Klaroline alert?! The CW has renewed "The Originals" for Season 5, giving life to "The Vampire Diaries" fans who hoped the TVD series finale would continue the Caroline/Klaus story on "The Originals."

In addition to "The Originals," the network also renewed "iZombie" for a fourth season. According to TV Guide, "The two series, which both returned at midseason, were among the handful of shows that did not receive early pickups by the network in January, as The CW was waiting to see how they performed this season. Apparently the network liked what it saw, though there's currently no news regarding the number of episodes each series will have."

"The Originals" is a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries," and the Friday, May 12 episode, "Voodoo in My Blood," will feature TVD alum Matt Davis (Alaric) as a guest star:

When "The Vampire Diaries" ended in March, many fans hoped that letter from Klaus to Caroline hinted to the story continuing, either on "The Originals" or in a new TVD spinoff. At the time, TVD co-creator Julie Plec said she couldn't make any promises, in part because "The Originals" had yet to be renewed for Season 5, but also, as she told Entertainment Weekly, "because while I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven't even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally. They're open with a hope, not a promise."

Plec added to Deadline, "I think the point of the finale was to say goodbye. That being said, it is during that window where the timeline would line up with what's happening in 'The Originals,' and so I think that certainly there's an opportunity, not yet planned, but an opportunity to bring some of those stories forward over into what's happening in the land of the 'Original' family."

Here's a bit more hope on that crossover front:

"The Originals" Season 4 finale will air June 23 on The CW.

In other pick-up/cancellation news, The CW recently canceled "Frequency" and "No Tomorrow," but picked up four new series: the "Dynasty" reboot, military-themed "Valor," superhero drama "Black Lightning," and Lucy Hale series "Life Sentence."

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The Vampire Diaries TV Show Poster
The Vampire Diaries
CWTV14September 10, 2009
Based on 5 critics

Centuries-old vampire brothers face new evil in the town of Mystic Falls. Read More

The Originals TV Show Poster
The Originals
CWTV14October 3, 2013
Based on 16 critics

The remaining members of the original vampire family move to New Orleans to reclaim the city. Read More

iZombie TV Show Poster
CWTV14March 17, 2015
Based on 30 critics

A newly turned zombie takes a job in a coroner's officer to get access to fresh brains. Read More

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