NBC is taking a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach with its new drama Aquarius.
In an unprecedented move for a broadcaster, the Peacock network has announced that it will Netflix release all 13 episodes of David Duchovny’s Charles Manson-themed thriller on NBC.com and other on-demand platforms immediately after the show’s two-hour NBC premiere on Thursday, May 28.
“With Aquarius we have the opportunity to push some new boundaries to give our audience something no broadcast network has done before,” said NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a statement. “We are fully aware how audiences want to consume multiple episodes of new television series faster and at their own discretion, and we’re excited to offer our viewers this same experience since all 13 episodes of this unique show have been produced and are ready to be seen.”
In the 1960s-set series, Duchovny plays a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated home life who takes note of small-time criminal Manson when he begins recruiting needy women to what becomes his cult. As history records, these members of Manson’s “family” eventually commit various ghastly crimes, including the murders of actress Sharon Tate and supermarket owner Leno LaBianca.
Look, up in the sky! It’s … Claire Holt?
Holt, who plays Rebekah on the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and its offshoot “The Originals,” is among those testing for the lead role in CBS’s upcoming comic-book adaptation “Supergirl,” an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
The one-hour drama project, which has received a series commitment from CBS, will follow the exploits of Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin (also known as Superman). But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Gerg Berlanti (“Green Lantern.” “Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “No Ordinary Family”) are writing and executive producing the project, with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing.
Best of luck to Claire for this role!
The YH Studio welcomes Aussie actress Claire Holt from the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” spin-off series “The Originals”, who has a few tricks up her sleeve. She shows off some of her hidden talents, plus she reveals her dream guest stars for the show.
Fans were shocked earlier this month when The Originals star Claire Holt suddenly exited the show before the end of Season 1. Though some speculated that Rebekah Mikaelson’s story line had run dry, Holt set the record straight at Saturday’s PaleyFest event.
“I wasn’t pushed out,” she said. “I didn’t quit midseason. This was something we discussed form the start. I made a life choice, not a career choice. I made a choice to come home for a while. I realized I hadn’t seen people that I loved and cared about for a while. It was so tough for me.”
The last we saw of Rebekah, her brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had vowed to kill her after discovering that she had brought their dastardly father to New Orleans in the past. But the two came to a détente, with Klaus setting Rebekah free. Fortunately, that’s not the last time we’ll see Rebekah.
“I sure hope not,” Holt said. “As far as I’m concerned, this is a temporary hiatus. I do realize that I’m so not ready to let go of the Mikaelsons, so I hope there are many more stories to tell.”
We got to sit in on the exclusive press room for The Originals at Comic-Con on Saturday, and the cast and producers had plenty to say about the upcoming Vampire Diaries spin-off to whet fans’ appetites for more. The show doesn’t premiere until October, but here’s what we know so far.
1. It’s Gonna Get Goth
Executive Producer Julie Plec says she had to keep writers from using flowery language in The Vampire Diaries, but since The Originals is filled with an old-world cast, that language makes more sense. Mix that faux-Shakespearean dialogue with the dark atmosphere of New Orleans and you come away with a gothy feel that should please Anne Rice fans as much as TVD fans.
“This is more old world. Half the characters are European. Klaus has been around for a thousand years,” Plec said. “And then there’s New Orleans, which in and of itself has a voice. It’s more gothic for sure.
“We’re going to let ourselves get away with words and tones that I used to scold some of the writers on The Vampire Diaries [for using]. I would say, ‘Get rid of all that Game of Thrones Shakespearean stuff. It’s stupid. It’s too much.’ But here it feels much more like the right place. There’s definitely a Shakespearean element to the show — definitely a bolder tone to it. And that’s really exciting to do what we always had to stop ourselves from doing on Vampire.”
2. Hayley and Klaus Will Have Some Weird Chemistry
Phoebe Tonkin, who plays Hayley, told us the cast was just as shocked as the fans by her pregnancy on the show, and now she’s being thrust into a relationship with Klaus. The two are going to have to figure out how to deal with the repercussions of having a werewolf/vampire hybrid baby while also dealing with each other.
“It’s going to be nice to see the dynamic between Klaus and Hayley now,” Tonkin said. “I think Klaus resents Hayley a little bit because they didn’t plan on this going any further than a one night stand. And now they’re facing the consequences of that.”
3. Marcel Will Be a Match for Klaus
Marcel is still sort of a mysterious character, and after talking to the incredibly charming Charles Michael Davis on Saturday, it sounds like he and the writers are still establishing who he is. He says some of that will come from his own personality, but he was able to tell us Marcel will have some sort of rivalry with Klaus, and it won’t be immediately clear who’s more powerful.
“One of the things we talked about in the panel is ‘Who’s the smartest?’ And Joseph [Morgan, who plays Klaus] said, ‘Well it depends on how you define smart.’ We have our specialties,” Davis said. “I think like when you build a team, you’ve got Michael Jordan, but he’s nothing without Scotty Pippin, a good coach, and even the other little parts. So we’re just going to see who’s going to be Michael Jordan, and who’s going to be Scotty Pippin. Who’s Batman, and who’s Robin? It’s still up in the air.”
Julie Plec says they’ll start exploring Klaus’ and Marcel’s long history together early in the season.
“We’re going to unfold a lot of that story over the course of the first season, starting almost immediately with the second episode. We’re going to show some flashbacks of the first time Klaus and Marcel met, when Marcel was just a 10-year-old boy. Slowly and surely over the course of the run, we’re going to give little pieces of that and show how the friendship was born, what it meant to Klaus, how it ended, and why them coming back together is fraught with so many different emotions: jealousy and love; and loyalty and betrayal. We dug right in right away.
CW will have more vampire action on its slate this fall with “The Originals” joining the network. On Monday, May 20, TV Guide shared new comments made by Claire Holt about the series and the crossover potential the series will have with “The Vampire Diaries” as well. Check out the previously released photos for the cast of both shows here and here. If you missed any of the previously released photos or spoilers for either of these programs, check out the related topics links on the sidebar for more news.
During the season finale for “The Vampire Diaries” on CW, Rebekah went on with Matt to show him the world. This is not the last fans will see of this couple. In fact, fans might see Matt pop up on “The Originals” at some point. The same has been said about Caroline. Holt teased the following about Matt and Rebekah, according to TV Guide:
“Julie [Plec] has left the door open for us to have cross-overs and for each of the characters to swap between the show.”
Rebekah will have some work to do when it comes to her brother Klaus though. The siblings had a number of problems pop up between them during season four of “The Vampire Diaries.” Holt said the following about Rebekah and her brother:
“She’s going to have to mend her relationship with Klaus in order to make it successful and work for her. I’m hoping Rebekah and Klaus will reconnect again because we had some fun times in the ’20s.”
Elijah will also join the siblings in New Orleans for “The Originals” this fall. Klaus will work to reclaim the city for himself. “The Originals” will premiere on CW this fall.
“The Vampire Diaries” may have ended its fourth season on Thursday night, but fans of the hit CW series aren’t weeping. The Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder lead show is set to return in the fall along with “The Originals” spinoff series.
“The Originals” aired its backdoor pilot during the fourth season of “The Vampire Diaries,” and was picked up for Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. in the fall. So, what can fans expect when it airs? Some good ol’ fashion family drama!
Original vampires Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) are all set to make the transition to New Orleans come the fall, but one character’s crossover remains a mystery – Rebekah (Claire Holt)! Holt signed on for the spinoff series in February, but the season 4 finale of “The Vampire Diaries” didn’t set her up for the transition.
Earlier this season Klaus’ move to New Orleans was made clear, with the bad boy even taking the time to say goodbye to Caroline during episode 23, “Graduation.” (“He’s your first love,” Klaus says to Caroline of Tyler. “I intend to be your last. However long it takes.” Fingers crossed she goes with him one day!) Elijah also left, bidding adieu to a possible life with Katherine for the chance to reunite his family with Klaus. However, Rebekah never made it clear that she was leaving Mystic Falls to live with her brothers.
In the season finale of “The Vampire Diaries,” fans watched Rebekah and Matt make plans to head off to travel the world post-graduation. The pair talked of visiting places like Italy … but New Orleans was never brought up. So, how will Rebekah end up leaving Mystic Falls? Even Claire Holt doesn’t know!
- Claire Holt plays Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries
- Zach Roerig plays Matt in the hit show
- Claire says she wants romantic scenes with Zach
As The Vampire Diaries closes in on its season finale, some of the cast are preparing to shoot the spin-off show The Originals, which airs later in the year. One of those stars is Claire Holt, who plays Rebekah in the hit The CW show and she has admitted that she would love to have some romantic scenes with Zach Roerig, who plays Matt.Holt told Hollywood.com, “I think Matt’s going to see a side to Rebekah he’s never seen before. He’s dying to see some of the good qualities that she has. She’s very vindictive — girl is definitely going out for what she wants. I think fans will be happy with the outcome. Whether it’s long-lasting or not I don’t know, but it’s definitely going to tie up some loose ends, I think.”Claire then went on to admit she would love some romantic scenes with Zach, “I kind of hope so too. I’ve had a lot of lovely male conquests on that show so Zach Roerig would be welcomed as another. There’s one thing we shouldn’t look out for as high school graduation approaches, however: Stebekah. Rebekah and Stefan ain’t gonna happen, y’all.”The Vampire Diaries season four airs on The CW on Thursday, May 16, while The Vampire Diaries season five will premiere on The CW later in the year. Meanwhile, the spin-off show The Originals stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin and airs on The CW later in the year.
The Vampire Diaries actress Claire Holt talks in a new interview about the Stefan/Rebekah hookup and Rebekah’s arc this season.
ET Online spoke to Holt recently about her work on The Vampire Diaries – and although sadly there is still no word on her potential involvement with the spinoff series The Originals, she does open up about the recent Stefan/Rebekah development.
She says that she’s always enjoyed the dynamic between the two characters and that, “I think it brings out good things in both Stefan and Rebekah,” but at the same time confesses that, “I’m always a little scared of the Stelena shippers.”
Holt also speaks about Rebekah’s mindset regarding the hookup, saying that while she’s definitely enjoying their renewed connection, “deep down she knows whatever is going on right now is a mutually beneficial relationship – they’re hooking up, having fun, but they have a common goal.”
And speaking of shipping, what about the one that never sailed – Rebekah/Matt? “I like the idea of her and Matt,” Holt admits, “I think it would have given her a more human experience.” And while she doesn’t think they’ll get together any time soon (Rebekah did try to kill him, after all), eventually “I’d like to have someone love her. I think it’s important.”
Finally, Holt offers a small preview of tonight’s episode, in which the decade dance is cancelled, leaving Rebekah very disappointed. She says, “when the dance gets cancelled and Stefan finds a charming way to make up for it. What he does really means a lot to her.”
We can’t wait! The Vampire Diaries 4×12 “A View to Kill” airs at 8/7c on The CW.
On Wednesday, fans got the news they’d been hoping for since it was announced that The CW was planning a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff. Claire Holt has signed on to be a lead cast member on “The Originals.”
Holt, who plays fan favorite Rebekah Mikaelson, will be joining her onscreen brothers Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) when they make the move from Mystic Falls to New Orleans if the network decides to order it to series. For now, the pilot is set to air as part of the April 25 episode of “The Vampire Diaries.”
“The Originals” will center on the Original family of vampires that first appeared during “Vampire Diaries” second season. Holt joined the show as a recurring guest star in the third season. In the pilot, Klaus will return to his old stomping grounds in the French Quarter and reunite with his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
Elijah will follow to try and keep his self-destructive brother on the path to redemption. There’s no word yet on what leads Rebekah to New Orleans, but we assume she’ll be helping her family in some way.
Other previously announced cast members include Phoebe Tonkin, who will resume her role as the werewolf Hayley, Daniella Pineda, who will play a witch named Sophie, Danielle Campbell, who will play a witch named Davina and Leah Pipes, who will tackle the only human lead role, student Camille.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. CST on The CW. “The Originals” will air on April 25.