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The Old Ones
The Beginning of the Immortals
Television Series Information
GenreSupernatural Drama
Horror
Fantasy
Created ByCameron Henderson
StarringCameron Henderson
Omar Brown
Tyrekas Lang
Brandon T. Jackson
Grace Gealey
Sydni Watson
KeKe Hunter
Chelsi Glascoe
Shannon Kane
Jaden Smith
Logan Browning
Booboo Stewart
Kathy Valentina
Justine Lattimore
ComposerCarter Burwell
No. of Seasons12
Executive ProducersCameron Henderson
Julie Plec
David Slade
Bill Condon
Original ChannelHBO

The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals is an American supernatural-fantasy horror television series developed by Cameron Henderson, Julie Plec and David Slade. The television series is based on the book series of the same name by Cameron Henderson. The series follow the existence of the ancient and original vampire congregation, The Old Ones. It tells the story of how they became to be the first of their imminent species and how they acquired the pinnacle of the vampire dominion. The story-line also consists of witches, werewolves and hybrids. It also focuses on the lives of friends of The Old Ones and mysterious events that plagues the city of New York.

When The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals premiered on the HBO Television Network on January 6, 2012; it attracted the largest audience of any series since the network began in 2006. Due to strong ratings; the series was given a full, 12-episode first season on January 6, 2012. The show's first season finale aired on March 22, 2012. Producer and executive Julie Plec confirmed that the second season would begin airing on July 20, 2012 which would feature a number of astoninshing plots.

On December 25, 2012, HBO announced a renewal for a third season of the show that will begin airing on February 8, 2013. As the third season conluded with impressive ratings from viewers around the globe, Cameron Henderson announced that a fourth season is currently in production. Sources have initiated after the closing of the fourth season of The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals, a fifth season has began shooting in productional areas in Atlanta, GA. After media critics applauded the conclusional perspective of the phenomenal television series, producer Julie Plec mentioned in a previous interview that the sixth season is currently in progress for production.

Main Cast

Cameron Henderson as Eric
Grace Gealey as Laila
Omar Brown as Vincent
Tyrekas Lang as Michael
Brandon T. Jackson as André
Sydni Watson as Camille
Keke Hunter as Ariana
Chelsi Glascoe as Isabella
BooBoo Stewart as Dominic
Kathy Valentina as Destiny

Recurring Cast

Zac Efron as Connor
Jessica Lucas as Ayana Bennett
Diana Agron as Marissa
Alex Pettyfer as Tyler
Shawn Ashmore as Christian
Syrriah Elmore as Kayla
David Gallagher as Derren
Logan Lerman as Richard
Anivlis Fernandez as Kate
Melicia Johnson as Sariah
Ashley Thornton as Kristina
Anton Yelchin as Matthew
Tika Sumpter as Sage
Rosario Dawson as Victoria Bennett
Daren Kagasoff as Wesley
Shay Mitchell as Selene
Alex Maraz as Marcus
Shane West as Slater
Olivia Wilde as Paige
Heather Hemmens as Jamia Bennett
Jake Gyllenhaal as Nick
Cam Gigandet as Ethan
Julianne Hough as Faith
Tom Felton as Hayden
Jurnee Smollett as Nyla
Julian Morris as Ryan
Enisha Brewster as Stella
Terrance J as Scott
Keshia Chanté as Lorena
Brian J. White as Terrell
Summer Glau as Becca
Thomas Dekker as Jaden
Thandie Newton as Patience
Brooklyn Sudano as Zyra
Bronson Pelletier as Brian
Wes Bentley as Grant
Shannon Kane as Trinity
Garrett Hedlund as Xavier
Logan Browning as Helena
Emmy Rossum as Natalie
Colton Haynes as Reed
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Dawn
Gilles Marini as Wade
Orlando Bloom as Armand
Rachel Leigh Cook as Alice
Crystal Reed as Irina
Joy Washington as Marie Bennett
Pedro Perestrello as Edward
Dania Ramirez as Carmen
Ben Barnes as Dean
Paula Patton as Alaysia
Derek Theler as Samuel
Drew Van Acker as Nolan
Autumn Reeser as Lenore
Emile De Raven as Vera
Thomas Bridges as Alexander
Matthew Lockhart as Victor
Brendan Montgomery as Roman
Kellan Miller as Grayson
Diane Thomas as Athena
James Lafferty as Magnus
Robert Colletti as Deacon
Bethany Joy Lenz as Angela
Hilarie Burton as Giselle
Diana Bell as Eliana
Stuart Townsend as Silvanus
Colin O’Donoghue as Keiran
Willa Holland as Brielle
Sophia Bush as Artemis
Nick Dawson as Rowan
Micahel Ealy as Ezra
Sharon Leal as Sawyer
Ryan Sandberg as Jake
Theresa Palmer as Adrienne
Reign Clemson as Lucien
Jaden Smith as Gordon
Justine Lattimore as Alissa
Chloe Richardson as Amiris
Andrew Howard as Quintus
Maya Stojan as Serren
Simon Adams as Gideon
Saffron Underwood as Naevia

Production

Initially David Slade had little interest in developing the series, finding the premise too similar to other vampire tales. However, at Cameron Henderson's urging, he began to read the novels and started to become intrigued by the story: "I began to realize that it was a story about the supernatural preliminaries within New York City; about that specific city's underbelly and about what lurks under the surface." Slade has stated the city's story will be the main focus of the series, rather than high school.

On February 6, 2011, Variety announced that HBO had green-lit the pilot for The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals with Cameron Henderson, David Slade and Julie Plec set as the head writers and executive producers. On May 19, 2012, the series was officially ordered for the 2012–2013 season. On the morning of May 10, 2012, a fire broke out in the building on Clark Street in Covington that was used as the setting for Mystic Grill on the show. The series was given a full, 12-episode order on October 21, 2011 after strong ratings for the first half of the season.

Critical Reception

Metacritic gave the show a score of 50/100 based on 22 critical reviews, indicating mixed to average response. Its premiere on January 6, 2012 and gave HBO its biggest series premiere scoring 4.9 million viewers. Adding in DVR numbers, the ratings for the premiere swelled to an official 5.7 million viewers. The first season had an average rating of 3.66 million viewers.

Many TV critics felt the series improved with each episode. Sarah Hughes of The Independent says The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals turns into "a well-crafted, interestingly developed series", despite a poor opening episode. The New York Post also praised the portrayal of Eric, finding the character to be a strong-minded man who did not allow his feelings from his past to control him. Karla Peterson of The San Diego Union-Tribune said that "the supernatural drama is a first-class production, featuring an insanely gorgeous cast, sharp scripts and a brooding vibe that is hard for even the most levelheaded adult to resist." Mike Hale of The New York Times gave the series an honorable mention on his list of the top TV shows of 2012. The show's second season opened to universal acclaim from professional television critics as it received a 78/100 score on Metacritic. As the series progressed and developed onto the third season, critics praised the portrayals of the main characters and the development of the female characters such as Isabella played by Chelsi Glascoe and Kristina who is played by Ashley Thornton. The tenth season finale opened to generally positive reviews. Diana Steenbergen of IGN praised the episode and the writers for clearing up a couple story lines and making all of them come to a head. She also praised Henderson's performance in this episode, addressing her behaviour as another reason the final revelation was more shocking and believable. Similarly, Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly review praised the writer's skills in creating the more unexpected final twist. Several reviewers also addressed the dynamic of the show may change now that it previously came to a conclusion. Keshaunta Moton of Poptimal refers to the upcoming changes as "huge" and notes the change as something that'll affect the each aspiring fan in a monumental way. Other reviewers, like Matt Roush of SeattlePi and Ben Lee of Digital Spy refer to the series finale as a "game-changer" and one to change the lives of the HBO preliminaries for a lifetime.

Awards

Teen Choice Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2010
Winner Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Winner Breakout Show The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Winner Breakout Star Female Sydni Watson
Winner Breakout Star Male Cameron Henderson
Lose Scene Stealer Female Keke Hunter
Winner Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Omar Brown
Winner Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Ashley Thornton
Winner Villain Zac Efron
Lose Male hottie Tyrekas Lang
2011
Winner Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Winner Scene Stealer Female Anivlis Fernandez
Winner Scene Stealer Male Alex Maraz
Winner Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Cameron Henderson
Winner Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Omar Brown
Winner Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Chelsi Glasco
Winner Villain Shane West
Winner Female hottie Keshia Chanté
Winner Male hottie Omar Brown
Winner Vampire Cameron Henderson
Winner Vampire Brandon T. Jackson
Winner Vampire Chelsi Glasco

People's Choice Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2010
Winner Favorite New TV Drama The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Lose Favorite SCI FI/Fantasy Show The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
2011
Lose Favorite TV Drama The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Lose Favorite TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Lose Favorite TV Drama Actor Cameron Henderson

Saturn Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2010
Winner Best Network Series The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals

Young Hollywood Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2010
Won Making Their Mark Chelsi Glascoe
Won Cast to Watch Cameron Henderson, Chelsi Glascoe and Ashley Thornton

J-14 Teen Icon Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2010
Won Iconic TV Show The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Won Iconic TV Actor Cameron Henderson
2011
Won Iconic TV Show The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Won Iconic TV Actor Brandon T. Jackson

Do Something Awards

Year Result Category Recipient(s)
2012
Won Best TV Drama The Old Ones: The Beginning of the Immortals
Won Best TV Star: Male Cameron Henderson
Won Best Twitter Account Chelsi Glascoe

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