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Fifth Season of ‘The Originals’ Will Be Its Last

The CW drama The Originals will begin shooting its fifth, and final, season next week. The show is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, following vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus and the Mikaelson family to New Orleans.

“It’s both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series,” Julie Plec, executive producer of the show, wrote on Twitter. “Many shows are not lucky enough to have a hand in deciding when the end has to come.”

Tweeting from @JuliePlec, she encouraged fans of The Originals to celebrate the series, and mourn its demise, together at Comic-Con. “Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch us next spring when we air,” she wrote.

An announcement….. #TheOriginalspic.twitter.com/pizW1LIsdS

— Julie Plec (@julieplec) July 20, 2017

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.