The 2016-17 season was the last one for “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW. A year later, its spinoff “The Originals” will come to a close.

Executive producer Julie Plec announced via Twitter Thursday that Season 5 of “The Originals” will be the last one for the series. The show begins production next week and is scheduled for its now-final session at Comic-Con on Saturday.

“Being able to celebrate the completion of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ was a joyful and emotional ride, a luxury gifted by Mark Pedowitz at The CW and Peter Roth at [Warner Bros. TV], who, as TV fans themselves, know what it means when a fan is able to say a true goodbye,” Plec writes.

“Ending a show is always bittersweet, but for me, it’s a true blessing to be part of making that choice. … I want the fans to be able to go along on that ride with us.”

Season 5 of “The Originals” will air later in the 2017-18 season; it’s not on the fall schedule. The most recent season averaged a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 940,000 viewers on the night it aired; that improved to 0.6 and about 1.5 million viewers after seven days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The show will pass the 90-episode mark with its final season, which like Season 4 will run for 13 episodes.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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