9 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 3 (moves to 8 p.m. Tuesday on Oct. 8)
"The Originals" may be a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries," but don't expect to see the same show in a different location ("The Originals" calls New Orleans its home). Executive producer Julie Plec promises the show will leave the angst and guilt of "The Vampire Diaries" behind and have its characters embrace their vampirism ... and "The Originals" delivers in a big way. Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah as they make their way back to New Orleans, the town they helped build hundreds of years ago and which Klaus' protege Marcel has shaped into his own kingdom -- one that Klaus wants back. The political intrigue, supernatural plotting, and sexy decadence of "The Originals" has already proven to be a completely different, more mature show than its predecessor, and we can't wait to see where it goes from here.
-- Sydney Bucksbaum, Zap2it