Julie Plec Breaks Down ‘The Originals’ Season 3 Premiere Twists

October 08, 2015 7:00pm PT by Marisa Roffman

Plec and Dohring talk with THR about the events of the season three premiere. Courtesy of The CW

Plec and Dohring talk with THR about the events of the season three premiere.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Originals‘ season three premiere.]

The Originals’ Lucien (Andrew Lees) just came to town but is already causing trouble.

During Thursday’s season three premiere, mutilated bodies were found in New Orleans, leading Detective Will Kinney (Jason Dohring) to start an investigation. But by the end of the hour, viewers watched Lucien mutilate himself in a similar way.

While Will doesn’t know what’s going on, “Lucien is an interesting character,” Dohring tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And when you play against a character like that, you don’t know what you’re getting, too, because he could be setting you up. You’re investigating this and he’s putting you over here [on an entirely different track]. And then you go over here, and it’s not what you thought. So there’s an interesting [game they’re playing].”

But Lucien’s games weren’t the only thing that went down in the hour. Here, The Originals creator Julie Plec talks with THR about some of the season three premiere’s biggest moments.

What does Davina (Danielle Campbell) want with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin)?

Davina, having taken Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) advice perhaps a little bit too much to heart, really needs an assist in dealing with the witches that have shown their disrespect to her. She wants to make a point and she wants to make it loudly, and she’s going to use Hayley to help her do that.

Is she at all thinking of the ramifications of this?

Davina doesn’t think much about the Originals family these days. She’s riding a wave of power and a little bit of arrogance, and isn’t thinking her actions might have repercussions. When all is said and done, the family has been trying for months to undo this curse, and here Davina strolls along and undoes it with a blink of the eye. Even if they’re angry, the end result is the return of Hayley, so that is a good thing.

Speaking of the curse, we saw a lot of dead wolves in this hour. Are all of the wolves we know safe? And when will we see them again?

We will see the familiar faces we are hoping to see very soon in the season; by the second episode, we’ll know our favorite wolves are intact.

After months of positive behavior, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) snapped and killed a critic of his art. How will he be handling this step back?

Klaus has spent a lot of months on his, allegedly, best behavior. As Marcel says, when Klaus is on his best behavior, it’s only a matter of time until he has to act out. And in this case, he’s feeling the sting of rejecting yet again when he does so much to try and turn over a new leaf, and yet still gets called a disappointment — it’s that little kid whose parents just didn’t raise him right and treat him well, coming out to fight back.

How will Lucien’s arrival — and Lucien’s own bad behavior — impact Klaus?

Klaus is never better than when he has the mystery of an enemy in his presence. With Lucien, it’s tough to tell if Lucien’s on the up and up, and is everything he says about being a friend to Klaus true? Or is manipulative and full of lies? Klaus wants nothing more than to get to the bottom of those mysteries. I think it gives him a proper focus.

How will the show be playing with the serial killer storyline?

It’s definitely an ongoing incident. I think for Cami (Leah Pipes), the coincidence that innocent bodies are dropping the same week Klaus’ old friend comes to town is a little bit too big to ignore. So it puts her on a mission of who this new person is and why he’s in their town.

Flashbacks played heavily in the premiere. How much can you utilize that device going forward, since only Morgan and Daniel Gillies (Elijah) are series regulars?

We actually are fairly flashback heavy in the first half, in that there are three episodes that tell a nice rich story about the past. In a lot of ways we’re telling the origin stories of these new characters, in addition to telling of a time when the Originals were brand new and didn’t understand the depth of their own power and had to figure out how to survive — these raggedy, Viking, kid runaways [to evolve] into the posh, rich family they are today.

Freya (Riley Voelkel) is a newer addition to the family. How is she holding up with the turmoil?

Freya was just barely welcomed with half-opened arms … she’s on precarious ground in her own mind — she made a commitment to Rebekah: let me take care of this family, let me be the big sister for a while, so that’s what she’s doing. She’s trying to be mediator between the boys who haven’t been getting along for months. She’s trying to  keep the harmony in this family dynamic. She’ll realize soon she needs to find her own way, but not without getting into a heap of trouble, attached to the Mikaelson family and also the new enemies in town.

Where is Aurora (Rebecca Breeds) headed this season?

Aurora is just a ball of crazy, God bless her. Aurora is deeply bonded with her brother, who is not a nice person. She struggles with her own emotional demons. She believes herself to be wildly, psychologically cursed. In fact, she is quite disturbed. But she also has a massive, massive heart that loves deeply, and obsessively. And so as we learn more about her history with the Originals family and specifically Klaus, we’ll start to see what that means.

The Originals airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW. What did you think of The Originals‘ premiere?

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‘The Vampire Diaries’: Julie Plec and Ian Somerhalder on the Format-Busting Premiere Twist

October 08, 2015 6:00pm PT by Marisa Roffman

Plec and Somerhalder dish on the season seven mystery, that mysterious woman, Alaric's journey and more. Courtesy of The CW

Plec and Somerhalder dish on the season seven mystery, that mysterious woman, Alaric’s journey and more.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Vampire Diaries‘ season seven premiere.]

The Vampire Diaries is playing with time in a whole new way in season seven.

Although The CW drama has often showcased flashbacks and dabbled in flash-forwards, season seven will explore two different points of time: the present and three years in the future.

“It really mixes up the format a great deal, which makes it fun,” The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon) tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You get to see these characters in two different times in the same episode, which is cool because you also get to see where they end up. So you see them in the future, and therefore you can understand them a little more in the present. … We see Alaric, we understand what happened to Caroline. We see how Damon is coping.”

To get a better idea of what to expect from the remainder of the season, THR turned to The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec.

What can you share about the flash-forward device? Will it be utilized every episode? Is there a chance we could get a full flash-forward hour?

We are going to spend this season catching up to the three years from now. These flash-forwards are a lot of fun, because they give you little pieces of mystery, and it’s going to leave you wondering what the big story is. How did these people get to where they are? There should be a flash-forward in almost every — if not every — episode this season. 

That mysterious figure who was attacking the brothers — can you say if it was Caroline (Candice King)? Or was it meant to be ambiguous?

It is supposed to be ambiguous; you’re supposed to wonder who it is, and one day we will tell you!

Before the brother got attacked by the mysterious woman in the future, Damon got angry with Stefan (Paul Wesley) for waking him up before Elena (Nina Dobrev) was revived. What pushed Damon to that point where he opted to just put himself to sleep versus live without her?

This entire season’s journey is taking us to the place where Damon makes that decision. He starts the season trying his best to live his life without Elena Gilbert. And over the course of his run, he’ll have a lot of highs, a lot of lows, and ultimately, in a very sad and strange and poetic — and probably selfish — decision to put himself down. We’ll get to see what happens along the way to that point.

In the present day, Alaric (Matt Davis) is on a quest to revive his dead fiancee, Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). What will that journey look like?

We say in our writers’ room that death is final, but our characters don’t know that yet. And in their mind, every time they’ve tried to rescue someone from the great beyond, they’ve been successful. Alaric has a big come to Jesus moment when he starts to share his intentions with other people. There is no other side, there is no other place to pull these people back from. It’s not going to be as easy as he thinks it is. And his obsession is going to get him in some trouble. His storyline is one of my favorites for this first chapter. It’s so sad,  beautiful and tragic. And the end result of the storyline tees up a massive story shift that takes us through the rest of the season.

The guys tried unsuccessfully to take out the heretics with a bomb. What kind of rift that might that cause?

They’re sticking their claim on the Salvatore house, and that is not something that is going to sit well with Damon. And even though Stefan, for all the right reasons, is trying not to rock the boat,  Damon is going to go out of his way to keep rocking it. He’s going to learn really quickly how nasty heretics can be when they are annoyed.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. What did you think of the flash-forward twist? And who do you think is attacking the Salvatore brothers in the future? Sound off in the comments section, below.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Favorite Boards Epix Comedy ‘Graves’

‘Ghostbusters’ Favorite Boards Epix Comedy ‘Graves’ – Hollywood Reporter

October 08, 2015 4:00pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg

Ernie Hudson has been cast in a recurring role in the political satire.Ernie Hudson AP Images/Invision

Ernie Hudson has been cast in a recurring role in the political satire.

Ernie Hudson has boarded Epix comedy Graves.

In the premium television network’s half-hour political satire, the Ghostbusters alum will recur as Jacob Mann, a staple in the Graves family for decades who acts as the family fixer. Having helped his loved ones out of numerous sticky situations over the years, Jacob has become a member of the former First family, viewed as an uncle by the children and relied upon by both the Former President and First Lady in nearly every situation.

Produced by Lionsgate, Graves is created and written by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), who also executive produces, alongside Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker).

In addition to his turn as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters films, Hudson is also know for playing Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow and Warden Leo Glynn in HBO’s Oz. He’s repped by APA and Artists International Management.

Graves will premiere next fall on Epix.

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