Upfronts 2016

Cruel Intentions Far From Dead as Cast Options Are Extended at NBC

Cruel Intentions still has a pulse.

Sources confirm to TVLine that NBC has extended its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and her fellow cast members through December, a clear indication that the network still has faith in the project.

The buzzy remake failed to secure a series order last month, although entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the time that the project remains in consideration. “It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” he said. “There’s just so many shows that we have [already] scheduled or ordered.” The exec also conceded that Cruel Intentions is “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.

“But we like it,” he concluded, “and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out.”

Sources tell TVLine that NBC is mulling a possible Summer 2017 launch for Cruel Intentions, a move that would likely require some some budget-tinkering.