Ready for more Klaus? The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec is. She has not made secret her love of Joseph Morgan's vampire Klaus. Klaus may now get his own show.
Deadline is reporting that the upcoming April 25th episode of The Vampire Diaries will be a backdoor pilot for a new series that would be titled The Originals. A backdoor pilot is used when producers want to give a character from an existing show a spin-off show. It is built into the existing season as a regular episode that focuses on the spin-off character. This allows producers to use the budget and resources of the successful show without interrupting their production schedule, and drawing in an already devout fanbase.
The Originals would focus on Klaus and his family, the original clan of vampires. It will be set in New Orleans's French Quarter and bring his "diabolical former protege Marcel." Phoebe Tonkin's werewolf character, Hayley, would also join The Originals. If the episode goes well and a series order is picked up, it will air in the 2013-2014 season.