LEGACIES: Creator Julie Plec on Season 2 of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Matthew Davis as Alaric, Quincy Fouse as Milton Greasley / MG, Peyton Alex Smith as Rafael, Danielle Rose Russell as Hope, Kaylee Bryant as Josie, Jenny Boyd as Lizzie, and Aria Shahghasemi as Landon in LEGACIES - Season 1 |©2018 The CW/Miller Mobley

LEGACIES, now on The CW Thursday night in its second season, is created by Julie Plec. The series, a spinoff of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, is about the Salvatore Academy, a private high school where young witches, vampires, werewolves and other supernaturally-inclined teens can study without having to hide their true identities. Plec has directed two episodes, including the Season 2 premiere. Plec is also an executive producer and director on The CW’s aliens-on-Earth drama ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, which returns for its second season in March. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve got two shows on the air right now. How […]Read On »

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LEGACIES: Creator and executive producer Julie Plec talks about new THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off- interview

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The CW’s new Thursday-night series LEGACIES is a spin-off of both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which ran on the network for eight years, and that series’ spin-off THE ORIGINALS, which concluded its five-season run in May. In LEGACIES, Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the daughter of the late vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus and granddaughter of a witch, is one of the first enrollees at the Mystic Falls, Virginia Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The Salvatore School is in fact a haven for supernatural adolescents. The headmaster is Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), first introduced in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, in which he […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2013 ARROW is normally at its strongest when it operates in shades of grey, but “Darkness on the Edge of Town” gives us a black & white, good vs. evil battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because, while both men are hood-wearing vigilantes […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Undertaking”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2013 ARROW surprises a little this week by revealing the entire conspiracy that’s driven its narrative throughout its debut season.  With another two episodes remaining, I didn’t expect this big reveal until the season finale, but since what they were revealing was not particularly unexpected, I didn’t have a problem with the refusal to let it continue […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Home Invasion”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: April 24, 2013 Despite the high body count, “Home Invasion” is an episode dedicated to romance.  Specifically, it delves deeper into Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) romantic feelings for his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and how they’ve been complicated by his secret life as the hooded vigilante, and the fact that his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) is […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Unfinished Business”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:   Bryan Q. Miller & Lindsey Allen Director: Michael Offer Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: April 3, 2013 This week’s episode of ARROW doesn’t bludgeon us with unrelenting bleakness the way last week’s did.  In fact, “Unfinished Business” is a fairly slight episode overall, and most of it doesn’t leave much of an impression.  But one thing it did do quite well is continue the difficult conversation it began earlier about the appropriate […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 Finale – “Guilt by Association” / “Legacies”

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“Guilt by Association”  – written by Taylor Hamra, directed by Jesse Bochco “Legacies” – written by Cynthia Cidre & Robert Rovner, directed by Steve Robin Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 15th,  2013 Well, they wrapped it all up on the DALLAS season two finale, but boy did they work hard to make it fit. The problem is it didn’t fit as tidily as it deserved to fit. The end of J.R.’s master plan is complete and yes from beyond the grave he […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Dodger”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Writer: Beth Schwartz Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 20, 2013 There’s nothing overly terrible about “Dodger,” a competent ARROW episode that features James Callis (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Gaius Baltar), playing a sadistic jewel thief who’s nicknamed “Dodger” because he forces others to commit his crimes by controlling them with explosive collars, thereby dodging the law enforcement response himself.  (Now that I think about it more, though, isn’t it sort of dumb that the cops […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Odyssey”

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Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Teleplay:  Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 13, 2013 In “The Odyssey” episode of ARROW we finally see how the plan Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has devised to confront his mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) about her possible involvement in a sprawling criminal conspiracy works out.  The answer is:  It works out terribly.  In an exciting opening sequence, Oliver, disguised as his hooded […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Year’s End”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Writer:  Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Dahl Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 12, 2012 I was worried when “Year’s End” began with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) spending most of the first quarter of the episode asking his family members why they stopped celebrating Christmas after he and his father were lost at sea and presumed dead.  I was worried because A) the answer was bleeding obvious, (family gatherings were suddenly kind of a […]Read On »

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