he Vampire Diaries and The Originals went on a casting spree, adding seven new characters between the two shows — and EW has the scoop on all the new faces you’ll be meeting in the fall;

On The Originals, EW can exclusively reveal the additions of Lawrence Kao (The Walking Dead) and Oliver Ackland (Satisfaction). Kao will play Van, a handsome, stubborn witch who has always stayed out of coven politics. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself inescapably drawn into the beginnings of a war. Kao will recur starting in episode 2.

Ackland, meanwhile, will play Tristan, a handsome and mysterious vampire who has a long and complicated history with the Originals. Both charming and worldly, a man born into such wealth and power that he carries with him the cool assurance of his own superiority. With those he loves, he can be equal parts warm and caring, obsessive and co-dependent. But with his enemies, he is cruel and completely merciless. Ackland will recur starting in episode 2.

Also joining the series is Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) as Aurora, a beautiful and enigmatic vampire who is, at times, sexy, seductive, witty and free-spirited. Basically, she’s the life of any party. But she can also be malevolent, dangerous and extremely violent. In her lightest moments, she’s the flame that draws men to her like moths; in her darkest, she’ll kill those same men without a second thought. Breeds will recur starting in the season premiere.

Over on The Vampire Diaries, Justice Leak, Jaiden Kaine, Tim Kang and Todd Lasance will all recur on the new season. Leak (Powers) will play Malcolm the clean-cut eldest heretic who doesn’t like being told no. Within his small family he’s a golden child. But when he’s alone, he has the sneering, aloof air of somebody who’s been alive a very long time—with no fear of death. Leak will first appear in the premiere.

Kaine (Zoo) will play Beau, a scary, solemn and dangerous man. He’s the strong, silent type, but not by choice—his vocal cords have been slashed, his throat forever scarred. But what he lacks in words, he makes up for in presence, with supernatural powers to match and an unbreakable loyalty to his heretic family. Kaine will first appear in the premiere.

Kang (The Mentalist) and Lasance (Home and Away) will join the CW series in episode 3 as Oscar and Julian, respectively. Oscar is a laid back stoner who’s been living the high life off the grids for months, hiding a surprising connection to the Salvatores. But Oscar’s Zen lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when supernatural intervention turns him into a feral killer.

Julian, meanwhile, is a feared and storied immortal with a reputation for excelling in earthly pleasures. Julian is pure charisma or pure creep, depending on whom you ask. The one thing he fears is anonymity, an unlikely outcome given that he’s perpetually on the run, leaving chaos in his wake, and attracting even more dangerous followers.

The Vampire Diaries newbies join the previously cast female heretics played by Elizabeth Blackmore, Scarlett Byrne and Teressa Liane. Get scoop on them here.

The Vampire Diaries will return Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET followed by The Originals at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.


It was a sad, sad day earlier this year when it was revealed that Steven R. McQueen, who played Elena’s brother Jeremy on ​The Vampire Diaries​, was leaving the show. But deep down, you were hoping the news wasn’t true and Steven would pop back up on the show in a future episode. It’s not like Jeremy hasn’t died and come back to life a million times before, so why not?

But as hard as it is to believe that Jeremy really is gone, it looks like it’s time for us to accept it, as Steven just landed a major new role on an established hit show.

According to TVLine, Steven will recur in Season 4 of NBC’s hit drama ​Chicago Fire as a new candidate named Jimmy Borelli who makes a bad impression at the firehouse on his first day (since Steven’s characters can clearly never catch a break).

The executive producer of ​Chicago Fire​, Danielle Gelber, even shared a cute behind-the-scenes pic with Steven on Twitter expressing her excitement that he’s joining the cast.


The Vampire Diaries’ Candice Accola was featured in Fashionisima Magazine earlier this year in May. I have added a few photos to our photoarchive;

The May issue of Fashionisima also features a 12 page interview in which she talks about co-star Nina Dobrev leaving The Vampire Diaries but also about the beginning of her career being a background-singer for Miley Cyrus’ Hannah Montana Tour.

Here’s the panel video of The Originals’ cast at San Diego Comic-Con;

Variety has learned the CW has filled the roles of Valerie, Nora and Mary Louise, all whom make their debut in the first episode back.

Elizabeth Blackmore has been cast as Valerie, one of Lily Salvatore’s dangerous heretics with powerful magic and a dark, moody attitude. She has difficulty adjusting to life in Mystic Falls and is opposed to the pacifist instructions Lily has given to the heretics. Focused on revenge, Valerie will take matters into her own hands and start a dangerous chain of events that will change Mystic Falls.

Scarlett Byrne and Teressa Liane will play couple Nora and Mary Louise, respectively. Nora, another heretic who’s described as cute in a tomboyish way, has a sly sense of humor and potent magic. She is less interested in coexisting with the residents of Mystic Falls and more excited by retaliation and mayhem. Mary Louise, also a heretic with strong magic, is girly, feisty and isn’t afraid to express her strong point of view.

The three new characters will team up to wreak havoc. At Comic-Con this past weekend, showrunner Julie Plec teased that the trio as “nasty, nasty, nasty girls.”

“The Vampire Diaries” returns Oct. 8.


Great news for fans of The Originals who might recognize Jason Dohring from ‘Veronica Mars’ and/or ‘Moonlight’. Jason Dohring has been cast as a ‘hot human detective’ for The Originals’ third season;

Jason Dohring is staying in The CW family.

The Veronica Mars alum has landed a recurring role on the network’s Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Dohring — who most famously appeared as Logan Echolls on UPN/The CW’s Veronica Mars, and reprised the role in Rob Thomas’ 2014 film — will make his Originals debut in the third season premiere. He’ll play Detective Will Kinney, who is described as smart and confident with a very clear sense of right and wrong, who is out to bring the forces of evil to justice. And while Kinney doesn’t know exactly what’s going on in New Orleans, he has a strong suspicion that something strange is happening beneath the surface of the city.

Dohring’s Kinney is one of the new faces to expect in The Originals’ third season. Showrunner Michael Narducci recently told THR that season three will find the show exploring the Original siblings’ sire lines, and several of those key people the Mikaelson siblings turned will pop up in present day.

For his part, Dohring also spent time on The CW’s The Messengers, The Tomorrow People, Ringer and Supernatural. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Joel Stevens Entertainment.


Here is the video of The Vampire Diaries’ panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con that took place last weekend (July 9th – July 12th)

Heading into season 7 of The Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore might still be madly in love with Elena, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to behave. Specifically, it doesn’t mean he’s going to keep his clothes on.

When the The Vampire Diaries cast — along with executive producer Caroline Dries — stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con over the weekend, they talked about what fans can expect from season 7, and for Damon, that apparently includes a little nudity and a lot of bourbon.

As for the other Salvatore brother, Stefan is going to experience what it’s like to be put in the friend zone while Caroline continues to grieve the loss of her mother. On the upside, however, Enzo’s going to play guitar, so there’s that.

The Vampire Diaries will return Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


The Originals’ Danielle Campbell also attended San Diego’s Comic-Con 2015 this weekend. Here are some photos of her during The Originals’ press line on July 10th;

Leah Pipes attended San Diego’s Comic-Con 2015 for The Originals this weekend (July 9th – July 12th). Here are a few HQ logofree photos of the press line for The Originals;