The CW’s “The Originals” will come to an end after five seasons, showrunner Julie Plec announced on Twitter on Thursday.
“It’s both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series,” Plec wrote. “Many shows are not lucky enough to have a hand in deciding when the end has come. Being able to celebrate the completion of ‘The Vampire Diairies’ was a joyful and deeply emotional ride, a luxury gifted by Mark Pedowitz at The CW and Peter Roth at WBTV, who, as TV fans themselves, know what it means when a fan is able to say a true goodbye.”
The news comes a year after “The Vampire Diaries” came to its conclusion on the CW after eight seasons. Launched in 2013 as a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals” stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood and Riley Voelkel.
Renewed for a fifth season in May alongside Rob Thomas’ police drama “iZombie,” “The Originals” was a part of The CW’s decision to renew all of its returning series, axing just two freshman dramas, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow.”
In her post, Plec wrote that the final season of “The Originals” will begin shooting next week after a final trip to San Diego Comic-Con. The show will premiere in midseason.
The show is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec, Michael Narducci and Leslie Morgenstein are executive producers.
— Julie Plec (@julieplec) July 20, 2017