Legacies (TV Series 2018– )

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Legacies (TV Series 2018– )

Continuing the tradition of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson's daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman's twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves...in spite of their worst impulses
USA
IMDb   7.4 /10
Metacritic   59 %
TheMovieDb    8.5 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   5.4 /10
Creators
Creator Julie Plec
Information
Release Date2018-10-25
Runtime45mins
GenreAdventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
Awards3 nominations.
CompanyMy So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, CBS Television Studios
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Hope Mikaelson 45 episodes, 2018-2021
Landon Kirby 43 episodes, 2018-2021
Josie Saltzman 43 episodes, 2018-2021
Milton 'MG' Greasley 42 episodes, 2018-2021
Alaric Saltzman 42 episodes, 2018-2021
Lizzie Saltzman 42 episodes, 2018-2021
Rafael Waithe 36 episodes, 2018-2021
Kaleb Hawkins 34 episodes, 2018-2021
Dorian Williams 26 episodes, 2018-2021
Jed 23 episodes, 2018-2021

Legacies (TV series)

Legacies is an American fantasy drama television series, created by Julie Plec, that premiered on The CW on October 25, 2018. It is a spin-off of The Originals and features characters from both that series and its predecessor, The Vampire Diaries. Danielle Rose Russell stars as the 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson, continuing the role she originated in the fifth and final season of The Originals. Matt Davis also features prominently in the series, reprising his role as Alaric Saltzman from The Vampire Diaries. The third season premiered on January 21, 2021. In February 2021, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season which premiered on October 14, 2021.


Premise

Legacies follows Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall, who is descended from some of the most powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines. Two years after the events of The Originals, 17-year-old Hope attends the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The school provides a haven where supernatural beings can learn to control their abilities and impulses.


Cast and characters

Main

  • Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson: a teenaged orphan and student at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted who is descended from some of the most powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines via her parents, Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall. The character was first introduced on The Originals.
  • Aria Shahghasemi as Landon Kirby: Rafael's foster brother and an old acquaintance of Hope who eventually becomes her boyfriend and fellow student at the Salvatore School. Initially thought to be a human, he is then suspected of being a supernatural being, and is later revealed to be a phoenix. The character was first introduced on The Originals.
  • Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman: a witch and student at the Salvatore School. She is Alaric's 15-year-old daughter, Lizzie's twin, and was named after her biological mother, Josette "Jo" Laughlin of the powerful Gemini coven. Josie is deferential to her sister, Lizzie, and lacks self-confidence. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman: a witch and student at the Salvatore School. She is Alaric's 15-year-old daughter, Josie's twin, and was named after Elizabeth Forbes, the late mother of the twins' surrogate mother, Caroline Forbes. Lizzie is narcissistic, and is prone to emotional meltdowns. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Quincy Fouse as MG: A good-natured vampire who works as Alaric's student aide and is friendly with the Saltzman twins
  • Peyton Alex Smith as Rafael (seasons 1–3; special guest star season 4): a recently triggered werewolf and Landon's foster brother. After suffering an abusive childhood in the foster system, he becomes a student at the Salvatore School.
  • Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman: Josie and Lizzie's father and the human headmaster of the Salvatore School. Davis described Alaric's role in the series as "somewhere between Professor X and Dumbledore". The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Chris Lee as Kaleb (season 2–present; recurring, season 1): a vampire student who is revealed to be drinking the blood of humans, a practice that is banned at the school
  • Ben Levin as Jed (season 3–present; recurring, seasons 1–2): the hot-headed and violent alpha werewolf at the school, who is soon replaced as alpha by Rafael
  • Leo Howard as Ethan (season 3–present; guest, season 2): a student at Mystic Falls High School and Sheriff Mac's son

Recurring

  • Demetrius Bridges as Dorian Williams: the librarian at the Salvatore School. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Lulu Antariksa as Penelope Park (season 1): a witch and Josie's ex-girlfriend who despises Lizzie. Penelope leaves the Salvatore School near the end of the first season.
  • Karen David as Emma Tig: a witch and the school's guidance counselor. She takes an indefinite leave-of-absence from the Salvatore School near the end of the first season. She returns in the last half of the second season, ultimately leaving with Dorian. She makes a guest appearance in the fourth season.
  • Ben Geurens as the Necromancer: one of the creatures from Malivore who has the power to bring back the dead
  • Nick Fink as Ryan Clarke: a seemingly good-natured agent working for Triad Industries, he is later revealed to have sinister motives, and a connection to both Malivore and to Landon
  • Ebboney Wilson as Kym (season 2): Kaleb's human sister with whom MG begins a relationship
  • Bianca Kajlich as Sheriff Mac (season 2–3): the new sheriff in Mystic Falls, as she has taken over the job from Matt Donovan when the latter is elected mayor. She is also the mother of Ethan and Maya. She leaves town with Maya, and relocates to Florida, after Alaric allows her to maintain her memories of the supernatural nature of Mystic Falls in the third season.
  • Alexis Denisof as Professor Vardemus (season 2): the temporarily new headmaster of the Salvatore School, before the position is given back to Alaric. He remains at the school as a teacher.
  • Thomas Doherty as Sebastian (season 2): an over-600-year-old vampire who died as a teen, and who appears at the Salvatore School and starts a relationship with Lizzie Saltzman
  • Olivia Liang as Alyssa Chang (seasons 2–3): a student witch at the Salvatore School who likes to instigate drama among her peers, and who ends up as Hope's roommate when Hope returns to school
  • Charles Jazz Terrier as Chad (seasons 2–3): a follower of and servant to the Necromancer
  • Giorgia Whigham as Jade (seasons 2–3): a vampire who turned off her humanity after accidentally killing a friend years prior. As a result, she and several others are banished to the prison world. She leaves the Salvatore School in the third season due to the bad memories having returned to the school brought her.
  • Courtney Bandeko as Finch (season 3–present): a student at Mystic Falls High School in whom Josie takes a romantic interest. She is later revealed to be a werewolf and she transfers to the Salvatore School.
  • Omono Okojie as Cleo (season 3–present): a witch and a new student at the Salvatore School who becomes Hope's roommate

Special guest stars

  • Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan (in "This Is the Part Where You Run", "Hope Is Not the Goal"): the town's sheriff. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert (in "We're Being Punked, Pedro"): Alaric's old friend who saves Rafael and Landon from a werewolf hunter. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson (in "That's Nothing I Had to Remember", "We All Knew This Day Was Coming"): Hope's aunt and a powerful witch. The character was first introduced on The Originals.
  • Chris Wood as Kai Parker (in "Kai Parker Screwed Us", "You Can't Save Them All"): Josie and Lizzie's evil maternal uncle. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.

Notable guest stars

  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Jo Laughlin (in "Mombie Dearest"): Alaric's deceased ex-fiancée, and Josie's and Lizzie's biological mother. The character was first introduced on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Ayelet Zurer as Seylah Chelon (in "Maybe I Should Start from the End"): Landon's mother, who abandoned him at birth
  • Jedidiah Goodacre as Roman (in "Let's Just Finish the Dance", "I'll Tell You a Story"): Hope's former boyfriend who was involved in the death of her mother. The character was first introduced on The Originals.
  • Summer Fontana as young Hope Marshall (in "A New Hope"): A younger Hope, from when Lizzie and Josie were 11 years old; Fontana first played Hope on The Originals.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116October 25, 2018March 28, 2019
216October 10, 2019March 26, 2020
316January 21, 2021June 24, 2021
4TBAOctober 14, 2021TBA

Production

Development

In August 2017, it was announced that early discussions on the development of a spinoff of The Originals focusing on Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall, were taking place with Julie Plec, creator of The Originals and co-creator of The Vampire Diaries. In January 2018, it was revealed that a pilot for the spinoff had been ordered; Plec penned the pilot script and is credited with creating the series. It was announced in March 2018 that the spinoff had been ordered to pilot, but instead of a traditional pilot, a fifteen-minute pilot presentation of the series would be presented to The CW.

On May 11, 2018, it was announced that the spinoff, titled Legacies, had been ordered to series for the 2018–19 U.S. television season. In June 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 25, 2018. On October 8, 2018, The CW announced that they had ordered three additional scripts for the series, bringing the first season total script order to sixteen episodes.

On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season. The second season premiered on October 10, 2019. On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on January 21, 2021. On February 3, 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth season which premiered on October 14, 2021.

Filming

In March 2020, production on the second season was shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 16 of the ordered 20 episodes had been completed. On March 26, 2020, it was announced that the sixteenth episode that aired that same night would serve as a spring finale as the production team had run out of episodes to air following the production shut down. Filming on the third season began on October 15, 2020. Production on the third season finished on June 24, 2021. Twenty episodes for the season were filmed, but the remaining four will be held for the fourth season. Season four is currently filming in Georgia, as of October 2021.

Casting

It was announced in March 2018 that The Vampire Diaries veteran Matt Davis would reprise the role of Alaric Saltzman and that Danielle Rose Russell would star as Hope Mikaelson. Quincy Fouse, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, and Aria Shahghasemi were also set to star. Shahghasemi would debut in the twelfth episode of the fifth season of The Originals as Hope's friend Landon. It was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018 that Paul Wesley would direct an episode and that Zach Roerig would appear in the series. Steven R. McQueen was revealed to be reprising his role as Jeremy Gilbert in the series' third episode.

In July 2019, it was announced that Thomas Doherty would appear in the second season and that Alexis Denisof would recur in the second season as Professor Vardemus. In August 2019, Bianca Santos, Bianca Kajlich, and Leo Howard were cast in recurring roles for the second season. In September 2019, it was reported that Riley Voelkel would reprise her role as Freya Mikaelson for the sixth episode of the second season. In November 2019, it was announced that Chris Wood would reprise his role of Kai Parker in the twelfth episode of the second season. The same month, it was reported that Chris Lee had been promoted to a series regular during production on the second season and that Olivia Liang had been cast in a recurring role for the second season. On January 20, 2020, Charles Jazz Terrier was cast in a recurring capacity. In September 2020, it was announced that Leo Howard and Ben Levin had been promoted to series regulars for the third season. On January 27, 2021, Omono Okojie was cast in a recurring role for the third season. Candice King performed an uncredited voiceover as Lizzie and Josie's mother, Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries, in the third season episode "Salvatore: The Musical!" On August 27, 2021, it was reported that Okojie had been promoted to a series regular for the fourth season. In October 2021, it was reported that Claire Holt was set to reprise her role as Rebekah Mikaelson for fifth episode of the fourth season.


Broadcast

The first season of Legacies premiered on October 25, 2018 and concluded on March 28, 2019 on The CW. The second season debuted on October 10, 2019 and finished on March 26, 2020. The third season premiered on January 21, 2021 and concluded on June 24, 2021. The fourth season is scheduled to premiere on October 14, 2021.


Home media

A manufacture-on-demand DVD for the first season was released by the Warner Archive Collection on October 22, 2019.


Reception

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 82% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. The website's critic consensus states: "A fun and fast-paced addition to The CW's stable of supernatural high school series, Legacies emerges from the shadows of its sister shows an unexpected delight." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 59 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Legacies
SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
DateViewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
1Thursday 9:00pm16October 25, 20181.12March 28, 20190.932018–191761.521470.6
216October 10, 20190.80March 26, 20200.672019–201211.411190.5
316January 21, 20210.69June 24, 20210.572020–211451.011320.3
4TBAOctober 14, 20210.33TBATBD2021–22TBDTBDTBDTBD