The Vampire Diaries spinoff project is currently titled The Originals, but there’s still time to change that. Should they?

If The CW picks up The Originals for the 2013 fall season, the show will follow The Vampire Diaries characters Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) as they head to the French Quarter of New Orleans, where Klaus’ old protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is running the supernatural community.

Julie Plec will be in charge of this spinoff series, which will be introduced to fans of The Vampire Diaries in the April 25 episode.

On our most recent episode of the Vampire Hype podcast, Selina and Sonya debated whether the working title The Originals will remain the official title of the spinoff show, and decided to expand their opposing views in an article on Hypable.

Read the arguments for and against, and vote in the poll whether or not you think The Originals is a good name for the show!

Selina says: Stick with ‘The Originals’

Klaus Elijah Rebekah OriginalsWhy fix something that isn’t broken? The Originals is a brilliant name, not only because it appeals to fans of The Vampire Diaries, but also because it is vague and mysterious enough to intrigue new viewers.

There’s a reason why fewer and fewer television series get spinoffs these days. A few decades ago, some of the most iconic series were actually spinoffs of existing shows – Frasier, The Simpsons and Melrose Place key among them, and a bit more recently Angel.

But these days, viewers want something fresh. Shows like Joey and The Lone Gunmen had a fraction of the viewership of the shows they were spun off from, and both got cancelled fairly quickly. Gossip Girl never got its prequel series off the ground, and we’re still waiting for the verdict on The Carrie Diaries. Because as popular as the original series might be, if you don’t watch the main show, chances are you won’t be interested in its spinoff.

The Originals has a chance be different. “Hey, what’s that new CW show?” someone might ask. “The Originals?” someone else might reply. “Yeah, that sounds awesome!” Because it does. It sounds, well, original. This name holds mystery, and there will be people who tune in just to find out what exactly is so original about this show – and then hopefully it’ll be fresh and interesting enough to actually hold their interest.

Considering that there are only two Originals on the show (so far) and that they’re going to be sharing the screen with witches and werewolves and other vampires, some might argue that the name is misleading. But if the main character is Klaus, and if he and Elijah share a sufficient amount of time reminiscing about and/or flashing back to the past, there is no reason why the title couldn’t refer directly to them. It isn’t going to be The Hayley & Marcel Show, after all – as much as we might want that to be the case. (Although, spoiler alert: we don’t.)

Plus, we’re already referring to this show as The Originals – wouldn’t it just be confusing to change it now?

Sonya says: ‘The Originals’ is a bad name, change it

The Originals – okay I get it, the show will be about the Mikaelson family also known as the Original family, right? Wrong. This is my main issue with the title of the show. When one hears about it they instantly think about that family, when in actuality it looks like only two members of the Original family will be on the show. So far it’s only been confirmed that Klaus (played by Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (played by Daniel Gillies) will be appearing on the show. Leaving out Mikael (RIP), Finn (RIP), Kol (RIP), and as far as we know Rebekah.

With the way that The Vampire Diaries is leading Rebekah’s character closer to other characters (Stefan, Elena, Damon) and further away from her family, it doesn’t seem likely that she will be heading to New Orleans with her brothers. And even if she does join the spinoff – that would still only make three Originals.

Another issue: The Originals makes it sound as though the show could be a period piece, taking fans back to a time when it was just the Mikaelson family. Instead we’re going to be introduced to a whole new supernatural community in New Orleans.

Although the title makes it seem like the focus of the show will be on the family itself, it seems to be more concerned with Klaus’ new journey to his old home in New Orleans. According to The CW, he will be going back to solve a mystery in which he believes someone is trying to make a move against him but isn’t sure who. That’s when he runs into his old protégé Marcel.

If you’re going to go that route, why not just call the show Klaus?

Overall, I just think the name sounds cheesy. It’s fine as a reference to the family that started the vampire race. But as the name of a TV show? It hardly sounds interesting.

Now it’s your turn! Do you think the name is right, or should it be changed – and if so, what should it be called?! Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments:

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This article was written by Hypable writers and Vampire Hype podcast hosts Sonya Faria and Selina Wilken.

Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Three pieces of concept art appear to have been drawn up for the costume department. We’re also getting a look at Gaston (Luke Evans) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson):

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Finally, we have a shot of Luke Evans and a woman rehearsing a dance scene that appears to take place on top of a table. In the background you can see additional concept art depicting Mrs. Potts (in kettle form), Chip, and a piano (who might be played by Stanley Tucci and named Cadenza):

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Last week we got to see several other first looks from this same behind-the-scenes featurette, including Dan Stevens as the Beast (human form), Cogsworth, and Lumière.

At this rate, the whole behind-the-scenes look may be spoiled by the time the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is released to the world on September 20.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast arrives this March and is directed by Bill Condon.

90 minutes into an embarrassing year for the MTV VMAs, a bright light appeared: Beyoncé.

Beyoncé’s 2016 MTV VMA performance may go down as one of the best in the award show’s history. The Lemonade singer flawlessly moved through “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (featuring a Cruella de Vil-like wardrobe), and “Formation,” each with their own themes and stunning visuals. (That fire! That broken camera! The feminism!)

Watch Beyoncé’s full 2016 MTV VMA performance below:

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90 minutes into an embarrassing year for the MTV VMAs, a bright light appeared: Beyoncé.

Beyoncé’s 2016 MTV VMA performance may go down as one of the best in the award show’s history. The Lemonade singer flawlessly moved through “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (featuring a Cruella de Vil-like wardrobe), and “Formation,” each with their own themes and stunning visuals. (That fire! That broken camera! The feminism!)

Watch Beyoncé’s full 2016 MTV VMA performance below:

The performance was a bit of a surprise. Though MTV hinted that she’d be showing up, no one expected a 15-minute performance.

The 2016 MTV VMAs were disappointing to say the least. The first two award winners — the only two awards presented in the first 2 hours of the show — weren’t present to receive them (Drake was apparently stuck in traffic, according to P Diddy).

And peppered throughout the performances were Key and Peele, who were playing commentators who just mocked millennials and their lingo. Bizarre, when you realize that they’re just making fun of the show’s core audience for hours.

Then Britney Spears had to follow Beyoncé with a performance of “Make Me” with G-Eazy. Poor Britney! No one should have to follow a Beyoncé performance like the one above.

It’s funny how Beyoncé feels compelled to perform at the garbage that are the MTV VMAs. They don’t deserve her. There are only two legitimate reasons why she could be interested in doing this: To inspire, and to promote the Formation World Tour.

Marvel reveals what Thor was really up to during ‘Civil War’ in amazing new video

"And who's this purple weirdo?"

3:38 pm EDT, August 28, 2016

Have you found yourself curious about just where Thor ended up whilst his team mates were duking it out during Captain America: Civil War? Well, wonder no longer, as Marvel has finally revealed the truth.

We’ve all mulled the question over in our heads, since the line-up for Civil War was revealed. Where were Thor and Bruce Banner hiding out whilst the Sokovia Accords were tearing their team apart?

The answer was revealed in a mockumentary clip, directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi, which debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer — where it received an enthusiastic response. But, for those fans left at home, and without a coveted seat in Hall H, the answer still remained painfully out of reach.

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Have you found yourself curious about just where Thor ended up whilst his team mates were duking it out during Captain America: Civil War? Well, wonder no longer, as Marvel has finally revealed the truth.

We’ve all mulled the question over in our heads, since the line-up for Civil War was revealed. Where were Thor and Bruce Banner hiding out whilst the Sokovia Accords were tearing their team apart?

The answer was revealed in a mockumentary clip, directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi, which debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer — where it received an enthusiastic response. But, for those fans left at home, and without a coveted seat in Hall H, the answer still remained painfully out of reach.

Until now.

Released in anticipation of the Civil War DVD and Blu-ray release, this short is now available to the masses, and we couldn’t happier — not least because it’s just as hilarious as promised.

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That’s right. As Tony and Steve were duking it out, Thor was Down Under, chilling with his new buddy Darryl and engaging in a little community service.

It’s definitely worth checking out for yourself, and we won’t spoil any of the more hilarious touches — especially some of Thor’s… artistic interpretations of certain Avengers team members. We’re definitely not going to be able to look at Nick Fury in the same way, ever again.

(Also, if you’ve been having difficulty tracking the Infinity Stones, Thor has the perfect solution for you!)

Rest assured that, if this mockumentary is anything to go by, Thor: Ragnarok is in very capable hands. We’re certainly looking forward to a Rainbow road bridge-tripping adventure across the universe with Thor and Hulk.

Especially if it allows Chris Hemsworth to show off more of his comedy chops, as seen in the above clip.

Captain America: Civil War is released in Digital HD on September 2, and on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13. Thor: Ragnarok will be heading to theaters on November 3, 2017.

Which ‘team’ are you on now? Team Cap, Team Iron Man, or… Team Thor?