THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Desiccate

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Seems like most people are running somewhere or they have nowhere to run tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

Matt (Zach Roerig) and Penny (guest star Ana Nogueira) think they have nowhere to run when they make a mistake while vampire hunting.

Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), wakes up naked from her temporary death and runs toward Stefan who still sports the Phoenix Sword mark.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) runs to Bonnie (Kat Graham) to ensure that she is safe in hospital.  Bonnie, never one to run from a fight, takes Damon down a notch by refusing to forgive him if he follows through with his plan.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) are running from the huntress, but the magical herbs that kept Stefan cloaked from Rayna are more elusive to replace than he had presumed.

Although Alexandria St. John (guest star Mouzam Makkar), part of Enzo’s Armory family, finds a way to take down Rayna, they will not be able to kill the huntress without killing Stefan, because he still wears the sword’s scar.

Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) are running around looking for diapers and bottles or anything that makes the babies stop crying.

Stefan will not be able to be with Caroline as long as the huntress lives and he cannot put the babies in danger by joining Caroline in Dallas.

Rayna offers Stefan a way to move the mark to Damon, thus freeing Stefan to be with Caroline.  Damon, realizing that his bad choices have put many in danger, decides that the best way to free everyone from their pain is remove himself from the equation.

He asks Enzo (Michael Malarkey) for Elena’s coffin, and then tries to run away from all of the people he loves by locking himself in a coffin next to Elena where he will desiccate over the years.

Heartbroken at the thought of never seeing Damon again, Bonnie leaves him with a tormenting thought to take with him as he desiccates.  Since Elena will not wake until Bonnie dies, the Bennett witch reminds them that this would be they’re final goodbye.

What is the answer?  Stay and fight…or run?

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “I Would For You,” was written by Brian Young and directed by Mike Karasick.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8pm on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS Crossover Sneak Peeks: Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Friday night gets a double dose of “vampire hotness” when THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS do a great crossover episode that is full of action, drama and one-liners.

In a move to save Damon (Ian Somerhalder) from Rayna Cruz’s Phoenix Sword, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is wounded by the mystical blade instead.

Since the blade’s mark can track its victim almost anywhere, Stefan heads to New Orleans for sanctuary in a bar that is cloaked to hide its supernatural occupants from hunters.

Stefan is welcomed by old friend, Klaus Mikaelson (guest star Joseph Morgan from THE ORIGINALS), and the two have a heart-to-heart about Caroline (Candice King), her babies and complicated families.

Stephan asks Klaus for some of his hybrid vampire/werewolf blood to help Damon, who has been trapped by Enzo (Michael Malarkey).  Damon is locked in a room with Tyler Lockwood (guest star Michael Trevino) who is on the verge of turning into a werewolf with the night’s full A werewolf bite can kill a vampire, and Damon wants Stefan to bring home some of Klaus’s blood as an antidote.  Klaus is considering the request when the wound from the Phoenix Sword on Stephan’s chest starts to leak blood through his shirt.

Klaus recognizes the X-mark wound and becomes enraged that Stephan would lead vampire hunter, Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), to his city.  Rayna, aka “The Huntress,” is responsible for killing several of Klaus’s vampire cronies in the past, and the current New Orleans vampire population is quite large.

Furious, Klaus kicks Stefan out of the bar, leaving his fate to the vampire huntress who is tracking the younger Salvatore to the Big Easy.  Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) and Matt (Zach Roerig) do what they can to keep Stefan ahead of Rayna. 

Back in Virginia, Tyler tells Damon that people like them cannot afford to be around friends and family who always opt to rescue them…that they forever will be putting their loved ones in danger.

His prophecy comes true when Bonnie (Kat Graham) shows up to save Damon and is injured in the melee.  As Damon grieves over Bonnie’s hospital bed, it seems as though he may take Tyler’s advice and remove himself from his friends and family.

He may regret that idea.  A heartfelt talk with Enzo could convince him that family and friends are important.   The Augustine Vampire finally finds a member of his family, Alexandria St. John, and they are connected to The Huntress and the mysterious Armory.

Perhaps knowing what happened to his family will relieve some of Enzo’s emotional torture, but how will he feel if Rayna tracks down Stefan and kills him?  Hot on the vampire’s trail, The Huntress wounds Stefan and is going in for the kill when he is saved by none other than Klaus.

What are Klaus’s motives?  Does he still have residual feelings for Caroline and want to save her from the pain of Stefan’s death?  Is there a forgiving heart under all of that bravado?  Regardless of his motives, he takes a detour when driving Stefan to the train station, opting instead to save his friend by offering to take Stefan to a witch that may be able to undo the cursed wound from the Phoenix Sword.

Does Klaus still love Caroline, despite the fact that his situation is already fraught with complicated women?  Is it mutual?  After she learns that Alaric is taking the SMU job in Dallas, Caroline offers to go with them on the trip and finds herself considering her future.

One thing that seems to be certain, she shows up in New Orleans, twins in tow, three years from now, looking for Klaus.  Is she searching for Stefan, seeking safe haven, revisiting a lost love or something else?

Tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “Moonlight on the Bayou,” was written by producers Caroline Dries & Brett Matthews and directed by Jeffrey Hunt and guest stars Scarlett Byrne, Teressa Liane, Mouzam Makkar, Sedona Monet, Lily Rose Mumford, Tierney Mumford and William Ngo.

THE ORIGINALS companion episode, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” was written by Beau DeMayo & Diane Ademu-John and directed by Matt Hastings.

This action-packed crossover starts with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, immediately followed by THE ORIGINALS at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Deliver…Twins

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES has a new Big Bad…The Huntress.  Not the one from ARROW.  This one is a decades-old vampire hunter who warns vampires of their impending doom via a postcard marked with an X.

Last week, Bonnie (Kat Graham), Mary Louise (guest star Teressa Liane) and Nora (guest star Scarlette Byrne) tracked down the suspected source of the missives at a hospital for the criminally insane.  Finding a fragile mental patient rather than a ruthless hunter, the witches made the mistake of believing that The Huntress, aka Rayna Cruz, was no threat.

Rumored to have been chasing vampires for over a century, the patient they found showed no physical sign that she was able to hunt for more than her favorite cookie…until she revealed that looks can be deceiving, almost killing Bonnie in the process.  Hard to believe that the fragile, gray-haired woman actually is the young, vibrant Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff).

When Bonnie and Damon find Enzo (Michael Malarkey) held captive by Rayna, The Huntress takes the Phoenix Sword from Damon (Ian Somerhalder) by attacking Bonnie.  Will Damon take his wrath out on the Augustine Vampire?  Doubtful, since Enzo reveals that Elena is alive, and he and Tyler know how to find her body.

At another hospital, Caroline’s (Candice King) pregnancy is in distress.  Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore), Nora and Bonnie lend some magic help to save Blondie’s life as she gives birth to Alaric’s (Matt Davis) twins.  As if a complicated delivery is not enough trouble, a furious Stefan has to take Caroline and the babies on the road to hide them from Rayna.  Damon’s choices inadvertently put everyone he loves in Rayna’s path, and he is forced to make things right before it becomes too late.  Rayna is threatening the lives of all of the Mystic Falls vampires, starting with Beau.

Given that the “look ahead” to three years from now finds Caroline driving to New Orleans with two toddlers who call her “Mommy,” is it safe to assume that the relationship rifts are resolved?  What happens in three years that causes Matt (Zach Roerig) to lure Stefan to the television station and render him unconscious?

In that future, will Caroline, Stefan, Alaric, Damon and the twins become an unusual blended vampire/Gemini Coven witch-type family?  Will Uncle Damon be tapped for diaper duty?

Tonight’s episode, “This Woman’s Work,” provides the setup for next week’s crossover between THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS.  When Stefan goes to New Orleans to lure the hunter away from his friends, he will come face to face with Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), who is suspicious of his old friend’s arrival.  Being on Klaus’s suspicious side is never good.

Other guest stars on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES this week are Cynthia Evans, Lily Rose Mumford and Tierney Mumford.  Tonight’s episode, “This Woman’s Work,” was written by Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux and directed by Garreth Stover.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peeks: Dare To Be Rocky

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Damon (Ian Somerhalder) brings his own version of MORTAL KOMBAT X (Immortal Kombat?) to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES this week.

Emotionally distraught after accidentally destroying Elena’s body last week, Damon decides to climb into the ring as penance.

For anyone who missed it, Damon was hallucinating following his emergence from the Phoenix Stone.  In his confusion, Damon knocked out Tyler and set Elena’s coffin on fire.

Kudos, by the way, to Paul Wesley’s (Stefan) deft handling of Damon’s descent into near-madness last week as he directed, as well as acted, in the complex episode.  Also, Michael Trevino’s brief return as Tyler was a pleasure.

Yes, accidentally burning the love-of-his-life’s body theoretically has wiped away the possibility of her awakening from the Sleeping Beauty curse and set the elder Salvatore brother on the path to self-destruction.

How does a vampire whose self-destructive impulses already tend to dominate his life go on after he demolishes his moral compass?  By becoming buddies with his dead mother’s sociopathic boyfriend, Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) and beating the daylights out of the local vampire FIGHT CLUB.  (Rule 1: Never talk about…well, you know.)

This may be a runaway train that even Stefan’s hero hair cannot stop.

With Elena apparently gone, does that free Bonnie (Kat Graham) from the tie that she had to the Sleeping Beauty curse?  Possibly.  She and Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne) seem pretty high-spirited as they take a road trip to hunt down the ruthless vampire hunter, Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff).

Not so chipper…Mary Louise (guest star Teressa LIane)…who sits fuming in the backseat while her longtime love and the Bennett witch chum it up.

Watch for Rayna to play a role in the upcoming crossover episode with THE ORIGINALS.

Not quite as cheerful as Bonnie…Caroline (Candice King).  The very pregnant vampire is beginning to have some dangerous side effects from her supernatural pregnancy.  She is forced to turn to Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) for help.

King must have a huge work ethic.  In tonight’s episode, she looks very near her real-life due date.  Baby Florence May King arrived on January 15.  The Fray’s Joe King is the doting dad.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Matt Davis, Michael Malarkey and almost-birthday boy Zach Roerig (February 22).  Back for another episode is guest star Ana Nogueira as Penny.

Tonight’s episode, “Postcards from the Edge,” was written by producer, Rebecca Sonnenshine, and directed by producer, Pascal Verschooris.   Sneak peeks below include spoilers by Executive Producer, Caroline Dries, and Co-Executive Producer, Brian Young, and shots of Somehalder showing off his boxing skills.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Exercise Control

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There is “in control” and “out of control” and “why bother with control?”  Plus, there is the Type-A who constantly reaches for more control.

Tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the guy with “hero hair” is in control.  The (arguably) most heroic guy is out of control.  The guy who rarely exercises control may be wishing he could wrangle some control, and the Type-A continues to try to control the world.

Let’s start with Type-A…Caroline (Candice King).  As the birth of the twins grows closer, she has dragged Alaric (Matt Davis) to childcare classes and birthing classes and swamped him with parenting magazines.  She is very specific about what she will or will not do after the babies are born, but her tone of voice belies her involvement.

Carrying the babies around for nine months will not be the end of her relationship with them.  Those kids had better get used to “Auntie Caroline’s guidance” in their lives, especially when she discovers something upsetting about Alaric and his future plan for the twins.

Next, is “Mr. In Control”…Stefan.  With Damon fighting his way back to reality, Stefan does his best to hide his own inner demons to help his brother.

Side note:  Also in control is Stefan’s portrayer, Paul Wesley, who directed tonight’s episode, “Things We Lost in the Fire.”  The episode reportedly is filled with heavy effects, stunts and action, which is no easy feat for an actor pulling double-duty as a director.

Thirdly, there is the heroic Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  Yes, Stefan has the “hero hair,” but poor Matt lives in a town populated by vampires and witches and Heretics, oh my.  Any human who chooses to be sheriff and try to maintain order in a town controlled by supernatural evil must have the “hero gene,” whether or not he sports the hair.

That town-consuming evil is threatening Matt and Bonnie (Kat Graham) tonight.  Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) and his men decide to take over Mystic Falls, causing Matt to spiral out of control and straight into a lot of trouble with an officer named Penny (guest star Ana Nogueira).

And what of the guy who generally could care less about restraint?  Damon (Ian Somerhalder) may reconsider his usual lack of control and wish he were a little more practiced in self-discipline.

Giving in to his feelings may exacerbate the traumatic effects of being trapped in the Phoenix Stone.  Damon is suffering the residual horror of his experience in the stone.  (Is that Evan Gamble as Henry chasing Damon around in his hallucinations?)

Despite his emergence back into this world, his “life after Hell” is no picnic.

If post-Hell was not hard enough on Damon, Tyler Lockwood (guest star Michael Trevino) is back in town.  Will Damon be able to cope with post-Hell syndrome and the aroma of “dog smell” exuded by his werewolf-landlord/frenemy?

“Things We Lost in the Fire” was written by producer, Melinda Hsu Taylor.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Wages Of War

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES takes a delicious bite out of the weekend TV doldrums with its move to Fridays tonight at 8pm.

Partnered again with THE ORIGINALS, watch for some bloody good crossover opportunities during this season.

In the winter finale, the gang found different ways to celebrate Christmas (Toys for Tots, a Santa’s pub crawl, Caroline’s pregnancy hormones), and the December episode ended with Damon and Stefan finding themselves on the wrong side of Julian’s (guest star Todd Lasance) temper.

There were some odd pairings…Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) at Lamaze class…Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne) bonding at a charity event…Julian bonding with his “cellular telephone”…Julian bonding with his henchmen…Julian bonding with the sword that held the cursed Phoenix Stone…

But, in the end, it was Damon who bonded with the dreadful stone. When Damon threw himself on the sword to save Stephan, Julian exacted his retribution for Damon’s role in Lily’s (guest star Annie Wersching) demise.

Damon’s act of selflessness transported him back to his time of service in the Civil War, trapped inside the fated stone where he is tormented by his traumatic wartime experience.

Reliving a war in which he was an unwilling participant, forced to serve on the Confederate side by his overbearing father and which he subsequently deserted, the horror of war torments the elder Salvatore brother in the mental and emotional prison of the Phoenix Stone.

Out in the real world, Bonnie races to extract Damon (Ian Somerhalder) from the stone’s power before its horror leaves him affected forever.

Not the only victim of the Phoenix Stone, the winter finale ended with Stephan (Paul Wesley) impaled upon the same sword from which Damon had tried to save him.

Now, there is the threat of Julian torching Stefan’s body, wiping him from existence.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Zach Roerig and Michael Malarkey.  Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Hell Is Other People,” include Evan Gamble (returning as Henry, the vampire from “Blood Brothers” back in 2010), Elizabeth Blackmore and Edgar Roche. 

“Hell Is Other People was written by Holly Brix and Neil Reynolds and directed by Deb Chow.

A new episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs on January 29 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Decorate

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Decorate in red and green for the holiday season on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.  Blood red and envy green…

Last week, Mary Louise (guest star Teressa Liane) and Nora (guest star Scarlett Byrne) celebrated their anniversary, then broke up over Mary Lou’s allegiance to Julian (guest star Todd Lasance).

Tonight, Mary Louise confronts Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore), and finds out that Stefan’s ex has been in touch with Nora.  (Color Mary Louise green with envy.)

Poor Mary Lou…she sided with the wrong Heretic and lost Nora and Lily as the result.

She may be jealous of Bonnie (Kat Graham), as well.  When the Bennett Witch conducts a holiday toy drive at Whitmore College, she approaches Nora for help.  The two spellcasters actually begin an unexpected friendship.

Also unexpected?  Not only is Caroline (Candice King) showing, the pregnancy is progressing so quickly that she could wear a Santa suit with no padding.  Although she tries to hide the pregnancy’s ramifications, Alaric (Matt Davis) notices the changes and becomes concerned.

Meanwhile, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) search for Julian in a small town near Mystic Falls.  When Stefan finds himself at odds with Damon, he takes matters into his own hands.  A tragic series of events occurs that will change their lives forever.

What about the “red”?  This being THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, assume that Santa’s “sleigh” is spelled “slay.”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Zach Roerig and Michael Malarkey.  Tonight’s episode, “Cold as Ice,” was written by series producer, Brian Young, and directed by Geoffrey Wing Shotz.

The winter finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight (December 10) on The CW at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.


THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight

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Tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, Julian (guest star, Todd Lasance) oozes his metaphorical slime all over Lily’s (guest star, Annie Wersching) party dress.  She is throwing a “murder party” to celebrate Mary Louise (guest star, Teressa Liane) and Nora’s (guest star, Scarlett Byrne) anniversary.

When the humans that Julian has been stockpiling for blood disappear, Matt (Zach Roerig) calls Caroline (Candice King) to ask for help in locating them.

Compelled to remain almost comatose, the group of humans have been equipped with saline IV drips to keep them alive and fresh.  One may assume that those individuals (aka “blood bags on the hoof”) will be invited to the party…as hors d’oeuvres.

The Heretics will be feasting with fine wine, beautiful attire and Type-O Negative.

In an effort to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian, Stephan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) put a risky plan into motion.

The ill-tempered Julian (whose tantrums are nasty enough to make Damon’s mood swings look like the Salvatore brother is on Prozac) has a plan.

The dastardly Julian forces Lily into the most difficult decision of her life…choosing between her elder son and pseudo-daughter, Valerie (guest star, Elizabeth Blackmore), the Heretic.

Julian may not anticipate it, but there is a third option…Lily could opt to kill him instead.

While on the subject of children, they are the reason that Caroline cannot help Matt.  She has to tell Stefan that she is pregnant with Alaric and Jo’s twins.

Not sure there is a protocol for saying, “Honey, I accidentally got pregnant when the Gemini coven transferred Jo’s babies to me for safekeeping when Kai killed her.”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Kat Graham, Matt Davis, and Michael Malarkey.  Tonight’s episode, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” was written by Brett Matthews and directed by Leslie Libman.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Does Moving THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS Signal a Farewell to Fangs?

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The CW recently announced its midseason schedule, and one of the most notable changes coming in 2016 is moving Thursday night mainstay THE VAMPIRE DIARIES along with spinoff THE ORIGINALS to Friday nights beginning in January. Being moved to a Friday night is often viewed as the death knell for a series — one step away from cancellation — but does this mean that the TV tide is turning and viewers are less passionate about series with a supernatural slant? Let’s examine the state of the supernatural union and determine whether or not we’re looking at the last days of vampires, fae, werewolves, demons and other fantastical creatures on TV.

Do Friday Night Slots Mean Certain Death for a TV Show?
Now, there’s no saying that a move to Fridays has to be the end of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and/or THE ORIGINALS. The CW could establish a solid night on Fridays with these two shows for those dedicated fans that still watch it live. The main problem is competition from similar shows also on Friday nights. NBC’s GRIMM has been a Friday night niche success, but now FOX is moving SLEEPY HOLLOW to Fridays as well. My main concern is that there may be too much overlap between fandoms of these four series, which means casualties are a possibility. The last time a supernatural series that I loved moved to Friday didn’t go so well, i.e. when NBC paired CONSTANTINE with GRIMM during the 2014/2015 season.

Are Superheroes the New Vampires?
Superhero-centric shows are everywhere, and The CW is adding a third to its lineup in January with DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. In fact, it’s taking the Thursday night spot previously dominated by THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Although it feels like superhero series are everywhere right now, SUPERNATURAL continues to be a force to be reckoned with on The CW. More episodes of IZOMBIE have been ordered for Season 2. Also, to go back to CONSTANTINE for a moment, the ARROW Season 4 episode that featured the beloved master of the dark arts resulted in a ratings surge. It may just be vampire fatigue at the moment, but there’s still a demand for fantasy and horror, with AMERICAN HORROR STORY landing a sixth season and ASH VS EVIL DEAD getting a second season are any indication. Superheroes haven’t completely taken over the TV landscape.

Is More Traditional Sci-fi Coming Back to the Forefront?
THE 100, also airing on The CW, has been one of the most compelling sci-fi series on TV, with comparisons to epic series like LOST and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. This is the series taking over THE ORIGINALS’ Thursday night slot in January. For a while, even Syfy — the network that was once the leader in sci-fi programming — had more shows of the supernatural ilk than spaceships, time travel and robots. 12 MONKEYS marked a return to more sci-fi heavy programming, and it’s back with its sophomore season in 2016. KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER are also back in production for a second season. Upcoming new series include potential sci-fi powerhouses THE EXPANSE and CHILDHOOD’S END. Does this mean Syfy is abandoning fantasy/horror programming? Not a bit. THE MAGICIANS joins the Syfy lineup in January, and BITTEN returns for its third season. Plus, new series WYNONNA EARP is currently in production, and a female-led VAN HELSING has been acquired. While it may look like the end of an era, there’s still a heavy presence of the fantastical.

It’s easy to conclude that moving THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS to Fridays means they won’t be getting another season. With all of the options available to fans of fantasy/horror series, and fierce competition on Friday nights for this audience, it could be the greatest challenge these two series face. On the flipside, viewers have more tools at their disposal — DVRs, time shifting, and online viewing, to name a few — so live viewing is slowly becoming less of a factor. Networks are even starting to drop “live plus same day ratings,” focusing more on combined overall numbers. The instinct may be to cue up the funeral march, but Friday night doesn’t necessarily spell the end. Don’t put a stake in them yet.

If anything, viewers are becoming more sophisticated and selective with all of the options available, so if THE VAMPIRE DIARIES or THE ORIGINALS happens to die, it may not be due to a move to the Friday “death slot.” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in the current TV landscape, and could just be victims of too much on TV. Horror and fantasy are thriving alongside the superheroes and the sci-fi … there just may be fewer familiar fangs in the long run.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Dare To Duel?

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It is not easy to surprise someone who has been alive for 160 years, but tonight, Lily Salvatore (guest stare Annie Wersching) reveals things to her sons that they never knew on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

As Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) know, their mother has been in love with the sleazy, slimy Julian (guest star Todd Lasance) for over a century, but they had no idea that Lily had linked herself to Julian with magic.

If he dies, she dies.

Given the sons’ recent encounters with the Salvatore matriarch, being rid of Julian and Lily may not be the worst thing to happen.  They confront her about painful memories from their childhood and are left to question many things that they only thought they knew.

One solution for family rifts?  Thanksgiving with family and friends, of course.

Mix some cornbread, a turkey, some secrets and a confrontation between family members and get the traditional Thanksgiving.

Add a few blood bags and it is Thanksgiving with the Salvatores.

Holiday traditions are off to a rocky start.  Enzo (Michael Malarkey) challenges Julian to a duel, but something unexpected complicates matters.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Enzo start a new holiday tradition with a field trip through the Midlothian County Impound in search of Oscar’s car.

Bonnie accuses Enzo of caring less about stopping Julian, and more about winning Lily away from the psychopath.  Since Julian wants Oscar’s car and whatever secrets it could reveal, so does Enzo.

Caroline (Candice King) finds out some “life-altering” news from Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore). and Matt (Zach Roerig) continues to follow the trail of the mystery that he and Bonnie encountered last week at Lily’s party.

Then, there is that incident where Enzo challenges Julian to a duel…

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also stars Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman.  Other guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Mommie Dearest,” are Gavin Casalegno, Jaiden Kaine and John Charles Meyer.  “Mommie Dearest” was written by Co-Executive Producers, Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux and directed by Co-Producer, Tony Solomons.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs on November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.