You can't be a successful fantasy show nowadays, unless you've got a spin-off or are being remade and it seems that while we're unlikely to see a UK version of Elena/Damon/Stefan etc, we are going to get a spin-off based on one particular character that's been causing them problems for a while.
The Originals - a series featuring Joseph Morgan's relentless vampire, Klaus Mikaelson will focus on him and his family of Originals as they return to the supernatural crucible that is the French Quarter of New Orleans,
a town he helped build centuries ago. It will be here where Klaus is reunited with his
diabolical former apprentice Marcel. The show will also feature some human and witch characters, including one named Cami, who seems intrigued to learn what exactly makes someone evil in the first place. The spin-off itself is also rumoured to be co-starring Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley, a werewolf who is also currently appearing in the fourth season of parent show, The Vampire Diaries.
A pilot episode for this spin-off episode, produced by Julie Plec will air as part of the parent show's current fourth season during April (not dissimilar to what ABC did years ago with Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice). Season Four's 20th episode will introduce the new characters for fans to see and the series, if picked will air for the 2013-2014 television season. I've got to admit that given that Klaus is my least favourite character, I'm a little hesistant of this spin-off but I like Hayley and if it means getting to see more of her (if not in the parent show), I guess I could give it a whirl. Though, can a character as polarising as Klaus really hold off a spin-off show? On the plus side, it seems that Daniel Gillies will be making appearing on it as Elijah, so there's another incentive to give this one a go.
Press Release: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/62996/confirmed-elijah-will-be-joining-brother-klaus-originals
The pilot for The Originals will air on April 25th on the CW as part of The Vampire Diaries fourth season. UK viewers should be able to see it shortly afterwards, depending on ITV2's scheduling.