“The Originals” has not only been renewed for a second season already, but there is some other news coming out now that could have a big impact on the rest of the show’s plans moving forward: There is going to hardly be a break at all between the end of one season and the start of the next.
In a post on Twitter this week, show director Jeffrey Hunt confirmed that after the finaly is taped this month, the show is immediately going to jump into work on the first few episodes of season 2. This is extremely unusual in the TV business, since you’ve worked for so many months in a row that at this point, almost everyone is begging for a break. For the actors, it also means an opportunity to sleep, do promotional events, spend time with loved ones, or go do a movie or two in the time that you have off.
So what is the reason for the change on this show? While it is not confirmed, speculation leads towards the idea that it may have to do with Daniel Gillies and “Saving Hope.” Not only is the guy shooting the CW show, but he also has the Canadian drama from CTV on his docket. There are probably schedule modifications that need to be done for that, since he has a delicate arrangement that keeps all of this afloat. (Personally, we wonder how in the world Gillies doesn’t just fall out of bed every morning with exhaustion over being a regular on two separate shows.) “The Originals” needs Elijah to be a part of it desperately now, given that Claire Holt’s Rebekah took off from New Orleans earlier this season. If he ever checks out, then it is just “The Original” and the entire story is a little more moot.
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