News | Cult at San Diego Comic-Con – show within a show, evil producers, and a short first season

We’re not lucky enough to be in San Diego right now, but we’ve been scouring the internet for information from those who are. With new shows and old favourites alike giving away their secrets, here’s what we’ve learnt about new CW mind-bender Cult.

As a mid-season premiere on the traditionally teen-targeted network, little information has been revealed on Cult so far. It’s a show-within-a-show concept, with a popular series called Cult existing within the program itself, starring Robert Knepper as cult leader Billy Grimm and Alona Tal as a former member no dedicated to bringing him down.

Outside of the show is Matt Davis (nicked last season from The Vampire Diaries) as Jeff Sefton, a journalist who’s fallen from grace in recent years, but picks on Cult when his brother disappears with connections to the show. The research assistant, Skye (Jessica Lucas) assists his investigation.

Despite the split-idea behind the series, executive producer Len Goldstein apparently wants both worlds to feel as ‘real’ as each other. “Our goal is to break two full series of stories [for the fiction TV series and the ‘real world’]” she said. The fictional showrunner will be important to the overall mystery, as “he is definitely a character that will be revealed as we go further. Right now, he’s an enigmatic figure.  He definitely plays a role but he’s very elusive.”

Because we’re on the CW, there’ll obviously be some romance involved, too. Skye and Jeff are the resident will-they-won’t-they couple with an “undercurrent of sexual attraction and potential romance,” says Matt Davis.

We’ll also have a short first season, sometimes a blessing with mystery shows, with only 13-episodes that will apparently be “jam-packed with stuff [so] we don’t have to hold back. Each season sort of serves as a chapter and a journey.  We want each season to be a very satisfying season.”

Cult sounds intriguing, and will probably act as a saving grace after the inevitable disappointments of the fall season, but also seems like a difficult conceit to pull off properly. We’ll have to wait and see, but at least we have a slither of information to work with until then.  [TV Overmind]

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