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Oct 4th: (SPOILERS) ‘The Originals’: Showrunner Julie Plec’s do’s and don’ts of launching a spinoff

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THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS, DO NOT READ ANY FARTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!!!

We’re one week away from the premiere of The Originals, the CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff built around Original siblings Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). We asked exec producer Julie Plec for the rules of launching a spinoff. Here, expanded from EW’s Fall TV preview issue, she shares seven of them:

• Establish a new heartbeat — if romance drives TVD, family drives The Originals. “People are always asking how will it be different, and why should I care about watching two versions of the same world. And that is the key: You just can’t retell the same story with different players in a different location,” Plec says. While The Vampire Diaries is best known for Damon and Stefan battling for Elena’s heart, the war in The Originals is over control of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), a former protégé of vicious vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus, has created a community where vampires rule by exiling the werewolves and oppressing the witches. When the witches demand that Klaus do their bidding against Marcel, noble Elijah sees a chance to reunite his bickering family in a town they used to call home. “The Originals want it because they helped build it. Marcel wants it because he’s developed a community of vampires who can run around without a lot of restrictions. The witches can’t leave without giving up access to all their ancestral magic. And the humans are like, ‘Hands off, everybody. We’ve been here just as long as you have. It’s still a human’s town,’” Plec says. “Everybody’s fighting for a home to call their own and a place to plant their roots for themselves and for their family.”

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