Upfronts 2016

Cruel Intentions Update: NBC Considering 'Alternative Platform' for Sarah Michelle Gellar Revival

Cruel Intentions may be headed online.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, NBC president Jennifer Salke confirmed to reporters that the revival — which failed to score a series pickup last May — remains alive at the network. And all options are being explored, including a streaming-only rollout.

“It was really a space issue,” Salke said of the decision to hold off on formally ordering the project for fall. “We had a spot for a big, great soap, and This Is Us seemed to fit better. So we started looking for opportunities in midseason, possibly summer for the show. We [also] started talking about the OTT [streaming] platform that you heard was looming. So we right now we wanted to make sure we have the show, because I’m determined to find a place to put it.”

NBC’s decision to extend its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest of the cast is evidence the network still believes in the project, Salke maintained. “We wouldn’t have held that talent if we didn’t have every intention of finding an opportunity for the show,” she said.

Regarding the show’s boundary-pushing content, Salke noted, “I think there would be two versions of the show, and, of course, if it ends up on some alternative platform, we would have more leeway. But it is designed to be dishy and fun and sort of push the envelope as far as sexuality. It’s not something we’re inviting kids in to watch.”

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9 Comments
  1. KLS says:

    And the saga continues…..

  2. jermyroberts says:

    I’m glad for this!

  3. dlraetz says:

    I have come to the conclusion I know nothing about programming. I would have thought that this was a no brainier

  4. Robberey says:

    Question is: Why don’t they push it to NBCUNIVERSAL owned USANETWORK?

  5. matty says:

    This would seem appropriate for a summer launch im my opinion.

  6. Matt C. says:

    I guess I’d rather have it on streaming than not at all…but I just don’t understand why NBC doesn’t just wait and air it next summer. It really would make a perfect fit as a sudsy, sexy summer drama. Or, better yet, try again next fall when their new shows flop and get cancelled by spring!

    • Buddy Glenn says:

      I think it has something to do with holding contracts. If the show premiered later on and the network then wanted a second season, contracts for talents and possibly above the line crew would be have to renegotiate. It becomes costly. This is my guess.

  7. chadcronin says:

    Hey NBC, This was the #1 show I was looking forward to so make this already. Yes I’ll buy an Unrated version with nudity