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April 26, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's starting! Networks are beginning to show their cards for next season. And, for the CW, that means delving further into the supernatural world. The network has given its first new series order of the season with "The Originals," the much talked about spinoff of "The Vampire Diaires. " The news comes just a day after the backdoor pilot aired, drawing a solid-for-the-network 2.2 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 -- though it took a double-digit drop from the vampire drama's season average.
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March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's beltway drama "Scandal" was Thursday night's highest-rated show while Fox's new comedy "Surviving Jack" got off to a slow start, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "Scandal" drew 8.8 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.1 among the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old audience, marking a 7% improvement from last week's episode in the key demographic. The show starring Kerry Washington has enjoyed strong numbers this season, with Thursday's installment up 19% from its comparable year-ago telecast in 18-49.  "Grey's Anatomy" was the No. 2 show, earning a 2.5 in the demo, while the fairy tale spin-off "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" rose week to week to a still-low 0.9. On average, ABC scored a 2.1 in 18-49, in which a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers, finishing in second place behind NCAA basketball regional semifinals on CBS. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Preliminary ratings for live sports are often unreliable because they are not adjusted for time zones, but early numbers indicate a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and about 7.8 million viewers overall for the network in prime time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that "Arrow," "Reign", "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" will return next season. CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008.  The rookie "Vampire Diaries" spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
A "Vampire Diaries" hearthrob is single again: Paul Wesley and wife Torrey Devitto are getting a divorce. While this may be happy news for fans of the CW's successful supernatural drama, the split comes just after two years of marriage. The pair "have decided to amicably split. They will continue to remain good friends," Wesley's rep told People. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 Wesley, 31, plays brooding vampire Stefan Salvatore on "The Vampire Diaries," and DeVitto, 29, has appeared in ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" and also played Dr. Meredith Fell alongside Wesley in "TVD.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"The Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola is engaged to the Fray's Joe King. Accola, who plays high-strung vampire Caroline Forbes in the hit CW series, shared her happy news on Instagram Wednesday. "Cheers from the future Mr.&Mrs. Joseph Aaron King," the 26-year-old wrote , posting a pic of them embracing in some gorgeous light and flashing a spectacular sparkler on her ring finger. "Happy.... " she added with another photo of them laughing. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities The Fray guitarist, 33, made sure his fans saw the announcement by also posting a close-up of his future bride and her newly adorned ring finger.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2010 | By Mark Sachs
Katerina Graham's Thursday night series on the CW, "The Vampire Diaries," seems to have something for everybody. "It's a must-see for anyone who loves excitement, romance, danger, betrayal, love, death and sex," the actress says. "I play Bonnie Bennett, who has psychic abilities. She's also a witch." Almost as intriguing is Graham's own background. The singing, dancing 20-year-old, who was born in Geneva and speaks four languages, has several films coming up, including "Bleachers," a remake of "The Breakfast Club," and "The Roommate" with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Paul Wesley, who stars on "The Vampire Diaries," and actress Torrey DeVitto listed their home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at $1.595 million and within two weeks had a bite. The house is in escrow. The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings, vintage tile, a circular dining room, an oak staircase, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,262 square feet of living space. There is a courtyard and a detached office/gym. Wesley has starred on "Diaries" since the show started in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's the sound most have learned to ignore when she's around. Where there is Julie Plec, the co-creator of "The Vampire Diaries," there's a near constant hum - a sort of real-life soundtrack that rivals the intense, forlorn music on the popular CW teen drama. It's in play at this moment. The bubbly TV show maker, surrounded by text-loaded whiteboards, is working on an episode of "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" at the Hollywood offices of Plec's production company My So-Called Company.
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August 29, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lisa Smith, author of a series of fantasy novels featuring four Villa Park children who battle evil supernatural forces, recently completed a fantasy of a different sort: a trilogy of romantic vampire novels aimed at the young adult market. Smith, who divides her time between Concord, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.  "Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.  CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time. The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The Crazy Ones" fell 11% to a 1.7, its lowest rating so far. "Elementary" rose a tick to  1.7. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "American Idol" hit another low in the demo, falling to a 2.2 in 18-49, while bringing in 9.7 million viewers overall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
CBS won Thursday night with help from "The Big Bang Theory" as Fox's "American Idol" hit a new low among key 18-49-year-old viewers.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which drew 17.5 million overall and notched a rating of 4.9 in the key 18-49 demographic, down a tick from its last original episode. It was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast of the night.  In the advertiser-desired demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.  "The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" all rose from their most recent new episodes, though "Elementary" fell 11% to a 1.6.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Returning dramas helped ABC grab a close second place finish, with an average 18-49 rating of 2.4 versus CBS' 2.5. "Grey's Anatomy" rose 11% from its mid-season finale to a 3.0 (9.3 million people watched total)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
No one can accuse the people at the CW of not giving its audience what they think it wants. "Star-Crossed," which premieres Monday and might easily be reverse-engineered from its title alone - it's "Romeo and Juliet," with aliens - adds another story of cross-cultural, interspecies romance to the network of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Vampire Diaries" (and "Hart of Dixie," for that matter). For a certain sort of moony viewer, there is no love so true as the impossible love that is meant to be. Created by Meredith Averill (formerly a story editor at "The Good Wife")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that "Arrow," "Reign", "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" will return next season. CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008.  The rookie "Vampire Diaries" spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's legal drama "Rake" debuted with modest results, following more "American Idol" auditions.   The new darkly comedic series, starring Greg Kinnear as a defense attorney with severe self-destructive tendencies, drew an average of just more than 7 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. In the key 18-49 age group, it drew a rating of 1.7, which is lower than expected.   "American Idol's" trip to Atlanta drew an average of 12.1 million viewers and a rating of 3.3 in 18-49, down 13% from a week earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Smoke from the raging wildfires near Los Angeles posed a vivid backdrop for a session revolving around an ambitious Showtime documentary about climate change. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar, "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder, veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and former "60 Minutes" producer David Gelber promoted "Years of Living Dangerously," a docu-series premiering  April 13, which is Earth Day. The project features a roster of celebrities and journalists traveling the globe to report about the hot-button topic of climate change.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
NEW YORK - The CW is increasing its stock in fantastical television. The network, often overlooked when measured against its larger broadcast competitors, is building on its efforts to broaden its target 18- to 34-year-old audience. It's adding five dramas to its lineup next season, four of which flit around the sci-fi/fantasy genre - a strategic change for a network whose brand seemed aligned with the glitz and glamour of shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "90210. " "You have to make noise," network President Mark Pedowitz told reporters after the CW's presentation to advertisers Thursday at New York City Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ever since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," tales of the supernatural have provided a bridge between demographics, offering a way to showcase female empowerment while still keeping the guys interested. So it was only a matter of time before Lifetime got in the game. Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel and starring such heavy hitters as Emmy-winning Julia Ormond and Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, "Witches of East End," premiering Sunday, moves the network one step further away from its sob-sister niche roots and closer to the mainstream.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
With gains from its new comedies, Will Arnett's "The Millers" and Robin Williams' "Crazy Ones," CBS was the top-rated network for the third Thursday in a row. According to early numbers from Nielsen, CBS averaged more than 11 million viewers in prime time and scored a rating of 2.6 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 age demographic. With a 5.2 rating (flat with last week) and nearly 18.6 million viewers, "Big Bang Theory" was the top show of the night. "Millers" increased 8% to a 2.8 rating and drew 12 million viewers, making it the show's best night since Oct. 17, while "Crazy Ones" rose a tick to a 2.2. "Two and a Half Men" was flat with last week's 2.1, though the Sherlock Holmes series "Elementary" jumped 13% to a 1.8. ABC came in second place for the night, with Thursday's No. 2 show among young adults, the Beltway drama "Scandal," holding steady week-to-week with a 2.9 rating and viewership averaging at 8.8 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for fans of the CW's three freshmen series from the fall: All three - "The Originals," "The Tomorrow People" and "Reign" - have been picked up for the entire season. In a statement, CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, said, "In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule. Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially. " The CW's total audience grew 9% over last season and saw a large increase in digital streaming viewership, with the three new series having 84% more digital streaming views than last seasons new shows.
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