News Briefs: Do You Want a Vampire Diaries Spin-off?

By Tim Surette

Jan 12, 2013

SPIN-OFF NEWS

... I hope you are sitting down for this, Price. The CW is planning a potential spin-off of The Vampire Diaries centered on fan-favorite bad dude Klaus and the Originals. It would kick off with a backdoor pilot (an episode embedded in TVD's normal season) on April 25 and reunite Klaus with his protégé Marcel and Phoebe Tonkin's Hayley. TVD showrunner Julie Plec will write the episode and produce. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... No one asked for it, but Howie Mandel has a new show anyway. The Deal or No Deal host will move over to TBS and emcee Deal With It, a hidden-camera prank show in which participants are asked to play a joke on their friends with no preparation. WOW THIS SOUNDS GREAT THANK YOU GODS OF TELEVISION FOR YOUR FRUITFUL BOUNTY OF ENRICHING ENTERTAINMENT. [The Wrap]

... Jim Gaffigan's comedy project at CBS has moved on to the next stage. CBS has ordered a pilot of the single-camera (single-cam at CBS whaaaat?) sitcom about a dad with five kids. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory will destroy you all! CBS's megahit got a little more mega last night, setting a new series-high record for viewers and its ratings with 19.8 million viewers and a 6.3 rating. [EW]

... CBS is airing a special episode of Hawaii Five-0 after the AFC Championship Game of Football Players on Sunday, January 20. I don't know about you, but when I think football and Hawaii Five-0, I also think about Jimi Hendrix, so the episode will feature seven never-before-released songs from the late guitar god. This makes total sense to someone somewhere. [TV Guide]

... Do you like Smash? Do you have internet or do you do a lot of flying? Then you can watch the Season 2 premiere of Smash early! American Airlines will be showing the premiere in-flight starting next week, but for those of us with aerophobia, the premiere will also be available on Hulu, NBC.com, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Marketplace, and on demand. But you may as well just fly to make sure you see it. Or I have a copy on DVD that I'm using as a coaster if you want to borrow it. [Associated Press]


CASTING NEWS

... Law & Order: SVU is putting its head in the lion's mouth and casting Mike Tyson. The earivore will play a death row murderer whose actions may be attributable to a sucky childhood. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey will star in ABC's untitled comedy from Adam Goldberg. The show is a family comedy set in the 1980s, and McLendon-Covey will play the mom. [Deadline Hollywood]



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  • loza23 Jan 18, 2013

    they should do a spin off of what the originals are up to now like elijah and the others

  • ziaddyferooz Jan 17, 2013

    i like so much women for stile

  • GeorgEgger Jan 15, 2013

    no god no, the plot about the originals has been stretched out like chewing gum as it is...i doubt they can come up with anything new or fresh about them, the character of the antihero klaus is very one dimensional and it seems everything repeats all the time with him..so I will not watch it

  • Graeccus Jan 15, 2013

    OHMYGOD. Yes, please.

  • itsmemadie01 Jan 15, 2013

    Do You Want a Vampire Diaries Spin-off? No. Haven't we suffered enough?

  • AdeleTeras Jan 14, 2013

    Klaus is the best part of the show, its about time he grew out of those wimpy teenagers of Mystic Falls.

  • TheNotSoSC Jan 14, 2013

    I don't know why everybody hates Hayley. Is it because she snapped Caroline's neck?
    Anyways, it's time for Klaus to leave Mystic Falls because who else hasn't grown tired of his repetitiveness? He continuously finds something to be angry about and puts forth a plan which usually gets undermined by one of or both of the Salvatore brothers or someone or something and then it happens again. And again. It's become a bit formulaic on the writers part, no? So, I am on board with a TVD spin off. I will tune in.
    Wait, also, when is Bonnie going to get a spin-off? And why do they show her in previews of episodes like she's going to be doing amazing things? I have yet, but I still ship Bonnie.
    That's beside the point. But people still think a Klaroline will happen? There's still a chance with the spin-off, I'm pretty sure characters from TVD will recur or guest star.

  • AprilFox Jan 14, 2013

    Love Klaus and I think it's a great idea! One can never have too many bad er good guys. :P

  • 21geekchic Jan 14, 2013

    I hate saying this, but I would watch any VD spinoff as long as Phoebe Tonkin's Hayley isn't in the picture. I cannot stand Hayley as a character. It would definitely be a tough sell.

  • riot Jan 14, 2013

    I'd love an originals spin-off, and all the possibilities. But I do think VD would suffer if they lose them as the other characters just aren't as interesting as the originals. It'd be nice to see them over the centuries with pop ups of things they've over come and their interactions with other supernaturals. The Originals are darker, and just have more to offer and have more stories to tell. I'd rather watch a series on the originals with VD main characters popping in than how it is now honestly, since i've grown really bored with the love triangle, and find most of the characters boring...

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