CW cancels 'Cult'




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. CWYou 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, 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.


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Written by: bad_subject
Apr 10th, 2013, 4:43 pm

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Mr. Annoyed

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2013, 2:30 pm
I am so sick and tired of networks pulling the plugs on great shows. Especcially when they are left with no ending, or even worse stop them just when they are starting to get good. I think maybe the execs just have no idea about how to timeslot alot of shows successfully, i mean seriously moving this show to friday was an absolutely horrid idea. CW has rapidly changed my opinion of them, and they are becoming one of my top networks to NOT support, sadly they are holding 1 of my favorite shows of all time hostage, but when that ends CW will not be on my to watch list very often.

Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 5:57 am
piece of sheet

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Message Posted On Apr 21st, 2013, 7:30 pm

I thought it got better and better and by the last episode that aired i really liked it. Maybe they will eventually use the remaining episodes as filler or at least put them up on their website. I would also like to point out it that it is not just the US that does this...for example i was watching the muder mystery show MayDay by the BBC and they axed it on epsiode five. I dont want to spoil anything but lets just say that leaves things unresolved.


Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 5:10 pm
It would be stupid to broadcast episodes that nobody (or too few) will watch. The cost to film the episodes is a sunk cost. It doesn't enter into the decision today. What is important for the decision is how much advertising revenue can be raised for a given time slot. Since advertisers pay for expected viewers, broadcasting an unloved show instead of something viewers will watch costs money.

Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 1:45 am
If they've already filmed the last (5) episodes then why not show them?. I found it hard to get into the series, it started ok then floundered imo but I kept watching it and for the sake of 5 episodes I'd like to see how the season ended. If there was still episodes or so to go I could understand it but cutting the last 5?.

Message Posted On Apr 12th, 2013, 7:03 pm
Just as well. The series sucked.

Message Posted On Apr 12th, 2013, 6:03 pm
Clearly the fucking idiots at CW have no clue how to know when a show should be cut but Cult wasn't a losing show it started climbing and building just fine! Put it back on you fucking morons!

Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2013, 8:45 am
nothing lost ... another fail, thats it. Who gives a s*** about it ?

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Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2013, 4:49 am

Aye, it doesn't help that the last 5 episodes are great if the first 8 are only mediocre. Which seems to be the case with Cult.


It just didn't get people hooked on the first 3-4 episodes, and that's where it really matters these days, unfortunately in a lot of ways :/ That said, I don't think Cult really brought it, in my opinion at least.


Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2013, 1:18 am
couldnt agree more to the poster above. i am so sick of starting to watch a new show, then just when i get interested in the story and characters. AXED
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