The CW is reportedly spinning off The Vampire Diaries into a new series called The Originals, starring Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley).
An upcoming episode of The Vampire Diaries, the network's biggest hit, will serve as a "backdoor pilot" for The Originals. Tentatively, that's set for April 25.
The title refers to Klaus’ status as one of the original vampires in the show’s mythology. Guy has been doing his badass, yet charming thing for a long time.
Also prominently featured will be werewolf Hayley, introduced in the current fourth season. She and Klaus return to the French Quarter of New Orleans.
There, in the city he helped build centuries earlier, Klaus will reportedly be reunited with a Marcel, a former protege. No other details are available.
Vampire Diaries show-runner Julie Plec will write and produce; no word on any involvement from Klaus' Original siblings Elijah, Kol or Rebekah.
Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt (Elijah and Rebekah) also recur on TVD.
What do you think? Good idea by the CW? Or would you miss them too much on the Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev-anchored hit?