The CW's presentation at the 2013 Summer TCAs Press Tour was an all star cast featuring one of the networks most highly anticipate new series, The Originals. Star Joseph Morgan ~ Klaus, compared his new spin-off to the 80's cult classic, The Lost Boys. EP and Showrunner Julie Plec went on to spoil that unlike The Vampire Diaries, The Originals will fully embrace vampirism.
"This is a show that is not about struggling to be a vampire, it's about embracing vampirism, it's reveling in it. The Originals is about the power of the family community and the power struggle over the family community and the supernatural community of an entire city. We like to look at it as we graduated from high school and went to college and are getting our master's degree in The Originals."
Fans will also get to see Marcel's ~ Charles Michael Davis intriguing backstory early on in season 1 with flashbacks to 1815.
"Marcel is a pretty popular guy in New Orleans. I don't think you earn any points for killing the most popular guy in New Orleans. We're used to Klaus coming in with a bull-in-a-china shop mentality and dominating like a one-man army, but Marcel has an army, he has the numbers and he's running the city," he explained. "He has the witches under control…[Klaus] is going to have to employ more of his manipulative, backstabbing methods to get where he wants to be, to take back the throne."
Rebekah ~ Clair Holt will still be in Mystic Falls when The Vampire Diaries picks up, due to Rebekah and Matt's extensive Summer excursions in Europe.
“I think she realized her bond with her family is stronger than anything else,” Claire shared of her character Rebekah during the panel. “She always gets herself in trouble somehow. I think she’s going to start a riot.”
However, Julie Plec teases a possible romance between Rebekah and Marcel, speaking of the "incredibly complex" relationship between Klaus and his protege.
"I wonder if there's a history there[between Marcel & Rebekah]...they shared all those years together in New Orleans," Plec teased.
The Originals season premiere follows the season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries, October 3rd @9:00 on the CW.