Pilot Scoop: The CW Eyes Potential Cult Hit From Gossip Girl Duo

Gossip Girl EPs Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are putting a new twist on the hour-long thriller.

In its first pilot pickup of the year, The CW has ordered Cult, a one-hour drama from Schwartz, Savage and fellow exec producer Len Goldstein that centers on a series of mysterious disappearances that are linked to a TV series called (yep, you guessed it) Cult.

A young female production assistant working on the show joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating the crimes seen on the program.

Rockne O’Bannon (V, Farscape) penned the script and will also serve as an EP.


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  1. George says:

    Anyone else take this as a sign they might be closing up shop on Gossip Girl?

    • Phil says:

      I hope sooo! However, it bugs me that every CW show has a female lead. It’s called feminism. I thought Pedowitz wanted to expand its demo.

      • Thomas says:

        I know. There’s too many women and gays on television now. Not to mention people of color. We need more white, straight men getting focused on.

        • Kyle King says:

          Yeah, I don’t know if you’re just being sarcastic, but you got it right! And I’m not being sarcastic. However, I do not support the racism stuff.

          • Thomas says:

            Well, I was being sarcastic. There’s no shortage of straight, white male leads on television. And considering most shows have 6 to 8 characters, it’s ridicules that there aren’t more homosexuals and other minorities on television, in leading roles or otherwise.

      • George says:

        Supernatural, Nikkita, Vampire Diaries are not particularly made just for girls. Majority of the TV audience are women. I am male and no problem with show with women in the lead. I just wish CW would be willing do be more diverse. Instead of another typical soap. Why not try more edgier shows in the vein of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars.

    • Thomas says:

      I take it as a sign that they’ve got a newly opened production company and they’re producing more shows.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m more concerned about Hart of Dixie. These two should have enough work to do! But I guess Chuck is ending, so that frees up a little.

  3. Ashley says:

    Given the mess that Gossip Girl has become in just 5 seasons, I think these two should be banned from anything with television.

  4. Michael says:

    That actually sounds really good. Kind of meta-ish but suspenseful. (Knowing that duo it may not be stylized as I’m visualizing it, however.)

  5. nath says:

    i’ll be watching. josh always do greats firts seasons. he screw his own shows after, but the music is very great, sooo. i’m also looking forward to the carrie diaries and to the cw’s show with j.j. abrams and mark schawahn

  6. Xayian says:

    Seems like an interesting idea. Looking forward to checking it out. Hope it’ll have staying power.

  7. Kathy K says:

    Can Rockne O’Bannon get Ben Browder on the show. I could definetely get behind the show then, I still miss Farscape.

  8. CK says:

    It’ll have a good first season and then get progressively worse before being cancelled. Can a Schwartz show go any other way? If only he’d actually stuck to Gossip Girl rather than leaving it to others. That show could have gone on for much longer but it’s very much heading towards cancellation at the moment.

  9. Mare says:

    Sounds interesting! of course it depends how they planned to incorporate the show and the disappearances!
    For me it seems more like a Supernatural replacement!

  10. ken says:

    i always give schwartz shows a chance. even though i didn’t stick with ‘chuck’, maybe on dvd in the future. but, idk… doesn’t sound like something that can become a hit on of all networks, the cw. but it’s worth a shot, i guess.

  11. Snapy says:

    I will watch as long as it stars young people. I like that this network is a safe place for teens and young adults. With the new president of the CW, I just hope the new shows don’t start starring people over 30 like every other network…ugh.

    • Emma says:

      Yeah, we don’t want any good actors on or anything

      And you realize that most of the actors on the CW are either close to 30/past 30?

    • Dax says:

      Wow. Words don’t exist yet to express how incredibly stupid this post is. Heaven forbid teens should be forced to watch people over 30. What a travisty.

  12. Captain says:

    So am I going to have to say it…this is basically a Castle rip-off.

    • Anon says:

      Here’s what they didn’t mention. This was a show that was originally picked up by the WB 6 years ago, but never made it onto the television because of the merge that formed the CW. I don’t know how long Castle has been running for, but it seems this was thought up long before.

  13. TVismyradio says:

    Beware VERY long post ahead…

    Sounds interesting! I quite like the idea of the show, though a shame it was once deemed “too dark”, The CW could probably used a show that’s a little darker! Ringer doesn’t quite cut it. I’m also not entirely convinced about anything in the hands of Josh Schwartz, Savage and co. who haven’t yet proved to have the ability to make a consistently good show. The OC and Gossip Girl where great in the beginning, but both fizzled out. Gossip Girl is looking particularly tired these days and has long been running out of steam. Hart of Dixie is just bad; miscast, bad writing, awkward Southern stereotypes etc. I suspect Chuck is his real labour of love; it certainly is my favourite of his shows as it has been the most consistently entertaining and fun family show. Well… what a long way to say I ain’t too sure about that Schwartz fellow, eh! Ha. Also spreading himself a bit thin no, with so many projects?! Annnnd since I’m being a negative Nelly over here… how would they sustain this concept in the long run? What would the show be about if it got a second season?! Like the idea, something a bit like Veronica Mars would be welcome, but not so sure of the network or Josh pulling it off… we shall see, I’d be happy to be proven wrong!

    • Aiden says:

      I agree with everything you said! I’ll be more on the cautiously optimistic side, though. Schwartz & Savage prove to have talent, but it’s the sustainability of the show that’s the problem alright. As you’ve said, we saw The OC and Gossip Girl fizzle out before it even hits its semi-mature years.

      I, too, suspect Chuck is Schwartz’s biggest success to date (Quality-wise, despite the always tepid ratings. Fans have been beyond passionate also.), which is why my hope is for him to work with Chris Fedak again. So many projects in the air for him lately, though, that I’m not sure if he can even keep up with what he starts. Oh well, definitely giving this project a shot anyway. Hoping some Chuck alums can be a part of it if it’s good.

  14. Ruba says:

    I really hope they cast it well and i hope Josh Schwartz will up his game a little.

  15. This could be really interesting, though I hope there would be more overarching mystery than just case of the week stuff. I like Schwartz’s other shows (at least early in their runs) and this has talent from Babylon 5 attached to it, as well.

  16. dee123 says:

    Do they have to have a hand in 90% of the show on the CW?

  17. fernando says:

    The CW should rethink about picking up one of thier old pilots Body Politc.

  18. portiaslegacy says:

    Really torn. Farscape is one of my favorite shows ever, and I have been waiting for Rockne O’Bannon to return. But I have no faith in Schwartz and Savage. At. All.

  19. MSC says:

    Won’t ever watch Schwartz and Savage productions after what they did to ruin Gossip Girl. No Way in Hell would I watch anything by them

  20. J says:

    Rockne O’Bannon? SOLD.

  21. madhatter360 says:

    I can just see the articles now. “In a case of life imitating art, imitating art, students were found to be copying the crimes portrayed on the TV show ‘Cult’, a TV show about people who recreate the crimes of a TV show named ‘Cult’.”

  22. pv says:


    Too bad the other commenter can’t detect sarcasm

  23. Greg says:

    Definitely an interesting plot, it’d be cool to see it progress; plus if it means GG being rounded up I’m all in.

  24. Justin says:

    How is this a premise? Sounds like an episode synopsis of Criminal Minds.

  25. sarah says:

    I am interested in this show as I like Josh Schwartz

  26. dkd says:

    Just coming from the mind of Rockne O’Bannon guarantees I’ll give it a shot.

    I would love them to work in at least one actor from Farscape or Chuck and I’m in for the duration.

  27. Maria says:

    How about Tom Welling in a lead role?

  28. Carla says:

    Wow, that sounds pretty terrible…

  29. Steph says:

    I miss Farscape even after all these years. I might give this show a chance… Not too sure about the premise, though… I WAS one of the thousands of “rabid fans” who wrote/emailed/sent bras/jammed the scifi website when we found out it was being cancelled and a few years after. lol I was so pissed at how the last episode came out (it was great… it was just such a big cliffhanger).

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