The lifespan of CW's midseason replacement drama has been cut tragically short; earlier today, Rockne O’Bannon, creator of the series, confirmed on Twitter that 'Cult' has been canceled. The series premiered on February 19 and still had five weeks' of episodes yet to air.
O'Bannon posted the following:
"#Cult Sadly true. CW Execs once called the last 5 episodes "outstanding". I guess too outstanding. You are great, SMART fans. Thx to u all!"
While the series will not be brought back to the CW, there remains a possibility that the remaining five episodes could be broadcast online. Also, a DVD release of the complete series is not out of the question. In the timeslot of 'Cult,' CW will now air repeat viewings of 'The Carrie Diaries,' as well as an encore presentation of the reality series 'Oh Sit!'
According to Deadline.com, the demise of 'Cult' was not unexpected; the CW shifted the show from Tuesdays to Fridays in late February after its first two low-rated episodes. Consistently poor ratings plagued the episodes that followed, making this an easy business decision for CW executives.
'Cult' follows Jeff, (played by Matthew Davis of 'Damages' and 'The Vampire Diaries') a journalist blogger, and Skye (played by Jessica Lucas of 'Friends with Benefits' and 'Evil Dead'), a production researcher on a popular television crime series also called 'Cult.' Jeff and Skye are investigating fans of the series who may be recreating murders and crimes they saw on the television series.