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The CW Prepping a Spin-Off of The Originals Featuring Hope and Alaric

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With “The Vampire Diaries” having ended last year and “The Originals” set to depart at the end of its upcoming fifth season, we were beginning to think that, aside from “Supernatural,” The CW was putting all its eggs into the superhero basket… but with this latest news, we have hope (pun intended) that the network’s horror days aren’t about to end anytime soon.

Per Variety, a spin-off of “The Originals” is moving closer to reality as both Matt Davis (pictured right), aka Alaric Saltzman, and Danielle Rose Russell, aka Hope Mikaelson, are attached to star in the potential new series along with Quincy Fouse, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, and Aria Shahghasemi.  What that means for Candice King’s Caroline Forbes character is not yet known.

The project is still in development and has not been ordered to series so we’ll keep our eyes open for updates.  In the meantime, it’s worth noting that of the above newcomers, Aria Shahghasemi has been confirmed as appearing in Season 5 of “The Originals.”

The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, previously revealed during the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour that the network had preliminarily discussed a Hope-centric spin-off with “The Originals”/“The Vampire Diaries” creator Julie Plec: “There’s been many conversations about the character Hope,” Pedowitz said. “Nothing has come out of it yet. Julie really wants to get the final season of ‘The Originals’ done.”

“The Originals,” itself a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries,” is set to return on April 20th.  It follows Joseph Morgan’s Klaus Mikaelson and his family in New Orleans. Morgan stars alongside Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood, and Riley Voelkel.  Russell (pictured at the top of the page) will take over the role of Hope from Summer Fontana for the final season, which will take place after a time jump. Davis originated the role of Saltzman on “The Vampire Diaries” before making multiple appearances on “The Originals.”

Plec serves as executive producer with Leslie Morgenstein. The series hails from Bonanza Productions Inc., My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios.

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New Gremlins a Reboot, Prequel, or Sequel?

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What’s the deal with Gremlins 3? Recently the original film’s director Joe Dante told us that the film will be a prequel and today we have news that it will be a complete reboot.

What gives? Well, Metro USA spoke to Columbus recently and the man dropped some interesting info on the (possible) upcoming Gremlins film.

Gremlins we are actively talking about that. So that’s what I am working on with my production company 1492 Pictures.”

He then adds: “It will almost definitely be a reboot.”

I’m thinking Chris Columbus knows what he’s talking about considering he’s not only producing this new movie but he was also the screenwriter on the 1984 classic. Who do you believe? Does it even matter? Reboot, prequel, or sequel, I know I’ll be there opening night.

What about you? Do you care what studios call the film as long as it has Gizmo in it? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

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Watch This Weekly Podcast Episode 9: Party On!

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Another weekend and another round of picks to get you through it! What should you be watching to get your horror fix? Tune in, and find out!

Want a teaser? Included in this episode are the films Party Bus from Hell, Deep Blue Sea 2, and The Devil and Father Amorth.

On Watch This Weekly we’ll be giving you some brief recommendations regarding what horror flicks are on their way and what you should be watching! Couple that with everything that’s going on with Dread Central Presents and maybe a special guest here and there, and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy guide to set up your horror-watching week!

Make sure to subscribe to this podcast and all Dread Central podcasts on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

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It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in STARZ’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself.

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!” Williams wrote, attaching an image of himself as Ash with the message, “Ash has left the building.


Starring Campbell alongside Ray Santiago, Dan DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless, “Ash vs Evil Dead” followed the exploits of Ash Williams as he fought the Deadite hordes decades after his original encounters. Crass, violent, over-the-top, and an absolute blast, it’s a damn shame that the series is coming to an end, especially now that we’ve met Ash’s daughter, Brandy, and a fourth season may very well have allowed Raimi and Co. to pass the torch along to a new generation.

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