The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will return to CW with the second half of their seasons later this month, but both shows are making the move to a new night. Many fans have wondered about the move from Thursday to Friday nights on the network, and some have speculated that the move means the beginning of the end for both shows.
Mark Pedowitz, CW President, spoke about the move to Friday night at the Winter TCA’s on Sunday. He made it clear that moving The Vampire Diaries and The Originals to Friday night did not mean a cancellation for either series is coming at the end of this season.
According to TV Line, he said:
“The move is not to exile [the shows. It’s a move to strengthen Friday night.”
The Vampire Diaries has aired its entire run on Thursday nights. It’s sister series, The Originals, has bounced around CW’s schedule from the start. This season, Friday night was held by Reign and America’s Next Top Model. The latter series ended its run on the network in December.
In addition to the schedule change, Mark Pedowitz also teased a crossover for the The Vampire Diaries and The Originals later this season. Paul Wesley will take Stefan Salvatore to New Orleans, and he will visit with Klaus.
Julie Plec took the lead on the crossover talk and teased a bit about what fans will see. She said:
“Stefan finds himself very much in need of a mystical safe haven. And as we’ve seen on The Originals, there is a bar called The St. James Infirmary, in which no magic can permeate. So he goes to seek refuge in New Orleans and comes face-to-face with Klaus Mikaelson because, of course, nothing happens in Klaus’ town without Klaus knowing. I call it the reunion of the Bourbon buddies. All I can say is that Caroline has an involvement in the way that we’ve decided to dramatize the crossover, and I’m sure there are spoilers aplenty if people want to read further.”
Both shows will return to CW on January 29. Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals? Were you concerned about the move to Friday nights? Tell us what you think.