series pick-up for the 2013–2014 season. On April 26, 2013, The Originals was confirmed for a full series.[4] This second spin-off attempt will be overseen by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[5] The Originals was officially picked up by The CW on April 26, 2013, for the 2013–14 season.[6] Season one of The Originals was set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15.[7] However, on July 29, 2013, The CW announced that the series premiere would instead air on October 3, 2013, following the fifth season premiere of The Vampire Diaries in order to attract fans of the series.[1] On October 10, 2013, the CW ordered three additional scripts for the series.[8] On November 11, 2013, the CW decided to order a full season for The Originals.[9]

Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast.[10] Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show, but she needs to spend time with her family first.[11]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
18–49 rating
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Tuesday 8:00pm 22 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) 2.21[12] May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 1.76[13] 2013–14 149 2.61 1.6/4[14]
2 Monday 8:00pm 22 October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) 1.37[15] May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) 1.19[16] 2014–15 172 1.81 0.9/3[17]
3 Thursday 9:00pm (1–9)
Friday 9:00pm (10–22)
22 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08) 0.89[18] May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) 0.85[19] 2015–16 181 1.44 0.6/2[20]
4 Friday 8:00pm 13 March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) TBD TBA TBD 2016–17 TBD TBD TBD

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama The Originals Nominated
Favorite Actor in a New Series Joseph Morgan Won
Teen Choice Awards[21] Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated
Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Claire Holt Nominated
Emmy Awards[22] Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series Colleen Labaff
Kimberley Spiteri
2015 Teen Choice Awards[23] Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards[24] Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated

The Originals: The Awakening

The Originals: The Awakening is a webseries. The series explores the character Kol Mikaelson and his relationships with his siblings. Flashing back to 1914, Kol is on a quest to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. Awakening gives answers to some questions about Kol's past, including the origins of his rivalry with his family and the unique backstory he has with the New Orleans witches. Each webisode is approximately two minutes long.

Principal cast


Title Writer Director Airdate
1 The Awakening: Part 1 Carina Adly MacKenzie Matt Hastings November 10, 2014
2 The Awakening: Part 2 November 17, 2014
3 The Awakening: Part 3 November 24, 2014
4 The Awakening: Part 4 December 8, 2014


On January 27, 2015, the first book in a series of novels based on the show was released.[25] The Rise, The Loss, and The Resurrection are the three novels in The Originals Series Written by Julie Plec[26]

See also


  1. 1 2 Kondolojy, Amanda (July 29, 2013). "The CW Moves Up 'The Originals' Premiere to Follow 'The Vampire Diaries' + 'Supernatural' Gets Earlier Start". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  2. Abrams, Natalie (November 16, 2016). "CW sets Riverdale premiere date; Supernatural, Legends of Tomorrow moving timeslots". EW. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. Abrams, Natalie (November 16, 2016). "CW sets Riverdale premiere date; Supernatural, Legends of Tomorrow moving timeslots". EW. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. Kondolojy, Amanda (January 11, 2013). "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for 'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff, 'The Originals'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  5. Goldberg, Lesley; Philiana Ng (January 11, 2013). "'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff 'The Originals' in the Works at CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  6. Ausiello, Michael (April 26, 2013). "The CW Shows Renewed 2013 — 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Beauty and the Beast'". TVLine. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  7. Tim Kenneally (June 24, 2013). "The CW sets fall premieres: 'Tomorrow People,' 'The Originals'". Chicago Tribune.
  8. Gelman, Vlada (October 10, 2013). "The CW Orders Additional Scripts for The Originals, Tomorrow People and Reign". TV Line. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2013). "CW Gives Full-Season Orders To Freshman Series 'The Originals', 'The Tomorrow People' & 'Reign'". Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  10. Matt Webb Mitovich. "Claire Holt Quits 'The Originals' — Rebekah's Last Episode Season 1 - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  11. "The Originals at PaleyFest: The Cast Talks Elijah's Undoing, Klaroline, Whether Rebekah Will Return, and More". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  12. Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'The Originals' Adjusted Up; 'Parks And Recreation', 'Welcome to the Family', 'Sean Saves the World', 'Michael J. Fox Show', & 'Parenthood' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  13. Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'The Goldbergs' Adjusted Up; 'The Originals', 'Supernatural' & 'About A Boy' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  14. "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014.
  15. Bibel, Sara (October 16, 2014). "Revised Monday, October 6 Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Voice', 'Scorpion', 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Adjusted Up; 'Dancing With The Stars' & 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  16. Bibel, Sara (May 12, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'The Following' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  17. de Moraes, Lisa (May 21, 2015). "Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & 'Empire' Ruled". Deadline. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  18. Porter, Rick (October 9, 2015). "Thursday final ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How to Get Away with Murder' adjusted up, low CW premieres hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  19. Porter, Rick (May 23, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'Shark Tank' finale adjusts up, 'Originals' and 'Masters of Illusion' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  20. de Moraes, Lisa (May 26, 2016). "Full 2015-16 TV Season Series Rankings: 'Blindspot', 'Life In Pieces' & 'Quantico' Lead Newcomers". Deadline. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  21. Nordyke, Kimberly (August 10, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  22. "Emmy Nominations". Emmy Awards. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  23. Variety Staff (August 16, 2015). "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  24. Goodman, Jessica (July 31, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016: See the full list of winners". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  25. "The Originals: The Rise: Julie Plec: 9780373788897: Books". Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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