The Originals has some stiff competition in its bid for Favorite New Drama at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. Other finalists include: Dracula, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Reign, and Sleepy Hollow. But we think the supernatural vampire drama has what it takes to take home the honor. Here are five reasons why The Originals should totally win tonight!

The cast

We’re going to get this one right out of the way: The cast on this show is absolutely amazing. We were worried when it was announced that Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), and Claire Holt (Rebekah) would be leaving The Vampire Diaries for their own show — mainly because they rocked it on TVD. But now we realize we had nothing to worry about because they have brought all of their charisma, chemistry, and capability in conveying internal conflict to The Originals. That’s without taking into account all of the new faces we have been introduced to in this new corner of the TVD-verse (or Phoebe Tonkin, who has gotten a bit more to do on the spin-off). Basically, we could watch this cast read the phone book together and love it.

The way it has set itself apart from TVD

Though spin-offs have some of the built-in audience of their source show, they also have the awesome task of creating a world and story that are just as compelling as the ones they left. We were worried that The Originals wouldn’t be able to break away from the awesomeness that is TVD, but boy were we wrong! We’re halfway through the first season and we’ve already kind of forgotten about the lives these characters lived before moving back to New Orleans — they inform these characters, but they don’t define them. They have redefined themselves in this new setting, and we might just be more enthralled with their stories right now than anything going down on TVD.

Its central theme of family

One of the things we’re seriously digging about The Originals — and that sets it apart from the other shows in the category — is its thematic exploration of family first. Sure, there is plenty of romance, friendship, and supernatural shenanigans, but it is first and foremost about the Mikaelson siblings and their complex relationships with one another. On a television landscape increasingly defined by will-they-or-won’t-they romances and burning love triangles, it’s refreshing to watch a show that has slightly different priorities — not that we don’t love a good television romance!

Because The CW deserves more recognition

This doesn’t exactly place The Originals above Reign on the list of competitors, but we’re always eager to see a CW show nab some wins at the People’s Choice Awards — mostly because the network’s series are so ignored when it comes to most of the other mainstream awards ceremonies. People’s Choice is the CW’s chance to shine — and The Originals clinching a win in the Favorite New TV Drama category could be part of that.

We want many more seasons

Though no officials have been made concerning how many more seasons TVD will run, we wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t go far past its sixth. Which means there will be a TVD-shaped hole in our television schedules. As mentioned above, The Originals is a different show from its source material, but its continued existence will do a lot to ease the pain when TVD does end. Every piece of recognition The Originals snags at this early stage in its run helps ensure that the show will continue on for many more seasons — and that is reason enough to vote in our book.

Do you think Ian deserves the People's Choice Award? Let us know why or why not in the comments! The People’s Choice Awards air tonight, January 8, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!