We were shocked yesterday when we heard that FOX was moving former powerhouse Glee from its coveted Thursday night timeslot (8 p.m. ET) to Tuesday nights at the same time. This means that the dramedy will be going up against ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and, most importantly, The CW’s hit freshman series The Originals.
It’s no shocker that we are head-over-heels in love with the Vampire Diaries spin-off, so we’ve pulled together a few key reasons why you should direct your attention to The Originals this Spring and leave Glee behind:
1. No high school drama.
No offense to Glee, but with The Originals, you don’t have to worry about evil principals (we’re looking at you, Sue Sylvester), bitchy cheerleaders, and — gross — going to classes! There are some recycled storylines going on at McKinley High (such as the Jake/Ryder/Marley and Puck/Finn/Rachel love triangles) and it’s not really fair that the CW drama is able to continue to surprise us week after week with fresh storylines. The only thing The Originals is missing are some great musical numbers, but we can live without that.
2. New Orleans is better than Lima.
Let’s be honest: We’re a little bored with Lima, Ohio. While Glee is definitely keeping us interested with the New York kids, we’re so over the drama back in the Mid-West. With The Originals, you’re getting to enjoy the French Quarter of New Orleans and are able to check out what craziness NOLA has to offer — which is a great collection of witches, vampires, and hybrids causing some major problems.
3. Hotter guys.
Why even pretend to be interested in grown men playing high school kids? When you tune into The Originals, you’ve got a solid choice between hunky-yet-brooding leading men. Check out the merchandise: Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies), and Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis). You can have all the fun you want with your high school crooners on Glee, but why not go for a centuries-old vampire? It seems like a no-brainer to us. Sorry, Blaine Warbler.
4. Supernatural warfare.
While the kids on Glee are worried about whatever nonsense Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is cooking up for his teenage friends each week, we’re dealing with some huge issues over on The Originals. Not only is the show all about family and the complex bonds that are formed between brothers and sisters after centuries of backstabbing and torture, but it’s all about supernatural relations. Not only are Klaus and Marcel battling against each other, but there are ever-growing tensions between the witches, the vampires, the Originals, and the humans — not to mention a homicidal hybrid that came all the way down from Mystic Falls (cough cough, Tyler Lockwood).
5. Believable storylines.
Sure, we’ll admit that it’s crazy to suggest that The Originals could have more believable storylines than Glee, but we’re sticking to our guns on this one. Yes, The Originals is a supernatural drama with crazy mythology and characters that are pretty much ancient, but sometimes their storylines are less far-fetched than those of Glee. It’s pretty clear that The Originals is trying to break away from the over-the-top mythology of The Vampire Diaries, and its simplicity as a supernatural drama is a breath of fresh air. High schoolers swinging from vines in loincloths and twerking with their teachers in the hallways? We don’t think so.
Which will you be watching when Spring comes around? Hit the comments and let us know!