It looks like Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder may find themselves in a bit of a Vampire popularity battle with Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies. Daniel and Joseph starred in a Vampire Diaries spin-off pilot titled The Originals, which has been picked up for a full season.
Mark Pedowitz, The CW president, explained, "As soon as we saw last night's episode of The Vampire Diaries, we knew we wanted more of The Originals. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with The Vampire Diaries, which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for The Originals."
Meanwhile, Joseph Morgan said of The Originals, "Vampire Diaries is kind of a coming of age story, and I think The Originals is definitely more sort of epic. It's even in the backdoor pilot that you see - it's almost like a war is brewing. It's on a grander scale - it's less about prom and more about a war between the vampires and the witches."
While The Vampire Diaries season four has just finished shooting, The Originals season one is expected to begin shooting later in the year. The Vampire Diaries season four airs on The CW on Thursdays.
Did you see The Originals pilot episode? What did you think about it?