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CW Upfronts: ‘The Originals’ Preview and Trailer (and new cast picture)

The CW presented its 2013-14 primetime slate to advertisers on Thursday morning. Since the network only has a limited amount of nights and hours to work with, CW only picked up five new dramas this pilot season. Three will air in the fall while the remaining two are being held for midseason.

Check out The CW’s official The Originals description below.

Family is power.  The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago.  They pledged to remain together, always and forever.  Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken.  Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart.

When Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build.  Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans.

Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie (Danielle Pineda).

Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by the Originals once again.

The series also stars Leah Pipes as Cami and Danielle Campbell as Davina. The Originals is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Lying Game”) are executive producers.  Plec wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Chris Grismer (“The Vampire Diaries”).

The Originals will air Tuesdays, 8 p.m. this fall on The CW.

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Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.