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"The Vampire Diaries Takes Flight: CW Announces Exciting Spin-Off!"
2024/04/09

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Fans of  when The CW network passed on greenlighting , a long-in-the-works spinoff of the Winchesterian world. Now we know why.

CW head honcho Mark Pedowitz was asked about the decision in an Upfront call with advertisers, according to . (It was the first question asked; everyone, it seems, is curious about the unexpected move, since  seemed like a shoo-in.) Pedowitz explained:

This all feels rather like damning with faint praise, but Pedowitz also made it clear that The CW “did not feel [] was where it needed to be to go forward with it this year,” which means hope for the project may not be entirely lost.

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I’m still wondering what went wrong since  was in development for more than two years with creative heavyweights on board, and is a series that the CW will seemingly never let die and seeks to make immortal. A sister show would have made a lot of sense.

Ultimately, the network bet on its other long-running supernatural-oriented property, ordering , a new show from universe. 

Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter Hope will be attending, as will Alaric Saltzman’s twins Josie and Lizzie, and, if I know Mystic Falls, a whole bunch of other, well,  from the fancy old founding families in town. Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy of

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Now, I’m definitely, 100% biased because  was a guilty pleasure of mine for many years, but I have to say I also see the logic of this series order. 

A school full of angsty magical adolescents that is already grounded in a known universe for fans makes a lot of sense and I can already see myself tuning in out of nostalgia if nothing else.

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