Cult

Cult TV showNetwork: The CW
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: February 19, 2013 — July 12, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper, Marie Avgeropoulos, Christian Cooper, Andrew Leeds, Ben Hollingsworth, and Stacey Farber.

TV show description:      
Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis), an investigative journalist, has learned to live with his younger brother Nate’s relentless string of obsessions. Jeff raised Nate since the death of their parents. Nate’s latest rant is that a hit TV show, Cult, intends to harm him. When his brother mysteriously disappears however, Jeff starts to take Nate’s paranoia even more seriously. In the process, he uncovers the dark underworld of the Cult TV show and its rabid fans.

The fictitious version of Cult is centered on the cat-and-mouse game between a charismatic cult leader and the detective who was once a cult member. The TV series has become an obsession for its viewers and some of its devotees now seem to be taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world.

In the parallel worlds of the show-within-a-show, the cult’s leader, Billy Grimm, is played by actor Roger Reeves (Robert Knepper). Roger plays Billy as a compelling but ruthless leader, a man whose primary agenda is winning back his former follower and lover, Kelly Collins, played by actress Marti Gerritsen (Alona Tal).

Since escaping from the cult, the Kelly character has become an LAPD detective. When her sister is kidnapped, Kelly finds herself drawn back into an investigation of the group’s activities, and she struggles to keep Billy at a safe distance, knowing he would stop at nothing to get her back.

As the television show grows in popularity, cast members Roger and Marti feel the effects in their “real” lives. Roger isn’t sure who he can trust, and Marti is beginning to realize that being the star of this particular show may have truly dangerous consequences.

The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation into this double world is Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas), a young research assistant for Cult who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show.

Jeff and Skye are both driven by personal reasons to uncover the mysteries surrounding the show. Jeff is focused on finding his brother Nate while Skye is searching for answers about her father, who went missing 10 years ago and is presumed dead.

All Skye knows is that her father was investigating Steven Rae, the reclusive executive producer/writer who created Cult. In fact, she took the job on the show in order to make contact with Rae and see if he will answer her questions. Jeff and Skye are practically strangers to each other, but they are united by the common goal of finding out what happened to their family members.

It soon becomes clear to Jeff and Skye that the gruesome plot twists on this television show are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate people. The hardcore fans of Cult would kill to see what happens next.

Series Finale:     
Episode #13 — Executive Producer Steven Rae
Jeff promises to help Skye keep looking for answers about her missing father. Nate (guest James Pizzinato) convinces Jeff that they need to see this mystery through to its conclusion.

The Cult production team prepares to film a live scene that will air online after the show’s season finale, but only the actors know how it will end.

Meanwhile, on the inside show, Kelly follows a lead on the whereabouts of her parent’s killer, Henry (guest Frank Cassini) and tracks him to hidden catacombs. There, Billy ambushes Kelly, and taunts her to kill Henry.
First aired: July 12, 2013.

  

What do you think? Do you like the Cult TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Eric Hartley says

    It was about time that The CW ended the show called Cult because to me because that show was so the r-word for me to be watching it. I am sorry for those who loved the show, but I thought that is sucked on ‘shrooms.

  2. Mickey says

    A show inside a show. Interesting concept. Watched the first episode and was hooked. The fans of the show inside a show scare the heck out of me. These shows that are getting cancelled after a few episodes are entertaining. They make you think. So much more interesting than a boring sitcom or even more boring reality show.

    • Mary says

      I loved this show and hope it is not cancelled. With all the stupid boring shows on television today, this is one that I really enjoyed. I’ll be waiting for a next season or at least watch the rest of the episodes.

  3. Thomasina says

    This show is AWESOME!!!! So many different levels and it keeps you wondering what will happen next. Not a good lead in with Heart of Dixie as I think that those who watch it enjoy a lighter fare, but I watch both and think its great.

  4. TeiaR says

    Interesting concept if there were such a thing that a show would have hidden messages in it. However, I think it’s sad that people ‘like’, ‘enjoy’, ‘look forward to’ a show that is based on people killing people. We have enough of that in the real world and now this gives the crazies out there new idea’s on how to kill other people. I cannot understand why people think this show would be a good idea. I hope it gets pulled from the network before someone blames the show for why they started killing people.

  5. Tim H. says

    I tried giving the pilot two separate viewings. The first time I gave it about 15 minutes before I couldn’t take it any more. The next time I gave it thirty minutes before shutting it off. The previews for it had me very interested, but the show is only a part of what the preview showed. The other part of the show is pushing too hard about a conspiracy theory. I think this is the part that turned me off. Unless they do something to get my attention again, this one won’t get a third viewing to see if it’ll hold my interest.

  6. Marie says

    I loved the premiere and can’t wait for what comes next, it bothered me in all the right ways. It would be a shame to cancel it so early in its fleding stage!

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