TV briefs: Nina Dobrev in 'Vampire Diaries' series finale, 'Greenleaf' on Netflix, Conan in Mexico City

This was posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Nina Dobrev, who left "The Vampire Diaries" after season six, is returning for the series finale.

She revealed the script for the series finale airing March 10 on her Instagram page:

The drama is the longest running scripted show shot in Atlanta, going back to 2009.

"I'm thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended — with Nina back to help us say goodbye," executive producer Julie Plec told Variety. Exec producer Kevin Williamson added, "I'm so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!"

While on the show, Dobrev played not just her main character Elena, but Elena's vampire doppelgänger Katherine Pierce (previously Katerina Petrova), and the creator of her doppelgänger line, Amara. And a like Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black," she has played multiple characters in the same scene.


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Nowadays, getting a TV show on Netflix is a big deal.

Oprah Winfrey's OWN show 'Greenleaf," shot in Atlanta, signed an agreement with Netflix which will allow worldwide access to the second season worldwide outside the United States the day after it airs. Plus, the first season will be available for all Netflix subscribers starting March 3.

The show averaged about 2.1 million overnight viewers and 3 million with DVR usage included. Winfrey herself is a recurring character in the drama, which is fictionally based in Memphis and focuses on a megachurch family.

Season 2 is set to debut on OWN March 15.


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Atlanta-based TBS is sending Conan O'Brien to Mexico City for one of his periodic trips on the road.

The timing is tied to all the news regarding Donald Trump's efforts to build a full-fledged wall between the two countries and debate on how to pay for it. It's set to air March 1 and will use an entirely Mexican film crew, audience and guests.

“Although I’m eager to make a show in Mexico, if the U.S. government meets my demand for $100 million in tax incentives, I will consider relocating production to Akron,” O’Brien said in a press release. He was referencing Trump's pronouncements of punishing companies that send jobs overseas and the financial incentives to keep them stateside.

His travelogue series have done well for the network although his daily show lags behind many of his rivals. He is signed with TBS through 2018 and has produced "People on Earth" for the network, with others in development and production.

Executives at TBS are mulling the possibility of changing "Conan" to a weekly show along the lines of Samantha Bee or John Oliver as opposed to four days a week.