Last week's episode of The Vampire Diaries focuses more on Klaus and his family than usual for a reason: the episode also serves as a pilot for the spinoff show, The Originals. The series has already been picked up for a full season, which is a big vote of confidence for the new show, but I'd like to know what you think of the spinoff now that we've seen the first episode. Personally, I like the New Orleans setting and the focus on Klaus and his siblings, but I have mixed feelings about the other characters we met, like Marcel and Sophie. What's your take — will you keep watching the show when it starts airing this Fall?
Today is a big day for TV renewals! After NBC announced a slew of pickups, The CW also shared some news. Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast have both been picked up for new seasons (this will be the second season for Beauty and the Beast and the third for Rachel Bilson's Hart of Dixie). As for other CW shows, there's no decision yet about whether The Carrie Diaries will come back, but there is definitive news about a brand-new The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals — it's officially been given a whole season. If you're curious about the current fate of other TV shows, then check out our scorecard of TV renewals and cancellations.
Emeril Lagasse, the original celebrity chef, is debuting a new show this Thursday on the Cooking Channel at 10:30 p.m EDT. On The Originals, the culinary legend pays homage to iconic food institutions that have stood the test of time. We caught up with Emeril while he was filming in Los Angeles — to find out what he had to say about The Originals and learn more about his upcoming projects, watch the video now!
Bryce Dallas Howard wrote a movie and guess who might direct it? That's right, just in time for Father's Day, there's talk of a sweet little father-daughter project, reteaming Bryce Dallas Howard (actress-turned-screenwriter) and her father, director Ron Howard. The dramatic movie is titled The Originals and is described as "an ensemble film about a group of twentysomethings who reconvene for a weekend in New York after learning that the teacher who shaped their childhoods has fallen into a mysterious coma."
Bryce Dallas Howard has been collaborating with her writing partner Dane Charbeneau on the project for three years, after she had the idea of "writing something that tackled the quarter-life crisis issues her contemporaries were dealing with." Coming off the release of his Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels and Demons, Bryce's director dad has yet to officially sign on for his daughter's project, but does see it as "a potential antidote to the huge productions for which he is known."
How cute is this? I like this family and I think it's cool that the father-daughter duo can team up creatively.