The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has signed a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV for his production company, Citizen Media, with partner/former The Vampire Diaries executive producer Bob Levy.
Under the pact, Wesley and Levy will develop new television projects for the studio, starting with a darkly comedic single-camera half-hour based on a non-fiction article by Jason Smith called Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher.
Citizen Media has three other series projects in the works that preceded the WBTV deal, including a limited series at ABC produced by Robert Redford.
Titled Pecos, the ABC limited series, produced by ABC Signature Studios, is inspired by the true story of a 29-year-old rookie journalist who takes down one of the richest, most powerful men in Texas, proving his gigantic business empire is a complete fraud, in 1962 Pecos, Texas. Shawn Christensen, Oscar winner for his short film Curfew, is writing. Citizen Media’s Wesley and Levy executive produce alongside Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.
At Fox 21 TV Studios, Citizen Media has Finding Natalie, a drama about a young Mexican woman searching for her 17-year-old sister Natalie who was recently kidnapped by a sex trafficking cartel. NY playwright and The Americans writer Hilary Bettis will write.
At Freeform, Wesley and Levy is developing one-hour series Shanghai Summer, about 20-something Americans pursuing their dreams in Shanghai, China. Oanh Ly (The Catch) is on board to write the script.
Wesley, as well as fellow Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, landed overall deals with the series’ producer WBTV as part of their most recent talent pacts for the long-running CW drama.
Wesley is hitting the ground running, having already started building a development slate with veteran producer/executive Levy, who also has served as an executive producer on such series as Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl.
Wesley is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Christensen, who has the upcoming feature Sidney Hall, is repped by Verve. Bettis is repped by CAA.
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Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie (Kat Graham) gets advice from Caroline (Candice King) on how to break through to Enzo (Michael Malarkey), while Matt (Zach Roerig) attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he’s received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them. Matt Davis also stars. written by Celine Geiger and directed by James Thompson, premieres November 18th, 2016.
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The episode that was previously called “Time, As a Symptom” is now called “Somebody That I Used to Know”
“Somebody That I Used to Know” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
THE TEAM WORKS WITH RAYNA TO SAVE BONNIE’S LIFE — When Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) efforts to protect Bonnie (Kat Graham) end up putting her life in jeopardy, they learn that Rayna (guest star Leslie Anne-Huff) may hold the key to her survival. With time running out and Rayna at the reins, Enzo and Bonnie reluctantly team up with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who is desperate to save Bonnie’s life and to repair their broken friendship. Elsewhere, when Stefan (Paul Wesley) travels to Dallas and comes face to face with Alaric (Matt Davis), tensions escalate and they are forced to confront the fallout from Stefan’s absence in Caroline’s (Candice King) life. Finally, Enzo learns The Armory’s true motives behind their search for Bonnie. Chris Grismer directed the episode with teleplay by Holly Brix and story by Matthew D’Ambrosio (#719). Original airdate 4/22/2016.
“Hell is Other People” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
DAMON’S PERSONAL HELL — After finding himself on the wrong end of Julian’s (guest star Todd Lasance) plan to avenge Lily’s (guest star Annie Wersching) death, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) awakens to find himself trapped inside the Phoenix stone, tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. On the outside, Bonnie (Kat Graham) is in a race against the clock to get Damon out before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and leave him changed forever. Paul Wesley, Candice King and Zach Roerig also star. Deb Chow directed the episode written by Holly Brix & Neil Reynolds (#710). Original airdate 1/29/2016.
It’s been a while since the worlds of Mystic Falls and New Orleans and merged, but good news: The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have planned another crossover at last!
TVD and Originals creator Julie Plec tells E! News that the timing just felt right for the casts of TVD and its spinoff to meet up. It’ll happen in episode 14 of each show’s current season.
“Basically, we’ve been fighting for years about whether to do a crossover, how to do a crossover, will it work, will it seem pander-y? And none of us wanted to do it for the sake of doing it, but the timelines were starting to separate and Vampire Diaries, as you know, is going to catch up to its [three-year flash forward],” the executive producer explains. “So I thought, ‘This is it, we only have one shot left.’ And that thought coincided with the need for Stefan to find a safe haven to escape a mystical problem.”
In the TVD half of the crossover, the younger Salvatore brother will seek refuge at St. James’ Infirmary in Nola, a place where there’s no magic so no one can find him with a spell. There, he’ll encounter Klaus, whom he’ll stay and assist with a problem in the Originals episode immediately after.
It’s not a big event with multiple characters like The Flash or Arrow, since the logistics for something like that are way too difficult. Instead, it’ll focus on the relationship between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and how said relationship might’ve changed now that Stefan is in a relationship with the former object of Klaus’ affection, Caroline (Candice King).
“What we can do [rather than a giant superhero event] is take a relationship that had a lot of potency, with Stefan and Klaus, now that so much has changed for each of them” Plec says. “They still have this singular person in common, Caroline, and we can explore that. I think it’ll be really satisfying for people who liked the Stefan-Klaus dynamic and are curious about what Klaus might think about Stefan and Caroline being a couple.”
It’ll also introduce something that will have a big impact on the rest of the Originals season: “The crossover, actually, will be the first thing to give a little bit of a tease about the prophecy that makes us say, ‘Oh, wait a second, that’s interesting,'” teases Plec.
The Vampire Diaries and The Originals move to Friday nights on the CW beginning Jan. 29.