‘The Originals’ and Three Sitcoms Debut

Vamp Thursday on The CW

The Originals

The CW will be all about the vamps tonight during the network’s bloody good October 3 lineup, which consists of The Vampire Diaries‘ fifth-season premiere “I Know What You Did Last Summer” at 8pm ET and the “Always and Forever” debut of its much-hyped spinoff The Originals at 9pm.

The CW’s latest paranormal saga focuses on the exploits of the world’s first vampire clan, led by vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus (Joseph Morgan, Hex), who has an ambivalent relationship with his assorted vampire siblings. The main setting is New Orleans, centuries after the family members became immortal, where all sorts of creatures such as werewolves and witches coexist and scheme against one another, just like in The Vampire Diaries‘ deceptively quaint Mystic Falls community. Unfortunately, Vamp Thursdays won’t be a permanent weekly event on The CW — The Originals moves to Tuesdays at 8pm after tonight’s special premiere, where it will precede Supernatural when the veteran series’ ninth season begins on October 8.

TV also gets three new comedies on October 3, two on NBC and one on CBS. The Eye Network’s The Millers, premiering at 8:31pm after The Big Bang Theory, stars Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett as newly single reporter Nathan Miller. His recent divorce not only inspires his father Tom (Emmy winner Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex) to leave his mother Carol (Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale), but worse, his mom then moves in with him, putting a serious crimp in his new single man’s life, while his dad moves in with his sister Debbie (Glee‘s Jayma Mays) and her family.

New NBC sitcom Welcome to the Family premieres at 8:31pm, as well, following Parks & Recreation. Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) and Justina Machado (Private Practice) play the proud parents of smart, mature recent high school graduate Junior (Joseph Haro, Glee). Their lives veer way off course when they learn their son’s pretty but irresponsible girlfriend Molly (Gossip Girl‘s Ella Rae Peck) is pregnant. Since the teenagers plan to keep the child, that makes Molly’s parents Dan (Mike O’Malley of Glee) and Katrina (In Plain Sight‘ s Mary McCormack) prospective in-laws. Continuing conflict ensues.

NBC’s second new half-hour comedy of the night, Sean Saves the World, marks the return of Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes to a regular sitcom role. He plays a single gay father who must cope with his new full-time parent status to teenage daughter Ellie (Samantha Isler) while also dealing with his demanding mother Lorna (Linda Lavin of the sitcom classic Alice) and boss Max (Reno 911!‘s Thomas Lennon). The series is well-matched with fellow rookie comedy starring a widely loved actor, The Michael J. Fox Show, which airs afterward at 9:31pm.

Emmy-winning ABC political thriller Scandal also returns for its third season on October 3. The one-hour recap special “The Secret Is Out” airs at 8pm, before Grey’s Anatomy, and the season premiere “It’s Handled” follows later at 10pm.

Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Joseph Morgan, and Claire Holt/The Originals photo courtesy of The CW

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