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.

Nickelodeon debuts action-packed ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ trailer at SDCC

The brand new trailer features tons of nods to the original 90s game show!

4:33 pm EDT, July 23, 2016

Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia, 90s kids! Nickelodeon just premiered the trailer for the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie at San Diego Comic-Con and you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

The upcoming made-for-TV movie centers around three siblings who find themselves immersed in the temple after breaking away from a jungle tour. Once inside, they discover all the legends they’ve grown up hearing about the mysterious temple are actually real.

Being trapped in the temple itself may sound cool at the beginning, but the siblings will soon learn that getting out may be tougher than they originally anticipated. They’ll have to follow the map and survive the Temple’s many hidden rooms if they want to make it out unscathed.

Check out the first trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple below!

Fans of the original game show are sure to recognize quite a few of the most iconic aspects taken from the beloved 90s series. Olmec aside, the first action-packed trailer includes mentions of the steps of knowledge, the shrine of the silver monkey, and more— They’ve even managed to slip in mentions of some of the old teams contestant were able to play on when competing on the original game show!

The upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie reunites Kirk Fogg (original TV how host) and Dee Bradley Baker (original voice of Olmec), and additionally stars Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2016

What did you think of the first trailer for ’Legends of the Hidden Temple’?

Hot off the heels of the Wonder Woman trailer DC has released our first look at the art for Justice League as well as the first trailer!

It’s a very exciting day to be a DC movies fan! After debuting the Wonder Woman trailer earlier today, DC surprised everyone with the first official Justice League trailer which has been simultaneously released publicly during its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. It should be noted that the video, posted on Director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, includes a title card at the beginning denoting that this video was made specifically for fans at Comic-Con. “The following footage was prepared by the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016.”

Click full screen, turn up your volume, and get ready for this!


The “trailer” (if that’s what we’re calling it) doesn’t give away much about the plot of the movie, however. It features Bruce Wayne checking in and recruiting Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash – the three of which weren’t as heavily featured in this year’s Batman V Superman.

One of the more thrilling parts of the video is when Bruce Wayne shows up to meet The Flash and throws a Batarang at him. We get to see the slow motion perspective of The Flash while a Batarang whizzes by his face, with him ultimately realizing who has just appeared before him. Before Bruce even has a second to sell him on joining the Justice League, he’s interrupted. “Stop right there. I’m in,” says The Flash.

After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman from earlier this year, it looks like Justice League might have taken some notes from the massive success of Deadpool’s light-hearted but serious comic book movie template. It already feels like this ensemble cast will lend itself to making up some ground in terms of likability. Ezra Miller’s The Flash is easily the “you-gotta-love-this-kid” character based on his one scene alone. Meanwhile, Aquaman will appeal to those burly, rugged Wolverine style fans. Both character types were missing from the sometimes confusing Batman V Superman.

Check out the full photo of the Justice League featuring our first detailed looks of The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together in one place.

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We still have a while before we get to hit theaters for Justice League. The superhero sure-to-be blockbuster is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017.

What did you think of your first look at the upcoming Justice League movie?

WB debuted a new trailer for Wonder Woman on Saturday morning at San Diego Comic-Con.

Gal Gadot and the cast of Wonder Woman introduced the new trailer, which offers a massive new look at the first female-led super hero movie (during this new wave of super hero madness, anyway). Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Gadot’s Diana Prince seem to have some great chemistry. And unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman gets up to a lot of ass-kicking in the three minute preview. Perhaps one of the coolest moments is when she fends off a lot of fire power, and one of the funniest moments comes at the end, when Diana equates Steve’s secretary to a slave. Watch below:

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, who has clearly done an amazing job bringing Wonder Woman to life with Gadot.

A new poster for Wonder Woman was also released, finally revealing her (colorful!) costume:

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Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. The film’s synopsis reads:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.