CW Schedules Unaired Episodes Of ‘Cult’

By | Friday May 24, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cancelled midseaosn CW drama Cult will return on the air June 28, with the six unaired episodes slated to run in two-hour blocks from 8-10 PM over three consecutive Fridays. The show’s creator Rockne S. O’Bannon shared Read More »

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The CW Pulls ‘Cult’ From Schedule; Remaining Episodes Could End Up Online

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 3:38pm PDT

The CW already unofficially cancelled low-rated Cult when it sent the mystery drama from Tuesdays to Fridays after its first two episodes drew a miniscule 0.3 rating in 18-49. Today the network made it official by … Read More »

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The CW’s ‘Cult’ Bumped To Fridays

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 5:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW's CultThe CW is writing off midseason Tuesday drama Cult after two low-rated airings. Beginning next week, the serialized drama will move to Friday, airing at 9 PM. The CW will air repeats in Cult‘s … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Body Of Proof’ Returns But Ties Series Low, ‘Cult’ Debuts Down; ‘Smash’, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Lows

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 9:10am PST

Retooled and returning last night for its third season, ABC’s Body Of Proof (1.2/3) did not offer strong ratings evidence Tuesday. The drama was down a cratering 45% from its Season 2 premiere on September 20, 2011 and tied a series low. It was also down 37% from its Season 2 finale in April. Meanwhile, in another debut, The CW’s Cult (0.3/1) premiered at 9 PM. Opening weak, the new midseason suspense drama attracted about 940,000 viewers and was down from the 1.4/1 who watched the finale of Emily Owens M.D. in the same slot February 5. The second episode of the second season of NBC’s Smash (0.9/2) stumbled again last night, down 25% from its season premiere to a new series low. The Season 2 premiere of the musical drama February 5 was the show’s previous low.

Related: ABC’s ‘Body of Proof’ Looking To Break Retool Curse
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‘Cult’ Producers On “Putting A Magnifying Glass” On The Darker Side Of Fandom: TCA

By | Sunday January 13, 2013 @ 12:26pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

CultThe new CW drama Cult that premieres February 19 surrounds what happens when the mysterious disappearance of the brother of an investigative journalist leads to a journey into the dark underbelly of a TV series and its rabid, obsessive fan base. So the first question from a critic on a TCA panel this morning asked maybe whether there was a danger in looking at passionate television fans and telling them “your passion scares Cultme and I’m afraid you might kill me.” Exec producer and showrunner Rockne S. O’Bannon admitted that the production team is very cognizant of this issue. “But unlike other shows, we have the advantage of putting a magnifying glass on that idea itself,” he reasoned. The natural followup query is whether there is indeed a certain cause-and-effect between TV and movie content and certain behaviors from impressionable fans. Exec producer Len Goldstein explained that Cult is absolutely peering at the relationship between fans and their shows, “which is certainly more pronounced than ever before… Read More »

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CW Midseason Drama ‘Cult’ Gets Slotted

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 2:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW kept things simple on its midseason schedule, with new drama Cult filling the Tuesday 9 PM slot, which will become vacant after freshman Emily Owens, MD ends its 13-episode run. (The CW opted not to Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Casts Mom & Sister For Sofia Vergara, ‘Cult’ Adds Recurring

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 2:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Elizabeth Peña (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been cast to play Gloria Delgado-Pritchett’s (Sofia Vergara) Colombian mother, Pilar, on hit ABC comedy Modern Family, while Stephanie Beatriz has been cast as Gloria’s sister, Sofia. The … Read More »

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UPFRONTS 2012: The Year Of Underdogs, Comebacks & Second Chances

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In my decade covering American television I can’t think of a year when more projects that started as also-rans, or came back from the dead, or barely made it to pilot, or overcame major recastings, went on to land series orders. And some of them are among next season’s most buzzed-about new shows. It feels like almost all pilots that had recastings — once an ominous sigh for a project’s future — went to series, and those that went through hardship on average fared much better than their non-problematic counterparts.

Related: Upfront 2012: What Pilots Are Still Alive

TV Upfronts 2012When a pilot script is passed on by the network that developed it, in 99.99% of the cases that means the end of the road, with the script headed to the writer’s drawer as its final destination. But in the case of Mindy Kaling’s medical comedy The Mindy Project, a pass by NBC where it was developed led to a pilot pickup at Fox, where the project quickly emerged as the network brass’ darling and landed on the fall schedule in the plum post-New Girl time slot.

Related: 2012-13 Fall Broadcast Primetime Grid

Cult CW MidseasonLike rejected scripts, dead pilots also hardly get resurrected. Sci-fi veteran Rockne S. O’Bannon wrote Cult for the 2005-06 development season when he landed a pilot order at the WB but the project became a casualty of the UPN/WB merger and the pilot was never made. Six years later, O’Bannon’s updated Cult script got a pilot order at the CW, the pilot was shot and took another step forward, landing a midseason series order.

Partners CBSIt took Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchick about as long to get a comedy inspired by their real-life straight man-gay man friendship on the air. The idea’s first incarnation was at CBS during the 2006-07 development season and the second at ABC the following season. Both times, Kohan and Mutchick’s scripts went to pilot starring Jay Mohr and Brian Austin Green (CBS) and Alan Tudyk, Josh Cooke and Ty Burrell (ABC). Both times Kohan and Mutchnick felt there were script, casting and other issues. The two had moved on when last year CBS approached them about revisiting the idea but getting it right this time. The result is Partners, which also went to pilot. Read More »

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CW Picks Up ‘Carrie Diaries’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Cult’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘First Cut’ To Series

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The Carrie Diaries CWThe CW has made five new drama series pickups, with all early standouts making the cut. That includes the Sex And The City prequel The Carrie Diaries, the Green Arrow-themed Arrow, the contemporary reboot of the 1980s series Beauty and the Beast, mystery Cult and medical drama First Cut starring Mamie Gummer.

CW TV Show ArrowPicking up five new scripted series is a record for the CW which, under new topper Mark Pedowitz, has vowed to increase the amount of originals on the air at any time, avoiding long spells of repeats. The CW also has been planning to employ the cable model of shorter seasons with some of its series, including Cult, which had been envisioned from the get-go as doing 13 episodes a season. There had been speculation that the CW would pick up as many as 5-6 of its eight pilots to series. The sixth drama pilot that had been in serious contention but did not get a nod today was the book adaptation The Selection whose chances were boosted by its similarities to the blockbuster Hunger Games movie franchise. Were those similarities too close for comfort?

The large number of new series pickups does not bode well for the CW many bubble series but a couple, like Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and maybe Nikita, would likely make the cut. Studio-wise, three of the five new CW series, Carrie Diaries, Arrow and Cult, hail from Warner Bros. TV, the other two from CBS TV Studios. Two of the series are co-produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s WBTV-based Fake Empire, while Arrow is with Berlanti Prods. Read More »

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TV Castings: Pilots ‘Downwardly Mobile’ & ‘Cult’, Series ‘LA Complex’ Add To Casts

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jason Antoon has been cast in NBC’s comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman. The multicamera Downwardly Mobile centers on Rose (Barr), the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who … Read More »

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Matt Davis Cast As The Male Lead In CW Drama Pilot ‘Cult’

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 4:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Matt Davis Cult CastEXCLUSIVE: The CW and Warner Bros TV kept the search for the male lead in their buzzed-about new pilot Cult in-house. Matt Davis, co-star of the hit CW/WBTV series The Vampire Diaries, is set to … Read More »

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CW Castings: Robert Knepper To Co-Star In ‘Cult’, Aimee Teegarden Gets ‘Selection’ Lead

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 2:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Robert Knepper is set to co-star in the CW drama pilot Cult. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Fake Empire, centers on Skye (Jessica Lucas), an inquisitive young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called CultRead More »

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Jessica Lucas Set As Lead of CW Pilot ‘Cult’, Noureen DeWulf Joins ‘Anger Management’

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 12:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Lucas has been tapped as the lead in the CW drama pilot Cult. The project, from writer Rockne S. O’Bannon, Warner Bros. TV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, centers on Skye (Lucas), an inquisitive, young … Read More »

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The CW Greenlights Mystery Drama Pilot

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW got in the pilot pickup game early this year with a green light for Cult, a mystery drama from veteran sci-fi writer producer Rockne S. O’Bannon produced by Gossip Girl co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. This marks … Read More »

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