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So, Which Vampire Diaries Characters Will Be Showing Up on the New Spinoff?

Legacies, the second spinoff of the wildly popular The Vampire Diaries franchise, is coming to The CW this Fall, and we're pretty excited. The series is slated to focus on the teenage Hope Mikaelson, last seen on the series finale of The Originals, and her adventures at the supernatural boarding school that was founded in the epilogue of the finale of the original The Vampire Diaries. The question on everyone's mind, of course, is which existing characters from the TVD universe will show up?

Two beloved characters are already confirmed as series regulars. Danielle Rose Russell and Matt Davis will reprise their roles as Hope Mikaelson and Alaric Saltzman as the main characters of Legacies. Hope, the daughter who resulted from a brief TVD-era fling between werewolf Hayley and hybrid Klaus, will be learning more about her supernatural abilities, while Alaric is running the Salvatore Boarding School For the Young and Gifted while raising his twin daughters.

THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES, Matt Davis in 'Coming Home Was a Mistake' (Season 8, Episode 5, aired November 18, 2016). ph: Bob Mahoney/The CW Network/courtesy Everett Collection

Russell and Davis aren't the only familiar faces slated to pop up, though! It was recently confirmed that Zach Roerig, who played Matt Donovan, will appear at least once, probably more, on Legacies. Matt is the sweet human who miraculously makes it through eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries as a human and a survivor and is seen taking over as sheriff of Mystic Falls in the TVD finale. But the Matt we're about to see might not be the same Matt we know and love.

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"He kind of went off the deep end," Roerig explained to Entertainment Weekly. "We see him in the future a little more frazzled and a little out of his mind from the vampires. He's crazy sheriff Matt Donovan." Although he's still a friend to Davis's Alaric, he's also hell-bent on keeping Mystic Falls safe from more supernatural damage, which makes him a dangerous potential antagonist too.

At least one more TVD character is headed back to Mystic Falls. News broke in August that Steven R. McQueen had reached a deal to reprise his role as Jeremy Gilbert. He's not scheduled to be a recurring character; at the moment, he's only making a cameo appearance in the third episode of the first season. No details have come out yet about the context of his return, although the former "hunter" could probably teach a thing or two to the supernatural students at the school!

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, (from left): Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig, 'The Hybrid', (Season 3, ep. 302, aired Sept. 22, 2011), 2009-. photo: Quantrell D. Colbert /  CW / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Legacies is also going to welcome back one of the original Salvatore brothers — though not in the context you might think. Paul Wesley (aka Stefan Salvatore) has been tapped to direct an episode sometime during the first season. Although no other established characters have been announced to appear, creator Julie Plec says the door is always open — we certainly hope we see more familiar faces walk through that door (once they've been invited, of course)!

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Greene and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for Dublin

Jenny Greene and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage at the Iveagh Gardens next summer.

The phenomenal live act will play the Dublin venue on Sunday, July 7 2019.

Tickets priced €49.50 go on sale on Monday, December 17 at 10am from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide.

DUBLIN! We are so excited to announce @djjennygreene and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage of Iveagh Gardens this summer on 7 July 2019. 🙌 Tickets go on sale this Monday at 10am! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/nnQlud3WgC

— Aiken Promotions (@aikenpromotions) December 13, 2018

Meanwhile, Greene and the orchestra will return to Live at the Marquee Cork on Friday, June 28 having blown audiences away there last year.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!@djjennygreene, @rte_co & @gemma_sugrue return to @LATMofficial on Friday June 28th!
Get your tickets on @TicketmasterIre RIGHT NOW!https://t.co/dljdnahwkC

— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) December 13, 2018

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EastEnders set revamp goes £27 million over budget

The BBC's project to rebuild the set of EastEnders will now cost £27 million more than originally planned.

The original budget for the refurbishment of the soap's set was fixed at £59.7 million in 2015, but the revised budget is now £86.7 million.

The completion date has been pushed back two-and-a-half years, from October 2020 to May 2023.

A report from the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) said a lack of expertise, over-optimism regarding costs and delays in construction led to the 45% budget increase for the project.

The BBC said the project was "large" and "complex" and added that there had been "challenges on the way".

The project – which is called E20 – will see the original 1984 set of the soap in Hertfordshire being rebuilt and expanded.

"The show remains one of the BBC's flagship programmes and yet is filming from a set that is no longer fit for purpose"

The set was only supposed to be used for two years but has lasted for 34. This has led to problems with health and safety, continual investments in refurbishments and the inability to shoot in high-definition due to the decaying set.

"The show remains one of the BBC's flagship programmes and yet is filming from a set that is no longer fit for purpose," the BBC said in a statement.

"The new set will be suitable for HD filming for the first time and extend Walford to better reflect modern East End London.

"It's a large, complex project which has already delivered many other vital improvements at BBC Elstree Centre but like any building work of this scale there have been challenges on the way, including construction market issues beyond our control and from working on a brownfield site.

"As the NAO recognises we've already made improvements and are keeping the project under close scrutiny."

The new EastEnders set will include a "Front Lot" replicating Albert Square and the traditional set, and a "Back Lot", which will include new Walford outdoor locations and will be made to look more like the streets of 21st-century London.

The NAO concluded in its report: "The BBC will not be able to deliver value for money on the E20 programme in the way that it envisaged in 2015.

"Disappointingly, some of the reasons for this were built into E20 at the outset and could have been addressed earlier."

EastEnders airs on RTÉ One and BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Bob Dylan and Neil Young announce Irish show

Music legends Bob Dylan and Neil Young have announced a one-off Irish show next July.

Dylan and his band and Young with Promise of the Real will play Kilkenny's Nowlan Park on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, December 17, at 9:00am from outlets nationwide.

The Director of Aiken Promotions, Peter Aiken, told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that he expects people to travel from overseas in order to see the concert.

Nowlan Park is the venue for what promises to be one of the concerts of 2019

It is one of just two concerts Dylan and Young will headline together this year – they haven't performed together since 1994.

Aiken said the two artists have a proven track record of selling tickets in Ireland and, if you combined the ticket sales of all the shows they have played here, an estimated 800,000 people have gone to see them perform.

"They'll come from everywhere for this, you know," he added.

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Emmerdale star Hardwick proposes to producer Brooks

Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick has revealed she proposed to her girlfriend, the soaps's producer Kate Brooks.

The star, who plays Vaness Woodfield on the soap, announced the happy engagement news on Twitter and Instagram.

She posted a black and white photo of them on a balcony with glasses in their hands, writing: "So after months of planning, I popped the question!!!

"She said yes!!!"

Hardwick added emojis of an engagement ring and two brides with the hashtags "#loveislove" and "#noordinaryproposal".

Emmerdale producer Brooks retweeted the message and said: "Thank you for all the love", adding the hashtags "#shedidgood #whataweekend #worthmissingthejunglefor."

Thank you for all the love ❤️ #shedidgood #whataweekend #worthmissingthejunglefor https://t.co/4U6BJuF8Vr

— Kate Brooks (@katebrooks) December 12, 2018

The couple went public with their relationship in October when Hardwick posted pictures of the pair on Instagram on National Coming Out Day.

"It will all work out in the end," she wrote, adding: "#behappy#nationalcomingoutday #loveislove."

Hardwick's on-screen character Vanessa also found happiness recently when she and her girlfriend Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) finally declared their love for one another.

Michelle Hardwick as Vanessa Woodfield and Emma Atkins as Charity Dingle in Emmerdale

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Keith Richards ‘pulls the plug’ on heavy drinking

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said he has "pulled the plug" on heavy drinking ahead of his 75th birthday.

The guitarist told Rolling Stone he made the decision a year ago.

"I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it," he said.

Richard admitted he still enjoys "a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer".

"It was time to quit. Just like all the other stuff," he continued.

Keith Richards praised fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood

When asked if it was an adjustment, Richards replied: "You can call it that, yeah. But I don't notice any difference really – except for I don't drink. I wasn't feeling [right]. I've done it. I didn't want that anymore."

Richards' fellow Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, chose sobriety in 2010.

"He's a pleasure to work with," said Richards. "Much more mellow. He's open to more ideas, whereas before I'd kind of grit my teeth and go, 'He's gonna give me some s*** for saying this'. Now, he'll say, 'That's cool, man'."

The Rolling Stones will embark on the North American leg of their No Filter tour in Miami next April.

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