Matt Davis Joins CW Drama Pilot Cult — What Does It Mean for Vampire Diaries' Alaric?

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Vampire Diaries Matt DavisAre Alaric’s days on The Vampire Diaries numbered?

Matt Davis — who plays the CW thriller’s resident vampire hunter/teacher — is jumping to another project on the netlet with a lead role in the drama pilot Cult, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Davis will play Jeff, a journalist blogger who teams with a young production assistant (played by Melrose Place‘s Jessica Lucas) working on a popular TV show called Cult. After his brother goes missing, the two start investigating the show’s rabid fans, who may be re-creating the crimes from the program. Robert Knepper (Prison Break) and Alona Tal (Supernatural) also star as actors from the series’ show-within-a-show.

The project comes from Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and writer Rockne O’Bannon (V, Farscape).

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Before you totally freak out about Alaric’s livelihood, Deadline notes that “Davis will be available to make guest appearances in future seasons of Vampire Diaries.”

Comments (36)

  • NOOOOOOO ALARIC! Either he dies, or he’s the serial killer. No, no, no! He’s my favorite!

    Comment by Kat – March 13, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. I’ll quit watching if they make Torrey D a regular, as well. She’s great but not for TVD. I love my Ric! This irks me.

      Comment by lorna – March 13, 2012 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I wouldnt worry about that, Iorna.

        Comment by TheDude – March 13, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Me too. When she dies (hopefully soon) I will cheer. Plus she is amazing on PLL and has to stay on the show.

        Comment by Russ – March 14, 2012 01:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve been getting the feeling all season that he wouldn’t make it to season 4. He’s really been getting the Aunt Jenna edit this season. His only storyline seems to be Alaric is killed, waits dead on the floor for his ring to resurrect him, repeat. I’m sad because he was like a younger sexier Giles. Alaric could have been so much more but TVD underutilized him.

      Comment by Ari – March 13, 2012 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’ve always felt the writers didn’t know how to use him. I could tell from interviews that they loved Matt Davis and showed an interest in keeping him. But I think they originally intended to kill him (like Castiel on Supernatural) but were caught off guard by his performance and popularity.

        Comment by Nina – March 14, 2012 06:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, he’s a goner. I really really wish I didn’t know about this. I can’t even get mad at TVLine, I guess, they’re just reporting it. But damn it, I really feel like I’ve been spoiled. And I read TVLine for teases and fun news, not for serious show-ruining level spoilers. I didn’t think they were in that business.

    Comment by Alex – March 13, 2012 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It reminds me of when Elizabeth Mitchell was announced as being cast in the V pilot.

      Comment by Alex – March 13, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NOOOOOOOOO! I heart him! The Ric and Damon bromance is epic and hilarious! Hasn’t Elena and Jeremy lost enough parental figures? Someone has to be the voice of reason and/or the only real adult amonst all the kiddies.

    Comment by Jenna – March 13, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So true! I love the Ric/Damon bromance. Plus if Ric left, it would reduce the hotness quotient a lot.

      Comment by TheBeach – March 13, 2012 05:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I have to agree about the hotness factor diminishing if Matt Davis leaves; everybody raves about Somerhalder and Wesley though neither of them do a thing for me(though I must say Somerhalder as an actor on this show can spin gold out of even the crappiest material). I actually think Davis is the hottest guy on the show next to Michael Trevino(who needs to come back soon and wearing as little as possible). On a serious note though, I would miss the Ric/Damon dynamic and I actually like that he’s turned into Elena’s(and until recently, Jeremy’s) guardian almost by default.

        Comment by ChrisGa – March 15, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’ve really been grooming Caroline’s mother to take over that adult/voice of reason role. I will really miss the Ric/Damon bromance. One of the best on TV (at least it was before Ric all but disappeared this year). :(

      Comment by Ari – March 13, 2012 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well that is just stupid…First Jenna then Jeremy and now Alaric? Lame i think im done with TVD. Dont really care about Elena being emo over Brothers forever

    Comment by ggny – March 13, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed- Elena and Jeremy have lost too many guardians, and Ric is awesome. I feel like they are doing this tob bring Torrey Devitto on so she can be with her precious husband, GRRRRRRRRR. I’ll decide after s3 if I’m going to continue watching.

      Comment by lorna – March 13, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jeremy will come back.

      Comment by TVD1912 – March 14, 2012 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NO! Cult seems like it would be a good show but I need Alaric to stay on TVD

    Comment by tvaddict – March 13, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really have a love-hate relationship with spoilers. For instance, right now I’m all “Nooooo Alaric I love you don’t leave meeee!!,” but at the same time, not reading this was never an option. I think this show has way too much power over my emotional wellbeing.

    Comment by Amy – March 13, 2012 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL this. I’m so mad I saw this, but it may not be an incoming death 100%. Perhaps Ric just gets fed up with Mystic Falls at the end of this season and goes on the road, and we only see him sometimes. Bah… these upfront castings SUCK for spoilers!

      Comment by Danielle H – March 13, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As cool as the pilot sounds, I kinda hope it doesn’t get picked up or they recast the role just so he can stay on TVD.

    Comment by Dean – March 13, 2012 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alaric is such a goner. Maybe it’s for the best, Elena will graduate high school and can finally be an adult who doesn’t need a parent figure.

    Comment by dan – March 13, 2012 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is NOT okay – I get that Alaric is basically a completely unnecessary character now that his ex-wife and girlfriend are dead, but TVD is becoming unrecognizable now with all these core characters just going away. And, this makes me think that Alaric is the serial killer.

    Comment by lara – March 13, 2012 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So Alaric stabbed himself in Elena’s house?

      Comment by Dash – March 13, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I do not like this news. I know it’s childish of me but I hope “Cult” doesnt get picked up so Matt can stay on VD. All the other parental figures in Elena’s life are gone. We cant lise Alaric too! Plus he and Damon together are all sorts of awesome!

    Comment by Amy – March 13, 2012 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish Matt the best of luck and I hope what the new show offers him is significantly better than what TVD offered (hurtful if it isn’t), but my heart is broken. I think I may love Dalaric better than anyone on the show (aside from Damon on his own). Alaric showing up once in a while as a “guest” is so wrong and I’ll miss him horribly. (They’d damned well better show Damon bummed as hell about it and missing him horribly too; when’s the last time he had such a good friend?) Will this also mean the end of his fan fic? :*-(

    Comment by SomeStranger – March 13, 2012 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I may be alone here, but I hope that this does get picked up, then I can watch Matt without all the other rubbish that TVD is turning into.
    And it will mean much, much more Matt on my screen as a main character instead of the supporting (and often) forgotten role he plays now.

    Comment by Rae – March 13, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re not alone! I agree. I stopped watching VD awhile back and I have been missing Matt Davis. I always thought he was wasted playing Alaric, who barely gets any screen time or good storylines.
      I really hope this show gets picked up. Matt Davis and Robert Knepper on my screen weekly would be a treat!

      Comment by Nina – March 14, 2012 05:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was about time. Alaric is like Kenny from South Park. He dies many times on the show. Alaric would be return in flashbacks or like a ghost or zombie.

    Good Riddance

    Comment by Fabricio – March 13, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll miss Ric but I hope for Matt and Robert (knew him from Prison Break) that the show gets picked up and does well and is good. Great actors.

    Comment by s – March 13, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well no offense to the other actors cast in the pilot or the cast, crew, and production but I am actively rooting for this new show to fail. I adore Matt and his TVD character!

    Comment by Vic – March 13, 2012 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for the actor, he deserves a bigger role.

    Comment by Fi – March 14, 2012 01:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for Matt Davis but all these pilots aren’t good news for fans of current CW shows. I want Nikita to get renewed!

    Comment by Oh – March 14, 2012 05:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, good for him as an actor, but I love Alaric on the Vampire Diaries! I love his “bromance” relationship with Damon, and he’s one of the few characters who isn’t either a 1000+ year old vampire or a high school student. They just need to write him a better storyline. At any rate, they better not kill him off. :\ Also, won’t it be kind of odd to have him appearing in two shows running at the same time on the same network? I can’t think of an instance where that’s happened before, although I’m sure there has been…

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – March 14, 2012 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, the actress who’s playing Rose on TVD is also Maggie on The Walking Dead. Not the same network, but during the same season. I say half a season with Matt/Alaric on TVD is better than a whole season without him!

      Comment by Puppyluv – April 27, 2012 03:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • he’s toast

    Comment by sue – March 16, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only interesting pilot by the CW.. thanks to Rockne O’Bannon

    Comment by Boone – March 16, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooooo I love Alaric he is my favorite. Matt Davis is sm excellent actor I absolutely adore him. Please don’t let him go..

    Comment by lori hornack – May 8, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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