USMagazine, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 3:10pm (PST)
The CW is looking for franchise opportunities -- and the network believes it's finally found one, courtesy of beloved Vampire Diaries villain Klaus Mikaelson.
The proposed spinoff will follow Joseph Morgan's character as he returns to New Orleans to reunite with his protege. Tentatively titled The Originals, the pilot episode will air April 25. Vampire Diaries' executive producer Julie Plec, who will write the episode, is overseeing the project.
Actress Phoebe Tonkin, who joined The Vampire Diaries in season 4, is also attached to the spinoff. Claire Holt and Daniel Gillies -- who play Klaus' siblings -- will "hopefully" join the cast, CW president Mark Pedowitz said during the Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 13.