The CW will premiere it’s new mind-bending, mystery drama Cult on Tuesday, February 19 at 9PM/EST on The CW, the network announced today.
Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage pitched the series to the network last January, pitching the show as a soap opera mystery drama. Cult replaces medical drama Emily Owens, M.D., which was cancelled last week. Emily Owens will complete its initial 13-episode season order in January.
Cult stars familiar CW faces, Matt Davis (Vampire Diaries) and Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place, 90210) as Jeff Davis and Skye Yarrow. Prison Break alum Robert Knepper also stars Billy Grimm. The series follows Jeff and Skye as they investigate rabid fans who may be re-creating crimes seen on the popular TV show “Cult.”
The network’s official synopsis: Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton has learned to laugh off his younger 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 series “Cult” and its rabid fans, who are obsessed with the show’s charismatic cult leader, Billy Grimm. As the show’s gruesome plot twists begin to play out in the real world, Jeff enlists the help of a young research assistant Skye in a race to save Nate and unravel the mystery behind the TV series whose hardcore fans would literally kill to see what happens next…
The series also stars Alona Tal (Supernatural, The Killing) as Kelly Collins.
Fake Empire, Rockne S. O’Bannon Television, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios produce. Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck), Stephanie Savage (Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl), Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) and Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, V) executive produce.