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.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!