The Originals has had a rocky ride when it comes to season renewals, and now The CW is speaking out about the drama’s chances of returning for season 5.
The CW President Mark Pedowitz was asked about the future of The Originals at the Television Critics Association winter previews recently, and it’s safe to say that he played pretty coy when it comes to revealing whether or not the drama will return for a 5th season.
When TV Guide quizzed the TV executive on the show’s possible renewal, he admitted that’s it’s all down to ratings when it comes to whether or not fans will see the series live on past the end of its predecessor that inspired the series, The Vampire Diaries.
“I hope The Originals can continue,” Pedowitz said of the show, which has raised a whole lot of speculation after it was revealed last year that that the current 8th season of The Vampire Diaries would be its last.
“A lot of it depends on its performance,” Pedowitz continued of the chances of The CW drama continuing on past season 4. “I’m counting on Julie [Plec] to deliver for this season.”
Plec, who serves as the show’s executive provider, then weighed in on The Original’s future on Twitter, claiming that she has “big plans” for new storylines.
“We have big, big plans,” she wrote. “I have faith.”
Fans of the series began to speculate earlier this that the upcoming season of the show could be its last after The CW confirmed a slew of their most popular shows, including hits like Jane The Virgin, had all been picked up for at least 1 more season, though The Originals was left out in the cold due to its late season premiere.
Prior to The CW’s admission that the decision not to order another season of the vampire show until the ratings for season 4 came in, worried fans took to Twitter to fret over the possibility that the show may have be in danger of being cancelled.
“@julieplec please do everything that The Originals won’t get cancelled! I’m not ready to say goodbye yet! The Originals is my life,” @lauriicece tweeted.
“[I don’t know] what I’ll do if The Originals is cancelled it’s such a good show,” @tchaurishi wrote. “And after [The Vampire Diaries] ending…”
The Originals is set to return to The CW for season 4 on March 17 at 8/7c.