Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis) has learned to laugh off his brother Nate's relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate's paranoia seriously, and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show "Cult" and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation is Skye (Jessica Lucas), a young research assistant for "Cult," who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show. The fictitious show, centered on the cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm (Robert Knepper) and LAPD detective Kelly Collins (Alona Tal), has become an obsession for its viewers -- and now some of its devotees seem to be taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world. As Jeff and Skye dig deeper into the fan world, they discover that the gruesome plot twists on television are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate people. The hardcore fans of "Cult" would kill to see what happens next...
This creepy thriller-type show is set to hit the CW in January/February 2013 (it's a mid-season replacement and will only have 13 episodes). We still don't know what it's time-slot will be - right now, it's most likely to replace one of the shows that are only airing in the first half of the season anyway (Gossip Girl's final season on Monday, America's Next Top Model on Friday), but it could also replace one of the CW's other new shows if they bomb so hard that they don't get a full-season pickup.
I'm looking forward to this show for a couple of reasons. One is the capable-looking cast -
Matt Davis - I've liked him in all the roles I've seen him play, be it douchey boyfriend in Legally Blonde, cunning investigative reporter in Damages, or snarky, big-hearted vampire hunter in The Vampire Diaries. Heck, even when he had to turn around and play villainous characters on TVD (Klaus possessing Alaric, Vamp!Alaric), he did it well. It remains to be seen if he can actually carry a show, but I'm optimistic.
Alona Tal - loved her on Veronica Mars and Supernatural, where her characters were annoyingly killed off well before their time. (I've also enjoyed her work in Israeli series The Prime Minister's Children, which most people probably don't know.) She's a talented actress who can have a breakout if she just finds the right role, methinks.
Robert Knepper - only ever seen him on the horrid final season of Heroes, and while that was well and truly a nightmare to watch, he somehow maintained his actorly dignity. In fact, he played the kind of creepy cult leader type he's required to do here. Never seen Prison Break but I take it he was pretty awesome there.
Jessica Lucas - only one I'm completely unfamiliar with...?
The other reason this show looks good is the premise. While the show-within-a-show thing may be confusing (I think they should have given it a different title than that of the ACTUAL show...), it's an interesting idea for sure: a lot of studies show that pop culture influences our behavior and perception of reality to some degree. For example, people believe there's more violence out there than there actually is because they see so much on TV. An intelligently written show can explore that concept fascinatingly, showing that at some point, people can become so obsessed with TV that the lines between it and reality blur - which is extremely dangerous.
On a general note, new CW president Mark Pedowitz seems to be making a last-ditch effort to save the network by gearing it towards a more diverse audience. At the moment, it's mostly teen/early 20's girls who are watching the CW, for cheesy shows about love triangles and contrived drama; they need more mature, complex shows to overturn that. If Arrow (the other new CW show I'm interested in) and Cult are any good, they could lead the way.
Finally, you can watch an early promo for the show to get some idea of what it's gonna be about.
Edited by Slingblade, Jun 12, 2012 @ 4:42 AM.