TCA Summer 2016: Updates on The CW’s Supernatural, The Originals, iZombie, and Nina Dobrev’s Return to The Vampire Diaries

Today marks the end of the Television Critics Association’s 2016 Summer Press Tour, and with The CW finally getting its turn, some would say they saved the best for last.  A ton of news was unveiled regarding the network’s extensive DC Comics universe, but since we know you’re here to talk about horror, not superheroes, let’s get to the highlights:

Lots of shows are getting a reduced number of episodes; per The TV Addict, “Supernatural” will have 22, “The Vampire Diaries” will have 16, and “The Originals” and “iZombie” (both of which will be arriving mid-season) will have 13.

As for “Supernatural,” which is entering its 12th(!) season, CW president Mark Pedowitz repeated his annual mantra that the series will continue as long as stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are on board and the ratings continue to hold. As for the long talked about “Supernatural” spinoff, per Deadline, Pedowitz said, “It is still a priority; it just hasn’t happened.

Speaking of spinoffs, what might the future hold for “The Originals” given that “The Vampire Diaries” will be ending?  Pedowitz said, “I hope it lives very well on its own; I’m hopeful that we will see a fifth year.

And will we (and Damon) see Nina Dobrev’s Elena one last time when “TVD” does end, as all the fans are hoping?  Deadline reports that “there are discussions” under way with Pedowitz saying, “We would love to have her — she was great and integral to the show’s success.”  However, negotiations seem to be bumpy, and he added, “Should it not work out, [exec producer] Julie [Plec] has a great series finale planned for the fans.

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Written by Debi Moore

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