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The CW’s Dream Team: Top Producers on Their Hit Series

23 September 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW achieved early success by cleverly using the seductive wealth of “Gossip Girl” to court young female viewers. Since then, it has broadened its appeal with a mixture of superhero shows and rom-coms.

Here, five of the network’s top producers reflect on why their hit series were the right fit for the emerging network. They all credit network president Mark Pedowitz for being closely involved, while fostering a creative atmosphere.

Greg Berlanti should probably wear his own superhero cape considering his five shows on The CW this fall: “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Riverdale.” He worked at ABC with Pedowitz, who lured him to the new network by telling him he could make the shows he wanted at The CW.

Arrow” was fresh in that it was a new era of comic-book TV. A lot of the people, leading with someone like David Nutter, gave it a cinematic look and showed how »

- Jacqueline Cutler

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"The Vampire Diaries: The Night of the Comet"

22 September 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "The Night of The Comet", written by Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and directed by Marcos Siega, that aired September 17, 2009:

" 'Mystic Falls' prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, 'Vicki' is in the hospital recovering from the attack that she can barely remember. 'Stefan' goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, but his attempt is cut short when Vicki's brother 'Matt' arrives.

"'Jeremy' continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent-teacher conference, 'Mr. Tanner' makes 'Jenna' feel she is failing as a surrogate parent.

"Then 'Elena' decides to go to the 'Salvatore' house to meet Stefan, but finds his charming brother 'Damon' instead. Damon reveals some surprising information about Stefan's past...

"...and when Stefan arrives home, »

- Michael Stevens

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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Stroll Arm in Arm Around the Big Apple

21 September 2016 8:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder were spotted doing some shopping on Wednesday afternoon. Ian sweetly wrapped his arm around his wife as they made their way through the busy NYC streets and picked up some goodies at John Varvatos. The couple's recent outing comes two months after their trip to Comic-Con in San Diego, where creator Julie Plec confirmed that The Vampire Diaries would be ending after its upcoming eighth season. While the news meant that it was the cast's last year at Comic-Con, it also brought up one giant question: is original star Nina Dobrev going to return? The network's president, Mark Pedowitz, recently revealed that they are already having discussions about Nina's return, so we'll just have to wait and see. Related Stories:What the Cast of The Vampire Diaries Has Said About the End of the Show33 Snaps That Prove Ian and Nikki Are So in LoveIan Somerhalder »

- Monica Sisavat

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'The Vampire Diaries' Creators Tease the Series Finale, Talk Favorite Finales Ever

21 September 2016 5:53 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

The Vampire Diaries is about to enter its eighth and final season, and fans are anxiously anticipating how this series is going to wrap up. So many questions are still unanswered and even the creators have had no idea what will and won't be addressed. Until now. Will co-creator Kevin Williamson pull a Dawson's Creek and throw fans a curveball ending? Find out what he and showrunner Julie Plec had to say about the epic series finale of The Vampire Diaries and which series finales they liked best.



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ABC Buys Twisted Soap ‘The Marquis’ Produced By Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec

20 September 2016 4:31 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC has put in development The Marquis, an hourlong drama project executive produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Sarah Schechter. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. Written and executive produced by Quantico executive producer/writer Jake Coburn, The Marquis is described as a sexy and twisted character soap set in the most iconic and exclusive building in Manhattan. The Marquis, which sounds a little bit like ABC/Wbtv’s 666 Par… »

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Vampire Footage From "The Originals: A Closer Walk With Thee"

20 September 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Originals" episode "A Closer Walk with Thee", written by Carina Adly MacKenzie, Julie Plec and directed by Sylvain White, that aired April 29, 2014 on The CW:

"...'Hayley' (Phoebe Tonkin) confronts a surprising enemy as she and her unborn baby fall into peril during a celebratory wake to honor a fallen member of the community. 

"In order to save Hayley, 'Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) and 'Elijah' (Daniel Gillies) enlist the help of 'Genevieve' (Elyse Levesque) who struggles to maintain control over 'Davina' (Danielle Campbell) and the other young witches.

"'Cami' (Leah Pipes) tells 'Marcel' (Charles Michael Davis) that 'Francesca' (Peta Sargent) is determined to find a mysterious key that may unlock a family secret.

"Meanwhile, as Klaus suffers from nightmares of his father 'Mikael' (Sebastian Roche), he is forced to examine his troubled relationship with his own adoptive son..."

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- Michael Stevens

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Vampire Footage From "The Originals: Always And Forever"

16 September 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from the first episode of "The Originals" titled "Always and Forever", written by Michael Narducci, Julie Plec and directed by Chris Grismer, that aired October 3, 2013 on The CW:

"...'Klaus Mikaelson', the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - the city his family helped build 300 years ago.

"Determined to help his brother, 'Elijah' leaves their sister 'Rebekah' behind and follows Klaus. Elijah learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf 'Hayley' - Klaus' one-time flame - has fallen into the hands of a witch named 'Sophie Deveraux'.

"When Sophie reveals some life-changing news, Elijah realizes that the 'Original' family may have been given a second chance at humanity and redemption. Klaus, however, is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, 'Marcel', a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. »

- Michael Stevens

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Vampire Diaries Photos: Damon's Out for Blood in Final Season Premiere

14 September 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The first batch of photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ final season has arrived — and there’s nary a smile to be seen.

VideosThe Vampire Diaries Season 8 Trailer: Bonnie Joins the Fight to Save Damon and Enzo

Then again, I can’t say I’m surprised. Last season ended with Damon and Enzo turning evil, Caroline letting Alaric down gently, Matt leaving town and Bonnie losing her magic. So aside from the shining beacon of hope that is “Steroline,” the Mystic Falls gang doesn’t have much to be thankful for heading into Season 8.

Aside from the usual suspects, these »

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Vampire Diaries Season 8 Video: Bonnie Joins the Fight to Save Damon and Enzo

12 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A new, slightly longer trailer for The Vampire Diaries‘ final season has arrived — and this one’s chock-full of Vitamin B(onnie)!

RelatedFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites!

The video, released by The CW on Monday, finds Stefan leading Bonnie on a search through the woods, before she formally declares, “I’m in.” Elsewhere, Damon and Enzo continue to raise hell, while Stefan and Caroline go at it like there’s no tomorrow.

During a recent chat with executive producer Julie Plec, TVLine learned that Bonnie will have a “pretty unlucky run of trying to get »

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Which Guest Stars Should Return to Mystic Falls in 'The Vampire Diaries' Season 8?

12 September 2016 4:09 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Season 8 of The Vampire Diaries will be the show's last, and speculation about what awaits TV's sexiest supernaturals as they prepare to walk off into an infinite sunset promises to reach fever pitch by the time the series returns for its 16-episode run in October. Executive Producer Julie Plec dropped some hints during San Diego Comic-Con about what fans can expect, and according to the Ep, the series will be returning to some aspects of its season 1 roots.

A whole lot of good and bad guys have come and gone (and come and gone again), so the big question is, who do we hope to see return to Mystic Falls during season 8? Michael Trevino will reprise his role as werewolf Tyler Lockwood, and Tristin Mays, who played Stefan and Damon's great-niece Sarah Salvatore, is scheduled to appear as well. Here are a few other characters who could pop up during »


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The Vampire Diaries Season 8: First Footage!

10 September 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

This is it, the beginning of the end.

So says Damon Salvatore in the following preview for The Vampire Diaries Season 8, speaking about his own fate with Stefan, but speaking about the show's as well.

Indeed, the incredible run of The Vampire Diaries will wrap up next spring, with producers and cast members confirming Season 8 will be the show's last.

It's about time, but that doesn't make it any less sad for loyal fans.

Are you ready to let Tvd go? Are you prepared for the beginning of the drama's end to get started next month?

The question, of course, remains: How will the series bow out?

And we don't have an answer at the moment.

But we last saw Damon and Enzo during a horrifying murder spree, as they were possessed by whatever the heck was in that vault and were having themselves a grand ole time while...

... well, »

- Matt Richenthal

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Vampire Diaries Final Season Promo: 'The Devil' Calls, Damon Answers

10 September 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Vampire Diaries is getting surprisingly meta in its final season.

“This is the beginning of the end,” a crazy-eyed Damon tells Stefan in the first official promo for the CW drama’s last hurrah. “I’ve seen how this ends. Humanity can’t save me from it. Once the devil comes a-callin’, you’re done.”

RelatedFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites!

Stefan asks the million-dollar question (“What was in that vault?”), but we don’t get an answer. We do, however, get a quick shot of Stefan and Caroline getting down to business — a brief »

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The Vampire Diaries Season Premiere: First Look!

8 September 2016 3:47 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Vampire Diaries is entering its final season on The CW. 

The little show that could has managed to defy the odds throughout its run.

Remember when you first heard of it?

You probably thought it was going to be a lot like Twilight.

It did sound pretty similar, but the end result was thrilling drama that kept us on the edge of our seat for a few years. 

The problems started when The Originals started being fazed out on The Vampire Diaries Season 4, but it meant we got another show set in The Vampire Diaries universe. 

It's crazy to think what The Vampire Diaries would look like today if there was no spin-off. How would the originals play into the current events?

Ending a series is always a bittersweet situation, but based on the new pictures from The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 1, it appears that we're going back to the beginning. »

- Paul Dailly

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The Vampire Diaries Season 8: Michael Trevino Returning as Tyler

6 September 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When we spoke with the cast and producers of The Vampire Diaries at San Diego Comic-Con back in July, series co-creator and showrunner, Julie Plec, teased that there would more than likely be quite a few characters returning at different points throughout the show’s final season. Now, thanks to, we know for certain that one of those returning characters that will be appearing in The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will be Michael Trevino’s Tyler Lockwood. Trevino, who left the CW drama as a series regular at the end of Season 6, appeared a couple times during The Vampire Diaries‘ seventh season.

The Vampire Diaries Season 8: Michael Trevino Returning as Tyler »

- Chris King

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Flash, Once, Nashville, Bates Motel, Supernatural, Bones, Stranger Things and More

31 August 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Please tell me Nashville isn’t going to kill of Rayna. I can maybe deal with Connie Britton doing fewer episodes. But a dead Rayna? No. —Brianna

Ausiello: I honestly have no idea how Dame Connie B will be written out, although you mind find this bit of casting intel worrisome: Rumor has it Rayna will be menaced by a stalker this season.

Question: Can we get any scoop on Supergirl‘s version of Maggie Sawyer? I »

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Rise: CW Develops Martial Law Drama from Vampire Diaries Team

25 August 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

With The Vampire Diaries approaching its eighth and final season, co-creator Julie Plec, and co-executive producers Chad Fiveash and James Patrick Stoteraux are developing Rise, a new series for The CW and Warner Bros. Television. Deadline reports Rise is a martial law drama, set after a terrorist attack. The trio first worked together on teen sci-fi drama, Kyle Xy, which was cancelled after three seasons on ABC Family (now Freeform), in 2009.Fiveash and Stoteraux went on to Legend of the Seeker, which was cancelled in 2010, after two seasons in first-run syndication; Glory Daze, which was cancelled after one season on TBS; and Switch at Birth, which too has been cancelled. Its fifth and final season will premiere on Freeform in January. »


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New Drama Rise Is Set For The CW

25 August 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The CW will soon be saying goodbye to the popular TV series The Vampire Diaries – which will draw to a close after its forthcoming eighth season – but the gap in its schedule will soon be filled. The network has snapped up a new show from three of the executive producers of the departing drama, and audiences will soon be able to cast their eyes over Rise.

Written by Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux, who will also executive produce with Julie Plec, the drama sees martial law declared in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack. As the population struggles to adjust and come to terms with their new reality, a group of citizens begin to uncover evidence of a coup. It seems that elements within the country have orchestrated events to enable a new regime to sweep into power, and it is left to these citizens to rise up against them in rebellion. »

- Sarah Myles

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Julie Plec to Develop New Drama ‘Rise’ at CW

24 August 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” executive producer Julie Plec is looking at her next project with The CW. The writer and producer is developing “Rise” with writing team Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux. The drama, from Warner Bros TV and Plec’s My So-Called Company, is set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, when martial law has been declared, and will follow a disparate group of people who start to uncover that the attack may have been a cover-up. Also Read: CW Sets 'Containment' Premiere, 'Reign,' 'Beauty and the Beast' Returns Fiveash and Stoteraux will »

- Linda Ge

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CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers

24 August 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV. Rise, from Wbtv and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Flash, NCIS, Bones, Htgawm, Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, Tvd, Jane, S.H.I.E.L.D. and More

16 August 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Any word on what Laurel made Oliver promise her right before she died on Arrow? Was it something for him to do or not do? —Kia

Ausiello: Look at Kia kicking off the first new AA in more than a month with a sensational Q! Here’s your answer, straight from showrunner Wendy Mericle. “It is both actually, and you’ll find out what it was in [the Oct. 5 premiere],” teases the Ep, who adds that the reveal will “inform »

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